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Wednesday, 17 October 2018

MAC Shiny Pretty Things Christmas Collection



 I had seven Christmases working at MAC and it was always my absolute favourite time. The buzz on the counter when the festive stock went out was electric and there was always a festive CD that accompanied the collection for us to blast out!
 If you have ever worked at MAC you will be familiar with these questions from customers during this time..
“Last years collection was better”, “Can I swap the products because I like the lipstick from that collection but the eye shadow palette from the other?” And there will always be someone on Christmas Eve moaning that we were now out of stock of all the best stuff!
 We have a few pieces from this years Shiny Pretty Things Christmas collection to share with you.
 Firstly, this collection is available from Thursday 18th October. If there are pieces you definitely want to purchase then you need to get them the week they are out. I promise you by November 1st the good stuff will be gone and not all stores will be replenished ( In my experience anyway).

Let’s take a look ..

The Shiny Pretty Things Lip Kit is a lipstick lovers dream. 10 shades of cult favourites all in mini form.
Shades from L: Snob, Twig, See Sheer, Relentlessly Red, Ruby Woo,show Orchid, Rebel, Velvet Teddy, Chili, Diva

 There is a mix of finishes from matte, lustre, satin, retro matte and amplified crème.
 This is £65.00
I quite like the metallic foil finish to the eye palettes. There’s something quite 80’s about them. We have the Smoky palette, which is in electric blue packaging.


 Nine shades, again in a mix of finishes and a doubled ended application and blending brush.
 This palette is £29.00

The brush kit packaging is probably my least favourite.

  Feels a bit like a posh jiffy bag but the brushes within are the great standard MAC brush that you know and love.
 The brush kits are £39.00

For the highligter lovers there is a mini pink lite Strobe cream, powder highlighter and angled mini brush. This kit is £39.00 and I imagine will be one of the faster selling items. Everyone loves a highlight at Christmas.
You'll also find packets of glitter pigments, lip glosses, lipsticks and lip kits within the collection.
 The whole collection is available from tomorrow, the 18th October.
 




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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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Thursday, 11 October 2018

Pat McGrath Labs Lip Fetish


There’s always a storm when Pat McGrath launches a new product. It’s like we’re all privy to an industry insider product. Hot off of the back of New York and London Fashion Week where Pat McGrath products graced shows such as Victoria Beckham, Anna Sui, Calvin Klein and coach.
 Launching 22nd September (although I have just seen they are available online now) Pat McGrath Labs is releasing 9 new lip fetish shades.
 Firstly, I’m loving the cardboard packaging in a newspaper style print with gold embossed letters and cotton fastening.  The lip products themselves are housed in white and gold click-shut packaging with a golden 3D lip wrapped around the base.

The lipstick revolves up with a satisfyingly rounded bullet and allows a precision application.
 The colours appear bold in the bullet but these are not a strongly pigmented product, they are balmy tints that envelop the lip in an emollient rich slick of colour that works with the natural tones of the lip underneath but still providing just a touch of colour.
 The added ingredients are like a hug for the lips and you can be sure your lips will be protected, and enriched with vitamins and anti-oxidants. Both hydrating and comforting.
 Shades are delicate and include a mix of bronzed roses, coral, soft vino and mulberry russets.
 You will probably find that most shades will fit all.
 The texture is wonderful and leaves the lips with a low level sheen. For effectively, a balm, the colour lasts well on the lips and the moisturised texture does remain for hours.
 You can purchase shades individually for £30 or as part of a pre-selected trio for £74 or if you've won the lottery you can buy the whole nine shades for £215. Shipping costs will also occur if you’re out of the states.
 You can view the collection here and shop online now.
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Thursday, 4 October 2018

Hourglass Ambient-Unlocked Palette


Hourglass have launched their Ambient-Unlocked palette and this years is a palette with a purpose. To celebrate that Hourglass is cruelty free and this palette in particular is 100% vegan, a portion of the cost of this product goes towards supporting the Non Human Rights Project.


 The Non Human Rights Project is the only civil rights organisation in the US that is working towards legally recognising the rights of nonhuman animals. You can read about the organisation here.

The palette features 6 new exclusive shades but still typical to what you would expect to see in the usual Ambient palettes.


 Something for all skin tones and in a blend of skin uplifting and radiance enhancing tones.

 The finish is subtle enough to dust all over to enhance your complexion or to layer on top of your blusher to highlight. The dusky pink shade in Mood flush is particularly pretty on the apples of the cheeks for a gloriously natural pink flush.


 The boldest shade is the Metallic strobe, which, is a Moonlit Pearl. It’s the most obvious shade amongst the 6 but not so illuminating that it could ever be too much.

This palette is available now here for £69.00 and you’ll know you’ve picked up the right palette as the packaging has a bunny silhouette in the Hourglass ‘H’.


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Monday, 1 October 2018

Surratt Lid Lacquer



Ooh this is right up our street. Smudgy, greasy, messy, unkempt and easy to just slick on. This is not a product to faff with. Wash it over the lid and wear it messy. Don’t try to tame it with a blending brush or setting powder, just go with it.

 The texture is very creamy and the finish is a reflective vinyl. It doesn’t feel sticky but it never really dries so you can expect separation and creasing although this is how it’s meant to perform.
Available in 8 moody shades which are best worn on their own as blending together creates a bit of a muddy pool of colour, unless this is how you want to wear it






Surratt Lid Lacquers are £34 each and available here.

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Friday, 28 September 2018

bare Minerals Barepro Glow




If your highlighter specifications are somewhere between MAC Strobe cream and Iconic London illuminator then check out bare Minerals Bare pro Glow.

 Bare Minerals have this month launched their liquid highlighter in four shades.

The texture is a medium thickness liquid, which blends easily and dries fast with no greasy residue.

 Mineral lustre pearls are suspended in the liquid to give a slightly metallic finish with a fine shimmer. It’s not a subtle highlighter but it’s easy to work with and can be used without fear of a robotic finish.


 bare Minerals also advise dropping some into your foundation for an all over glow however, it would be pretty intense and definitely not a good look for a combination or oily skin.

 Nicer to tap on to the high points or buff over the skin with a firm stippling brush. A little creates just enough so don’t go crazy with this.

 Because of the drier finish, this lasts well on the skin and doesn’t transfer or travel on the skin. This bi-phase liquid contains oat sugar, green lentil extract and bamboo extract.


 They claim this will smooth the appearance of fine lines and pores, however if there are lines/pores present on the skin, I don’t believe there is much to smooth them and a highlighter certainly won’t do the job.


Barepro Glow is available here now for £23
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Thursday, 27 September 2018

Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge


'Tis almost the season! I know, I know, let’s get Halloween done first but Christmas waits for no man and the festive products are rolling in.

 The latest Dior rouge shades have launched, and although you don’t need to wait for December to slick on a red lip, these are particularly beautiful if you’ve got some festive parties coming up.
 In glorious red packaging, there are 26 shades in the line up and all with a very nostalgic powdery fragrance that I can’t quite put my finger on.

 A mix of vibrant cherr, Damson, tangerine and pillar-box red and also a very ‘hot-right-now’ red-toned black and an icy white.

 The texture is creamy and rich and each shade adds a punchy pigment with a long lasting finish.
To compliment the lipsticks are four ink lip liners. I’ve found pro’s and con’s to these lip liners.

I like the extremely precise point, the colour pigment, the fluidity and the longevity. They are also excellent if you want to alter the shape of your natural lip liner.
 The cover they give is completely opaque. You can literally re-draw in your whole lip line without it looking odd.

 What I’m not keen on is the absolute steady hand you have to have. It’s not too difficult to correct with a damp cotton bud but it stains and works better if you’re a seasoned lip liner applier!

 It also bleeds if you have fine lines so just be aware of that.



Check out all of the shades in the line-up here.
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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Apothaka




For the last few months I have been testing out some key products from Natasha Dauncey, creator of Apothaka hand blended, plant based skincare range.
I met Natasha back in June and the first thing that struck me was her skin…Absolute perfection! When she spoke to me about her new skincare launch I was super keen to test it out, especially if it would give me half the radiancethat Natasha had.
The range is predominantly an oil-based system, which, can be off putting for those with an oilier or congested skin. Natasha however has devised a range that is both effective and simplistic and uses lightweight oils that won’t lead to congestion.
 Although the Apothaka range consists of blends of essential oils, it also has now incorporated essential oil free products for those who are sensitive to EO.
I’ve been using two types of cleansing oil from the range, an essential oil free Comforting cleansing oil and Rebalancing Cleansing oil.

Comforting cleansing oil
This has been my go-to cleanser to remove heavier makeup after a night out. Its key ingredients are Jojoba and Calendula. Soothing, reparative ingredients that will hydrate and calm skin and it’s the prefect remedy after a night on the town.
The texture lifts off heavy makeup and encourages you to massage the skin, increasing blood flow and assisting muscle tone.

Rebalancing Cleansing oil
For me, this is like an at home spa experience. I like to cup over my nose and breathe deeply for a few breathes before massaging this cleanser all over. The blend of Jojoba, Geranium, Lavender and Comfrey work well to not over power the senses but provide a relaxing aroma that is a joy to use. Very enjoyable to use as part of a bedtime routine.
As well as being soothing this oil is really light in texture so if your skin leans more toward combination, you won’t feel clogged or greasy. Nice for a stressed out skin and those who enjoy the process of using a soothing and relaxing oil to remove the day from your skin.

To use these oils simply massage over dry skin and splash your skin with warm
water to emulsify. Massage a little further and remove with a washcloth.

I’ve enjoyed using the cleansing oils from the Apothaka range and found the size really handy to pop in my wash bag for traveling with. Great for a thorough cleanse but also a real luxurious treat to use.

 I have also been testing out the skin boosters from the range, which, are excellent when your skin needs a little pick-me-up, Also great to mix a drop with your foundation if you have very dry skin to give you a beautiful radiance.

You can shop the Apothaka range here.
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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Huda Beauty Precious Stones Obsessions




Ooh, these are nice. Little palettes of intense payoff, great shade selection in complimentary tones all in a mix of matte, satin and shimmer finishes.

 The new Precious Stones Obsessions palettes hold 9 shades and are available in 5 different shade options.

 Taking inspiration from gemstones, these provide a vibrant blend of eye catching tones that work from day through to night, all within a pocket sized palette with mirrored lid.
Ruby Obsessions
Sapphire Obsessions
Topaz Obsessions
Emerald Obsessions

Amethyst Obsessions
The pigment payoff is excellent and the blendability is dreamy. Easy to use, easy to wear and the drop down is actually minimal (usually I find drop down is bad from Huda Beauty).

 The Precious Stones Obsession palettes are available here and are sold individually for £25 each.



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Monday, 17 September 2018

it cosmetics Oil-Free Matte CC Cream








We’ve had the standard CC with SPF50, the glowing version and finally the oil-free matte version.

 It Cosmetics CC cream has become the cult product to have. I often wear the standard one and switch between the medium and Medium Tan depending on the season.

 This month I have been testing out the Your skin but better CC Oil-free matte.

The coverage feels heavier than both the standard and glowing CC versions and has an almost chalky texture to begin with. It quickly blends out to a smoother creamier finish; you just need to work it a bit. Using a facial spritz or applying a slick of moisturiser beforehand also helps to blend if your skin is not particularly oily.

I found the coverage really good and gave a velvet totally matte finish to the skin. It has a very flawless and filtered effect to the skin but if you wanted to sheer it out you could mix it with your moisturiser.

The negatives for me were that it was a little clingy. If you have any dry patches, texture or a particularly hairy face then it will be visible. It’s also a very flat finish, which is obviously the desired finish for a very oily skin, but you do feel that you need to add a bit of highlight onto the skin to give it dimension.

12 shades available that include deeper tones but generally the shades are for fairer to olive skins. I found the shades came up a shade lighter than you expect.
Shade: Medium

 Good SPF40 protection with no flashback and the high protection make it a nice choice to use all year round.

It Cosmetics CC+ Oil Free Matte is available now here and is £30 for 32ml pump action tube.


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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Great Hair Days by Luke Hersheson


Hair and makeup have always come hand in hand when working in this industry but hair has never really been our thing. Whilst studying makeup at college, hairdressing was a prerequisite but also the lesson we tended to bunk off, favouring eating crisps in the common room over learning the difference between the medulla and the cuticle.

 Hairdressing and how to achieve great hair has come along way since our studying days. It almost seems to have been simplified with the emphasis on hair quality, texture and effortless finish over the prom style curl and overuse of the back comb.


If you are a student struggling to get to grips (no pun intended) with the world of hair or just someone who has never understood how to tame their own mane then the glorious new book by Hair dressing royalty Luke Hersheson is an essential.

Not only a coffee table centre piece (also has three front cover colour options to suit), but also a hair bible for all. Beautifully presented in easy to read sections, detailing everything from how to discover your hair type and exactly how to manage it. What you should be requesting from your own hairdresser and how to recognise when they’re doing you an injustice.
 It gets to the root of exactly what tools and products you need but more importantly, what you shouldn’t be wasting your money on.

 There are current product recommendations from budget to luxury and also great advice on treating your hair from the inside out via your diet.

 It also has recommendations on which celebrity looks to ask for and also what professionals you need to be following on social media to gather your inspiration.

Luke Hersheson’s book is available now for £20 and available here. If you’re thinking of Christmas gifts for beauty and hair fanatics or students then I’m certain this will be welcomed in their stocking!
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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Cozzette Infinite Dimension Mascara



 Whether you have sparse lashes or are just a little neurotic about getting your individual lashes in exactly the right position then you may want to take a look at Cozzette Infinite Dimension Mascara.

 It’s a double-ended mascara only currently in black and is also cruelty free and vegan.


 End one is the lash volumist side and features a flat shaped curvy wand with groups of bristles enabling volume and separation. It’s a glossy texture and coats without caking and leaves the lashes with a soft fluffy finish. Smudge proof but not waterproof. The formula is creamy but dries quickly.


The second end is a super-fine wand in a twisted patter. It allows you to apply product to the finest lashes on the inner corners of the eyes or on the bottom lashes. Especially good for those with fine lashes, sparse lashes or if you struggle to apply mascara with a larger brush. It’s also nice to use after the fatter brush to separate and position the lashes.



Available now for £18.00 here.


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Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Monday, 20 August 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Powder


Chalky talc powders, which, cling to skin texture and enhance fine lines, are old news these days. Powders now tend to be a little more forgiving and allow you to still have a natural finish that also keeps your skin matte and your foundation in place.
Medium Shade
 Charlotte Tilbury is launching her new Magic Powder on the 23rd August. It’s made from Veggie powder as an alternative to talc and silky mica creates a natural matte finish but still with a brightening radiance.
 Other key ingredients include Japanese oil, Tsubaki oil, which acts as a fast-absorbing moisturiser along with squaline and olive oil derivatives to hydrate, condition and provide anti oxidant properties.

The particles are super fine and provide a fine layer of silky powder. It feels as though it’s absorbed into the skin rather than sitting on top. It merges with your natural skin tones and textures to act as a second skin.
 It’s in no way glittery or shimmery but more akin to a pair of 5 denier silk tights. A soft focus radiance that’s undetectable.
 Nice to use all over and especially great for use under the eyes, even if you have crepey or dry skin.

Available in light, medium and dark and not a cheap one at £33.00 but the 13g pot should last you a good while.

Available here and in store from 23rd August.


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Friday, 17 August 2018

Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow

Just in time for Autumn/Winter, Hourglass have launched their scattered light glitter shadows.
 5 shades of cream shadow that contain pearl pigments that reflect the light for a crystal-like shimmer.


 Pigment pay off is good and even after blending, the colour pay-off is good. Glitter is vibrant and holds its position well without transferring. Bold enough to stand alone but also weightless enough to tap over existing shadows.


 These are slightly crumbly on initial application so I  would advise creating your eye look before your base and be aware of drop down on your work area also. We all know glitter is a nightmare to remove from fabric.

Available now here for £26.00 each.

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Monday, 13 August 2018

GameFace Student Survival Kit from Estee Lauder Brands


If you have a relative or friend who is off to University this September then the GameFace survival kit is the perfect gift.

 Estee Lauder have created the GameFace box which, includes 8 mini products to see them through the first few months whilst they are finding their feet.


What’s Included…



Estee lauder Day Wear Crème SPF15

Fresh, lightweight moisturiser with added bonus of a broad Spectrum SPF15.

 Suitable for Normal to Combination skin types.



Clinique 2-1 Cleansing Micellar Gel

Give them no excuses to sleep in their makeup after the student bar crawl. This micellar gel removes makeup and general grime (not waterproof makeup) and requires a mere tissue to remove.



Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask
Slap this on overnight to wake up to hydrated, intensively moisturised skin. A great rescue for partied out skin.



Glamglow Gravity Mud

Instagram worthy mask that coats the skin in a silver veil with firming and lifting benefits to the skin.



MAC Strobe Cream

The ultimate skin pick-me-up. Use on the high points of the face or mix with your moisturiser/foundation for an all over glow.



Smashbox Super Fan Mascara

Volumising jet black mascara, which curls and separates without clumping and drop down.


Bumble & Bumble DrySpun

Who has time to wash your hair when there is so much studying/partying to be done! Spritz this on the roots for a volumising oomph.


Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Color in Ruby

Balmy bold pigment in a wearable deep red. Everyone needs a new red lipstick for a new adventure in life.



The GameFace Survival Kit is available from Tuesday 14th August for £25.00 on all of the above mentioned brand websites.
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