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Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Bio Glitter


You may be familiar with the fairly recent ban on plastic micro beads within cosmetic products, well it looks like glitter is the next product being kicked into touch.
 We recently were sent some samples of Bio-Glitter. It’s a cosmetic glitter, which is based on the plant material Cellulose and naturally degrades in the environment. It doesn’t begin its degradation until it enters soil or wastewater environments where it can naturally decompose.
 Bio Glitter is 92% plastic free with developments being made to ensure eventually it can be 100% plastic free. The standard plastic based glitter, which is a form of micro-plastic, has been linked to having a toxic impact on marine life so it’s important we look at alternatives.

Bio Glitter isn’t tested on animals, nor are any third parties used in the manufacturing.

Apart from the environmental benefits let’s take a look at how Bio Glitter performs for our cosmetic purposes.
Bio Glitter is cut into a hexagonal shape rather than a square cut so that it lays down evenly with a softer angle. The shards of glitter are available in varying sizes ranging from 100 microns to 2.4mm. The size of the glitter ultimately defines its purpose. For the smaller shards these may be used in colour cosmetics whilst the larger pieces can be used for body/nail art.
 They are available in 15 different shades and although they look very attractive to the naked eye, they don’t photograph as well as a glitter such as MAC reflex (but you have to remember that MAC is certainly not eco friendly!).

We have three of the Bio Glitters to share with you however I can’t be sure of the packaging these are retailed in. We received them in small bags but I’m sure they would come in a slightly more usable, practical container.

The Turquoise is 2.4mm, the silver is 1mm and the gold is 2.4mm

I think this glitter is great for body art, use in the hair or bold makeup looks. If you are after a delicate shimmering sparkle then it’s not the best option from a photographic point of view.

If you are interested in Bio Glitter you can find out more information on their site here and purchase here.



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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Diorshow on Stage Liner


 The weather in the UK today is beautiful.
  Everyone is out in their finest summer gear and there are lashings of bright glossy lips and creamy highlights shimmering in the sun. There’s nothing better than a sunny day in the UK.

VINCENT LAPPARTIENT FOR CHRISTIAN DIOR PARFUMS
 Jumping in on the summer brights is Dior with the launch of their Diorshow on stage liners.
 These are available in 15 shades in a long wear formula. They apply through a flexible tip, which bends and curves around the eye with ease and disperses just the right amount of fluid without becoming messy. We have four of the shades to share with you.
What I love is the pigment, it’s so bold and true to how the packaging portrays.
VINCENT LAPPARTIENT FOR CHRISTIAN DIOR PARFUMS
The colour is intense from the first touch and with the exception of the white, which needed a little layering; they all instantly produce a strong colour pigment.
VINCENT LAPPARTIENT FOR CHRISTIAN DIOR PARFUMS
 These are available later this month so stay tuned!


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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Suqqu Summer 2018


Left: Shakuyousa Right: Natsukasumi
Suqqu always create the most beautiful palettes, dipping your brush into the velvet powder almost feels like you are defacing a work of art.

For this Summer (summer really is coming, I promise), they have launched two eye shadow palettes, a blush palette and two summery lipsticks.

Inspired by the Japanese landscape in the summer months, these palettes have four shades with one of those shades being a graduated tone.
 Each palette has a graduated shade, two deeper tones and a lighter highlight. One is warm toned and one cooler depending on which suits you best.

 The top right shades translate very naturally in the skin so will require a bit of work to build up. The darkest shade on the other hand is extremely pigmented so you need to adjust your brush choice between shades to get the desired pay-off. Go for firm shorthaired brush for the lighter shades and a looser, longer brush for the deeper shades.




 The colours within represent the burnt sand and the refection on the sea of the purple tones in the misty sky.




 The blusher is inspired from the summer cherry Blossoms. Doesn’t this make you want to hop on a plane to Japan right now!

Hoteribeni
 The blusher is very pigmented, think geisha style, and has a frosted silver pigment shot through it.
The two lipsticks are deeply hydrating; again with a strong colour payoff and the sherbet tones give a sweet summery pop of colour.

Left:111 Right:110
 I don’t have a launch date for the collection but keep an eye out here for it over the next few weeks.

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Friday, 6 April 2018

Jeremy Scott x MAC



We have had this in the office for a few weeks now but if you follow us on Instagram/Twitter you will know we have had office moves, house moves all in horrific snow conditions. This wonderful collaboration between MAC and Jeremy Scott has been on my desk, moved in a box and is now back on my desk. Anyway I’m now finally getting around to reviewing it.


 The collection is still currently available although the eye shadow kit is currently unavailable online. We haven’t really felt too inspired by a lot of the recent MAC launches, however this one is right up our street.



Jeremy Scott is an American Fashion designer and currently the creative director at Moschino. His style is pretty out there, using vibrant colours and clashing prints.



The collection is within possibly the coolest packaging. It’s a nod to the 80’s and is housed within a boom box and CD Mix tape. Even the eye shadows are set out as a volume bar.


The eye shadow palette within the boombox contains 29 shades in a vibrant kaleidoscope of matte, satin, lustre and veluxe pearl finish. As far as I can see, every shade is a new one with no re-promotes.



Standard excellent pigment payoff and finish we all know and love from MAC which will allow you to create multiple looks for days when you feel like going all out or even when you just want an accent colour at the lash line for a bit of fun.



This palette is £75.00



The cheek palette is presented on a mix tape and holds a blush, bronze and highlight.



The cheek palete is £35.00.

Check out the collection and also the brushes which are grouped with the collection here.
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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Trish McEvoy Dry sheet mask


image:www.liberty.com
Sheet masks are always a nice way to use a mask with little fuss or effort but sometimes the wet and cold slimy product from these, dripping down your neck can be a little off putting. Sam in particular hates using sheet masks because she can’t bear the wet texture over her throat.

This week we have been testing out the dry sheet mask from Trish McEvoy. It’s a total revelation!
 I wasn’t sure how effective it would be, seeing as it just feels like a soft paper towel laid over your face. We are so used to being able to feel the texture of the ingredients that it seemed slightly odd to apply something completely dry with no detectable product.

The mask is quite large but it has loops at the edges so that you can loop it over your ears, making the mask sit tightly onto the face.


The mask feels very soft to the touch and is activated by the heat from your skin.
 Initially you need to apply it and then massage the face gently over the top. After a few minutes you can feel comforting warmth coming from the mask. Like having a heat pad over your face. There is no sting, no tingling just a little heat, which, is purely from the mask rather than your actual skin.

The ingredients within are in their most concentrated dry form and contain Hyaluronic acid, peptides and antioxidants.

How does it feel?

The first time in a long time I can honestly say the results were actually visible instantly. The heat had given my skin the kind of glow you get after 20 minutes in a steam room. This meant that my skin was flushed, plumped and softened.
 My pores were refined and my skin appeared simply awakened.

The great thing about this mask also is that you can get three uses out of it when you use it on clean skin. You just fold it up and pop it back in the re-sealable packet. You can also lay it over a made up face, as it won’t disturb your makeup.
 I haven’t used it in this way yet but I imagine it would be awesome over the top of your bridal makeup 30 minutes before you leave the house and head up the aisle (don’t forget to take it off!). Also nice to use before a big night out whilst you are waiting for your taxi. If you use it over makeup, you can only use it once though.


The Trish McEvoy Dry sheet mask is £22.00 and available here.
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Monday, 2 April 2018

Friday, 30 March 2018

Nostalgic products


We have been discussing in the office all of our nostalgic products of the late 90’s, early 2000’s. I’m sure you can relate to our list!

Bronzing balls

Image:www.superdrug.co.uk


Little drops of carpet spoiling dynamite. One pearl can ruin any fabric within 5 feet and no amount of scrubbing to avoid a week of grounding from your parents could remove this dusty destroyer.

Sun In


Image:www.walmart.com


One spritz just never seemed enough did it? A second spritz should just about lighten it enough but before you know it you’ve attempted subtle highlights and covered your whole head and have to wait 6 months for your hair to return from a brittle straw textured mop.

Dewberry or White Musk Fragrance from The Body Shop

Inage:www.bodyshop.co.uk
Sickly sweet and quite unforgettable. I believe Dewberry has been discontinued for quite a few years but one sniff of this will transport you back to your school disco. It even came in a greasy oil if you wanted to attract the bees also.

St Ives Scrub

www.superdrug.co.uk


Like rubbing a pumice stone over your face that removes the top layers of your face. Why were we so keen to scrub our beautiful, fresh plump skin away?

Shockwaves Mousse


Image:www.boots.co.uk


Scrunch in the mousse and always dry with a massive diffuser. Hair will be left crispy and defined and if you’ve been using the Sun In then volume is guaranteed.

CK One

Image:www.amazon.com
 

Actually a really lovey fresh fragrance that I still get wafts of walking down the street. I felt like Kate moss in the 90’s as I slung this in my school bag.

Rimmel Heather Shimmer/ Avon Ginger Freeze



Image:www.superdrug.co.uk


Two must have lipsticks of the 90’s. I don’t know if it actually suited anyone but it was the trend so we had to have it!

Barry M Dazzle Dust


www.barrym.com
Similar effect to the Bronzing balls all over the carpet. Also did anyone ever finish a pot?

What were your favourite products from your youth? I’m sure there are loads we have forgotten about.
 
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Thursday, 29 March 2018

Lara Quin Luxury candles


We are always on the look out for new candles and home fragrance and when a brand has a sweet back-story it encourages you to love it even more.
 Lara Quin is a luxury candle, room fragrance and reed diffuser brand which was created after the founder Jess, was touched by an act of kindness by a complete stranger.


 Whilst upset at a train station after some terrible news a lady approached her, gave a huge hug, a cup of hot chocolate and told her tomorrow would look a little brighter. The ladies name was Lara Quin and from that moment was the inspiration behind the collection.

Each candle is presented in a white frosted weighty glass holder and rose gold accents. The candles are all soy wax with cotton wicks and are blended with eco-friendly bases of essential oils and essence of gemstones.

The fragrance from these candles is phenomenal. As soon as you walk into the room you can detect the scent, even when it hasn’t been burning.
 Fragrance options include Smoky Quartz and Coco fig, Rose Quartz and Jasmine Orchid, Smoky Quartz and Himalayan Cedar  (my favourite) and Sonora Sunrise which, literally smells like you just stepped into a five star spa.
 Lara Quin also has a set of miniatures and reed diffusers, which are all packaged in a beautiful, dove grey box with satin ribbon.

Definitely a brand to watch out for and a little reminder of the kindness in the world, which quite often is easy to forget.

These are available from https://laraquin.com/ and are priced at £30 each for the large candles and £34.00 each for the reed diffusers.
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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

bareMinerals Gen Nude Blush


Now that the days are getting a little brighter (Hurrah) we need to make sure our makeup still looks well blended in the daylight. Excellent blending and layering sheer washed of different products on the skin helps to achieve this but it also helps if you have softly buildable products (the cool people call it draping).



 BareMinerals have recently launched their range of nude blushers and in true Bare Minerals style they are composed of naturally derived pigments, which are fine textured, talc free and contain blurring properties, which give a soft focus finish.



On first touch these feel creamy but are a silky powder that blends easily and lasts well throughout the day. The colours are obviously nude but are still in a good array of tones. Don’t expect a bold blush, especially if you have a darker skin tone, they don’t really produce a strong pay off but lovely for a sheer springtime touch of colour.


Available in 12 shades, which we have 10 of shown above.



These are available here and are £22.00 each.
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Monday, 26 March 2018

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

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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 http://www.clarins.co.uk/

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