Until the press release dropped into my inbox I’d never heard of Vitage Colour Minerals. With so many mineral colour cosmetics on the market these days it’s little wonder but let me tell you, Vitage deserve a second look because I’m going to show a couple of lovely bits one of which has all the hallmarks of being a hero product.
Nice simple packaging, these products don’t scream out look at me, but they are worth taking the time to look at, trust me!
Okay I’ll show you the Natural Blush in Pink Perfection first.
All the powders come in these sifter jars which is handy and at first glance, Pink Perfection looks alarming. And it IS absolutely packed full of pigment so you need to go lightly, but that’s a good thing, you only need the tiniest amount of product. In fact, you see the specks that have fallen on the floor in the picture above? That’s only slightly less than you need to do a whole cheek. Seriously. Just a touch more and you’ll have the perfect flush of colour. Of course you can build up as much as you like but I’d say start with a tiny bit and add until you’re happy with the final look, better that than going in heavy from the start and looking like Aunt Sally (my god I’m old, I bet loads of you have never heard of Aunt Sally!).
Anyway, here’s a little hand swatch to give you an idea of the colour.
Soft, natural and pretty. The Natural Blush is £18. I’m pretty sure that pot up there is a life time’s supply you need so little 😉
But now onto the hero product as far as I’m concerned. Vitage Natural Skin Glow (£18) is a mineral powder to add glow, you can use it to highlight, you can use it on your eyelids or you can, with a light hand, use it all over your face.
I can’t really explain the finish of this. It’s not shimmery, there’s no sparkle, no specks of glitter. It’s more pearly I suppose and that means that when you brush it on, there’s nothing unnatural looking about it, it simply adds glow. Really lovely glow.
This hand swatch will give you a little idea of the finish.
It’s a heavy swatch of course, I wouldn’t recommend you put a load like that on your face, just the merest dusting where you want it. This is a must have product as far as I am concerned and it fills a gap for me that I didn’t know I had. I want to look healthy and I want glowy skin, but I don’t always want the effect that highlighter gives me (Nars Albatross I’m looking at you right now). This is, for me, an every day product to add that glow.
I’ve been wearing both products, both the Skin Glow and the Blush every day and here’s how they look.
You can purchase Vitage Cosmetics here, and I highly recommend you do!
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
I’ve been looking forward to Too Faced’s Spring collection for so long, it’s only a small collection, consisting of a face palette, an eyeshadow palette and a blusher, and I’d rather have liked them all…. alas I could only afford one thing and I knew it exactly what that would be months ago when I heard about this collection!
Well after my absolute adoration of the Too Faced Natural Radiance Face Palette, my pick from the Spring Boudoir collection just had to be the No Makeup Makeup Face Palette.
There have been a few changes, in the format, but mostly it is the same as the Natural Radiance Palette. The first change, for the better, is that this palette comes in a tin. Much more hard wearing. Fab. The main difference between this and the Natural Radiance palette are the blushers, which are pink, very pink, much more so than my photographs here show, the light was quite bad on the day I took the photos. The Bronzing Veil, Concealer, Luminizer and Brightener are all at first glance the same but I can’t help but think they’ve been reformulated somehow. The Bronzing Veil is pale and golden but seems much more pigmented. And the texture of the other three seems different…but not in a bad way. They are fab.
I’ve done some hand swatches which show the textures and the shades of pink much better than in the pans. They are shown here in the same order as they appear in the tin.
Like the Natural Radiance Palette this comes with guides for the different looks you can achieve with the palette which are very useful (for someone as inept as me anyway!). I like very much that the looks are not just in diagram form but also shown on a model. Not that I look anything like her when I’m wearing it, but you know, a girl can dream!
I’ve played with this quite a few times now and I really do love it. I’ve attempted all of the guides which are very easy to follow, and have also just had a play about doing it my own way.
For the following I roughly followed the Nude Radiance Guide.
All in all, this palette is £31 which isn’t cheap but I do really love it. As much as I thought I would. I don’t mind the duplicate products, I like having to only get one palette out to complete my face and I love the finished effect of all the looks, I wouldn’t quite call it a No Makeup look, but it’s certainly a nice fresh look which does flatter the skin.
I bought mine from BeautyBay and I highly recommend them as always.
I recently reviewed the new Daniel Sandler Sculpt & Slim Face Powder which is fabulous, and now I’m going to show you another of the new face powders to the range.
Take a look at this beauty. The Radiant Sheen Illuminating Face Powder.
This little beauty is the softest powder, it’s almost creamy in it’s consistency. Just brush it on where needed for a soft glow. You can also use as eyeshadows of course, and apparently, although I’ve not tried it, if you use these shades wet on your eyes you’ll get a lovely foiled effect. I have used the two bottom shades dry on my eyes and they give the softest, prettiest sheer wash of colour but because of the the way the highlight works I can image they are really stunning foiled.
Anyway, I’ve been loving this, it’s very effective and I’ve been wearing it as blusher.
A really beautiful multi-use product.
You can purchase one for £28 from Daniel Sandler’s Shop. So go take a look!
*Disclosure – PR Sample*
Gorgeous collection from No7 for Spring…the very title of the collection, Ballerina Beauty, conjures up ethereal, light, pretty and spring-like colours and that is indeed what No7 Creative Director, Lisa Eldridge has conjured up for us this season.
You need to get your base right for this look and for that you’ll need the No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream (£12.95).
Given my current skin issues I’ve not actually tried this one out yet which is a shame, but I’m currently sticking to things I know from experience won’t cause my skin to flare up. I’m saving this one though for better days in the future.
Once you’ve got your base sorted it’s time to start on the eyes. There are two Stay Perfect Eyeshadow shades in the collection, Innocence and Wheatsheaf (£7 each). I have Wheatsheaf.
A very light wash of colour for me, with just a hint of shimmer. Very pretty it is too. It’s a little washed out by sunlight in the photograph before but the shade is a peachy beige shade, whereas I believe innocent is a white-ish shade.
Then you need to add your liner. In this case the No7 Stay Precise Felt Tip Eye Liner (£8)
The finest felt pen style liner I think I’ve ever used! I’m still absolutely rubbish at applying it, but it’s very impressive and very black. You can see both of the above in the two pictures below.
Then there’s the lashes… Extravagant Lash (£7.50)
Extravagant they are indeed! I have to confess I’ve not put these on yet! I took one out and held it up to my eye and it looked so big and scary I chickened out. I’m not a false lashes kind of girl, I only wear them once a year, but these are very fluttery indeed!
Moving onto the start product in my opinion, the Ballerina Beauty Blush Palette (£12)
So so pretty! Lovely sturdy compact that screams quality. I find this blush to be very pigmented (I suppose it’s the darkest of the pinks in the fan shape that adds the most colour) and the first time I wore this, I majorly over did it… since then I’ve used less and this is a perfectly pretty pink flush of colour. It’s absolutely gorgeous. And such a beautiful looking product to own!
Then there’s the lovely Moisture Drench Lipstick in Waterlilly (£9.50)
My second favourite thing in the collection. A beautiful lipstick, a gorgeous shade and a lovely soft shiny (but not glossy) finish, and fully opaque, although it is very easy indeed to apply lightly to get a softer finish. It feels really beautifully moisturising too.
Finally the nails, there are two nail varnishes, Get Wed and Tip Toes (£6 each).
I’ve not yet tried these out, my nails are very short and not in a good enough condition for me to want to photograph for the blog, but both shades are very pretty, lightly shimmering and perfect for the Spring. I don’t find the wear time too great on No7 polishes in general, but I’ll be trying these out as soon as I can with my best base and top coats. I want to wear them!
So there we have it, a beautiful Spring collection from No7, here’s my full face, minus the BB Cream and Lashes!
I know, I look absolutely nothing like a delicate ballerina, but I certainly feel set for Spring!
Anything here take your fancy? I think it’s a really beautiful collection, full of stand alone items that are staples!
Available now from No7 counters and of course www.boots.com
*Disclosure PR Samples*
You’ve probably all already seen this but I can’t wait to get my hands on Fine One One. The latest offering from Benefit.
I’m a big fan of, and have hit pan on my Benefit 10 Bronzing and highlighting duo. This is along the same principle…stripes of different colour you put on your cheeks and then blend out. The difference being this is a wind up cream product and a blusher and highlighter rather than a bronzer and highlighter powder.
Just love the look of it, and love the simplicity of having two products (two blush shades and a highlighter) you can apply in one sweep and quickly blend out for instant effect!
Available now £23.50 from all Benefit counters and Benefit Cosmetics Online.
This blog post has been quite a while in the making! I’ve got all these gorgeous products sat here but the light has played havoc with my photo taking, so I’ve been taking photographs in dribs and drabs and now I’ve managed to take them all! Hoorah!
As is usual with the Clarins collections, there isn’t an item here I don’t like, so I’ll try not to gush too much and just provide you with images and swatches.
Starting with the Limited Edition Face & Blush Powder £30.
I love every single version of these I have, there’s usually one with each collection. Each differs slightly and so I have to play around with them each time to work out how best to use them to suit me. This one works well, when as a blush for me, those stripes of peach and pink provide enough punch so that that when a brush is swept over the whole thing, they still come out mostly blusher coloured, and what a pretty colour it is too. You can see this in use on my cheeks at the end of this post.
New Mineral Loose Powder £30.
I’ve long been a fan, nay, devotee, of Clarins pressed powders, but hadn’t tried a loose powder. This doesn’t disappoint at all. Available in Light, Medium and Dark and I have the light version. My preferred method of application is to press on using the included powder puff and then go over my face with a powder brush afterwards. Simply a great powder. I am wearing this in the final photographs on this post, but I am forcing myself to use up my much less pleasant powders before I use this again. My Chanel powder refuses to die damn it!
Limited Edition Iris Blossom Eye Quartet Mineral Palette £30
As with all the Clarins Mineral Palettes, these shadows can be used wet or dry. Now I only ever use shadows dry, I simply can’t be bothered with using things wet, and I generally prefer a sheerer finish anyway, but the combination of colours here is very pretty, there’s a taupe, black, purple and ivory. All offer a satin finish except for the ivory which is quite shimmery. Such lovely colour combinations and I’ve particularly like wearing this with the Violet Kohl Kajal from the Summer collection which really brings out that purple shade.
Next we have two new Jolie Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks in 17 Watermelon and 18 Sweet Plum £17.
These lovely lipsticks are so lovely, they have a sheer finish and a moisturising formula, I’ve a few of them now and they are fail safes for when you want a pop of colour but don’t want a full on lipstick. I particularly love Watermelon (the first of the two shown above) but I feel Sweet Plum matches the Eye Quartet better. I’ve worn both though, so lovely.
Finally there are two Gloss Prodige, one of which is Limited Edition. 09 Water Lily and 10 Vibrant Rose (Ltd Edition) £15.50.
These two pretties are both lovely, I’m drawn to glosses like a moth to a flame, not sure why since I don’t really wear them. Water Lily is a nude with a small amount of shimmer and Vibrant Rose is both vibrant and shimmery, very pretty, but manages to avoid being frosty.
Here’s most of the products in use with Watermelon Jolie Rouge Brilliant Lipstick:
There are of course all the new Rouge Eclat Lipsticks which I have reviewed and swatched here, and I have acquired a few more to show you very soon too.
So does anything take your fancy? I’d have to say the Face & Blush powder would be my top pick, its not only pretty to look at but it looks pretty in use too!
As always I’d have to recommend Escentual for Clarins as there’s always a discount!
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
When I received the press release for the Carine Roitfeld and Mac collaboration last year I blogged excitedly about it. Everything about it appealed to me. At the time I had no money so couldn’t purchase anything and then the moment passed and I forgot about it.
Then I remembered it and the hunt was on to get the bits I wanted. Tropical Mist lipstick was a no goer, I did find it on the Selfridges website but I wasn’t prepared to pay the £4.95 shipping for one lipstick, a sheer nude lipstick at that, so I had to let my wishes for the lippie go. The Desert Camoflage Face Palette was still in stock on the Mac website last time I checked, but a friend very kindly gave me hers. In the absence of the Tropical Mist liptick, I’ve teamed the palette with Mac’s Yash Lipstick which is a neutral peach nude, rather than a sheer sheen.
The palette contains a Cremeblend Blusher in Sand Storm and four shadows, Sahara Dust (light creamy ivory shimmer finish), Cactus Thorn (bright golden bronze shimmer finish), Desert (cool toned taupe shimmer finish), Carbon (matte true black). All you need to create this seasons brown smokey eye look.
Swatches of the Full face palette wish Yash lipstick at the bottom:
Couldn’t be more delighted with the face palette, I’m able to create just the look I was hoping to create, the blackened eye and more muted face. I just added kohl and black mascara.
Take a look:
I’ve just checked and both Desert Camouflage and Jungle Camouflage are both still available on the Mac Website. Well worth a look I think.
Oh I forgot to mention the cute little star stencils, I’ve not used them yet but they are so cute!
New CID are a brand that have been on my radar for a long time now but somehow I just never got around to trying them out until now. All I can say is what took me so long! I was sent a selection of goodies to try out so I’m just going to try not to waffle too much but give you a little overview of each product.
Starting, naturally with the i-prime Foundation Primer £27 for 30ml.
If you want a primer to help blur your imperfections and make you look smoother and more radiant then this is fantastic. I love everything about it, great packaging, great primer, makes me make up last all day with ease. I apply this every day under whatever foundation I’m wearing (and that depends on how bad my skin is!).
Then there’s the i-perfection Colour Adjust Foundation £26.
Again, fantastic packaging. Pump bottle with a little window down the side so you can see how much product you have left. So simple, so useful! This is now my go to foundation for days when my skin isn’t completely clear but my spots are on the way out. I have the palest shade Nougat and it works a treat on my skin. It is extremely pale when I apply it (although this matches my very pale skin very well) but over a period of time this does indeed adjust and warms up a little so it’s a little less white. It’s really fantastic stuff. It offers light to medium coverage, and to get that medium level of coverage it’s very easy to build up. I find when I apply this dries on my skin quickly so rather than dabbing on my face in all areas and then blending, I tend to work on an area at at time. The finish is satin but leans towards the matte side rather than shiny. Loving this. There are eight shades in the range.
Hand swatches of the Primer and the Foundation.
i-blossom! This is a pressed powder blusher with a stamp. £18.50.
I have wanted to try this blusher for the longest time and pleased to say it doesn’t disappoint. What you have is a little pot. When you unscrew the lid, it sort of springs out with a sponge that already has your blusher on it ready to go, and that’s because the blusher lives in the bottom of the pot.
There are three shades, Rose, Petal and Tulip, the shade I have is Rose. When you put this on your cheek it is very pigmented and quite bright but a quick sweep with a brush and it’s blended out to a perfect flush. Definitely highly recommended!
Then we have the i-colour Long-Wear Cream Eyeshadow £14
I have this in the shade Zinc, just my colour. A Black with silvery shimmer. This is a mousse like texture which you can sheer out or build up and is not unlike the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Mirifique…but there’s a difference. I didn’t get on with the Chanel really. I loved how it looked but it just didn’t stay the distance. This DOES NOT BUDGE. ALL DAY. The first cream eye product I’ve tried that actually does what it promises. This is fabulous.
Hand swatches of the blusher and eye shadow:
The final product I was sent to try out is the i-set Make-Up Setting Spray £18.
There’s not a lot to say about this. Spray it on over your finished make up and off you go. This is fab and packed full of anti oxidants. Really great. I feel like I should say more, but there’s not much more to say, this is quick and easy to use and definitely helps your make up stay put all day!
Here’s my Face of the Day using ALL of the products above, sorry I don’t have one of my eyes closed so you can really see the Eye Cream.
I literally don’t have a bad word to say about any of the products I’ve tried, all it’s done is fuel my desire to get more. So after Christmas I’m going to be shopping! Next on my list are one of the i-shadow Quads, Shimmy Shimmy or Oman, or maybe both, the Foundation Buffing Brush, one of the i-kiss Lip Colour pencils, the Charcoal i-smoulder which is a eye pencil and shadow, the i-conceal and of course one two or three of the i-glow shimmer powders which look stunning.
Any recommendations for me? Anything take your fancy here?
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
So Christmas will very soon be upon us and it can be hard to know what to buy for the beauty lovers in our lives at times. Those friends, sisters, Mums, Aunts, colleagues can all be hard to buy for but a make up set is always a success. So when there are so many products out there offering similar things it can be hard to know where to start.
I’m going to compare a couple of similar products, which retail at the same price (£30) and help you decide where your money would be better spent.
Two products I chose look completely different but both offer similar things, a selection of cheek and eye colours and a mascara.
Behold the Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty and the Stila Snow Angel Palette.
I’ll talk about both sets separately before doing a comparison at the end. Starting with the Stila Snow Angel Palette.
Undoubtedly a VERY pretty looking palette This contains 12 cheek colours, 18 eye shadows, a black mascara and a handy little booklet with some suggested ways of using the product.
Swatches of the cheek shades:
Swatches of all the eye shades:
I didn’t enjoy the mascara, for me it did very little to my lashes. As for the eyeshadows, I found the majority of the shades to be very pale or sheer, with just a few deeper shades to add contrast BUT, all the shadows can be used wet or dry for maximum impact which is a plus. The black eyeshadow is worthy of a special mention for just being so fabulously black. The cheek colours are lovely and there is something there for everyone from baby pink to bright red. All in all I’d recommend this set for someone who like neutral shades and a less dramatic eye look. There are so many shadows and blushers and I think nearly all would suit most people.
Then we have a closer look at the Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty:
In this palette we have less shades to choose from. There are two blushers, a highlighter, a pale bronzer, twelve eyeshadows, a mascara and the addition of a mirror under which you can find a pale neutral pinky lip gloss.
Swatches of the cheek shades and lip gloss:
The quality of the products in this set are very high. The mascara is fabulous, the cheek colours are pigmented but highly blendable and the eyeshadow shades all pack a punch. The three palest shades don’t show up so well in swatches as the are close to the colour of my skin, but regardless they are apparent in the flesh and of course, useful. The eyeshadow shades are really beautiful also, with a couple of really stand out shades (the right two on the middle row). They also wear exceptionally well. They are however not especially subtle, and most of the shades create quite a striking look.
So there we have it, so to compare. I think I’ve been unable to hide the fact that I’ve a clear favourite. The Too Faced one offers, in my opinion so much more, despite having far less colours to choose from. The quality seems so much better, in that what you see in the pan, is what you get on your eyelid. I found the black eyeshadow a little disappointing in this one, whereas in the Stila Snow Angel set the black is outstanding.
What this really boils down to for me is quality over quantity and even the case for the Too Faced set is much sturdier than than the Stila one, which does seem a little flimsy. So if you’re looking to spend £30 on a cosmetic gift for a loved one this Christmas, the Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty definitely gets my vote, and is the one I’d be the most happy to receive.
There is a caveat though and that at the end of the day this does come down to taste and if the person you are buying for favours a more natural or subtle look then the Stila is a very beautiful gift indeed, the quality isn’t bad, it’s just not in the same league as the Too Faced palette.
So there we have it.
If you are looking for quality and deep colours then go for the Too Faced Little Black Book of Beauty.
If you are looking for lots of choice, with a good range of sheers, neutrals and blushers then go for the Stila Snow Angel Palette.
I purchased both of these from http://www.beautybay.com/. The Stila Palette was £29.50 and the Too Faced Set was £30.
*This post has been written for www.Vouchercodes.co.uk, who provided the funds to purchase the gifts.*
*You can be in with a chance of winning one of these or any of the other beauty gifts chosen by bloggers by re-pinning any of the images you will be able to find HERE, at the time of writing, they are not yet up though so keep your eyes peeled*
Well, this is another one of these posts that is a couple of weeks too late thanks to my surgery especially since I now can’t find the vast majority of the range on the website. Which means I am mostly unable to give you any prices or useful information. The range must have sold out very vast since I only received the samples a couple of weeks ago, but I’m choosing to still blog about them in case you like the look of any of the bits and can find them in your local stores.
In case you skipped the title of the post, I’m of course talking about the Kelly Brook cosmetics collection for New Look.
To give you a quick overview before I tell you about the items in more depth. So this is a cheap range, all (from memory so please don’t quote me on this) priced around the £2 to £5 mark. The range is mostly functional and adequate, I think in the bits that I received to try out, one of the items is a total stand out and the, one of them is absolutely awful, with the rest being perfectly nice usable cosmetics. Also, loving the packaging. It’s very cute.
So a quick look at some of the items I’ve been trying out in more detail. Starting with the Lipgloss.
Pinky-nude and very wearable. Not too sticky either. Only problem is that it’s very chemically scented. For me this isn’t a huge issue, but it may be for others. Personally, I don’t mind!
Next, the Blusher.
This is a surprisingly nice product. It flips open on both sides, with the underside containing a brush (I haven’t tried it, I use my own brushes for blusher) and a mirror. The shade itself is a peachy pink and in the pan it looks full of shimmer/glitter. I found the colour to be really pretty and that shimmer, once on the cheeks that shimmer is much less obvious than I thought it was going to be. It’s really rather nice.
Then for the eye products. I have the mascara, the liquid liner, the smokey eyes eye shadow quartet and the brow set.
The mascara is great, it’s not especially lengthening, nor volumising, it is however very black indeed and a more than adequate mascara for every day use.
The liquid liner is my star pick from the collection. Incredibly black and incredibly easy to use. Lovely fine point with just the right amount of “give”. I’m never going to be great at liquid liner, in any form, but this is about as good as it gets for me. Really think this is a great product.
The eyeshadows are nice. They do feel cheap in the same way that Vivo or MUA eyeshadows do, but they pack a decent amount of pigment and achieve a great smokey eye with very little effort. I found the pale shade (which isn’t at all pink even though it looks like it) had a bit of fall out, but otherwise, no problems with this at all.
Finally for the eye products, the Brow Kit. This is terrible. Well, I say terrible, I mean terrible for me. This set is the “brunette” set, but I’d say this was suitable for only the reddest of redheads. You get a coloured wax, a powder, tweezers and a brush. The powder and wax are distinctly orange and looked horrific on me, really awful. I had to do my best to remove it and cover with a nice true brown product for the pictures I’ve taken of all the items in use. Avoid unless you are a redhead.
Finally the nail varnishes. I’ve not tried them all I have to admit, I was sent a red, blue, purple and a black with multicoloured glitter. I’ve been unable to polish with the old arm operation but I did manage a thumb swatch of the black.
It looks a bit gritty but its still glossy and quite pretty I think.
So thats my run down of the products I received. Here’s a little look at them all in use. My only additions were my base, black khol on my waterline and my own brow powder in an attempt to appear less orange 😉
Swatches of everything:
Again, I apologise for the lack of information in this post such as prices and availability, but I think if you fancy anything it’s worth checking your local New Look, just in case!