Sunday, 24 May 2015

Blog sale - everything must go!

I've updated my blog sale again with loads of stuff. I'm moving house soon so need to get rid of everything :) If you fancy a browse you can check out my blog sale here.
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Monday, 11 May 2015

Blog sale!

I've been playing around with my blog sale and adding a few new items so just thought I'd let you know in case there's something you fancy. The blog sale is here!

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Fenwick Beauty Week 2015 - Newcastle

Newcastle beauty lovers, you are in for a treat if you head to Fenwick between Monday 11th May and Saturday 16th May! Beauty week is on at the Beauty Hall and it's the perfect chance to try lots of new products, get advice from the professionals and take home a few samples.

I was kindly invited to a beauty bloggers event to celebrate the launch of Beauty Week last Tuesday and had a wonderful time. I got the chance to have treatments on three of the counters, something I've never done before this event. I only wish I'd taken my proper DSLR camera as the iPhone photos haven't come out as well as I would have liked!

First up, I headed to Clinique to have a makeover featuring nude eyes and their brand new Pop Lip lipsticks. The lovely consultant talked me through all of the products she was using and tailor made the look to suit my skin tone. My own foundation was left on and my eye and lip products were removed to have the Clinique ones applied. The lady told me that you can book in to have your makeup done which I didn't actually realise. So if you're a fan of Clinique, definitely check their counter out.

My next appointment was with Clarins to learn more about the new Aquatics Treasures Collection. The collection features some really beautiful products including an amazing bronzer with four different shades in, cream eyeshadows, base illuminators and a gorgeous shimmering body oil that would be fantastic for use on holiday as it's actually an after sun too. As well as talking me through all of the new products, the brilliant consultant Jemma, applied skincare and makeup to suit my skin type and makeup preferences.

I was really impressed with every product that was put on me as everything seemed to have such a light texture and didn't feel heavy on the skin at all. I was given a very fresh, Spring-time look that I really liked. I discovered some wonderful products including their Double Serum, Everlasting Foundation and Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Balms. I came away wanting to buy everything (but didn't as I was trying to be good!) and I received some samples of the skincare products used on me. Clarins also have a booklet with all of their products on that Jemma filled out to show me every single skincare product that had been used on me as it helps you come back at a later date and buy anything you were impressed with. You can book complimentary facials with the consultants too which is a great way to learn which products are suitable for your skin and try them out.

The final stop of the evening was at the Laura Mercier counter to sample their new Silk Creme Photo Edition Foundation. The make up artist began by asking about my skin type and colour matching me to the foundation. There are two varieties of the foundation - Moisturizing and Oil-free. Having dry skin, the moisturising one was obviously going to be the best for me and I got matched to the shade Rose Ivory. The make up artist set away to work her magic on me, explaining all of the products she was using along the way.

As well as discovering this amazing foundation that gives flawless looking skin, I realised how good their secret concealer and secret camoflage products are. I need to buy those at some point! They covered my dark circles and blemishes so well! I really liked the cheek products used on me too. At Laura Mercier they fill out a sheet of the all the skincare and makeup used on you, including the shades so you can remember what was used. Again, this means you are not pressured into making a purchase immediately! I was also given a 3 day sample of the foundation to take away on the night.

New discovery - Fenwick have a private treatment room! 

Sometimes going up to a high-end makeup or skincare counter can feel intimidating and you might be worried that you are going to be pressurised into buying a product you don't want but this honestly isn't the case at all. All of the ladies at Fenwick are lovely and they are passionate about the products they are using. You can learn so much from chatting to the ladies at the counters and they will show you exactly how to use the products to make sure you are getting the best from them. This means, if you do make a purchase, it's going to be worth the money as you know it's going to be right for you. The other great thing is most counters have samples you can take away and try the products in your own time before making a decision.

Fenwick is one of my favourite places to shop for beauty as they have such a big range of brands there. If you fancy heading to Beauty Week, here are some of the things you can look forward to:

  • Daily live beauty demonstrations
  • Luxury gift with purchases (while stocks last, exclusions apply)
  • Makeup and skincare masterclasses on counter from houses including Kiehl's, Tom Ford, Sisley, Clarins, Lancome and Dior
  • Springtime fragrance sampling including new launches from Mont Blanc, Hermes, Boucheron, Dunhill, Kenzo, Bvlgari, Cartier, Roberto Cavalli, Marc Jacobs and Angel.

There are also visiting makeup artists including:

Tuesday 12 May
Benefit Cosmetics Regional Make-up Artist

Wednesday 13 May
Chanel Regional Make-up Artist Alexis Gray

Thursday 14 May
LancĂ´me International Make-Up Artist Marc Sinclair
Sisley National Make-up Artist Paulina Siembor

Friday 15 May
Dior – National Make-Up Artist Rachael Timpson
Laura Mercier Regional Make-up Artist Heather Moore
Dermalogica Educator Jon Paul

Saturday 16 May 
Bare Minerals International Make-up Artist Jay Miller

It's certainly going to be an exciting week and as an extra bonus for my readers, if you quote my blog name at Clinique, Clarins and Laura Mercier you'll receive a deluxe sample!

Are you going to Fenwick Beauty Week?
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Saturday, 18 April 2015

New to my blog sale...

Just a quick post to let you know I've added the above items to my blog sale. You can check out the whole sale here :)
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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Updated blog sale!

You know the drill by now! I've updated my blog sale with all of these lovely products. Click here if you fancy a browse :)

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Cult Beauty Purchases

I've been trying not to browse beauty websites too much lately since I'm meant to be trying to save as much money as possible but sometimes when you get an email about a special offer or a product back in stock you end up going straight on the website for browse. Yep, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in Light/Medium that has been sold out for ages came back in stock and at first (for about 5-10 minutes!) I decided not to buy it. I just shared the news on Instagram for anyone who's been looking to get their hands on it.

I actually bought the contour kit back in November but when I needed to free up some money a few months ago, I decided to sell it as I hadn't used it yet. I kept seeing it on blogs though and it made me want it again!

I didn't have any specific contour products in my makeup collection and I had a Real Techniques Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush that hadn't been used yet so I decided to go for it. Again! 

I am looking forward to trying this kit as it looks like a good one and I like the shades but I don't tend to experiment much so I need to make time to use this properly!

I think you can all guess why I bought the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask... If Anna (Vivianna Does Makeup) raves about (or even mentions something to be honest!) I'm going to want need it! I've tried a Peter Thomas Roth mask before and loved it so I knew despite the expensive price tag it should be pretty good anyway! 

The mask is scented with spices like cinnamon and actually reminds me of carrot cake, yummy! It's a unique mask as far as my current collection is concerned as it's an enzyme mask that contains actual exfoliating particles too. It's like a scrub combined with a mask. 

When you spend over £40 on Cult Beauty you get to pick a couple of samples so I picked the Omorovicza Gold Night Drops and the Aesop Fabulous Face Oil. I thought these sounded very luxurious and perfect for a little pamper evening.

Do you end up getting sucked into making purchases when one of your favourite retailers sends out their marketing emails?!
What are your top picks from Cult Beauty?
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Thursday, 26 March 2015

My current obsession with cream eyeshadows!

I've massively been into wearing cream eyeshadows recently. They are just so easy to swipe on with your finger and blend out. They are long lasting and can even be used as an eyeshadow primer to make powder eyeshadow last longer and look more intense.

I think the fact that I've been buying some of the Max Factor and Maybelline ones lately has sparked my interest in these again.

L-R: Maybelline Colour Tattoo Leather Effect in Chocolate Suede, Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Permanent Taupe, Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze, Maybelline Colour Tattoo Leather Effect in Creamy Beige, Bourjois Color Edition 24H Eyeshadow in Petale de Glace, MAC Paint Pot in Vintage Selection, MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study and Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Copper
L-R: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pink Gold, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate, Bourjois Color Edition 24H Eyeshadow in Prune Nocturne, Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Pink Opal, Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Pearl, Maybelline Color Tattoo in Infinite White and MAC Paint Pot in Lets Skate

The Maybelline Color Tattoos are fairly similar to MAC Paint Pots. Not in shade range but in consistency. They have the same firm-ish yet creamy texture. The Max Factor Excess Shimmers have a bit more of a mousse like texture but apply just like a cream eyeshadow. The Bourjois Color Edition 24H Eyeshadow are a cream to powder consistency, making them the most unique in my collection. 

I love that I have a good range of neutrals, a few pretty Spring pastels and some darker Autumnal colours. My most used ones lately have been the Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Copper as an all over eyeshadow colour and the Maybelline Color Tattoos in Creamy Beige and Permanent Taupe as eyeshadow primers.

Do you like to wear cream eyeshadow?
Let me know your favourites :)

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