Monday, 15 September 2014

Latest from LFW 2015

London fashion week kicked off last Friday for Spring/summer 2015 and all weekend we have been getting updates on what's been going on.
 We thought we would share some key looks with you.

Brazilian fashion designer Mariana Jungmann collaborated with Face Lace showcasing their pearlescent foil pieces for the face and body. The inspiration was a magical underwater sea world making the models look like sirens of the ocean.
 Luke Henshaw for L'Oreal professional created a messy tomboy style for the Daks show. Based on the Teddy boys of the fifties it had was slicked back at the sides but with a feminine twisted plait at the back.

 
Adam reed again for L'Oreal professional created a semi wet look, worn in pony tail. Using a metallic gloss from L'Oreal TechniArt to slick back the sides. 


We will keep you up to date with the looks from this years show as we receive them in.
What looks have you seen that you particularly like this season?



Thursday, 11 September 2014

Bobbi Brown Smokey Nudes


This time of year we do see a ton of similar palettes and although beautiful in their own right it's sometimes hard to distinguish one from the next. When I saw this new palette from Bobbi Brown (launching this September) I thought is this going to be something like I have already seen. How wrong to jump to a conclusion!
 What I loved about this palette first of all was it's size and shape. Rather than a long palette this duo layer powder shadow palette houses eight shades in a mix of finishes all neatly packed into a 3'x3' palette.
 The tortoise shell effect palette has two layers. The top layer pulls back on opening and the bottom layer is a drawer which pulls out.


Top layer...
Includes a buttermilk with a matte finish, a soft apricot, also matte and a mink in matte. The forth shadow provides a sheer wash of wet look sparkle set in a smokey taupe colour. The fine reflective pigments include gold, rose gold and silver glitter.
 Bottom layer...
A shimmering pearl pink with gold and lavender glitter, a metallic champagne, a metallic grey/taupe and a matte aubergine/black in matte. The last colour could also be used as an eyeliner also.

No fall out from these shadows onto the face although the glitter does travel into the other shades a little in the palette.
 Colours blend easily and there is good selection of tones and shades to take your makeup from day through to night.
 The size of this palette makes it ideal for travelling or to pop into your handbag. The mirrored lid makes is simple to touch up on the go.
 This palette is £48.00 which I actually think is not a bad price for eight great quality shades in such a convenient sized palette.
Available now http://tidd.ly/66476128

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Clarins Instant Concealer


This concealer is basically an extra 5 hours sleep in a bottle. Being a water based, aloe vera infused concealer means this glides into the skin giving the illusion of a second skin. Creamy but due to the high water content it doesn't settle into fine lines. Provides a medium but buildable coverage that evens out pigmentation and dark circles without looking ashy or over illuminated (providing you choose the right colour).
 Caffeine extract stimulates the delicate skin to help shift toxins, reduce puffiness and give skin a revitalised freshness.
 The finish is softly radiant without being illuminating so you won't get any flash back or panda eyes!
 Only available in three shades which is a shame. Each colour has a peach undertone. The peach tone counteracts the grey/blue undertones of dark circles. The three tones they do have however are really great at bouncing the light off of dark circles and give a beautiful silky, smooth finish under and around the eye.

 These colours would only work on a light through to medium skin toned. Would be no good for an olive through to dark skin tone.
 This concealer is also nice on those no makeup days when you just want to even out the skin gently and cover the bags!
 15ml is £21.00 and a little goes a long way so this would last you a good few months.
Available now from www.clarins.co.uk



Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Models Own Diamond Luxe Collection

 New this September (19th) Models Own launch their Diamond luxe collection. What makes these different? Each shade is infused with diamond dust.
The limited edition gold capped bottle gives an air of glamour whilst the colour pigments of each shade are bold and vibrant. The diamond dust gives a multi dimensional shimmer which compliments and reflects the natural colour of the shade. The shimmering diamond dust is very delicate and softly catches the light. Because the shimmer is very fine the polish can be removed easily without any shards of glitter being left on the nail bed.
 Two coats give a solid wash of colour and I found wear time lasted 4 days before it started to look a little ragged around the edges.
 Available in ten shades ranging from taupe, teal through to lilac and fuchsia.
We took a look at five of the shades.
Marquise Maroon
Princess Pink
Asscher Blue
Carat Coral
Pear Purple


 Each shade is £4.99 each and available from 19th September at www.modelsownit.com from Models Own bottle shops from 20th and from Superdrug from 24th September.


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Estee Lauder Autumn launches

September brings some new launches from Estee Lauder and this season it's all about sculpting.

Their new foundation is called Perfectionist Youth-infusing makeup. What's different about this foundation? It is infused with their perfectionist serum so along with the benefits of a foundation it also gives you the added skin care. Saves a bit of time in the morning I guess! The serum part helps to plump out fine lines (using hyaluronic acid) and helps to restructure skin by promoting collagen and elastin. It also contains an SPF 25 to protect skin all year round. I would say because of the serum this foundation would be suited for 30 years and up or younger if you find that fine lines are your issue.
 Coverage is medium but buildable and although this foundation has optical diffusers which give a soft radiance it does feel matte to the touch. Drys off quickly so blend fast. Ticks all the boxes with regards to working on all skin types. Looks nice on an oily skin as it doesn't feel tacky and on a dry skin it reflects the light to give radiance. Oil free and fragrance free (I don't particularly like the natural smell of it). Ensure your skin is well moisturised or primed before application as I found it settled a little on any dryer parts.
 Colours come in a whopping 22 shades and due to the specialist pigment technology the colours do blend easily into your individual skin tone making it easy to pick your shade.
 A really nice addition to the Lauder line up of foundation to give a healthy natural look that mimicks the natural skin.
 This foundation is £37.00.

 New sculpting eyeshadow palettes in five different colour options. Each palette includes five shades which work in harmony with each other to create a natural contour for day or evening. Shades are designed to contour and highlight naturally with high colour pigment and a mix of rich warm and cool tones.
L Ivory Power, Top R Untamed Teal, Bottom R Defiant Nude
All colours are powder and are a velvet matte, satin and pearl finish. The colours feel so creamy and rich that you can even blend over the eye with your finger and it will give you a full cover. I love the finish of these colours. Luxurious and so easy to use. These pigments are seriously string and blend like a dream. We only have three palettes to show you (see above). These are £40.00 each.
01 Defiant Nude





02 Ivory Power




07 Untamed Teal
Both the foundation and eye shadow palettes are available from 1st September 2014








Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Top Shop Beauty

We are loving these key pieces from Top Shop for Autumn. Autumn colours don't always have to be about matte skin and a russet lip. Keep skin fresh and glowing and opt for a deeper, vibrant lip.
 These are some of the key pieces for Autumn at the moment from Top Shop.


1- Glow Highlighter in Gleam-£9.00
Whipped cream highlighter that gives a beautiful antique gold radiance. Apply to the high points of the face and down the bridge of the nose to give an autumnal radiance.

2-Fast Lane Lipstick-£8.00
Fuschia/Raspberry lipstick. The cool undertones make teeth look pearly white. Moisturising with a soft sheen finish.

3-Falling fast Lipstick-£8.00
Golden coral which looks much softer on the flesh and is much pinker than you think it will be.
 Lipsticks are also two for £12.00 at the moment..what a bargain!


 4 - Freckle Pencil-£5.00
I know you can pretty much use a brow pencil, eye liner etc however they can sometimes be too hard and difficult to create a fine, natural freckle with. This pencil is a soft texture and the colour translates as a warm chocolate brown.

These products are all available now in store and online from www.topshop.com
 
 



Monday, 1 September 2014

Urban Decay Pulp Fiction collection

Oh my god! 20 years since the release of Pulp Fiction! How old does that make us feel! If you haven't seen this film you must add it to your must-see list (providing you are over 18). You may need to watch it a few times to pick up the twists and turns but an awesome film that was way ahead of it's time.
 The iconic image is of Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace. A look i'm sure most of us have recreated in our time.
Picture courtesy of picniccinema.co.uk
The collection features a five shadow eye palette, lipstick and lip liner to create the perfect red pout, nail varnish and liquid liner.


The five shadows are powder and have a really amazing payoff however the texture is a little crumbly and does drop. Shades are a mix of matte and satin finishes. One of the colours is split between a white shimmer and matte black. The palette is £17.50.


The packaging features the Ezekiel passage quoted by Jules Winnfield in the film.

The liquid liner (£14.00) is a black liner infused with a silver glitter. Mia Wallace never wore a glitter liner in the film however Urban Decay have tried to give the collection a more modern twist. I think I prefer the look with a jet black liner though.


The lip products are a good colour match for the image of Mia in the film. A deep cherry red with a soft sheen. The pencil called Miss Mia Wallace is also waterproof. Base your lips with this liner and you will always have a red stain to the lips even after hours of wear.

The lipstick also called Miss Mia Wallace is £15.00 and the liner is £13.00.



It is very 90's to have matching lips and nails so team up the nails with the deep red nail varnish (£10.00) also called Miss Mia Wallace. 

This collection is available from September from selected Debenhams, House of Fraser, Selfridges and online from Feel Unique and Beauty Bay.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Our fragrance favourites at the moment

We have been planning to do a female fragrance tutorial for ages now but just haven't gotten around to it. There are so many fragrances released throughout the year it's mind blowing. The fragrances we have chosen for this blog are ones that we always return to time and time again. We only wish we had smell-o-vision for you!





Escentric molecules-Molecule 01

First is a fragrance that we have smelt on a few men we know. This fragrance is unisex however it does always seem to smell nicer on guys!
 This fragrance consists of an ingredient called Iso E super along with pink pepper and green lime. It has a naturally sandalwood/cedarwood scent but on initial spritz it doesn't really smell of anything except alcohol. This scent works on your pheromones and will develop differently on each individual. Once it has been on for 10 minutes it develops into a quite earthy, woody scent. I can never smell it on the skin after a while but so many people ask me what I am wearing when I have it on so I guess it's just my natural pheromones attracting people in!!
100ml is £66.00 and available from Liberty http://tidd.ly/e9232bc3

Jo Malone- Blackberry & Bay

  This is not only a favourite of ours but also Tanya Burr's. It's no secret that we adore most of everything which Jo Malone launches however this one will always be the best in our eyes. Fruity, autumnal, fresh but with a woody depth. It's just scrumptious and by no means sweet or sickly. This also has a cedarwood base note so maybe cedarwood is the common factor in our faves! Not a fragrance for longevity unfortunately so if your purse stretches team with the shower gel and body cream also.
30ml-£40, 100ml-£82.00 and available from www.jomalone.com

Chanel-Coco Noir


This can be described by no other words than sexy! it's intense but not overpowering, fruity but not sickly and again has a spicy, woody undertone. We can smell it on someone a mile off it's so recognisable. It smells of pure richness and luxury. Not as soapy as Chanel No5 but not as lively and green as Chanel Chance. Sits somewhere in between. The bottle if nothing else is reason to purchase!
 50ml is £75.00 and available here http://tidd.ly/26d69dbc

Terry de Gunzburg-Flagrant Delice 

Pure almond soapy-ness (is that a word?) The combination of almond milk, fig and red currant almost give it a coconut undertone. You smell the almond first of all and once it develops its the fig which stands out. Luxurious and summery but with the heavy solid glass bottle it is definitely one for the dressing table and not the handbag.
50ml-£71.00 and available from SpaceNK here http://goo.gl/NlAiTf

I know these are all on the rather pricy side but you really do pay for the quality in the ingredients used. These are all luxury items which will last months so won't need replacing as quickly.







Thursday, 21 August 2014

Trish McEvoy 24 Hour Eyeshadow and liner

For serious staying power from a cream shadow check out these shadow and liner sticks from Trish McEvoy.

 With a good inch of twist up colour these sticks are creamy and blendable. The colour pigments are rich and the payoff is amazing. Each colour has a shimmering finish. As you blend these the shimmer does spread out so be aware that the shimmer does travel onto the skin around the eye.

The longevity of these cream sticks is amazing. Even after removing the colour there was still a feint stain on the skin.
 These are £24.00 each so not cheap but because of the high pigment a little goes a lot way.




Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Illamasqua Once

The leaves outside are starting to turn golden at the edges and the air is crisp in the mornings. Autumn is a beautiful time of the year when natures colours become rich and deep. These tones have been well represented in Illamasqua's latest Autumn collection.
 Launching 29th August in store and online is their Once collection.
 Illamasqua describe this collection as decadent and lavish, dabbled with rich textures and autumnal delicate colours.
 The imagery has a very baroque period feel whilst using more modern day techniques of sculpting the face to reveal it's natural contour.
 For the eyes there are three new vintage metallic eye shadows (£22.00). Cream-gel texture with a soft but buildable colour. The shadows are creamy and easy to blend however you need to work fast. Blend each shade immediately as when they dry off they are hard to budge.
 The colours are totally wearable and look great on their own or as a base under a powder eye shadow. Each colour is infused with a tiny gold fleck which gives it an almost wet look finish.
The powder blush in Naked rose is in the regular colour line up. A soft powder pink with a cool undertone.
For the lips are two glosses (£16.50), one new and one a re-promote. The new shade called exquisite is an oyster pink. Shimmering soft pink with a pearl like reflection. The second colour called opulent doesn't look that special in the tube but is beautiful on. It is a nude beige shot with fine pink and gold pearl finish reflections.
 
 Lastly to finish off the look is a new nail varnish (£14.50) in the shade melange. An antique teal with fine rose gold highlights.
A beautiful uncomplicated collection that anyone could pull off with confidence.
Available 29th August.