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Thursday, 8 December 2016

New Updated Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation




This foundation has always been one of our favourite Drug store foundations so we were keen to test
out the new and improved version which hits the stores from January 2017.
 It's always a bit of a worry when a brand changes an old fave because it usually means it's not as good, thankfully that is not the case here.


 What's different?

Basically it is the radiance properties which have changed and there's a bit of extra oomph from the combination of vitamin C, E and B5. The coated colour pigments bounce the light and provide a silky finish to the skin, almost like you have a pair of 5 denier tights over your face!

What we love about this foundation is that it's not a chalky foundation, which drug store foundations often are. If you were blindfolded and given this foundation and a high end foundation to feel I don't think you could feel the difference. The creamy texture massages into the skin without clinging and absorbs quickly without drying. The finish is a healthy glow that basically looks just like natural fresh skin.
 Coverage is light but buildable to medium and would work well on all skins even the very dry.
 There are some new shade extensions in number 50, 57, and 58. Great that drugstore brands are finally realising that we need more lighter and deeper tones in affordable foundation but still not as dark as we would like to see. With the exception of the shades in No 50 and 55 all of the shades have a warm yellow base.



The new healthy mix still has the pleasant fresh aroma and lasts just as well on the skin too.
 This foundation will be available from January 20th at all the normal locations.

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Mature evening makup

Check out our tutorial on evening/party makeup for a mature lady...


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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

YSL Rouge pur couture collector sparkle clash edition


If you're a lover of gorgeous packaging and a bright lip then you need to check out the YSL Sparkle Clash collection which is limited edition for this Christmas. They have an eye shadow palette and Touche éclat in the same sparkle packaging too but we think there is something particularly special and satisfying about the lipsticks.


 The lipsticks are embossed with stars and have a creamy intensity with an opaque finish. The texture is almost water like rather than sticky. They produce a soft sheen on the lips, nothing glittery as you may expect.



These lipsticks and the rest of the collection are available here now nationwide for a limited time.
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Monday, 5 December 2016

Topshop Glow prime and finish


These two liquid highlighters from Topshop are a great dupe for the amazing Hourglass Ambient light correcting primer. They are similar in texture and the amount of reflection they offer but just a slightly different tone.

On initial application these highlighters feel like they are going to be thick and sticky but actually once they are massaged in they absorb pretty fast.
 The rich texture produces a very opulent highlight that sits well under makeup as a radiant primer or can be added to the high points for a healthy sheen. They really do look gorgeous on the skin.


For a fairer skin choose the shade super-natural. It's a moonlit pearl which has a slight pinky reflection. 

Lightyear would work well on a medium to olive skin tone. It's a milky golden shade but very subtle.

Each primer is £12.00 and available now here.

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Friday, 2 December 2016

MAC Shadescents



  Remember when it was fashionable to match your nails to you lips? MAC have taken that to a new level and have developed fragrances inspired by selected lipstick shades. Each fragrance use ingredients inspired by 6 of their iconic lipsticks.


The lipstick and fragrance options are:

Ruby Woo- Woody floral   
Candy Yum-Yum-Fruity floral gourmand   
Lady danger-Woody floriental   
My heroine-Woody leather  
Créme D’nude-Amber musk    
Velvet teddy- Wild honey  

             
We have the Ruby Woo fragrance and were pleasantly suprised. It has a deep leather aroma but with a delicate fresh floral. Glamourous and sultry and definitely one for a winter evening. Well done MAC you really have captured the essence of Ruby Woo in a bottle.

These fragrances are limited edition, £35 each and are exclusively available from Harrods from 1st December to tie in nicely with world Aids day.




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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Lip Magnet-New matte lipstick from Giorgio Armani #ad

During the Autumn/Winter months we love to keep our skin looking hydrated and fresh with just a pop of colour on the lips. Lip Magnet looks awesome worn as the statement piece for your day or evening look. Keep skin natural, slick on a feline flick of liquid liner and apply two coats of your chosen lip magnet. In the evening you could team it up with a complimentary blush to add a little more colour.

Lips suffer more than ever in the autumn/winter months. The heating goes on, the weather gets colder and our skin in general suffers. With the skin on the lips being far thinner than anywhere else on the body it’s understandable that these external aggravators are going to take their toll. This is why it’s so important to choose your lip products wisely. You need a product, which will feel comfortable and not drying but also not so sticky that a gust of wind will stick your hair to your lips.





This week we have been testing out the Lip Magnet from Giorgio Armani Beauty and it is ticking all the right boxes for us.
 The lip magnet is available in 18 shades, which are presented in a clear pot, enabling you to see the colour inside. The application wand is a teardrop shape, which is made from a flexible sponge. The tip of the teardrop is shaped perfectly to allow you to apply the product with perfect precision. It flexes to the shape of the lip and by using it on the very tip you can create a sharp, defined shape within the cupids bow.

Lip Magnet is inspired by the finish of the Fusion makeup within the Giorgio Armani Beauty range. It applies with a lightweight, water effect finish. The ultra thin film of colour sweeps over the lip with a strong colour payoff and a bold punchy finish. They dry off almost instantly but due to the ingredient mix of water and fine oils the pigments don’t settle on dry areas of the lips. The wash of colour is even all over and as it wears throughout the day there is no pooling or patchiness to the colour. Lips feel totally bare and maintain their hydration throughout the day or evening.

The finish, once dry is totally matte and as the name suggests, they grip to the lips immediately. You are left with a second skin effect with a super concentrated colour. Apply a sheer wash initially to give you a base and then go back in with a second coat to build colour and shape. The water content in the Lip magnet gradually evaporates causing the oils and pigment to fuse and intensify the colour pigment. They wear so well. They don’t fade or separate and will see you throughout the working day with no touch ups required.

Let’s look at the shades…


300  302
400 401 403 402
502 504 501 506 500 503 507
600 602 601

For the daytime 504 is a beautiful peachy pink with golden undertones or 301 if you like something a little warmer. Our favourite shades for the evening are 302 for a vibrant glamorous tomato red and 600 for a vampy look.

If you are someone who likes to apply their lip product and not have to worry about touch-ups and who prefers a matte but hydrated finish then this is definitely a product to check out.

This product is available nationwide from 26th October or can be purchased at www.armanibeauty.co.uk

After Lip magnet has sold out in Selfridges it will be available nationwide! 

@armanibeauty
#armanibeauty #lipmagnet #ad
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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Marc Jacobs About last night

Marc Jacobs has some beautiful sets for Christmas if you are feeling like splashing out a little.
 We have two kits to share with you, one for the lips and one for the eyes and cheeks. Both kits are presented in a stunning clutch style compact. 
 Each case is a metallic cushioned zip up clutch with added black tassle detail. I just wish it was easier to pop out the eye shadows so that the case could be re used as an evening bag.


The lips selection called Up all night includes 5 mini lipsticks. I love a mini lip product because the size actually makes it easier to apply with precision. The pigment is insanely good. Bold, rich and with a satin finish.

Nice little mix of shades with something for everyone however because each shade is totally different from the next you probably are only going to like one or two colours in the collection.




The face and eye palette in Object of desire is the perfect weekend away palette. The eye shadows are satin and metallic finish and offer up either a neutral beige eye or a smoky plum look. Two blushers in apricot or rose pink and  a golden pearl highlight.
 Good colour pay off and the black infused with plum sparkle is instantly black with little effort needed to build the intensity. Shades do have a little fall out.




 

The Style Eye-Con No2 palette is HUGE! Initially I thought it was another giant bronzer but in fact it is a 20 shadow palette. The darker shades have a really great pay-off and blend out beautifully. The lighter shades are a little bit wishy-washy and blend away to not much but can be built up with a bit of patience. The best shades are the metallic golds and bronzes. The reflection from these is superb.



It's not a palette you are likely to carry in your bag but definitely one to keep on your dresser. The colour choice is great with some really good mid tone shades to contour the socket with.

You can purchase the palettes and more for a limited time here.

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Affordable gift guide

Check out our guide on what we are loving for this Christmas..


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Friday, 25 November 2016


 

 My skin has been freaking out a little recently. I'm not sure if it's the change in the weather temperature, if my diet has not been particularly great or if I just haven't been giving my skin the attention it needs...probably all of the above.

I always tend to use balm cleansers but as these don’t seem to be working for me at the moment I thought I would change it up a bit. My skin has been really bumpy under the surface, not cystic spots but just little lumps, which never amount to anything. These areas are generally around the sides of the chin and only really noticeable to me but still very annoying.
I began testing the anti-ageing cleansing gel from Peter Thomas Roth. It is a liquid gel, which is scented with a delicate peach. It should be applied to damp skin and massaged over before rinsing off.

What does it contain?

Glycolic acid, salicylic acid and citric acid with white oak bark, lemon, linden and grapefruit. It is for all skin types except sensitive.
 With a list of ingredients such as this you can be sure of some serious exfoliation. Being a cleanser it’s not a product that remains on the skin for too long. If you have areas that need extra exfoliation then ensure you massage the cleanser over for a little longer.

This cleanser does leave your skin feeling totally clean and lifts away makeup easily, although I wouldn’t recommend using it over the eyes, it’s a bit too acidic for that.

 It advises use on all skins but I did find that after continuous use my skin began to feel a little dry. If you have a combination or oily skin then you will love the matte feeling this leaves after removal but a dryer skin will feel taught and a little uncomfortable.
Gives great clarity to a dulling skin and removes dead skin cells, which can lead to breakouts. Because of the various acids contained be extra cautious in the sunshine.

Available from Selfridges for £25.00

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