Thursday, 17 April 2014

Urban Decay Electric Palette

Urban Decay Electric Palette is for extreme colour lovers. This palette holds 10 shades in a mixture of matte and frosted shimmer.
Included is a dual ended brush to blend and apply with.




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Colour payoff is great. Instant vibrancy on application. By nature matte colours are always a little more tricky to blend and to avoid a patchy finish you will need to persevere and build colour whilst blending.
 Shades do drop so make your life easier and do your foundation second after the eyes.
 This palette is £38.00 and available now.


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Clarins Colours of Brazil

We still actually have our Clarins bronzer from last summer as it's so huge. It hasn't even got a hole in it yet but it's great that we now have a back up for when we do drop it/finish it.

This years bronzer is the same 20g mirrored bronzer in the same mix of shades as last year. A blend of soft taupe and slightly darker warm brown with a matte finish. There is a small square of an apricot with a shimmer finish.

A natural bronzed look can be achieved from this and as it has no shimmer (apart from the tiny square) you're safe to wear it during the day.
This bronzer is a hefty £30 but as I have had mine a year now with no sign of it running out it's a good investment.

The wet and dry eye shadow palette has four colours in a mix of a matte and satin finish.
 Two brown tones and a soft coral along with a stone coloured base shade. Only the lighter brown and the coral have a shimmer, the other two colours are matte.





The fourth stone colour is on the right of the picture but its such a good match to my skin tone you can hardly see it.

The royal blue strip of colour is probably the colour that would attract you to this palette. It is an eyeliner. The colour doesn't translate as bright onto the skin as it is seen in the palette and the finish is a little patchy. This palette is £32.00.



There are six lip balm crayons in the collection. Unlike some of these lip crayon style products which give a stronger colour pay off these ones are a balm. For a balm they actually give a good amount of colour. They are infused with Shea butter so great moisturisation for dry lips.
 Twist up with a good inch of product.

 

The fifth colour called My pink (not shown in the swatches above) is a transparent colour that works on the PH of your own skin. It will adjust to your own unique shade of pink depending on the PH levels within your lips.
 These are £18.00 each.

We also have from Clarins their summer Shimmer Oil. This is not part of the colours of Brazil collection and is only available online.


 You need to give this a good shake because the oil separates from the colour pigment.
 The fine golden pigments add a shimmer to the oil and also give a subtle gold tint to the skin. This would sit nicely on an already tanned skin and may look a little to golden for a pale skin.
 Scented with mandarin, grapefruit, ylang ylang and tonka bean all in a hazlenut oil base.
 Skin softening vitamin E nourishes skin and would be good on a skin that may be slightly dryer due to sun exposure. This has no sun protection in it so do not use it for tanning purposes. Lovely on the body but too oily and gold for the face.
This is £38.00.

The colours of Brazil collection is available from May 2014 and The shimmer oil available online only from May 2014.





Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Laura Mercier Summer 2014: New Attitude

Laura Mercier have launched their summer colour story this April called New Attitude. 
The baked eye shadow palettes are always a hit for Laura Mercier and this season they have launched two very different options.

Summer in St Tropez is everything you would expect from a summer palette. Luminous, radiant metallic finish colours in mint, teal, royal blue and bronzed gold.

Summer in St Tropez


You do need to layer the colours up to achieve a good amount of colour or you could wear them over a cream eyeshadow or base to enhance the colour.

The second palette is Rendezvous in Monte Carlo and reminds us of Neapolitan Ice Cream.


Rendezvous in Monte Carlo


Soft, pinky dreamy colours that are a bit more wearable for every day.
Each palette is £33.00.
These baked quads blend easily into each other and have zero drop down. The finish is a soft metallic sheen that shimmers well.

The lipsticks in the collection (£17.50 each) are gel based and super moisturising with a high sheen. You'll never really get a thick opaque cover but if you like a translucent bold coloured lipstick these are a good option.
Temptation (L) Heart breaker (R)






Really comfortable to wear and also available in two other colours called Clementine, a vibrant orange and Flushed, a nude flesh colour.

For the skin they have launched a beautiful cream highlighter in a mirrored compact. Cream highlighters are great for summer radiance. We like to add it to the high points of the face or swept across the eyelid for a hint of fresh sheen.




The texture is not glossy or sticky but balmy and creamy. The sheen gives a two tone gold and pink with a natural radiance, no glitter to be seen.
This cream highlighter is £29.00

The collection is available from this April for a limited time.







Monday, 14 April 2014

Frank Coffee Scrub

We had first seen images of this scrub on Instagram. Lots of girls and guys in the shower holding their brown paper Frank bag up. We were intrigued what it was all about so got our hands on a sachet of the original Frank coffee scrub.



We love the brown paper bag packaging. Easy to tear open when your hands are wet. The bag is thick paper and has a plastic pouch inside so you don't need to worry about the bag getting wet and falling apart.
Tear the top half off and the bag inside is resealable so you can store it safely away until your next use.
Inside there is so much product. The 200g pouch is packed with coffee powder.


Open it up once you are in the shower because as you are grabbing handfuls out it will drop and make a mess.
 Get a handful and start to massage over damp skin in circular motions as you normally would with a scrub.
 It feels like you are putting your hand in a bag of soil and as you are massaging in it feels gritty but not abrasive and harsh.
 Obviously it smells of coffee but surprisingly not an over powering coffee scent. It is also infused with sweet almond oil, salt, brown sugar, orange oil and vitamin E.
 The smell actually reminds me of a chocolate orange scent. Please do not eat or drink though!


The scrub is good for people with dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, poor circulation, varicose veins, acne, stretch marks and cellulite.
 Obviously with regards to stretch marks and cellulite this is not going to be a wonder product that will rid you of these however the exfoliation will benefit a sluggish circulation helping to eliminate toxins in the body.

Once you have covered your skin with coffee and massaged it in leave it on for around 10 minutes then just simply shower it off. It washes off easily and doesn't stain your skin (or your shower).


Be sure to give your shower basin a rinse to prevent parents/boyfriend/girlfriend/housemate wondering what on earth happened in the shower.

Skin feels super soft and glowing and with no odour of coffee lingering.
Use this once a week to maintain the benefits. Because this is natural coffee it does have a relatively short shelf life of six months so keep an eye on the date you open it. Also I wouldn't store this in your bathroom. A damp, humid bathroom is not a good place to keep your coffee scrub so store it some where dry and cool.

Frank also comes in another variety of coffee with grapeseed and coconut.

Frank is Australian however they do ship internationally to North America, Asia and Europe. There will be the obvious delivery costs and it will take longer to get delivered so be sure to order a good 3 weeks before you need it.

Check out their website and depending on where you are in the world click the international tab on checkout to get your shipping times and costs.

A sachet of this scrub is $14.95 or around £8.90.





Thursday, 10 April 2014

MAC Warm and Cool Eyeshadow Palettes

For spring and just in time for wedding season MAC have launched their warm and cool eye shadow palettes.

Each palette has some regular colours and some new colours. You can buy empty palettes normally which are £14.00 and fill them with the pro pan eye shadows at £10.00 each. For a full palette you would be looking at £164 but these new palettes already filled with 15 colours are £65.00 each. That's a huge saving of £99.00!!
The colours are predetermined though so don't go into MAC stores expecting to swap about certain colours.

Warm Palette
Cool Palette

 The colours are a mixture of matte, veluxe, satin, frost and veluxe pearl textures. 

The warm palette



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 The Cool Palette


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These palettes are perfect for everyone however they are an amazing addition to any makeup artists kit to cut back on the amount of products we have to lug about with us.

These are available in all stores now and are staying in line so you will always be able to get your hands on them.



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Beefayre

It's alleged that Einstein once said "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man"

That's quite a depressing thought I know and whether it's true or not we like little bee's and it's good to help the environment.
We were recently sent a few pieces from the brand Beefayre. Their ethos (or beethos as they call it) is to protect our bees and their habitats, create quality products that do not cost the earth, and to ensure ingredients are sustainably sourced.

We took a peek at one of their candles from the Bee Garden range called Bluebell and wood anenome.

A 20cl plant wax candle with cotton wick, (also available in 9cl) which is hand poured into recycled glass. The 20cl size ifs £14.95 and the 9cl is £7.50.
 The glass holders are decorated with botanical scenes obviously which feature a bee!
This size candle has a 50 hour burn time which slowly releases the fragrance.
 There are a number of different scents in this range so check their site out to pick your favourite one.

There is no mistaking the bluebell scent in this candle, it's super strong. I love the delicate patterns on the glass and even after the candle has been burnt it will be gorgeous to re use and is dishwasher safe also.

The ingredients are so natural you can even dip your fingers in the melted wax and use as a massage oil. 3% of the profits from these candles go towards bee conservation.

Once you have gotten through this candle get hold of some of the Beefayre tea lights.
 You get three tea lights in a box which sit in a recycled glass holder also (although the glass on these is not patterned).
 The tea lights are made in the same way as the regular candles and again are available in different scents for you to choose from.
 The pack of tea lights are £6.95 for three. We have the Watermint and Rosemary scented ones which are lovely in the kitchen for a fresh herb scent.

Amongst other home ware, bath and body and cards Beefayre also do handbag friendly lip balms. Shea butter, sunflower oil, melissa oil and beeswax is compacted into a 10g tin and are 100% organic.
 Flavoured in nine different natural scents these are £5.00 each. They provide a sheer slick of oily moisturisation and a natural shine.

To check out all of the Beefayre products available and to learn more about Bee conservation check out their site at www.beefayre.com








Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Bobbi Brown Perfectly defined liners

Bobbi Brown's first retractable liners have arrived on counter this April in six shades.
The gel based liners transfer onto the skin easily however if you want a blended finish you need to work quickly as once they have been on a while they won't move.


The colour is rich but I found you need to go over the line a few times to get a bold solid line. Without building up the colour it went on a little patchy and almost felt as though as I built it up I was wiping some of the colour off.

None the less these do stay really well so if you find your liner melts away by lunch time then you may like these.
As with all non sharpening pencils the rounded point doesn't keep it's shape for very long and gets flatter the more you use it however there is a sharpener in the end cap which gets the precise point back.


 We had four of the colours. The other two are a pitch black and a deep plum called Violet night.
Available April 2014 for £18.00 each.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Lancome Lip Lover

Forget 50 shades of grey, Lancome bring you 18 shades of pink!
The new lip launch from Lancome has the texture of a balm with a soft pigment of a moisturising lipstick and the creamy sheen of a gloss.




Each gloss is 4.5ml(£18) with a button release pop up lid. Tapered wand helps to apply evenly to top and bottom lip.
The 18 shades of pink range from icy baby pink, nudes, bright pinks, coral pinks, fuchsia and purple based pinks. Something for all tastes and skin tones.
 Some colours have more pigment than others with the lighter colours being almost transparent.

The silicone based gloss feels very comfortable on the lip and wears off well with no dry edged line.
 The thicker balm texture enables it to stay in place better but as it still has that glossy finish it will transfer as all glosses do.

We have five of the shades to test...
Lancome kindly sent us some pink jelly beans to celebrate this launch which I ate in about 2 minutes flat.


Our favourite is Orange Menage for the summer, which one do you prefer?

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Models Own Polish for Tans

We all know certain colours bring out your tan and when painting my nails before my holiday I deliberate between the best tan enhancing shades in my polish collection. Well dilemma no more because these colours do exactly what they say on the tin. My eyes are almost burning from the vividness and my hands currently look like I've been been travelling around Thailand for 3 months.
These vibrant shades come in 5 neon colours that create such a vivid contrast to your skin tone that they make even the palest skins look sunkissed.
L-R Beach bag, Flip flop, Sun hat, Bikini, Shades

 Milky textured with an opaque matte finish two coats cover well and they last well too. Pop a top coat on though to help avoid chipping because you will not get away with any chips in these bright colours.
Five colours in total including....
Bikini- Neon pastel yellow
Shades- Neon pastel pink
Flip Flop- Neon pastel green
Sun Hat- Neon pastel hot pink
Beach bag- Neon pastel orange

Sun Hat
Shades

Beach Bag







Bikini
Flip Flop




 These are gorgeous colours for summertime and if you are a little to scared to wear them on your hands pop them on your toes. Nothing better than tanned looking feet.
Which colour will you wear?

These are £5.00 each and are available from Models Own bottleshops from 5th April, Superdrug from 9th April and Boots from 16th April 2014.