I loved the look of the Mac Ellie Goulding collection when I first saw it floating around on the internet. I remember thinking it was sure to be an absolute sell out with its pinky/peachy/nude tones, but apparently I was wrong, as far as I can see the whole collection is still in stock. I don’t understand why because it’s beautiful. I spent a my Christmas vouchers on a few products from the range so here is my Mac Ellie Goulding review and swatches.
First a word about the packaging, the Ellie Goulding Logo is embossed in gold on shiny black packaging which is replicated in the exterior packaging, which is beautifully line in a metallic rose gold shade, matching the peachy shades in the collection beautifully.
I picked up three pieces, but easily could have grabbed more. There are two palettes available, Halcyon Days and Halcyon Nights (£39.50 each). The Halcyon Days Palette is primarily cream products, so I opted for the Halcyon Nights Palette which houses four eye shadows and one Cream Colour Base.
The Cream Colour Base, This Love, is a pinky orange pearl, which in the pan looks like it will be difficult to wear, but as you will see in the swatches, it’s actually a sheer, wearable highlighter. Cream Colour Bases can be used in multiple ways. They can be worn sheerly or built up for dramatic looks and can be worn on eyes or cheeks, on bare skin and even over foundation and/or powder.
The eye shadows in the palette are in a variety of finishes… Starry Eyed is a cream high pearl finish, actually its not shimmery, it’s glittery, but much like the Bobbi Brown Sparkle eyeshadows its a grown up sparkle. There is fall out, but it wasn’t too bad, and swept away quickly and easily leaving no residue. Next is top right shadow, You My Everything, a mid tone peachy brown, which is a matte finish, bottom left is Saddle, a golden orange brown, also a matte finish, and finally, bottom right is Hanging On, a muted plum brown with a satin finish.
Swatches are Starry Eyed, You My Everything, Saddle, Hanging On and This Love Cream Colour Base.
Next I purchased the Powder Blush Duo in I’ll Hold My Breath, which was £23.
While this is expensive at £23, you must take into account the fact that it’s huge, the box it came in is larger than the Halcyon Nights palette. It’s 12.3g, thats more than twice the size of a normal Mac blusher which retails at £18.50. While I love the Halcyon Nights palette, its this product that’s my favourite. It’s a lovely mirrored compact, and embossed with the Ellie Goulding logo, and has is split in two unequal parts, the larger is a matte, medium toned bronzer, with a pearly peach pink blusher. When blended together it looks beautiful, but you can of course pick out each shade and use them as you see fit. Swatches are further down the page.
Finally I picked up one of the lipsticks from the collection, Only You (£17).
Officially I believe this is a mid tone muted coral. To me its a warm, mid toned pink and its the perfect every day colour. I don’t love cremesheen finishes, but this is surprisingly comfortable to wear, but doesn’t last terribly long on my lips, I’m more than happy to whip this beautiful product out in public though to reapply. It really is a beautiful lipstick and complements the rest of the items in the range perfectly.
Swatches, I’ll Hold My Breath Bronzer, I’ll Hold my Breath Blusher and Only You Lipstick.
All in all I’m delighted with my purchases, they all create a soft day look which you can really ramp up with shimmer and shine for evenings if you want. I’d like to go back for the pink Lustre Drops which look beautiful, as well as perhaps, one of the Patentpolish Lip Pencils.
As I say, the collection looks like its all fully instock, so go shopping, would highly recommend.
I purchased all my items from Mac Online.
I have so much make up, its partly passion and its partly just down to being a blogger, but one thing is for sure, as I try new things so often and find new favourites, old favourites get left behind, tucked away in my make up drawers. Today I decided to trawl through my collection and dig out a few old favourites for today’s look, which I wanted to be light and natural and quick (school runs really eat into my beautifying routine!).
Here’s what I dug out.
I did review this on my old blog but sadly the post has been lost somewhere along the way but I love this foundation. It’s been replaced by other foundations I like slightly more, but this is still a great foundation. It’s watery and thin to apply, it looks like it offers no coverage whatsoever, but when you apply it the finished effect is great. Coverage is as heavy as you want it, you can have it sheer, or build it up more for a heavier finish, I like it somewhere in the middle but love that it magically allows my skin to show through but still evens my skin tone and overs coverage for small blemishes (not that I’d ever skip concealer), but this is great stuff. It’s £14.50 and I would definitely recommend.
Next I dragged out the Clinique Almost Lipstick in Lovely Honey.
You can see my original post on these beautiful lipsticks here. These are beautiful sheer lipsticks that offer a sheer tint of colour and a beautiful moisturising balm like texture. The depth of colour depends on the shade worn and the colour of your lips, and I love how they moisturise without feeling greasy, I can’t bear a greasy feeling lipstick. Lovely Honey is a really natural pink shade on me. Beautiful. It looks like Black Honey is the only shade still available which is real shame but it is also lovely. They are £18 each.
Next is Bourjois Volume One Seconde Mascara.
My original post on this mascara is here, and you’ll see that I absolutely loved it but even then I was aware that things change! I do have a new favourite but I decided to drag this out of its home this morning and try it out and of course I remember why I loved it so much. Its a great, black mascara at a reasonable price and it makes my lashes look great. It’s £9.99.
Finally, I dug out the Clarins Multi-Blush Cream Blush in Candy.
The Clarins Multi-blush Cream Blushers are really magic. When you rub a finger into the pan, it feels like powder almost, and as though you are not picking up any product, but of course you are, and the same goes for application, it feels like applying nothing, you can blend them in with the lightest of touches for a lovely flush of colour. Candy is a lovely pink shade. They are £18.50 and lovely for days where you don’t wear finishing powder, although I must add they work very well on top of powder too.
Here’s how I look today, nothing exciting, but it has been lovely to dig out some old favourites! I must try to do it more often!
So if you have seen my giveaway you’ll know that I promised to show some of the prizes in more detail over the next week as I purchased a set of the prizes for myself as well. I’m kicking off the week with a review of the Makeup Revolution Ultra Blush Palette in Sugar and Spice.
This was the first item I opened and tried by the brand so I wasn’t at all sure what to expect, with other budget brands in the past I’ve been disappointed, either by the cheap, soft texture of the products, or their lack of longevity on my skin, or indeed, poor colour pay off, all topped off with nasty cheap packaging.
I really like the outer cardboard packaging, it doesn’t look cheap at all and when you open it up you get a sturdy, palette inside.
The Sugar and Spice palette offers a variety of colours and finishes, pretty much covering all possible blusher requirements in one palette.
There’s a good mix of matte shades, very subtle shimmers (more of a glow effect) as well as a show stopping highlighter shade and a highly shimmery blush. Shades range from pale pink for the highlighter, to corals, reds, pinks and a couple of nude/bronze shades for contouring and adding a touch of bronze to the skin.
They swatch up beautifully.
A couple of the shades are a little more powdery than the others, but not so it causes any problems. That colour on the top row, second from the right, pretty much a dupe for Nars Orgasm. But I absolutely love the far right shade on the bottom, its glorious, but needs a light hand due to the high shimmer. I do find that they don’t last all day on my skin, but I get a good five or six hours out of them which for the money I’m totally thrilled with. I am pleasantly surprised and delighted and I can see this being used every single day.
I’ve been really looking forward to showing you this collection. New season Clarins collections are always my absolute favourites of all brands and this is no exception.
The first thing I want to show you is the Be Long Mascara in Brown. It’s £21 and comes in Black and Brown and I’m thrilled to have a brown in my collection actually. It really makes a nice change from the intense black I usually opt for.
I absolutely love everything about this mascara. I love the square sleek matte gold packaging. I love the brush which is just right. I’m on record as saying how much I loathe big brushes and I’m not a fan of funny shaped brushes either. I really like this though. I like how it makes my lashes look longer but not only that I it includes ingredients that help the lash grow with each days wear, so it not only makes lashes look longer but helps them to BE longer too. Fantastic.
Then I want to show you the Crayon Khol Long Lasting Eye Pencil. These are new and available in eight shades. £17.
First I have Platinum. A shimmering soft black or grey. In this picture I have it on my waterline and top lashes, blended out with a brush (which is on the other end of the pencil!). It doesn’t wear well on my waterline.
Then I have Taupe. The softest shimmering taupe. Again on top lashes and waterline and softly blended under my bottom lashes and shown with the Be Long Mascara in Brown. Again this doesn’t wear well on my waterline.
And finally Intense Brown. A shimmer free brown. Again on top lashes and waterline. This wears much better on my waterline. Again shown with Be Long mascara in Brown.
I really like these pencils, they are a bit hit and miss on my waterline but I have other fantastic Clarins kohls for that purpose which I love. But they are so soft and blendable whilst being long wearing. Really good stuff.
Other items in the “eye” portion of the collection include the 3-dot liner. This is actually a re-release from last year which I reviewed then. I liked it at the time but I’ve since really got the hang of it and now use it frequently to fill out my lashes. Such a great product. And of course there’s the usual Eye Quartet. This time called Forest, khaki’s and taupes, it looks gorgeous. Might buy this when I get some cash!
Then on to the Stand out product. The Face & Blush Powder.
These are released with every collection. Each is visually stunning and for me, each needs a bit of playing around with to work out how best to use them. Some for me are setting powders, some are blushes, some are bronzers. And this beauty is a blusher for me, or a light bronzer. In this case the gold stripe is just decoration and sweeps away with one or two uses. It’s a gorgeous colour, really gorgeous. If you buy one thing, buy this!
The final things I have to show you are the Joli Rouge Lipsticks. There are three new shades with this collection. I have Royal Plum and Pink Camellia.
Both are a lovely hydrating lipstick with a hint of shine. I didn’t think I could wear Royal Plum as I thought it’d be too dark for me but turns out it’s lovely. Even if my kids looked at me like was from Mars. These are £18 each. There are also two new shades of Rouge Prodige Lipstick in Dark Cherry.
Swatches of the liners and lipsticks.
So here are just a few pictures of how I’ve been wearing all of the above.
Royal Plum Lipstick, Face & Blush Powder, Intense Brown Liner and Be Long Mascara in Brown.
Face & Blush Powder, Pink Camellia Lipstick and Platinum Liner.
Taupe Liner, Face and Blush Powder and Be Long Mascara in Brown.
All in all a beautiful collection with the highlights being the Face & Blush Powder and the Be Long Mascara.
The collection is available now from counters or from http://www.clarins.co.uk/
*Disclosure – All items provided as PR Samples*
I’ve not tried any Vivo Cosmetics for ages now so it was a surprise when these two popped through my letter box the other day. Meet the Vivo Shimmer Block Blusher and Shimmer Block Bronzer.
Now the last time I dipped into the world of cheap shimmer bricks/blocks, they were very soft very pigmented and VERY metallic cheek making. Not a look I love especially so I approached these with trepidation.
I needn’t have worried, these are shimmery and they are pigmented but I can report that in the case of the blusher this is a definite hit. Dare I say that they are a very similar texture to the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks? Yes I do dare say it, because it’s true. Only a hell of a lot cheaper. Try £3.99.
Now I’ve not swatched each stripe individually because, although pretty, no one actually picks out individual shades to wear do they? If I’m wrong and you’d love individual stripe swatches please let me know, I’d be happy to do them!
Instead, here’s how the blusher looks on me.
The next picture really makes me laugh, my hair is insane and I’ve got cross eyes but hey, look at my rosy cheeks!
It’s a really lovely blusher and I’d happily pay more than the £3.99 it costs. I have to confess I’ve not tried out the Bronzer and I’m not sure I will, I don’t do shimmery bronzers at all, in fact I rarely do bronzers!
But there you have it. The blusher definitely gets my seal of approval and I’m sure the bronzer is probably up to the same standard!
Get them HERE
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
Well, recently I showed you the Bobbi Brown Navy & Nude Eye Palette which is the star product from the current Navy & Nude collection, and today I’m going to show you some of the things from the supporting cast!
So lets start with the two eye products. Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Suede (£18.50) on the Left and Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Steel Ink on the Right (£17.50).
Starting with the Cream Shadow in Suede. This is my first experience of the long-wear cream shadows and this is a great start. The colour is fantastic, it’s a brilliant base for any shadows, but especially the Navy &Nude one of course but it’s also great on it’s own, it’s just a good colour. Very warm in tone but goes with most things. Wear time is, as you would expect, exceptional, very good indeed. Recommended, even though the price is a bit ouchy… And moving onto the Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Steel Ink. Steel Ink looks to be a black in the pot, but it’s not. There’s a hidden surprise, it’s actually a blackened navy filled with shimmer. Not my first experience with this product in general but it’s in keeping with the others I’ve tried. Applies smoothly and easily and lasts all day with no transfer to the upper lid. Super. Swatches of both of these can be seen lower down. The Liner is Limited Edition. Here’s how I’ve been wearing them, combined with the Navy & Nude palette.
Then we have the Limited Edition Brightening Brick in Pink (£40)
I have mixed thoughts on this one. For a start, I really object to the £40 price tag. It’s nice but it’s not that nice if you know what I mean. I certainly wouldn’t have paid for this item. That said I do like it and I really love the Porcelain Pearl one I have and use frequently. I’d say if this was more around the £25-£28 price point it’d be something I’d highly recommend. The shade is beautiful, it’s a warm pink but be warned, it’s very very sparkly, something I don’t mind at all, but if you do, this one to avoid. I actually love this on me, it’s a very subtle way to wear a blush, and there’s something really classy about it.
I like the formula of Bobbi Brown Lip Glosses very much, they seem to stay on my lips for a long time. This is a sheer red, but it’s not a must have unless you don’t own anything like it and you’d like to. It gives just the merest hint of colour on the lips and it is pretty but it’s not very exciting. Still, a sheer lipgloss is a handy thing to have and I’m sure this will be worn.
And here I am wearing all of the above and the Navy & Nude Palette.
I really love this collection, I love the look all the products give, it’s a natural and pretty look with interest added with the navy. Not all products are must haves, but I’d strongly recommend the Eye Pallet and Cream Shadow, along with the Liner. Other items are nice to have, but not must haves for me!
Oh and before I go, here are swatches of all the products shown above. L-R Sailor Lip Gloss, Pink Brightening Brick, Suede Long-Wear Cream Shadow, Steel Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
All items available from www.bobbibrown.co.uk now.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
The Diorblush Cheek Creme in Bikini is part of Dior’s Pop Art collection. There are four of these cheek creams in the collection and bikini is pink shade with a hint of red.
I’m totally mystified if I’m honest. My bikini looks a bit redder in the photographs than it actually is. But now I’ve gone and got the pot and looked at it again I’d describe it as more of a red with a hint of pink rather than the other way round!
In terms of texture this is going to be tricky to describe. It’s not a creamy cream, and it’s not a mousse. It’s like a solid little cake of product that when you press your finger to it just gives up the right amount of product. It’s just perfect. It applies like a dream too and doesn’t disturb your base as you blend it in and it’s incredibly buildable too, if a whisper of colour is what you’re after that’s easy to achieve, and if you’re after full blown Aunt Sally cheeks that’s doable too.
When I wear blusher it never shows up in photographs too well, even when I feel like I’ve applied too much, so in the following pic’s I’ve worn more than I normally would just to get it to show up.
It’s really lovely BUT there are two things I’m not keen on. One is the price which is an ouchy £24 the other is that when I turn the pot upside down the whole little blob of product just drops out of its pot. I don’t know if mine has shrunk but it’s a real reminder of how little product there is to have this sort of ten pence size blob of product drop out in my hand!
Still, it is beautiful and I’m pleased I bought it as in terms of application, longevity and texture it’s flawless. I bought mine for full price but you can get yours for nigh on a fiver less at Escentual where they are £19.20.
*Disclaimer – product bought myself. Post contains affiliate link*
Will someone please tell me what Cello Shots actually means?! The new Estee Lauder collection, Cello Shots, features lip and cheek products that are all slightly translucent so I’m guessing Cello Shots is some kind of play on Jello Shots? I could be so wrong, someone put me out of my misery!
Mystifying collection name aside I’m very impressed with the two Cheek Rush blushers I’ve been trying out are lovely. There are four shades, Hot Fuse, Pink Patent, X-Pose Rose and Techno Jam and I’ve been trialling Pink Patent and X-Pose Rose.
Okay so what we’ve got are sheer gel like blushers in pump dispenser bottles. They can and do work as stains also so you need to work fast with them. The formula is water based and they feel really hydrating on and they add a soft dewy effect to cheeks.
Here’s one little pump of X-Pose Rose on the Left and Pink Patent on the right so you can see the texture of the product.
Blended out we can see a few things about these.
Firstly, Pink Patent on the right is virtually invisible blended out while you can see the sheer pink finish of X-Pose Rose on the right. And if you look really closely in the middle of the left swatch you can see a perfect little circle of darker pink, and that’s where the blob stained before I rubbed it in. This is a good thing as it means your cheek colour will stay put all day, but it also means you need to blend fast but if you’re used to working with stains that shouldn’t be a problem!
Let’s start with how X-Rose Pose looks when it’s on.
It’s pretty and pink and sheer and lovely. Highly recommend.
And here’s Patent Pink.
It’s really quite pretty. It adds only the very faintest pink, a hint of dewy-ness and that’s about it. I quite frequently go for minimal or no blusher and so this works pretty well for me, I’d say it wasn’t for anyone who isn’t fair skinned though, I don’t think it’d show up on anyone much darker than me. It is pretty though!
The two colours that are really up my street are the more orange/red based ones, Techno Jam and Hot Fuse, so I’m going to take a trip to the Estee Lauder counter to have a look in person!
I think these are pricey at £24 each, but they are really pretty and I do love the formula, they just feel lovely!
Available from Estee Lauder counters nationwide now, or from Estee Lauder Online. Hurry though, they are limited edition as are all the coordinated lip products.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
It was my birthday last week, I’d like to pretend at my ripe old age I don’t get excited but I really do! Mostly I had money and vouchers as I’d hoped for and so I mostly got clothes which is lovely.
I did however get a couple of lovely bits from Too Faced. Namely the Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder and the Sweethearts Perfect Flush Brush. Absolutely love the packaging and the products contained within. If you’ve not yet tried anything from Too Faced I recommend you do, everything I’ve tried has been exceptionally good quality.
I’m going to start with showing you the Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder (£26).
It’s not only a beautiful looking product, it does pretty beautiful things to the skin too. I’m not going to lie, there was less product in the pot than I thought there’d be judging by the promotional shots I’ve seen, it’s pretty much as you can see in the picture above, there aren’t any beads below that layer. That said, actually there’s a lot of product there.
What you’ve got is a little pot of gold, tan, peach and pink hearts. Sweep your brush over them and then apply. I use all over as I think it’s pretty radiant rather than sparkly or shiny, I don’t think there’s enough glow there to use this as just a highlight unless you wanted a very subtle look But over the entire face? Hello glow!
The other item I received was something I’ve wanted for months, the Sweetheart Perfect Flush Blush (£24). I’m so incredibly cross with myself as I dropped my camera on it before I had chance to photograph or use it!
A really beautiful blusher, again this is one for fans of glow. Three stripes of pink, peach and coral. I’ve not used these individually, I’m just swiping my brush all over and applying. It’s so gorgeous, even nicer than I thought it was going to be and I had high expectations!
The best way to show you what I mean by the glow imparted by these products is to show you. So here’s my face of the day and I’m wearing both of these. And I’ve been photobombed by Lola!
My husband bought both of the above from beautybay, one of my favourite retailers!
As an aside and completely none cosmetic related, my favourite present was the one I bought myself. I love my Printstagram!
Make Up Atelier Paris isn’t a brand I had tried out before but trust me I’m going to be trying more from now on. I’m amazingly impressed with the bits I’ve been sent to try. The quality is exceptional as is the performance so I’m really delighted to share them with you today.
I’m going to start with the eye shadow palette in Bois de Rose (T19). The colours are beautiful and perform really well alone, but over a primer they are unbelievable. They are water resistant apply like a dream.
Then there’s the Waterproof Gel Liner which I have in Black. It comes in loads of colours, 20 to be exact, so again there’s something for everyone.
Quite possibly the blackest black I’ve tried! It’s a strange texture, it’s very spongy to the touch so if you’re not careful you’ll plunge your brush right in so a light touch is all thats needed. It is totally waterproof and can also be used as an eyeshadow base which I’ve not tried but would definitely consider buying the white or ivory shades for that purpose. These are £13 each.
The final eye product I’ve been trying out is the Waterproof Mascara.
All of this stuff is perfect if you’re going to the beach or to a humid environment. This black mascara isn’t the most volumising I’ve ever tried, no matter, it doesn’t budge. Not one bit. It’s £12.
I’m wearing all of the above here:
It’s light reflecting, but not shimmery and erm…you need like a pin head’s worth for a cheek. I’m not even kidding. On the swatch photo a little further down, the small drop on my hand? Way way way too much. This is £14 and comes in 11 shades, I would absolutely consider getting more of these.
Then finally there’s the lipstick in Gardenia.
Here are hand swatches of the blush and the lipstick. The top line is the lipstick and the two bottom ones are both the blush. The large circle is a tiny bit blended out a little. I literally dipped my finger in the blob on the right and dabbed it and rubbed it out, you need very little:
And so all that remains is for me to show you how I’ve been wearing all of the above. And I’m wearing them all a lot, I’m seriously impressed!
Love, what a fantastic brand and one that deserves to be very well known indeed. The quality is absolutely astounding and if you’re looking for make for your holiday, look no further.
All products available from http://www.makeupatelierparis.co.uk
Oh and PS: Cruelty Free!!
*Disclosure – all items received free of charge for review purposes*