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MAC X Brooke Candy Limited Edition Collection

Posted on May 16, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I have a few products from the rather fabulous and daring MAC X Brooke Candy collection to share with you today – now I’m going to admit, I wasn’t aware of Brooke Candy before I heard about this collection. It turns out she’s a rapper, musician, performer and just an all round internet sensation…

Fiercely independent digital sensation Brooke Candy returns to M·A·C with her feisty colour collection uniting the past, present and future of her creative spirit. Shades for eyes, lips and nails dare you to stand up and stand out. Bold, brave, unusual, unstoppable!

The MAC X Brooke Candy is a sizeable collection containing Lipsticks, Studio Eye Glosses, a Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara, Vamplify Lip Glosses, Lip Pencils, a Bronzing Powder, and Nail Lacquers.

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The packaging has a high shine chrome finish, with a black and grey paint spatter print, as well as the MAC X Brooke Candy logo. The whole feel of the collection is edgy – with the visuals featuring a ghostly white Brooke Candy with black tears dripping down her face, and the most dead-on stare possible. I’m pretty sure she’s staring into your soul… 😀

Ok so let’s start with the Lipsticks (£17.00), there are four boldly confident shades in this collection, including two which already offered my MAC –

  • Whirl – dirty rose (from main line)
  • Doowop – pink pop.
  • Mind Control – bright cherry red (from main line)
  • Witching Hour – rich purple.

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I have Doowop, this is a beautiful bright and intense blue-pink, verging on fuchsia. It has a mate finish and it really is brighter than bright! The finish on the lips is super opaque, as well as long lasting, and this shade really reminds me of Kelly Yum Yum from the Osbournes collection a couple of years back.

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Next is the Vamplify Lip Glass (£20.00), described as a lip gloss infused with colour-boosting technology loaded with pigments, this comes in two shades – Pamela, above, described as a dirty rose colour, and Till Death Do Us Part, an intense dark purple. Pamela looks very similar to the lipstick in Whirl in terms of colour, and also very similar in shade to Kat Von D’s famous Liquid Lipstick in Lolita.

I love both the look and feel of Pamela, the gloss gives fantastic colour payoff and a high shine, and it also has MAC’s signature vanilla scent. The formula is smooth and creamy, and it feels moisturising and comfortable on the lips. The colour itself is also the perfect 90’s muted rose-brown shade, I love it!

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There are also two Studio Eye Glosses (£17.50) included in this collection – White-Yin, a shimmer white with multicoloured pearl, and Black-Yang, a black with red and blue pearl. This is my first experience of MAC’s Studio Eye Glosses, so I was interested to see what I’d make of them…

White-Yin is a clear based gloss with multicoloured micro-sparkles. Though the sparkle is multi coloured, it definitely leans heavily toward pink / orange. The formula is like a thick sticky balm, and I wasn’t sure if it would dry or not – and it turns out it definitely stays sticky to touch after application. I think this is a bit of a Marmite product – you’ll either love it, or really dislike it.

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And lastly, I have the Bronzing Powder in Golden (£24.00) this is a gorgeous mid golden tan shade, with a slight hint of shimmer. It gives a beautiful natural looking glow to the complexion, and works well on fair skin tones when applied with a light touch, or just as well built up on mid skin tones too.

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Overall, this is definitely an interesting and daring collection. I love the theme, and the packaging is pretty awesome too! The Vamplify Lip Glass in Pamela and Bronzing Powder in Golden have to be my favourite products though!

The MAC X Brooke Candy Collection is available now at .

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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New For Spring: Clinique Pop Artistry Collection

Posted on April 22, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Happy Friday 🙂 I have some gorgeous products from Clinique’s latest Pop Artisty collection to share with you today – Pop Artistry is all about pops of colour for eyes, lips and cheeks, including new Pop Lacquers, Glazes, Oils and Eye Shadows. The newest lip additions to the Clinique Pop collection range from pretty pops of sheer colour to full coverage and high shine, creating endless ways to make lips pop!

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Left to right –

  • Pop Lacquer Lip Colour + Primer in 09 Nude Pop
  • Pop Lip Colour + Primer Rouge Intense in 02 Bare Pop
  • Pop Lip Colour + Primer Rouge Intense in 01 Nude Pop
  • Pop Lip Colour + Primer Rouge Intense in 04 Beige Pop
  • Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Colour + Primer in 07 Sugar Plum Pop

You can see there are three different types of lip product here – a gloss, a lipstick, and a sheer lipstick. Starting with the gloss – the (£16.00) – this is a wonderfully thick lacquer with high intensity colour. I love that it moisturises lips leaving them feeling silky smooth, without any stickiness whatsoever. This product comes in 10 shades from creamy nudes to bold red, sweetheart pink and deep purple.

The (£16.00) includes a massive selection of 24 shades, again ranging from nudes to more intense pinks and reds. The Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipsticks have a beautiful lightweight formula that applies easily with one sweep, leaving bold colour with a velvet finish. Clinique promise this product will keep lips comfortably moisturised for up to 8 hours – I haven’t worn them for that long myself but they definitely make my lips feel supple and moisturised, which is always a winner if you’re prone to dry lips like I am.

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And the Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Colour + Primer (£16.00) – this is basically a sheerer version of the above Pop Lip Colours. Perfect for those looking for a touch of colour that isn’t too intense, the formula contains Shea and Murumuru butters to provide superior moisture, and a combination of emollient oils to provide shine, slip and cushion. Inspired by candy, this lineup includes six pretty shades that give a beautiful shine and sheer colour payoff.

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And lastly, the simply stunning  (£15.00) – the Lid Pop collection includes a range of eight nude to bold coloured eye shadows with a silky, long-wearing formula, designed to deliver an instant pop of colour. I’m completely in love with 08 Petal Pop, apart from the beautiful almost iridescent peachy sheen this gives, the formula is wonderfully buttery as well as luxuriously lightweight and silky smooth to the touch. This eyeshadow applies like a dream, and this particular shade would also be perfect as a highlighter too.

Overall I’m beyond impressed with these products, I may have to snap up a couple more of the eyeshadows I think!

The Clinique Pop Artistry Collection is available now from . I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Sponsored Video: Lancome Juicy Shakers #Bantheboring

Posted on March 29, 2016

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Hi Guys!

You’ve probably noticed by now that Lancome’s brand new Juicy Shakers are pretty much everywhere at the moment – and for very good reason too. This is a lip gloss, an oil and a fantastic lip moisturiser, all in one in a cocktail shaker shaped tube – I mean how awesome does that sound!?

The Juicy Shaker combines the colour of a gloss, with the moisturising and conditioning properties of a lip oil, giving a sheer pop of colour that feels amazingly silky on the lips…

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The idea of the Juicy Shaker came from Lancome’s original and iconic Juicy Tubes from the early 2000’s. Lancome wanted to bring their popular ‘juiciness’ back to the modern day by utilising new technology, to offer a product that has never been seen before. The Juicy shaker combines this with the look of the ‘Shaker’, one of the fabulous lipsticks imagined by the brand’s founder, Armand Petitjean, in the 1940’s.

So back to the formula, the juicy shaker formula consists of two phases – phase 1 is all about the oils! Lancome have included four precious oils which provide a whole host of complementary properties, to instantly give the lips a smooth and plumped-up look:

  • Peach kernel oil – softening and nourishing.
  • Sweet almond oil – to leave lips supple and re-structured.
  • Cranberry oil – anti-oxidant, protective and restorative of skin’s protective barrier.
  • Musk rose oil – regenerating and soothing.

Phase 2 is all about pigments – the Juicy Shakers combine the comfort of the oils in phase 1, with the colour impact of perfectly dosed pigments in a multitude of vibrant shades with an adjustable finish. You can layer this product up as much as you like for higher colour intensity.

The applicator is also worth a mention – the Juicy Shakers feature Lancôme’s first ever cushion applicator for lips – the chunky applicator is velvety soft and sponge-like to absorb just the right amount of formula for perfect application.

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I have three out of the 14 available Juicy Shakers and I’ve pretty much been using them every day since I received them. From left to right I have –

  • Wonder Melon 352 – A bright orange-pink shade with a juicy watermelon fragrance.
  • Meli Melon 301 – This is a mid pink colour with a juicy watermelon fragrance.
  • Vanilla Pop 252 – A mid mauve shade with a light vanilla scent.

I love how silky and smooth they feel on the lips, whilst giving a flush of colour – and because the colour is sheer, there’s no worrying about lipstick bleeding or transferring onto teeth, which is always in the back of my mind when wearing more opaque lip products. With Juicy Shakers you’re just left with gorgeous soft and supple lips that feel smooth and hydrated, with no stickiness – oh and they smell amazing too. I highly recommend these!

Check out hashtags #Bantheboring #Juicyshaker and #Lancome on Twitter for more posts and reviews. I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post has been sponsored by Lancome. All opinions are my own.

Cohorted February 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on February 27, 2016

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Hi Guys,

Cohorted are back on the blog today with their latest subscription box – this one includes a good selection of makeup, skincare and fragrance, and a couple of fantastic brands we haven’t seen from Cohorted before. The February box includes:

  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow in 91 Apparition, worth £25.00
  • Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment, worth £45.00
  • Dove True Tone Underarm Dark Mark Eraser, worth £11.99
  • Elemis Pro Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks x2, worth £15.00
  • Cargo Cosmetics Long Wear Lip Gloss in Madrid, worth £10.00
  • Marc Jacobs Lola 1.2ml perfume sample, Free added extra.

Total value of box = £106.99.

Ok so the standout product in this box is obviously the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow. As far as I’m aware this is the first time Cohorted have included a Chanel product, and I think it will be very well received. This eyeshadow has a cream to powder formula – so it applies like a cream but feels like a powder on the skin, which I love. And as expected with Chanel, the formula is of superior quality. Shade 91 is actually rather lovely – I say actually because it’s a blue, and blue eyeshadow is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. This is a deep midnight metallic blue though, perfect for a smoky eye.

The Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment sounded familiar to me, and then I remembered this was included in Cohorted’s second ever beauty box, nearly a year ago in March 2015. This is a bit of a funny product, and by funny I mean it’s a powder that you apply to your face before going to bed! It’s supposed to reduce the appearance of pores, increase luminosity and even out skin tone, and I must admit I never got round to trying it out. This is definitely on my ‘to-try’ list now so I’ll let you all know how I get on!

The third product on the list is a Dove True Tone Underarm Dark Mark Eraser – now this product isn’t mentioned in the included information booklet, but the Pixi pencil which is mentioned is missing – so I’m guessing Cohorted ran out of Pixi and included this product instead. I must admit I’m a bit disappointed because I love Pixi products, and then pencil in the booklet does look rather lovely. Anyway, this ‘Dark Mark Eraser’ definitely sounds interesting. It’s actually a night cream, that you apply to clean armpits at bedtime, with the aim of brightening your skin. I think this is going to be a bit hit and miss – some people will thick it’s a great idea, and I think others won’t be so keen.

Next is the Cargo Cosmetics Long Wear Lip Gloss in Madrid. This is a sheer mauve shade packed with silver glitter. It’s a nice little gloss that’s non sticky and long lasting.

The Elemis Pro Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks are a welcome addition to this month’s box too. This is a first show from Elemis, which is one of my favourite skincare brands. These masks aim to instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving the eye area looking smoother and feeling moisturised – they sound right up my street.

And lastly the Marc Jacobs Lola 1.2ml mini sample. I’m a bit of a perfume fanatic so fragrance samples are always appreciated here!

Overall this is a great little box, and though I think I’ve had enough of seeing Cargo products for now, it’s great to see Cohorted have included Chanel and Elemis this month. I’d love to see more of these brands in the future!

On that note, I’d love to hear which brands or particular products you’re not so keen on in beauty boxes? And if there are any you’d really love to see?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Glosses

Posted on November 3, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I must admit, in recent years I’ve been more of a lipstick fan than a gloss fan. I just haven’t found myself reaching for glosses as much. After trying the Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker collection though, my love for glosses has definitely been re-ignited.

These glosses are specifically made to plump up your pout. They remind me of Too Faced’s famous Lip Injection (from way back when) in the sense that they create a cooling and tingling sensation when applied. The Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Glosses feature ‘Superfill’™ Lip Plumping Spheres. (They’re like tiny, dehydrated sponges that expand when they get wet.) And ‘Lipswell’™ Natural Plant Oil Infusion – an extract that tingles and makes your lips feel instantly fuller.

The collection also has a new super-smooth formula, and they smell good enough to eat!

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The collection contains five shades (L-R)

  • Plums Up – the darkest shade of the collection, this is a pretty yet sheer natural nude shade with red and gold sparkles.
  • Bare Enough – slightly on the peachy side, this shade is a light nude peach pink, with a hint of subtle sparkle.
  • Rose & Shine – a light pink rose colour, with a cream finish – no sparkle.
  • Candy Ocean – a light candy pink full of silver and pink sparkles.
  • Super Peach – a pretty light peach with peach and gold sparkle.
  • Nudestar – a high shimmer light nude beige shade.
  • Spun Sugar – another high shimmer nude shade, slightly lighter than Nudestar, this appears clear with lots of shimmer and sparkle.

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You can see the shades range from light pink to nude, to clear with sparkles. Usually I’m all about intense pigmentation, but I actually like that these are all sheer colours, it makes them so easy to wear. They will easily suit all skin tones, and can be used on their own or on top of other lip shades to add gloss or sparkle.

When it comes to the tingling sensation, I must admit it was more intense that I expected! These bad boys really do pack a punch! When you initially apply the gloss, there’s no sensation whatsoever, but after a few moments a cooling tingling starts to build up, and gradually intensifies. It’s slightly strange at first but by no means uncomfortable, and it lasted for about 20 minutes for me. My lips definitely felt plumper and more pouty, was it visibly noticeable though? I’d say on me the effect was slight, but obviously this will vary from person to person.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Glosses are £9.00 each available now from Boots.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Tanya Burr Cosmetics Get A Fresh New Look

Posted on September 29, 2015

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Hi Guys!

It’s been well over a year now since Tanya Burr released her first makeup line – which I believe started with just lip glosses, nail polishes and lashes. Now forward on a year and the whole range has been re-vamped and re-packaged to give it a fresh new look, as well as having a few new additions thrown in the mix too. These include a selection of eye and brow palettes, as well as Christmas gift sets.

There was nothing wrong with the previous packaging at all, but the un-nescessary cardboard backing on the lip glosses and black gloss lids have now been replaced with chic high-shine gold lids, and the whole range has been given a new lease of life with metallic finishes, candy stripes, pretty pastel colours, and metallic gold accents.

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First up we have a couple of the new look Lip Glosses in Picnic in the Park, and Afternoon Tea, £5.99 each. I already have Afternoon tea which is a lovely shade – you can see what the original packaging looks like here. I’m really impressed with the re-vamped lip glosses especially. Even though the formulas are still the same across the range, they now look more sophisticated and definitely like they should belong in a higher price bracket than they are. I should also point out here that all the prices have stayed the same throughout the range.

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Next is the new Perfect Brows Set, £6.99. This is really nice little set, with everything you need for prefect brows. It contains three powder shades for eyebrows and one highlighter, as well as a mini application brush and tweezers. (Just to note my picture has come out pretty dark, the shades aren’t as dark as they look here!)

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Next is the Nail Polish in Fairy Godmother, £4.99. I loved the previous nail polishes I’ve tried from Tanya’s collection, and this is no exception. The new packaging looks fantastic, and the shade range includes a beautiful selection of pastels, with a couple of darker colours that are perfect for Autumn.

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And lastly, the Date Night False Lashes, £5.99. I’m a big fan of false lashes for a night out, and though I’d usually go for a fuller set, these look really pretty and perfect for a more natural look. I’m hoping to try these out later this week when I take my other half out for a date!

Tanya Burr Cosmetics are available now from Superdrug.

I’d love to hear what you think – will you be snapping any of these products up?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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More Gorgeous Products from Glo & Ray…

Posted on February 20, 2015

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Hi Guys!

In case you don’t know I’m a massive fan of Glo & Ray makeup, I’ve tried a few bits from them over the last few months and I’ve always been wowed, and now I have some more lovely items to try out and show you! I have a great range including an eyeshadow quad, lipgloss, eyebrow pencil and single mousse eyeshadow. Let’s get stuck in!

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First up is the gorgeous Mariposa Eyeshadow Quartet in Liquid Metal 405 (£12.50). I was instantly attracted to this palette as the colours just looked amazing.

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I’ve tried many Glo & Ray products without a negative word or comment, but I’m afraid this is where my first not so glowing review comes in. I love love LOVE the colours, there’s no doubt about that, they’re gorgeous, but I’d be lying if I said I was thrilled with the formula. It took a lot of work to create the arm swatches above. I had to keep going over and over the shadows, they felt really stiff and hard to work with, and I’m guessing they were either just pressed too hard (is that even a thing?) or it was the actual formula that was the problem, either way I just couldn’t work with them. In the end the three darker shades did come out pretty well, after a lot of work, but the fourth and lightest shade did not want to co-operate – hence why you can’t see it on my arm.

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Apologies for the slightly negative start, but I’ve got to be honest. On the side it’s all positive from here! So now on to a much much better product – the Wonderland Hydrating Lip Gloss in Pink Pearl 701 (£10.00). To be honest I’ve actually gone of glosses a bit in favour of lipsticks lately, but I do occasionally reach for one, especially on the days my lips are too dry for lipstick, and this gloss has definitely been on my grab list! It has a lovely hydrating formula, and it’s smooth and non sticky. Pink Pearl is a sheer medium pink with tiny gold sparkles that look fantastic when they catch the light.

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Next is the Fumo Silky Eyebrow Pencil in Terra Brown 21 (£5.50). I instantly thought this shade might be too much of a light warm brown for me, but actually it didn’t look out of place on my medium brown brows. I’d say this colour would suit blondes more though, and that’s my only complaint – there’s this shade and only one more available, which looks very dark, so it would have been nice to see maybe three or four different shades really. Anyway, the Fumo Eyebrow Pencil formula kind of reminded of G&R’s eyeliners; it was definitely silky soft as advertised, and really easy to use. This gets a thumbs up from me.

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And lastly the Mirage Mousse Eyeshadow in Clematis (£11.00). These eyeshadows are formulated with the revolutionary Multi Silky-Wax Complex™ which provides a silky texture with a hint of shimmer. I love that these mousse shadows can be worn very sheerly, so you just get a pretty veil of sparkle over the lid, or you can easily build them up for a more intense look. They’re really versatile and the mousse formula feels light and comfortable to wear. Unfortunately my arm swatch below doesn’t do this shade justice, it’s a beautiful warm grey packed with sparkle.

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Overall I just can’t get enough of Glo & Ray’s cosmetics, I know I wasn’t keen on the eyeshadow palette, which is a shame as the colours were gorgeous (please guys, just fix the formula then we can enjoy these gorgeous looking palettes!) but I’m still really impressed with the rest of the product range – I’ve tried most of it now so I can definitely say that! I’ve linked my previous reviews below –

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried Glo & Ray cosmetics before? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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