Tuesday, 5 July 2016

New In from NARS and Estée Lauder

I bought a few new products by NARS and Estée Lauder that I think are pretty exciting so thought you might like to see them and I've done a few swatches too.

The NARS Long Hot Summer Palette (£34 at NARS Online) is one of the best palettes I've seen for ages. It's very small and travel sized, perfect for taking away on your summer holidays. I would use all of the shades in this palette as they are taupe and bronze based. There's a mix of cool and warm tones in this palette too. I think the pigmentation is great on these and when I tried them out on my eyes, the colours go on just as they are on my arm and are very smooth and blendable. 

Delivery costs £7 on the NARS website and I hate paying for delivery. I'd rather buy another product to get free delivery, even if that adds another £32 to my basket! Crazy logic or what?! I've been interested in trying something from the Hot Sand collection so ended up with the Hot Sand/Laguna Blush Bronzer Duo (£32 at NARS Online). I already knew that Laguna is one of the best bronzers out there as I've had it before and Hot Sand works beautifully as a highlight that complements the bronzer very well. My hand swatch of Hot Sand isn't that great as there isn't enough light on it so you'll have to trust me when I say it's a fab product! Obviously as a highlight, I'd apply it with a much lighter hand than this swatch!

Something I spotted in Boots the other day then couldn't stop thinking about was the Estée Lauder Genuine Glow Eyelighting Creme in 02 Bare Blush (£16 at Debenhams). It's a gorgeous subtle but glowy pale highlighter shade that I think will be perfect for when I'm on holiday. It's designed for both the eyes and cheeks so I'll definitely try it on both! There are two other shades available but this one seemed best for pale skin. I love the clicky pen and sponge applicator. You can just dab this on to the skin and blend with fingertips. I actually used Boots Advantage Card points to buy this so I'm extra happy with this purchase!

What new products are you wanting to try?

Sunday, 3 July 2016

June Favourites - 2016

It's been a while since I wrote a monthly favourites post but I've been loving a lot of new stuff lately so thought you might like to hear about what I was loving in June.

Clarins Fix' Make-Up (£23 at Boots) - I was looking for a new makeup fixing spray after running out of my MAC Fix+ and I was almost going to buy one of the Urban Decay sprays but then I spotted the reformulated Fix' Make-Up on the new products stand at Clarins. I sprayed it and just loved the fresh rose scent and I loved the expensive looking glass bottle so I bought it. I've been using it every single day since I got it and I just love it. It's a really refreshing step after applying makeup and I feel like it sets everything nicely, including powder products. I'll be honest, I can't really tell if it makes my makeup last longer or not but I love this step in my routine so I don't care!

Clarins Double Serum (£55 at Boots) - I'd fancied trying this for a long time and ended up buying it on a bit of a whim back in May. For the first two weeks of using it, I didn't really notice much of a difference to my skin but after that I felt like my skin got so much smoother and my pore size seemed reduced. It improves the texture of my skin so much and I notice the difference in my skin if I go a few days without using it. It's not the most hydrating of serums though so I tend to use this during the day and something more hydrating at night. I've noticed this gets used up pretty fast and I only have a little bit left now so we'll see how my skin gets on when I try other things and I may come back to this!

Clarins Extra-Comfort Toning Lotion (£20.50 at Boots) - This toner is amazing on my skin as I feel like this adds some moisture as well as preparing my skin for serum and moisturiser. It is a liquid with a silky feel to it, as if it has a bit of serum in there. It leaves the skin feeling fresh and clean without stripping it.

Odacité Eye Contour Serum (£33 at Cult Beauty) - This product that I got in a Cult Beauty goody bag has come in extremely handy and I'm so glad I got the chance to try it. My current eye cream (Clarins Eye Contour Balm) doesn't give me the hydration I'm used to around my eye area but I didn't really want to splash out on another product so I've been mixing the Odacité Eye Contour Serum into it and it does a brilliant job at adding a shot of moisture. I also love using it on it's own at night for a more concentrated hydration hit. My skin drinks it straight up!

Sunday Riley Flora (£70 at Space NK) - Sunday Riley oils are pretty expensive but I've found that they really do deliver good results. This one is my go-to night oil and it's perfect for hydrating my dry skin. I could definitely use this during the day too as it sinks straight in, I was just using up my Clarins first. My skin feels so good in the morning when I've had this on overnight. It contains so many different rose extracts, I thought it would smell nice, however it doesn't really smell of rose that much. This doesn't bother me though and I would totally recommend this, despite it's £70 price tag.

Shay & Blue Salt Caramel Fragrance (£55 at M&S) - This is one of my favourite product discoveries of the year! I just love a good sweet scent and this takes it to a whole new level. It's actually a really unique scent, it's sweet but sophisticated and sexy too. It has notes of caramel, tonka bean, bourbon vanilla and sea salt. I urge you to smell this if you like sweet scents and are looking for something different from the usual scents in Boots, Debenhams etc. Shay & Blue is available in M&S, John Lewis and Fenwick. They have a candle in this scent too and I really want it!

This Works Skin Deep Dry Leg Oil (£39.50 at Space NK) - This was a pricey purchase but I've been suffering with dry skin on my legs and after trying some of this on my hand, I was amazed at how it instantly moisturises the skin. This is perfect on my legs and makes them look healthy and glowing. It doesn't sting if you use it straight after shaving either. It's a dry oil so you don't have to stand around naked for ages, waiting for it to dry and all of the essential oils make it very relaxing to use. I love the smell of it. 

MAC Soft Serve Shadow in Put Me To Shame (£16 at MAC) - The Soft Serve eyeshadows come in the same packaging as the Paint Pots but they are more of a spongy, cream to powder texture. They are also less pigmented than Paint Pots but I've been loving the Put Me To Shame shade which is a shimmery, cool toned, metallic taupe. It's very flattering on my eyes with my skin tone. 

Laura Mercier Baked Blush Illume in Rosé (£30 at House of Fraser) - I bought this when I had some points to spend in Space NK and noticed the beautiful marbled rose pan on the 'New In' stand. It's a gorgeous shimmering mix of pink, bronze and icy white that creates a glowing rose gold shade on the cheeks. It also has a few silver glittery bits but nothing too crazy. I can definitely pull this off during the day. It's just so dreamy to look at and to use! 

What products did you love in June?

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Collection (with swatches)

You probably know by now that I'm a massive Charlotte Tilbury fan and own half of her products, so I was obviously looking forward to her latest launch called Hot Lips! 12 new lipsticks in a mix of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G and the Matte Revolution formulas, inspired by various celebrities, with £1 from the sale of each lipstick going to charity. It truly is a fab collection. 

I knew I was going to have a difficult time narrowing down my choices and when I got a link to a VIP presale, I decided to treat myself to an early Birthday present and buy the whole lipstick wardrobe! Good excuse right?!

Anyway, enough of the talking as I'm fairly sure you're here for the close-up photos and swatches as you already know about the new collection! I hope you find this post useful and I'd love to hear which lipsticks you purchase.

Carina's Kiss
Secret Salma
Miranda May
Liv It Up

Super Cindy

Bosworth's Beauty

Kidman's Kiss

Kim K.W

Electric Poppy

Hot Emily

Tell Laura
Hel's Bells

The lipsticks officially go on sale on Friday 24th June on CharlotteTilbury.com so you can get your hands on one from tomorrow if you want one :)


Which ones are your favourite?

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Cult Beauty Haul

I've been buying quite a few bits from Cult Beauty over the last few weeks so I thought I'd do a little haul post to show you what I've been buying.

The first set of purchases was definitely influenced by the goody bag that was available for spending £110 or more on the website, which is easily done when you have an ever-growing wishlist! I love these goody bags as they are always worth quite a bit of money and you get the chance to try loads of different products that you wouldn't necessarily have thought to buy.

I'd been after a new heat protection spray for a while and when I spotted the Davines MELU Shield Protection Spray (£23 at Cult Beauty), I liked the fact that it could be used on wet or dry hair, prior to using heat. Also in my wishlist, I'd heard good things about the Davines Oi Shampoo (£16 at Cult Beauty) and Oi Conditioner (£17.50 at Cult Beauty) too so thought I'd give them a go.

I'm all about adding moisture and hydration to my skin so I've been desperate to try the new Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream (£60 at Cult Beauty) ever since it launched. I've got a few Clarins products on the go at the minute but I'll be putting them to one side to try this!

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sundipped (£39 at Cult Beauty) was the main reason for my next Cult Beauty haul. I've been tempted by the other Glow Kits, but never enough to actually order one but then swatches/reviews have been popping up online for the new Sundipped palette and I felt like this was the one I NEEDED! It's actually aimed at darker skintones, I think, but I fell in love with the shades and figured I could at least make the lighter shades work for me. I haven't tried it on my face yet but it swatches beautifully. There's a golden bronze, some lighter yellow/gold based shades and a kind of cool-toned rose gold. I'm looking forward to experimenting with these.

Another new release from Anastasia Beverly Hills is the Modern Renaissance Palette (£41 at Cult Beauty) and as much as I think this is a pretty palette, I couldn't decide whether I thought the colours would suit my pale skin tone. I then did a bit of googling for swatches and decided just to go for it. It's a predominantly matte palette, which isn't normally my favourite eyeshadow formula but I loved the swatches and noticed that there are quite a few neutral/wearable shades, despite the extremely bright pops of pink/red/orange!

Becca highlighters are some of the best on the market so when they recently launched their Shimmering Skin Perfector Luminous Blush (£27 at Cult Beauty) I just knew I had to try at least one of their shades. I decided to go with the beautiful orchid shade called Foxglove. It's different to all the other blushes I own and I think it will go well with my favourite lipstick shades which tend to have a purple hint!

Another new launch is the Jouer Long-Wear Lip Creme Liquid Lipstick (£14 at Cult Beauty) and I was initially tempted by the nude/pink shades but then the metallic shades caught my eye! I picked up the gold-flecked peach called Papaye and the pretty silver-toned rose-pink called Citronade Rose. I'm so intrigued to see how these will look on the lips.

Lots of people rave about the Morphe 35 pan eyeshadow palettes so I thought it was about time I saw what the fuss was all about. I decided to buy the Morphe 35T Palette (£20.75 at Cult Beauty) which has a mix of matte and shimmer shadows with a gold and purple theme as I think it looks stunning!

Hope you enjoyed seeing the lovely bits I bought from Cult Beauty!
What have you been treating yourself to lately?

Sunday, 19 June 2016

More blogsale additions...

I've been a bit very spendy this week so to make up for it, I decided to add some more things to my blog sale. One in, one out, and all that jazz...

You can check out the blog sale here if you're interested in seeing what I've added :)

Saturday, 18 June 2016

How I make my eyeshadow last all day

Something I really used to struggle with, until very recently, is making my eyeshadow last all day. Even a few hours was a struggle. Eyeshadow creases really badly on me and it wears off so fast, I'm always left with a small strip of colour just above my lashes and the rest just disappears. Well, things have changed and I can actually make my eyeshadow stay on perfectly all day! It takes a little bit of prep but it's honestly so worth it. 

This is a three step process. 
  1. Powder the eyelids. I use the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Powder (£33 at Selfridges) in Fair as it is extremely finely milled and smooths out the skin, as well as removing excess oil. 
  2. Use an eyeshadow primer. My favourite is the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (£19.50 at SpaceNK) as it's a creamy primer that blends out to a colour-less finish that is very smooth.
  3. Apply a cream eyeshadow base. I use the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly (£16 at MAC) as it's a good match for my skin tone and it dries down fast after application. 
It's time to apply your eyeshadow!

All three of these products separately help to extend the wear of my eyeshadow compared to other products I've tried in the past but all three together are the most amazing combination for making my eyeshadow stay on all day. Even when I've been to the gym!

If you suffer with oily eyelids and can't keep eyeshadow on for more than a few hours, you should give these steps a go, it will be worth it! Before rushing out and buying these exact products, you should definitely give it a go with whatever similar products you have already as I'm sure you can find your own amazing combo that works for you! 

How do you make your eyeshadow last all day?
Are you going to give this a go?

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Imperial Leather - Marshmallow and Banana treats for bath and shower

I'm a sucker for really sweet scents. Anything that smells like sweets, cake or chocolate is a winner in my eyes (or maybe I should say nose...)! Imperial Leather kindly sent me some of their products from the Sweets range and I've been enjoying trying them out.

My favourite product has to be the Foamy Banana Shower Cream*. I basically love the sweet smell and taste of artificial banana things. Like milkshake, banana sweets, banana ice cream etc. It's all amazing. This is like the bottled version of the foam banana sweets we all enjoyed as children (and probably adults too!). It's so sweet and creamy. I really enjoy using this in the shower. It's also softening on the skin too.

The other shower cream I was sent, is the Comforting Marshmallow Shower Cream*. This is also deliciously scented. This one is more of a vanilla kind of scent, if you prefer something more subtle but still sweet and creamy at the same time.

Continuing on with the marshmallow scent, there is the Marshmallow Bath Cream* which is fab if you prefer baths to showers. It creates a good amount of bubbles and it adds a soft scent to the water that lingers on the skin afterwards. It makes for a very girly, pampering bath when you use this and it's softening on the skin, just like the shower creams.

I would definitely recommend trying these, especially since they are so well priced at around £1 for shower creams and £1.99 for bath creams. They are available in all the usual places like Boots, Superdrug and all the main supermarkets so you shouldn't have any trouble getting hold of these.

Have you tried any of these? I also like the look of the Fruit Chew, Sherbet Lemon and Spearmint scents!
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