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Christmas: The Luxury Beauty Christmas Gift Guide

Posted on December 17, 2017

Hi Guys!

Christmas is slowly creeping closer, and today I have my latest gift guide to share with you, featuring lots of gorgeous, luxury beauty goodies. You can probably guess that most products today are going to be on the pricier side – but they’re definitely worth it in my opinion – enjoy!

Starting with the stunning  – this beautiful palette contains a luxurious selection of flattering, illuminating highlighter and cheek shades that can be mix and matched to create radiant, glowing looks. The palette contains eight coordinating blush and highlighters, packaged in a luxurious box that opens to reveal a colourful 3D tree in bloom.

The beautiful  would also make fantastic Christmas treat – Diptyque always bring out the most gorgeous candle collections at Christmas time, and for 2017 they have been inspired by the universe, constellations and stars, to bring us a trio of candles with the theme of mythological cosmic animals. I have the Fiery Orange candle, with a silver dragon motif.  It features notes of Blood Orange, Smokey Wood and Cloves, evoking feelings of a hot, crackling fire.

I also have this beautiful – containing 12 mini lipsticks, each housed in a special colour-matched metallic casing, presented in a champagne presentation case – this set would make the perfect luxury gift for fans of MAC. The shades included are as follows –

  • Party Commencing – Clean matte Light neutral pink (Matte)
  • Little Darling – Clean light nude matte (Matte)
  • Please Me – Muted-rosy-tinted pink (Matte)
  • Mangrove – Hot, bright red (Matte)
  • Ruby Woo – Very matte vivid blue-red (Matte)
  • Rebel – Midtonal cream plum (Satin)
  • Flat Out Fab – Bright plum matte (Matte)
  • Good Kisser – Midtone fuchsia (Matte)
  • Diva – Intense reddish-burgundy (Matte)
  • Velvet Teddy – Deep-tone beige (Matte)
  • Whirl – Dirty Rose (Matte)
  • Stone – Muted greyish taupe brown (Matte)

On to skincare now, the  is a beautifully presented set contains a trio of products featuring the brand’s legendary rose-infused formula, in both balm and cream formulations. The Baume De Rose lip balm is perfect for leaving lips kissably soft, the Baume De Rose Face Cream is packed with rose butter, rose flower essential wax and rosehip oil to hydrate and cocoon the skin to prevent any dryness, and the non-greasy Hand Cream nourishes with a delectable combination of butters and waxes, and a rich rose fragrance.

I also have this lovely little  – perfect for someone interested in trying the brand, the Pre:Empt Travel Set contains everything you need to hydrate, exfoliate and keep oily complexions in check. The Pore Refiner is a chemical exfoliator helps to clarify and refine the skin’s surface, while the Skin Perfecting Serum combats damage caused by environmental stress, plumping out fine lines. The Brightening Eye Cream goes to work tackling dark circles and firming up the delicate eye area, and the Oil-Free Hydrating Cream nourishes and plumps without leaving any greasy residue.

Back to makeup now, the gorgeous  is exclusive to feel Unique this Christmas, and would make any beauty lover’s day. The Feelunique x Charlotte Tilbury Stars of the Red Carpet set contains a Mini Legendary Lashes Black Vinyl Mascara, a Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Barbarella Brown, and a Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in The Vintage Vamp, all housed in an exclusive collectors box.

And how about the  – this lovely gift set includes three fabulous Aromatics Elixir products, presented in a gold gift box. The box contains a Perfume Spray, Body Smoother and Body Wash, each with a rich, warm and sensual fragrance, featuring notes of Rose, Jasmine, Oakmoss, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, Patchouli, Musk, Amber, and Sandalwood.

The  is another fabulous fragrance set. Described as the most intimate of fragrances, La Femme is both instinctive and sophisticated, weaving a mesmerising trail around its wearer. The scent opens with notes of sultry Frangipani and Honey, leading to a heart of Ylang Ylang, Tuberose and, creamy Vanilla, with a seductive note of Vetiver in the base.

  • Top Notes: Frangipani and Honey
  • Heart notes: Tuberose and Ylang Ylang
  • Base notes: Vetiver and Vanilla

Continuing with fragrance, niche scents really have stolen my heart this year, and  is definitely a fragrance that should be on your radar. Close Up is in fact a collaboration between Olfactive Studio and established photographer Suren Manvelyan. It’s an intense dark woody gourmand fragrance, with notes of boozy and bitter sweet Cherry Liqueur, cool Star Anise and Green Coffee, which then gradually descends into a dark heart of Rose, Atlas Cedar, Patchouli and Amber, with a base of Ambergris, Musk and Tonka Beans.

  • Top Notes: Cherry, Coffee and Star Anise
  • Heart Notes: Atlas Cedar, Centifolia Rose, Patchouli and Tobacco
  • Base Notes: Ambergris, Musk and Tonka Beans

And lastly for fragrance,  is another niche scent that is definitely worth trying. Rose Millésimée is an ode to Centifolia Rose, described as an olfactory metaphor for a moment frozen in time, the reflection of a story, a region and a tradition of craftsmanship. This is easily the most beautiful rose fragrance I’ve ever had the pleasure of smelling – it’s a must try for fans of rose scents.

  • Top Notes: Spices
  • Heart Notes: Rose
  • Base Notes: Musk

Back to makeup now, this  is just perfect for somebody that loves their makeup conveniently packaged. This super chic glossy black box contains a selection of Givenchy makeup essentials, including eyeshadows, blush and highlighters on one side, and lip gloss, eyeliner and mascara on the other, with a handy mirror in the centre.

And last but not least, the  is a fantastic alternative to more ‘mainstream’ branded palettes. It includes four shades that can be used induvidually or layered effortlessly with perfection, to give natural definition to the eyes. I have the palette in 113 Hikarisango, which features a shimmering champagne highlight and vibrant coral hue, contrasted with a deep burgundy and brick brown. This is definitely one for fans of luxury makeup.

I’d love to hear if you’re picking up and luxury or high end beauty treats this Christmas? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Beauty: New Makeup Worth Checking Out – Feat. New CID Cosmetics, Chantecaille, Lancome & More

Posted on February 6, 2017

Hi Guys!

Happy Monday! I’ve gathered a few products together today that I really think are worth checking out. There are a couple of brands such as New CID Cosmetics and Suqqu that I’ve included specifically today as you don’t really hear much about them, but the do make some fantastic products – enjoy!

Ok so starting with New CID Cosmetics, the New CID Cosmetics i-Gloss Light Up Lip Gloss (£19.50 at ) is such a fun product – I mean who could resist a lip gloss with an automatic light in the lid, and a mirror on the side? And this shade, Moonstone is such a beautiful pearlescent pink – it’s great as a gloss on its own, or also as a lip topper worn over a liquid lipstick.

The Limited Edition i-groom Eyebrow Grooming Pencil and Brush (£19.50 at ) is another great product, this is a sleek looking, simple yet effective wind up brow pencil, with a spoolie brush at the opposite end. It creates a fine, sharp line that’s perfect for drawing on natural looking brows, without looking too heavy.

And the i-Prime Mini (£16.00 at ) – this is a mini 10ml primer, perfect for keeping in your on-the-go makeup bag. The formula is a lightweight serum including Shea Butter and Vitamin E to help blur imperfections, leaving skin looking radiant and beautiful.

Next I have a few products from Rodial – firstly their new Baking Powder (£29.00 at ) – this is is perfect for those that like to do a full on makeup routine and ‘bake’ their face to set their base. This is a silky smooth loose powder that mattifies skin to give it a creamy, suede soft-focus finish whilst blurring imperfections. Simply apply this loose setting powder over your concealer or foundation, leave to warm on skin for 10-15 minutes and dust off the excess – easy.

And Rodial have also introduced their new Baking Brush (£40.00 at ) to go with the above powder. This brush has been specifically designed with soft, dense hairs to allow for easy application of loose powder. It’s also the ideal tool for buffing and dusting off excess powder so you can achieve a flawless matte finish to your complexion.

Rodial also have a new Instaglam Compact Deluxe Highlighting Powder in 02 (£52.00 at ) – this is a beautiful creamy textured highlighting powder, in a light champagne shade. It contains soft powders and refined pearls which are blended together to create a beautiful creamy powder with an iridescent finish.

Continuing with highlighters, I also wanted to include the Estee Edit Flash Illuminator Fluid Powder (£22.00 at ) – this is very similar to the Rodial highlighter above but this one is slightly more gold / peach toned. It would be great for light to medium skin tones and has a lovely smooth almost creamy texture that’s really flattering when applied to the top of the cheekbones especially.

And for a more budget friendly highlighter option, the Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick in Starlight (£9.99 at ) is definitely worth checking out. If you’re looking for a slightly deeper, more golden highlight, this stick formula has a wonderfully smooth consistency, and leaves the skin glowing with a golden sheen.

I also have a couple of the (fairly) new Lancome Cushion Blushers (£29.00 at ) – these cushion blushers are perfect for giving the complexion a fresh, dewy glow. You only need a tiny amount to give a pretty flush to the skin, and the formula also offers intense hydration, and the cushion sponge allows you to easily build the intensity of the colour to suit your preference.

If you’re looking for a new eyeshadow palette, the Smith & Cult Book of Eyes Eyeshadow Palette (£34.00 at ) is one to add to your to-try list. There are four different quads available and I have Interlewd which contains some really pretty soft pinks and rich purple shades.

Or for single eyeshadows, the Chantecaille Mermaid Eyeshadow in Hematite (£29.00 at ) is simply stunning. This is a crease-proof and water resistant product that can be worn either wet or dry and used an eye shadow or as an eyeliner. The formula is also infused with an anti-aging silk tree extract that helps lift the upper eyelid for a more youthful looking eye area.

And the Suqqu Extra Glow Lipstick (£23.00 at ) – Japanese cult brand Suqqu is another that you don’t see much of, but definitely worth a mention. Their Extra Glow Lipstick contains a blend of seven nourishing oils for long-lasting moisture, and creates the appearance of plumper lips with a natural sheen.

And going back to eyes, the Smith & Cult B-Line Eye Pen (£21.00 at ) is a richly pigmented, felt pen liner that’s both smudge-proof and waterproof. This innovative precision, felt tipped liner applies seamlessly along the lash-line giving highly pigmented colour with a quick drying finish. If you’re looking for a new pen style eyeliner I’d definitely recommend you check this one out.

For those looking to cover their dark circles, the Know Cosmetics No Dark Shadows Concealer in Wow (£15.00 at ) is just the product for the job. This is a multipurpose under eye concealer designed to conceal imperfections and dark circles, as well as highlight the complexion. This is available in two shades – Wow (rosy tone) and Pizazz (yellow tone) and offers medium coverage which is both long lasting and moisturising.

And back to Suqqu, their Gel Eyeliner (£20.00 at ) is a super thin 2mm precision tipped pencil eyeliner with a texture that seems to melt onto the skin, creating a wonderfully smooth and delicate line. This is perfect for those looking for a subtle and fine lined eyeliner.

You’ll probably notice I haven’t included many lip products today – when I was getting everything together I realised there are LOADS of amazing lip products that have recently launched, so I’ll be publishing a separate post just on them very soon.

I’d love to hear what you think? Have you tried any of these products yourself? I decided not to include swatches as I took some and they just weren’t doing the products justice. If you’d like to see swatches of anything though please do let me know and I’ll be happy to share on Insta Stories 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Makeup Bag Update – A Spring Beauty Look

Posted on April 23, 2015

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Hi Guys!

It seems like forever since I last did a makeup look on the blog, and I thought you lovely lot might have forgotten what I actually look like so I decided to put together a nice fresh spring look using some new products I’ve just started trying out. I thought this would give me a great chance to review them whilst putting my look together 🙂

Here’s what I’ve been using –

  • SUQQU Blend Colour Eyeshadow Palette, £45 from 
  • RMK Vintage Candy Cheeks in 01, £20 from 
  • RMK Vintage Drop Gloss in 01, £14 from 
  • Laura Mercier Silk Crème Photo Edition Foundation in Ivory, £35 from 
  • Butter London Cheeky Tinted Highlighter in Twit, £20 from Butter London
  • Rodial Instaglam Deluxe Contouring Powder, £52 from 
  • Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation in Fair, £28 from 
  • MAC MSF Duo in Jolly Good (from The Osbournes collection, no longer available)
  • Bourjois Stylo Eyeliner Pencil in Noir, £5.99 from 

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So here I am! And I’m pretty pleased with how this look turned out – natural yet glowing I think! Starting with the base I went primer free for a change and just used the Laura Mercier Silk Crème Photo Edition Foundation in Ivory, this shade is slightly on the yellow side for my skin tone, but it actually looked great once I’d blended it in! Luckily my skin is in pretty good nick at the moment, I have to say wouldn’t recommend this foundation if you have dry skin – it’s one of those foundations that look great on normal skin, but will definitely highlight any dry areas if you have them. It gave fantastic coverage though and I’d highly recommend it if you’re on the hunt for a decent foundation.

I set my foundation with the Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation in Fair, which is fantastic as a foundation and a setting powder. It’s really well pigmented and it didn’t make my skin feel dry. I then contoured lightly with my current favourite contouring product, the Rodial Instaglam Deluxe Contouring Powder – this stuff is fantastic if you have a fair complexion like I do, as you physically can’t go too heavy with it. I then used the Butter London Cheeky Tinted Highlighter in Twit and RMK Vintage Candy Cheeks in 02 Candy Rose to highlight and give my cheeks a bit of colour. Twit is a gorgeous bronzy gold which will look fabulous on tanned skins – I know I’ll be getting a lot of use out of it this summer. I then finished my face with my trusty MAC MSF Duo in Jolly Good  to give my complexion an all over lovely glow.

For the eyes I went with the SUQQU Blend Colour Eyeshadow Palette (see close up below) I love this palette, the colours are just stunning (please see below for rant about how much I love this palette!). I also used my Bourjois Stylo Eyeliner Pencil in Noir, which is a really nice soft black shade, it’s not intensely black so it’s perfect for a not-so-heavy day look. I finished off my eyes with some false lashes because my natural lashes are super short – but I have no idea which they are I’m afraid. They’re likely to be by Eyelure ones but I’m not sure which set exactly as they weren’t in their original packet.

I finished off the look with the RMK Vintage Drop Lip Gloss in 01, apart from looking super cute, this gloss gives a fabulous high shine yet non-sticky finish. It’s also really hydrating which is a bonus if your lips tend to be dry like mine are.

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I thought I’d include a close up of my eyes just so I can tell you how much I am IN LOVE with the SUQQU palette, seriously the colours are just stunning. Can I say it’s like having a sunset on your eyelids?? Well that’s how I’m going to describe them. The shades are gorgeous, and the formula is also fantastic and was just so easy to work with and blend. The SUQQU palette easily gets top marks from me. (Also please ignore my eyebrows, I know they need some work!)

At this point I was going to go through and tell you which of these products I’ll be adding to my makeup bag, but I actually love all of them so I’m basically going to have a massive makeup bag overhaul!

I’d love to hear what you think? Or if you’ve tried any of these products? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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