Thursday, 20 November 2014

MAC x Giambattista Valli 2015 Preview


Italian designer Giambattista Valli, is to launch a limited edition lipstick line with MAC cosmetics in 2015, which is inspired by his Haute Couture gowns. As you can see in the collage I created, he's taken inspiration from his previous shows for the MAC colour palette.



He told Vogue:
"The best thing about make-up is that a lipstick can really change your look. If you never wear colour on your lips and then one day you wear red, everyone just goes wow! I made these for a woman with personality, a woman who lives her life and isn’t afraid to wear colour and isn’t afraid to kiss."

I haven't been excited about a MAC collection in a long time, I felt their Christmas collection was just like every other seasonal collection they have released in the last few years but this collection of lipsticks is stunning. What I really love about these are the coloured bullets, these will be a collectors item for sure.

We have a little to wait as this collection won't be released until Spring 2015 but I'll be keeping my eye out!

Images from Vogue
Sunday, 16 November 2014

Milk_shake Hair Care Christmas Gift Sets

Have a female in the family that spends hours in the salon and cannot be separated from their straighteners? Milk_shake, a new environmentally conscious professional hair care products brand, has the perfect gift sets for them.
 
The unique selling point of Milk_shake products, except for its modern and eye-catching packaging, is there recipe which combines the benefits of milk and fruit for wellbeing and beauty benefits. Any hair care lover would be grateful of their benefits and it's a failsafe option as the products suit all hair types.



The luxury Christmas gift box (£29.95) includes a Daily Shampoo, which contains apple juice, this hydrates and protects the hair, and a Conditioning Whipped Cream, along with a Milk Body Cream and Argan Oil.

 
The Integrity Christmas Trio Pack (£29.99) contains a shampoo and conditioner from the Integrity line, which contains organic Muru Muru butter, it cleanses and hydrates and best of all they are both sulphate free!
The set also contains their popular Incredible Milk, which has 12 actions: UV protection, repairs all hair types, protects and maintains colour, protect from heat, detangles, maintains hold on your hairstyle, gives shine, adds body and volume, controls frizz, prevents split ends, helps straightening and helps smooth the cuticle. It really is a miracle milk!
 
 
The Duo Pack for Christmas contains the best selling Colour Maintainer Shampoo and Conditioning Whipped Cream. The products contain milk proteins that work to replenish the hairs strength and soothe the hair into a more manageable state.
 
 
 
I was kindly gifted a few products from Milk_shake: Argan Oil, Daily Frequent Shampoo and Whipped Cream Leave-In Foam.
 
Argan Oil is one of the most coveted products on the hair care market at the moment. This one smells lovely, it makes your hair soft and manageable.
 
For those who wash their hair everyday this would be perfect, it claims to cleanse the hair while keeping the moisture balance.
 
The Whipped Cream intrigued me the most, I've never seen a product like this before. This would make a lovely leave-in treatment once a week just to boost the condition of your hair.
 
 
This is just the tip of the iceberg of Milk_shake hair products, they have wide range of brilliant hair care, including a Sensorial Mint for a refreshing wash, a volume and colour range and also a range of styling products. You can check them out at http://www.milkshakehaircare.co.uk
 
Tuesday, 11 November 2014

L'Oreal Superliner Gel Eye Liner Review

Following my first proper FOTD, I thought I’d review the gel liner I used for the look. I've never used a gel liner before, so the fact that this one came in a nice gold pot with a brush completely swayed me to purchase. If I'm honest, I was a bad blogger and didn't research the L’Oreal’s Superliner gel before I bought it.

L'Oreal Superliner Gel Eyeliner Review
 

Consistency

The gel liner is a good consistency, it’s thick but creamy and is easy to work with, I don’t I have to drag the brush across my eye lid. Being a creamy consistency I did worry that I might get transfer. I've only noticed a slight transfer in the inner corners of my eye, where the eye goop gets (wonderful description there haha). As far as eye lid transfer goes, I haven’t experienced any.

Pigmentation

Pigmentation is the down side of this product, it’s a grey black. Compared to my 17 Wet Look liner, this colour just doesn't compare. If you are looking for something with depth, I wouldn't suggest this gel liner.


L'Oreal Superliner Gel Eyeliner Review Eyeliner Flick


Brush

I do own a few brushes which would be great to use with this product, but I thought I’d give the one that comes with the liner a try. It doesn't have the finest point but if you angle it to the side you can work with it quite well. I’d say it’s an average brush, you do have to be cautious but it’s not awful.

Overall

For my first gel liner, I don’t think that it’s a bad product. I’d give it a 3/5, the pigmentation and slight transfer in the inner corners of the eye let the product down. I would recommend using your own brush, although if you don’t have a gel liner brush theirs isn't the worst.

Have you tried the L’Oreal Superliner gel liner?
Friday, 7 November 2014

Christmas Wishlist & Childhood Memories

I’ve suddenly got into the Christmas spirit, I’ve been humming Christmas songs and making draft wishlists, anyone remember circling the Argos catalogue?! Well making a collage of products is the blogger equivalent of the Argos catalogue, a very unsubtle hint at what to get us!

My friend and I were discussing Christmas traditions over lunch, we remember wearing silly paper hats, mad rushes to find last minute presents and leaving mince pies out for Santa’s reindeers.  As a child I made my own tradition, I used to go on hunts for Christmas presents every year. I was a naughty little child who couldn’t wait till Christmas day.

I remember one year where I went searching in my parents room, opening cupboards, riffling through drawer until I finally found what I had been looking for, mine and my sisters presents. I stood there in awe, on my list that year was a Walkman and on my sisters was a Bear in the Big Blue House toy, and there they were stuffed at the back of a cupboard.

I was never good at keeping secrets as a child so I blurted out to my mum in guilt that I had found them. Ever since then she’d hidden things in my aunty’s house.


Well here’s what’s on my Christmas wishlist this year, I promise I won’t go on a hunt this year!


GHD Elemis Tweezerman Tangle Teaser Christmas Wishlist



What's on your list?
Saturday, 1 November 2014

FOTD featuring L'Oreal Superliner Gel Liner and Caresse Lipstick in Impulsive Fuchsia and MAC Satin Taupe

Becoming a blog with a face is a scary thought. Of course we all upload profile pictures, mine being a highly edited, soft focus version of myself, but publishing an only slightly edited photo of myself is a strange feeling. For the most part my blog posts include photographs of the product I’m reviewing and a brief summary and some thoughts wrapped up into 250-500 words.

I’ve never been one who posts FOTD’s and OOTD’s, in honesty I’m not that confident and we all know the camera adds ten pounds. In an attempt to submerge myself deeper into the blogging world, I thought I’d work on my first FOTD so be gentle!
 
FOTD L'Oreal Caresse Implusive Fuchsia Satin Taupe Soap and Glory Achery Eyebrow Pencil
Products Used:
MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in NW10
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light
Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder
MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow
Urban Decay Half Baked Eyeshadow
L'Oreal Superliner Gel Liner
Bourjois One Seconde Mascara
Soap and Glory Archery Eyebrow Pencil in Blondeshell
 

This look was an ‘I’ve got a lot of time to play around with make-up’ kinda look. Rushing in the morning for work, I don’t normally get much time to play around with make-up. I’d bought some new items so I thought I’d slap it all on for some first impressions for the blog.

Starting with base, I used an oldie but goodie, MAC’s Studio Fix foundation in the shade NW10, (yes I’m ghostly white). My under eye concealer needed to be heavy duty that day so I picked up my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in Light and to set this all I used my Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot powder.

Another Soap and Glory product was used in this look, my eyebrows were filled in with their Archery brow pencil. The repackaged version is amazing, it has a finer point than it’s original.
 
Next, for my shadow, I reached for Satin Taupe by MAC, a blogger favourite. I tried to create a ‘spotlight’ eyeshadow effect that’s been spotted on the runways. I patted Satin Taupe all over the lid and added Half Baked by Urban Decay in the middle. I don’t think the shades I picked were contrasting enough to really show up though.
 
L'Oreal Caresse in Impulsive Fuchsia Superliner Gel Liner Bourjois One Seconde Mascara and Satin Taupe MAC
 
 
For my signature winged eyeliner, I tried a new product, L’Oreal’s Superliner Gel. After a number of disappointments from liquid liners I thought I’d give this one a go, there will be a full review up soon.

Another new product was used for mascara, I’d heard such great things about Bourjois’ Volume 1 Seconde mascara. From first impressions, it’s a good’un!

Finally to add a pop of colour I used L’Oreal Caresse lipstick in Impulsive Fuchsia, I feel these lipsticks have just fallen off the radar, but they have a lovely finish.

For me this is a more ‘tarted up’ look, but I really do like the contrast between the Satin Taupe eyeshadow and the L’Oreal vibrant pink lipstick. So that’s my first FOTD published, how exciting! Have you tried any of the products I've mentioned?
Tuesday, 21 October 2014

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray Quick Review

I'm not an insomniac, but sometimes I do find my tendency to overthink leaves me rather anxious, resulting in a bad nights sleep. I picked up the This Works Deep Sleep Spray in the hope that it may help soothe me and help me drift off to the land of nod.

At £16 per bottle (75ml) this stuff isn't on the cheap side, so here's why I think it is worth splashing your cash on.
 
This Works Deep Sleep Spray Review
 
 
Often the problem with not getting enough sleep is not being able to clear your mind in order to relax. Once you've sprayed a couple of squirts of Deep Sleep onto your pillow, the lavender scent really helps to soothe you. I find the scent is comforting and I feel my thoughts becoming 'softer' as I give into the relaxation and I fall quickly into a deep sleep.
 
I can honestly say this product and it's scent help rid my mind of thoughts and provides me with a good nights sleep.
 
I give this product a 4.5/5. If you struggle with sleep it's worth the investment!
Thursday, 16 October 2014

October Wishlist featuring Charlotte Tilbury, Hourglass, Benefit and GHD


I've been uploaded quite a few hefty posts lately so I thought I'd keep this one light and give you an overview of my current wishlist.
 
I've had my GHD’s for a few years now, they still work but I feel they just aren't as good as they used to be. I’ll be handing my old pair to my sister and treating myself to a brand new pair.
 
Ever since I laid my eyes on the press release for Hourglass’ Ambient Light Blush palette, I knew it had to be mine. I was sold on the rose gold packaging, never mind the blush shades. I wasn’t overly bothered by the original powder palette, I stay away from luminising setting powders due to my oily skin. I do enjoy a rosey glowy cheek though, so I've justified the high price point by saying I won’t have to buy any new blusher shades for a while. These variations will have me set for every make-up look.

I’m often dubious about Benefit products, I feel they push their latest release in front of a select group of bloggers, who write rave reviews without any qualms. I thought this about the Gimme Brow release, I couldn’t believe that a little brow gel could be so amazing. After doing plenty of research and looking at before and after shots, I really am sold. Now it’s made its way to my wishlist!
 
Charlotte Tilbury can do no wrong according to the beauty blogging community. I agree from first impressions, impressive packaging and a beautiful range of colours and products has really got me lusting. As an eyeshadow fanatic, I've set my heart on a new palette. I love the rusty shimmer shade, it would amazing paired with the burgundy for an Autumnal look.
 
Another Tilbury product has been added to my lust list after a number of my favourite bloggers, including Kat at Sugar Fixx, described this lip liner as you’re lips but better and more plumped up. I think this will look great with my MAC Please Me lipstick.
 
 
What’s on your wishlist? 
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