Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Ciate Glitter Flip



I know, I know summer’s not even over yet and we’re talking about a glitter lip, but you don’t always have to wait until the festive season to get your shimmer on!
 Glitter lip products are traditionally quite drying and after half an hour of wear they feel uncomfortably dry, gritty and separate in the centre of the lips.

 Ciate have launched seven new glitter lip products, which offer a new formula to make a glittery lip a more wearable option.

We have three shades to share with you.

These apply via a doe foot applicator and feel thick and creamy on the lips. You only need a small amount initially and then build to coat the lips fully. There is zero gritty texture.
 The colour pay off is extreme and to start with the finish will look more metallic than glittery. Once dry (and they do dry fast) you then purse your lips together repeatedly, which magically increases the glitter finish. It’s like witchcraft!
 You’re left with a subtly shimmering sparkle that is pretty and delicate rather than garish and overly festive.

 Wears off evenly but actually lasts so well that for an evening out you won’t really need to top up.
 You need something pretty heavy duty to remove it with, so go for an oily eye makeup remover. Be warned though, on removing it will spread glitter over your entire face!

These are available now for £17.00 here.
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Monday, 14 August 2017

Hourglass Confession Lipstick




There’s something quite 80’s about a long handled lipstick but none the less it does feel very glamorous albeit slightly unnecessary.
 The latest Hourglass lipsticks are an ultra slimline, high intensity refillable lipstick.

When you purchase your colour of choice it will come along with a gold long handled applicator (£28 for lipstick and applicator together). Once you have finished your lipstick you can then simply buy the refills to click into your applicator. The refills are £18 each. You could just purchase the refills on their own if you’re not fussed with the glam applicator. It still functions as a normal lipstick.

Let’s talk about the lipstick intensity! WOW! These are like applying a layer of creamy paint onto your lips. Opaque, rich pigment that translates deeper in colour tone than you expect. It covers the lip in one swipe and delivers a creamy thick layer that is actually pretty hard to remove. You need to use something oil based to get them off. They have a balmy matte finish and although it feels totally comfortable and non-drying on the lips, it would be too exposing for a dry textured or cracked skin. The matte finish highlights any flaws in the natural lip.

Beautiful array of colours, which cater for all skin tones. The slim angled tip allows great precision and because the handle is weighted it feels very comfortable and controlled to apply.

The thick texture means you don’t need to layer or re apply much which is good because you would get through this lipstick super fast if you had to touch up regularly.

If you love the finish and colour choices you can simply buy alternative colours and interchange them in your applicator.

Here are the shades…

From Left: I believe, I can't wait, I live for, I desire, I crave, My icon is, Secretly, I can't live without
From Left: At night, I've been, One time, When I'm with you, When I'm alone, If I could, I hide my
From Left: The first time, I wish, One day, No one knows, I lust for, I'll never stop, I want
I woke up, I've never, If only, I'm addicted, I've kissed, My favourite, You can find me, I always

You can get hold of these now here.




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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Dr Jart+ Rubber Mask



 So my initial thoughts on the latest mask range form Dr Jart+ were that they were slightly scary, I’ve clearly watched way to many horror films in my time. My second thought was that it’s probably just a bit of a gimmick, however it was the gimmicky-ness (is that a word?) that also attracted me to wanting to test these out.

 Dr Jart+ has launched 3 rubber skincare masks, which apply in the same way as your regular sheet mask.
 It’s a two-step system, which comprises of a pot of serum and a rubber sheet mask to apply over the top.

 There are three masks available depending on your skin type.
Bright Lover (Yellow mask), which helps to hydrate and brighten the skin. This is good for people who have a dull, dehydrated skin.
 Hydration Lover (Blue mask), which is for those with a dry skin that needs a good shot of moisture.
 Firm Lover (Pink mask), this is good for a mature or fatigued skin.

Each mask contains a different serum to benefit the specific skin type, which should be applied all over your cleansed face. There is quite a lot of serum in the pot so I applied some over my décolletage and also massaged the remainder into he backs of my hands.

  The purpose of the rubber mask is to lie over the top of the serum to help prevent the active ingredients from evaporating and allowing deeper absorption.
 The mask is not a complete full mask as you may expect from looking at the image on the box. This is a good thing; it would be mega claustrophobic in there!

  The mask comes in two sections. One, which fits neatly over the chin and mouth and one, which covers the forehead nose and upper cheeks.
 I like that it is applied in sections because it makes it more manageable and allows you to accurately position it smoothly over the face contours regardless of your face size or shape.
 I preferred the rubber mask to other sheet masks I have tried. Whilst they always feel drippy and cold whilst sliding about on your face this felt cosy and sturdy. The serum was cooling on application but as it had a gel consistency it didn’t run down my neck or drip into my eyes. The rubber coating seals in the serum and adheres to the face so much so that I could walk about my house with it on and it didn’t budge.


 Dr Jart+ recommends to wear the mask for 30-40 minutes to fully see the benefit.
 After removing there was an adequate amount of serum left to gently massage into my skin. My skin felt softened and hydrated. There were no areas of redness and it actually appeared smoother.
 I had two hormonal blemishes on my chin that were quite deep in the layers of the skin but the next morning they had fully arrived as a juicy whitehead on my skin which meant I could squeeze satisfyingly and thus remove them efficiently from my face!

The masks are £10 each (1 in a packet) and are available exclusively to Selfridges here.
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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation






I have been wearing Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation for a few months now. It's been my go-to base when I want a slightly fuller coverage but still, want my skin to look fresh and radiant rather than masked.
 When applied with a loose haired buffing brush it airbrushes the skin with a naturally flawless finish that has a buttery texture.
 It gives the skin a low-level sheen than looks hydrated with an enviable even texture.
 It’s moisturising but not greasy and would be suitable for a dry through to combination skin. It may be a little too radiant for an oily skin but the actual texture wouldn’t be offensive to those with an oilier skin, you’d just need to dust over a light loose powder to reduce the shine in areas and increase the longevity.

 Lasts really well on the skin, doesn’t cling to dryness and blends well over pores without enhancing them. Photographs with zero flashbacks even though it contains an SPF30 making it an excellent choice for bridal or editorial.

A little goes a long way so apply in small quantities and build cover with circular buffing strokes to massage it fully into the skin.

This foundation is softly scented, not an overpowering old-fashioned scent but a delicate floral. It uses notes of peach, raspberry and jasmine for a fresh botanical aroma. It’s very pleasant and although you are aware of the scent on your skin initially, it fades after an hour or so.

Colour options are limited to 12 shades and although there is a mix of pink and yellow bases, unfortunately, the shades don't go very deep.

Parure Gold comes in a 30ml pump bottle in a good sturdy black packaging. It’s a good size for travelling with and the pump has never failed on me yet!

Not a cheap option at £57.00 but a very reliable beautiful foundation that will give you enviable skin.

You can purchase here.
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Monday, 7 August 2017

My MAC interview makeup

Rolling it back to 2005 for Nic's original MAC interview....


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Friday, 4 August 2017

Urban Decay Heat Palette



Okay so finally we have our hands on the Urban Decay Heat palette. Unfortunately the weather at the moment is not really inspiring us to wear shimmering bronze and Cayenne pepper toned shadows but anyway!

The palette holds the standard 12 shadows, long mirror and dual ended makeup brush. You know the score by now with UD palettes.

The colours, as you may expect, are very warm toned and are in a mix of matte, satin and shimmer.



If you’re into Urban Decay palettes then it’s definitely one you should have in your Summer collection. The shades blend well with a small amount of fall down. Because of the red undertones of the shades I would advise completing your eye makeup before you begin your base. Any drop down smudges under your eye are going to look pretty horrific so clean up before you start your foundation base. This palette would look stunning on deeper skin tones and some of the shades would double up as a beautiful highlighter if you have an olive through to deep skin tone.

This palette is available now here for £39.50.








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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Real Techniques Powder Bleu collection



You may have seen our latest Powder Bleu launch from Real Techniques. We love using powder-based products but often find certain brushes can absorb the fine powder particles. This means you end up applying double the amount of product and wearing a hole quickly in your favourite product!

The Powder Bleu range of brushes is specifically made for use with all of your powders from powder foundations, blushers and eye shadow. The brushes are all still synthetic however the texture is ultra plush and picks up the particles on the very tips of the bristles to then lay them down evenly and precisely on the face without any fall down.

What’s in the collection?


Soft Powder Brush



This brush uses synthetic bristles, which have been crafted into a long tapered flexible dome. It’s great at precisely placing powders and bronzers on the face whilst buffing away any excess product that may get caught in the fine hairs of the face. It’s ridiculously soft and feels amazingly luxurious to use.

Soft Complexion Brush


This brush is shorter and firmer than the Soft powder brush and makes it a great choice for powder foundation of application of blusher. The firmer and more compact hairs mean that it will apply the product with greater cover.

Soft Finishing Brush




This brush is like a shorter and slimmer sister to the Powder Brush. Its petite size means it’s great for use with either contour or highlighter products. Its accuracy means you can delicately apply to the high points of the face or sculpt out the cheeks with your powder contour. It’s also nice to use with your powder blush on the apples of the cheeks.

Soft Shadow Brush





Again this brush is long and flexible but still cut with a gently tapered finish. It applies and blends eye shadow products and is a great brush to use on smaller hard to reach areas of the eye socket.

Soft Kabuki Brush



We love Kabuki brushes and this one is great when you want to use a bronzing or highlighting products on the body.

Plush Powder Puff



Keep in your bag for powder touch up’s or use it as a protective pad under your hand when applying your eye shadow. The satin strip handle means that you can easily loop your fingers through it to use as a cushion that will protect your base whilst you perfect your eyes.

We adore this range and really hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Take a look at how we use the collection below and you can shop the range here.










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Monday, 31 July 2017

Redken No Blow Dry




If you saw Sam’s tutorial last week on how she styles her hair then you may be keen to get your hands on the main product that she uses.
 After her visit to Josh Wood Atelier, she has found the Redken No Blow Dry products are a  godsend when you’re short on time or energy!

If you are someone who either hates washing their hair, because frankly who has the time or if you just prefer not to heat style your hair then you will love these treatments.

Redken has recently launched their No Blow Dry range, which is designed to be used with no heat styling (although you can if you want to).
 Often when you use products in your hair and then let the hair air dry naturally you find that the hair feels crispy of has an uneven texture.
 These new creams from Redken are specifically formulated to be twisted into wet/damp hair and left to work their magic.

These air stylers will provide effortless texture, allow movement and control frizz with minimal effort.
 Available in three creams depending on your hair thickness.
 Select Airy cream for a fine hair, just right cream for medium hair and Bossy cream for coarse or thick hair.

You can see how Sam’s hairdresser uses the product through the hair in the tutorial, which is linked below.

 Redken No Blow Dry is available now here for  £17.50 each.



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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Filorga BB-Perfect



BB creams are great for those who want a sheer base that evens skin tone without masking the skin or providing a huge amount of coverage. Great for a sensitive or reactive skin that tends to redden after a glass of wine or after exposure to the environment.

We have been testing out Filorga BB-Perfect this week. Firstly I like the packaging. A 30ml flexible tube with pump action application. Great for shoving in your cosmetic bag when travelling.
 This particular BB cream is targeted toward those who are seeing the development of fine lines or those with an aging skin.

What’s in it?

Active ingredients, which promotes skin healing and calms a red or irritated skin. It has an SPF 15 and uses specialist pigments, which melt into the skin providing a smoothed and fresh complexion.

The finish

A balmy, very radiant finish that feels cushioned and hydrated. Darker skin imperfections still show through this cover but it definitely provides a smoother finish. If you’re concerned about areas that need a little extra cover then apply a separate concealer on top in the specific areas.

My skin is combination and I found it shifted in the centre of the face by lunchtime so I would say this would be a better product for a dry and mature skin type.


Sadly only available in three shades which would be suitable for a light to medium skin tone.

We have two shades to share with you.

Filorga BB cream is £35.00 and available here.


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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Beautiful Escape travel collection



Finally Estee Lauder have grouped together all of their iconic products and popped them into a beautiful tropical leaf print bag all ready for your next trip away.


Featuring some of your must have basic items to get you through trip this limited edition travel set features 7 mini skin and hair products and 1 full size mascara.



 So what’s inside….




The Estee edit Dissolve the drama-15ml



15ml oil based cleanser that will lift off even the heaviest makeup along with waterproof liner and mascara.



Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair-7ml



Cult restorative serum, which helps repair and renew damaged or aging skin. If you have never tried this then now’s your opportunity!



Clinique Pep Start eye cream-3ml



Cooling touch eye cream making it a great choice when in a hot country. De puffs and freshens the skin.



Origins Drink up Intensive-30ml



Rich cream mask that you can layer on before you slip into bed and wake with a hydrated and replenished skin.




Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer-7.1ml



One of our all time favourite primers and a product, which we always advise to brides who need longevity from their base.



Bobbi Brown long-wear cream shadow



A cream stick eye shadow in a metallic shimmery soft apricot/pink. Would be suitable for all fair to medium skin tones and would be a beautiful highlighting product on a deeper skin tone.



Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray-50ml



Salt spray which gives texture and volume to flat hair. Great to have in your bag to give your hair a little oomph whilst you’re out and about.



MAC In Extreme Dimension 3d Black Mascara-Full Size



A whipped creamy texture in carbon black on a plastic wand filled with fine flexible teeth. Great for both volume and definition.

The Beautiful Escape collection is limited edition and available from Monday 31st July 2017 from each of the brands websites. It is £25.00 but worth £73.00 based on price per ml of full price.

Within the giftbag there is also a description card detailing information about each product and also a discount code to use when next shopping each brand.


 
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Monday, 24 July 2017

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Tan-Luxe Sleep Oil



More than anything I love products that work for me whilst I’m sleeping, which is my most favourite thing to do!
 You know the fail-safe products you can slap on with little care or attention. The ones where you wake up forgetting you ever applied them until you look in the mirror and think you actually look all right!
 I had heard about Tan-Luxe after Amy in the office had purchased on a whim but was excited to test out for myself.

 The brand was developed by beauty entrepreneur Marc Elrick and hairdresser husband Dylan who together own a hair salon in Glasgow. After years of chat with clients regarding epic tanning fails and distaste for the classic biscuit scents they set about developing a tanning brand that would deliver a no fuss tan that was completely customisable.

We have a few of the Tan-Luxe products to test out over the next few weeks but recently I have been using the Sleep oil.
 Sleep oil immediately got me excited to wash my face and get ready for bed!

The ethos behind the brand is combining skin caring benefits with self-tan to ensure your skin is stimulated, hydrated and rejuvenated overnight, all with the added benefit of a tint of tan.

It contains no parabens, mineral oils or sulfates and best of all it has no stinky aroma as it uses an odourlite fragrance technology. It’s actually one of the first self-tan's that actually smells nice; you actually enjoy being able to detect it on your skin.


All you need to do is cleanse your face as normal and then apply 6-10 drops, via the pipette applicator, depending on the depth of colour you desire.
 The oil feels totally comfortable on the skin and just feels like you are applying a regular oil based moisturiser. It’s a total luxury to wear.

On waking, I had a very subtle tint of tan to the skin. Nothing hugely obvious. My skin just looked refreshed in the way that it does after your first day in the sun on holiday.

You could use multiple times in the week to up the tan depth and if you decide that once is enough then it gradually fades away during the week with no patchiness or streaking. It also doesn’t stain your bed sheets or offend anyone else who may have to share your bed!

For those who hate the rigmarole of applying tan then this is for you. It’s also perfect if you are someone who finds their face never tans or prefers to wear a high SPF normally on their face.

Available in a 20ml bottle (sounds small but will last ages) and is £34.00 here.


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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude


Shade in Fresco

Gone are the days of thinking Estee Lauder’s Double Wear foundation is a full on base that allows for no natural skin to peek through. The latest launch this July is their Double Wear Nude water fresh makeup and my go it’s gorgeous!





It’s a weightless liquid foundation that provides the skin with a light to medium cover. It evens the skin, dulls down pigmentation areas and smooths out the overall look of the skin. The finish it gives is the piece de résistance. It literally is like you have just washed your face and still have a sheer wash of moisture over the skin.

 As you move your face the light bounces off naturally but without a hint of artificial shimmer. The pigments used within the foundation are wrapped in a flexible polymer that moves with the skin. You can really tell that the pigments move with the skin as when the light catches it looks like waves of silk on the surface of the face.

 The skin feels hydrated and velvet soft without any clinging, or patchiness over time.



It contains an SPF30 and is also oil free. Would be suitable for a very dry through to a combination skin type. The very oily among you may find it a little too reflective.



There are a whopping 33 shades in this launch in a good mix of warm and cool tones. Unfortunately we only have the shade in Fresco (which is way too light on my skin so looks a little ashy on me).

 

This foundation is available now for £32.50. Because of the huge shade range I would advise visiting a counter for the consultant to check your best match.

 You can also shop online here.




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Friday, 14 July 2017

Nip+Fab Concealer




If you’re looking for a more purse friendly alternative to the high-end concealers then check out Nip+Fab liquid concealers.

These water-based concealers apply via a flexible brush tip. The tube is squeezy so you can control the amount of product dispensing through the brush. Be careful though as I found the lighter colour to spurt out a little.
 The texture is nicely creamy but dries off to a flat matte finish, there’s no light reflection, which makes it a nice choice particularly for blemishes.

It’s a good coverage so go easy on application to avoid it caking. Sit’s nicely on the skin and even after a few hours wear I couldn’t detect much movement.
 It applies nicely onto blemishes and would conceal pigmentation and flat blemishes well. If you have any blemishes, which are particularly dry, then it will cling slightly because of the matte texture of the cream.

Colour wise it’s not extensive. A good selection of medium tones but if you have very fair skin or have a deeper skin tone then you will struggle. We have 5 out of the 6 shades available.

If you were looking to apply this concealer on blemishes then I would advise not to use the brush applicator, as it will easy to spread bacteria with this type of applicator. Either dab it onto your clean finger first or apply onto a separate brush.

 These concealers are £8.95 each and are available here.



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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Giorgio Armani Eye and brow Maestro and Precision Brow Pencil




Initially, when the new Eye and Brow Maestro landed on my desk I assumed it was a brow cream, I think most people would have that conclusion too right?
 It kind of is really but it’s more than that. It’s a multi-purpose solid to liquid to solid product, which can be used in the brows, as an eye shadow, eyeliner and even a contour. It is strongly pigmented and once set it mimics the natural shine of hair through its use of glass and mica pearl infusion.
It’s completely waterproof and lasts super well on the skin. The texture is beautiful. It glides on in a lightweight veil of colour and is easily blended providing you work relatively quickly. It’s a really nice product for summer getaways when you don’t fancy taking multiple products.

Now the colours available confused me slightly. We were sent two shades in Wenge Wood (a lilac/brown) and Henna, which is an orange/red. Both colours would probably look a little bonkers through the brows unless that’s your thing in which case you probably look mega cool and way more daring than us.

  After inspection of the Giorgio Armani website, however, there are in fact a load more ‘regular’ colours that would be more suited to the brows. The two shades we have would look sensational over the lid though as a base or worn alone.

There are 7 other shades available but I would recommend taking a look at them in store if this is an option because I don’t think the shades translate well on the imagery on the website. Wenge wood looks a taupe brown on the website but has way more plum undertones in real life.

Along with this collection are three shades of high precision brow pencils. We have the shade in 1 Wenge Wood, which would be suitable for a dark blonde through to deep brunette.

 It applies smoothly, lasts really well, applies with great precision and best of all has an amazing fine tooth comb on the opposite end so you can accurately position your brow hairs. The comb also helps to blend in the pencil and soften the finish.

The Eye and Brow  Maestro is £28.00 and the High Precision brow pencil is £25.00.

 Both are available now, here.



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