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Clarins Autumn 2016 Makeup Collection

Posted on July 13, 2016

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Hi Guys!

One of my favourite brands for both skincare and makeup is back again! Clarins have just announced their Autumn 2016 range – which isn’t the biggest collection of products in the world, but when you look at what’s on offer, I think you’ll want it all…

This Autumn, Clarins Make-Up Collection focuses on the eyes allowing you to emphasise, volumise and highlight effortlessly to transform your look from day to night. With textures that care for the skin and are as easy to apply as they are to wear, the new collection will become a staple for everyday make-up to achieve a flawless complexion and beautiful eyes.

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Let’s start by looking at the BB Skin Detox Fluid SPF 25 (£30.00) – Now I wasn’t too sure what to make of this at first… what on earth is a ‘Detox Fluid’ anyway? We it’s described as being ‘half make-up, half skin care’ and promises to instantly enhance the complexion – giving skin a new lease of life.

The BB Skin Detox Fluid contains beneficial plant extracts, including acerola seed to encourage skin oxygenation, meadowsweet extract to help maintain skin’s balance and aloe vera extract and hyaluronic acid complex to provide all day hydration. It promises to correct imperfections using 3D radiance pigments which optically break up the light into three dimensions to give skin a soft, unified glow.

It feels really nice on the skin – it’s lightweight with a light coverage, which is perfect for those looking for an easy-to-apply light base. There are only two shades available though – 00 Fair and 01 Light, so unfortunately this won’t be suitable for darker skin tones.

Next the Mascara Supra Volume (£21.50) – this is Clarins’ latest volumising Mascara, with a brand new re-invented formula utilising their new Volume Booster Complex: containing carnauba wax powder and cassie flower which together form a film that coats and shapes the lashes, for exceptional and long-lasting volume. Clarins also promises that with repeated application, lash volume will be increased and strengthened – which sounds fantastic to me!

I’ve tried this mascara a couple of times now, and I have to tell you that I love it. It gives fantastic volume to my super short lashes without clumping, and also keeps the lashes separated. I think this has just become my new go-to mascara 🙂 It’s available in 01 Intense Black, or 02 Intense Brown for a more natural look.

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And lastly, the 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palettes (£34.00) – these gorgeous colour palettes come in four different neutral-toned colour ways specifically to suit different eye colours. Each palette contains a variety of matte, satin and pearlescent shades which can easily be built up to create a more dramatic eye, and they’re also formulated for both wet and dry use. The palettes are as follows –

  • 01 Nude – for blue eyes.
  • 02 Rosewood –  for green eyes.
  • 03 Brown – for brown eyes.
  • 04 Oud (Harrods and Selfridges Exclusive) – for hazel eyes.

These palettes really are fantastic! They’re small enough to pop into a makeup bag or handbag – which I love, and the shades included are just spot on. You’ve got lighter shades for day-wear, darker shades for smokey eyes, and the fact that you can use them wet means you can intensify any looks you wish to create too. These are perfect fool-proof eye palettes for Autumn.

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The Clarins Autumn collection will be available from August 2016.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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NEW La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur Cream Review

Posted on January 20, 2016

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Hi Guys!

When BB creams first hit the mainstream market a good few years ago now, I must admit I was initially a bit underwhelmed. Another foundation? I thought. Well, BB products have come a long way and I’ve definitely been converted to a fan of them in recent years. I love how quick and easy they are to apply, and the dewy glowing complexion they give you. They really do tick all the boxes for me.

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So this brings me to La Roche Posay’s latest offering to the world of BB creams – the Effaclar BB Blur Cream. This cream is specifically made for oily skin, it promises to control shine all day long – with Aircilium, a cutting-edge ingredient that forms a supple and resistant film over the skin to smoothe its surface whilst letting it breathe. This wonder ingredient is said to absorb three times its weight in oil, resulting in a matte velvet finish on the skin.

As well as controlling shine, the Effaclar BB Blur Cream also aims to blur the appearance of pores, blemishes and fine lines, and shade adapting pigments work to colour match the skin on application, whilst providing medium coverage that will erase imperfections and leave a radiant, flawless finish.

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I must admit, I didn’t expect this product would suit me at all, as it’s made for oily skin and I have normal to dry skin. Well surprisingly I absolutely love it! The cream itself has quite a thick texture, yet it’s light and very mousse like. When applied to the skin it’s easy to quickly rub in with fingers – perfect if you’re not a morning person like me! Once applied, it gives a beautiful lightweight matte finish, that really does have a blurring effect on pores and imperfections. (I have visible pores on my t-zone, so this anything that’s quick to apply whilst covering them up successfully is a winner in my books) I’m not usually a fan of matte finishes as they can often highlight any dryer areas, but I had no problems with this at all. It gave a very flawless yet natural finish with light to medium coverage. I should point out that if you’re looking for something to really mask imperfections, this may not be the product for you. Otherwise I think it’s a great day-to-day BB that really does the job – I imagine it would work wonders on those with oily complexions too.

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The La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur Cream is available now from , and it’s currently on offer for £11.00, so be sure to snap it up while the discount is still available!

I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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A Mini Haul From Beauty Bay…

Posted on January 12, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I’d never shopped with Beauty Bay before, so when they asked me to pick a few things I liked from their site, I jumped at the chance! What better way to discover brands I hadn’t tried before? Beauty Bay stock a massive range and brands and products, so it was really hard to narrow down my list, but in the end I went for a Missha BB cream, a Gerard lipstick and a Laura Gellar highlighter. All are brands I haven’t used before, so I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and try them!

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The Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in shade Underground (£11.50) isn’t the easiest colour to wear, I’ll happily admit that. I’m just instantly attracted to those autumnal browny 90’s shades we’re seeing everywhere at the moment. Underground is also verging on what you might call greige, but not quite. The shade in the bullet looks quite dark and intense, but it actually comes out a bit lighter than you’d expect which is slightly more forgiving on the complexion. Underground is a medium to full coverage lipstick, that’s creamy and comfortable to wear. I’d say its slightly drying, but this is nothing a good dose of lips balm won’t sort out. It’s also good to know that Gerard Cosmetics are a cruelty free brand too.

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MISSHA is one of those brands I’d heard of, but wasn’t really sure about their products. My initial thought is they were Eastern – maybe Korean, and I was right. I’d definitely come across them before when browsing Korean beauty sites.

The M Perfect Cover BB Cream (£17.50) appealed to me because I’m a big fan of BB creams. As much as I love foundations, BB’s just seems to look a bit more natural, and I love that you can quickly apply and rub them in with fingers when I’m in a rush in the morning.

I went for shade 21 Light Beige – which was a bit of a guess, as it is anywhere you purchase base colour products online without seeing them in the flesh. This shade is actually the opposite of what I expected. With many BB creams I’ve tried leaning towards the side of being quite intense (orangey) in colour, this is a very subdued, almost grey tinged shade.

It’s a lovely BB cream though, even though it’s not quite the right shade for me, it gives a gorgeous almost full coverage, dewy complexion, while feeling lightweight on the skin. It also includes SPF 42, and the formula is infused with Camomile Extract and Rosemary Extract to soothe and rejuvenate the skin whilst offering anti-inflammatory benefits and shielding against UV damage and environmental aggressors.

I think I might try mixing it with my Dior Hydralife BB, which is my absolute favourite, but the lightest shade 01 is slightly too ‘colourful’ for my pale skin. I think these two combined could be just perfect for me!

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And lastly the stunning Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Ballerina (£21.00).

Laura Geller is one of those brands I’ve heard about, but again I just hadn’t picked anything up from them. This highlighter though was just so pretty, I couldn’t resist. Ballerina is a lovely warm champagne colour with a hint of peach, and it’s as gorgeous to use as it is to look at.

The Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator has a fabulous texture that’s kind of creamy, but applies to the face like a fine powder. Its gives the most gorgeous glowy highlight, that’s not shimmery or sparkly in any way. I think I may have just found my holy grail highlighter! 🙂

I also wanted to mention that Beauty Bay have just launched their brand new ! Beauty Bay actually undertook an in-depth analysis of over half a million sales transactions across the UK, with the aim of highlighting women’s beauty trends up and down the country. Take a look at the map to see the results!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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