Absolutely loving the concept of Bagsy, small but perfectly formed handbag sized beauty products. I don’t know what it is about the concept but something just feels fresh and appealing about the range. It is in part thanks to the packaging which I love. The exterior packaging is gorgeous, featuring whimsical patterns and gorgeous shades, while the interior packaging is is clean, simple and appealing.
Lets start off with the Bagsy Ray of Sunshine Perfect Glow Bronzing Powder in Medium/Dark £12.00*
Seriously, how gorgeous is this product? This shimmer free bronzer comes in a mirrored compact with a little pouch to keep it safe in your handbag. The shade, Medium/Dark is a little too dark for me, but I do love a matte bronzer, I’m not really sure shimmery bronzers are much use except for maybe nights out and this has a gorgeous soft blendable texture, it’s also available in Light/Medium. I would recommend this, even though the shade wasn’t quite right for me. See swatch at the end of the post.
Next up, the Bagsy Wonder Wand, Concealing & Illuminating Duo £18*
I love this product in principle, its a great item for your handbag, offering a concealer and a highlighter in one. Unfortunately, the execution of this one isn’t great. The highlighter is fabulous, its blends beautifully to offer a gorgeous glowy highlight, but the concealer lets it down. The Wonder Wand is only available in the colour way shown, and the concealer is dark, you’ll see from the swatches at the end that actually the concealer is darker than the bronzer, which considering the bronzer I have is medium/dark is especially surprising. It’s not like you can even just use the highlighter, and nor should you at £18, the product just wouldn’t work if you only used one half of it. It’s so dark I don’t even have any friends or family I can pass this over too. Shame really, they need to either make this product lighter, or add different colour ways. See swatches at the end of the post.
Finally, Bagsy Wow Lips Full Colour Chubby Stick in Killer Heels, £12*Hands down my favourite product. Available in four shades these are gorgeous. Creamy, opaque, easy to apply and best of all this shade, Killer Heels is glorious.
Swatches Left to Right, Wow Lips Chubby Stick in Killer Heels, Ray of Sunshine Bronzing Powder in Medium/Dark, Wonder Wand Highlighter and Concealer.
See what I mean about that Concealer? Its so so dark. But that highlighter is beautiful!
Other products in the range include Matte Lip Colours (yes please!), Pretty Cheeks Velvet Blush (oh yes please!) as well as hand creams, make up bags and more. Honestly its a great range, very appealing, well to me at least.
*Products received free of charge for review purposes.
Ooh! Lovely product alert! No7 have just released two new Shimmer Palettes, just in time for Summer, available in Rose and Caramel. I believe I have Caramel but confusingly it has a Rose label!
So meet the No7 Shimmer Palette in Caramel (but it could be Rose!)*
Inside are four gorgeous soft, stripes of shimmering colour.
The colours swatch beautifully, they are soft and they are indeed shimmery, but happily, glitter free. Below are all four shades swatched separately, followed by a larger swatch on the far right of the shades blended together.
This is a beautiful product for Summer and I actually love how this looks on my skin, it’s radiant and glowing. I would also think you could use it on your eyes, picking out the shades you wish to use with a brush, and that makes this a nice versatile purchase too.
Both shades are £13.50 each from Boots and there’s a three for two offer on at the time of writing, so go forth and shop!
*Product received free of charge for review purposes.
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*
Clinique have everything you need to get Summer ready and today I’m going to run through few of them!
*Disclosure – All items received free of charge for review purposes*
So here we are with part two of my posts about Clarin’s gloriously summery Summer collection, Splendours.
If you missed my first part featuring all the lip products, you can find it here. Today I’m gonig to show you the Eye Shadow Palette and the Bronzer.
Starting with the Splendours Summer Bronzing Palette, which is £30.
There are no words really. This bronzer is beautiful. It’s not only got a beautiful case, but the powder itself is stunning. It goes without saying that texture wise this is so soft and entirely buildable (although never dark or orange). I am wearing it in the final picture of this post, but I never go heavy on bronzers, it’s not my thing, so don’t be surprised if you can’t spot it, just know that I’m even whiter without it!
Then the final thing I have to show you from the collection, the Splendours Colour Quartet and Eyeliner Palette which is £31. Again, the case itself is a thing of beauty and as they always are, the products in their pans are so pretty too.
The only disappointment for me is the eyeliner shade, on the right, which is patchy and I struggle to get it to show up, but that said, all of the shades can be used wet or dry and I think it’ll spring to life with a damp brush, so I’m going to try that next. As with all the Clarins Eyeshadow palettes, the colours are pigmented but soft so you can build and build but they blend like a dream. Absolutely stunning.
See how the liner barely shows up. But I’m confident wet it will do a good job.
It’s a lovely lovely Summer palette, up to the usual high Clarins standard.
Here’s how I wore it, with the Crystal Smooth Lip Balm in Crystal Rose, and indeed the Bronzing Powder, but as I mentioned, I always go very lightly with bronzer, so don’t be expecting a bronzed goddess!
All of the above are available from Clarins counters nationwide now or www.clarins.co.uk/
That is all there to the Clarins Splendours collection, but it’s certainly not all Clarins have to offer this Summer so stay tuned!
*Disclosure – PR Sample*
So I tried out a couple of the new Liz Earle colour cosmetics a few months ago, namely a lip gloss and the concealer. Both products were really nice, but they didn’t rock my world as I just didn’t find them that exciting. Quality wise, they were great, but I did struggle to find things to say about them, not because there was anything wrong with them, there was nothing wrong with them, but they just weren’t that exciting and I do like to get excited about make up.
I am pleased to say I now have something from the line to be excited about, namely the Healthy Glow Powder Blush in Nectar and the Natural Glow Bronzer. Both are extremely lovely indeed.
Love the simple presentation for a start.
Both products are excellent, but the blusher is really special indeed. Along with foundation and brow products, blushers are my favourite cosmetic obsession and this has sky rocketed to the top of my charts. The blusher is £16.50, so not especially cheap, but worth it. The Blusher is available in seven shades, and I don’t think Nectar could be any more perfect. Such a healthy pop of peachy pink colour. It builds well, it blends well, it delivers heaps of colour and I should think would work on most skin tones. Truly a gorgeous product. There is a hint of shimmer, nothing obvious, more of a glow I think.
Then there’s the Natural Glow Bronzer, again at £19.50 it’s not cheap but it performs very well. Pigment is excellent but it applies sheerly enough to build it up where you want it, and the colour is perfect for my pale skin. There is shimmer this time, but it’s barely there shimmer. You really have to look for it. Perfect. I don’t like shimmery bronzers as a rule, except for evenings.
Swatches of joyousness.
And the products on my face. my current favourite look, defined brows, mascara and Liz Earle cheeks, usually some gloss but I forgot to put it on for these pictures.
Gorgeous stuff, makes me excited to try more of the range now!
Both items are available from the Liz Earle website now.
Well, you can see my original post on the YSL Summer Collection here. I received a few bits from the collection but also bought a few so thought I’d show you some swatches and how I put them all together in order to look like this.
I’m kidding of course, I bear absolutely no resemblance whatsoever to this stunning model but hopefully I can show you how a normal person can make some of the products work for them this Summer.
So starting with the Rouge Pur Couture in Rouge Madras (£23.50)*
A truly stunning colour with a gorgeous finish. I love YSL Lipsticks, I’m not sure anyone does them better and this is no exception, its moisturising, comfortable and long wearing. I wouldn’t have picked this shade out of the four available in the collection but it would have been error not to have got it!
Then we have the Terre Saharienne Collector Limited Edition Powder in Tanned (£39.00)*
A lovely light bronzer. One of those that is so pretty to look at, it’s hard to use. There are three shades, two of which are matte, the third and largest has a light shimmer, it really is subtle on the face though imparting a soft glow rather than shimmer or glitter. In fact I’d had this for a few days before I even noticed the shimmer. It is very lovely and works very well on my pale colouring. In any pictures of my face in this blog post I am wearing it. It’s subtle and lovely.
Swatches of the Terre Saharienne and Rouge Pur Couture.
I bought a few of the eye products for myself. I couldn’t resist. First of all I got the Pure Chromatics Quad in No 7. (£39)
These wet and dry shadows are beautiful shades for Summer, or perhaps even Autumn. I wasn’t at all sure they would work for me, but with a light hand they seem to work just fine. I do just love the colours so much especially teamed with the following products.
Dessin Du Regard Waterproof Eyeliner in Azure Blue (£19)
O.M.G. What a liner, what a colour. Intensely pigmented, smudge proof and waterproof. Apply this first thing in the morning and will look freshly applied in the evening, it’s stunning. Works on the waterline and lash line, although doesn’t last quite as long on the waterline. Swatches below. I must say I also swatched the gold version in store which is AMAZING. If I would have had the money I’d have gone back for the gold liner and the Pure Chromatics Pallet No. 9.
Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Waterproof in Majorelle Blue (£23)
Eighties-tastic. I had an Avon mascara like this back in the 80’s and I’m totally loving this one! It’s vivid, it’s blue, it makes my lashes look great and it wears all day with no smudging, even with my watery eyes (thanks a bunch hayfever!).
Swatches of the above eye products.
Please excuse the eyebrows, not managed to get an appointment for ages!
The final item I have to show you is Dore Orfevre La Laque Couture.*
A beautiful molten gold polish that wears extremely well and applies like a dream. I love gold polish…but not on me, so this is a colour I’d recommend to others but not necessarily wear myself…I don’t know why, I’ve just never liked gold polish on me. It’s completely non-streaky, it doesn’t have a frost finish, it does however show up every flaw in your nail, so if you have ridges, fill them first!
So to finish here are just a few pictures of my complete face.
So I’m pretty happy because I love the colours so much, but the big problem is that when I went into the store I realised that I need the gold liner, the Pure Chromatics No8 palette, the golden gloss in No52 (Golden Pebble) and at least two more of the lipsticks. Alas, I’ve spent my Summer make up allowance so I’ll have to hope that they’re still around at some point in the future.
Anything take your fancy? I think that whats so fab about this collection is that there is something for everything from the shimmery, to the creamy, to the neutral to the vivid. Absolutely gorgeous and out now!
*Items marked with a * were provided to me free of charge for review purposes*
It does seem a bit daft to be doing this post when the weather is so diabolical but you know, not only are the products suitable for the hot sunny weather, but you could just use them to get you in the Summer mood when its wet outside.
Starting with this beauty. My new love.
Givenchy Prisme Again in Happy Sun. I was gifted this so I don’t really know how much it costs, but its a beautiful product. Soft and buttery and sheer. Not a hint of orange, just healthy subtle bronze glow. I’ve been completely unable to find this online anywhere other than Ebay, the ones on Ebay aren’t the Union Jack version but are also gorgeous… it does however go without saying to be wary and keep your wits about you so you don’t end up with a fake. I’ll be trying Givenchy more in future that’s for sure. Perfect for us pale skinned ladies.
The next item is something I was sent a press release for the other day.
The Weleda Summer Travel Kit. I have never tried Weleda, I’ve not tried anything in the kit but I’ve heard nothing but good things about the range and whilst this kit isn’t on my wishlist purely because I’m not going on holiday, if I was going on holiday I’d definitely buy this! Fir £29.99 this is all you need. Actually, I’ve just read in the press release it’s suitable for a UK holiday and I don’t need much of an excuse so maybe I will treat myself. So what we’ve got in there is a 20ml Citrus Creamy Body Wash, a 30ml Citrus Deodorant and 10ml of Citrus Refreshing Body Oil. Then there’s 30ml of Combudoron Spray for the relief of insect bites, 25ml Melissa Comp Drops to elieve nausea, stomach upset and occasional diarrhoea, perfect for over indulgence, travel sickness or a minor tummy upset and finally there’s 20ml of Rhiondoron Nasal Spray with Aloe Vera for clearing and moisturising the nasal passages, perfect for dry air and high pollen counts. It really does sound like a great kit.
So if you put that together with the next kit and aside from your facial skin care and make up you’ll be all set for your holiday.
The label.m Mini Airliner*. The deal is that for £12.99 you can choose any 4 label.m favourites in mini sizes which all go into the zipped pouch. You choose one Cleanse product, one Condition product and any two Create and Complete products. my kit contains the Daily Moisturising Shampoo, the Daily Shine Conditioner, both absolutely lovely, the Sea Salt Spray for your beachy waves and the Dry Shampoo which does a great job! These kits are available at label.m salons globally and Toni & Guy Salons. You can find your nearest stockist on the label.m website.
Then there’s my new favourite deodorant.
Dove Natural Touch Dead Sea Minerals*. I have the roll on which is £2.19 but there’s also an aerosol which is £3.39 or £2.49 depending on which size you like. I didn’t think I liked roll on deodorants and have used the stick type of deodorants for years and years… it was a surprise to find I liked this one. It has a very strong scent which is absolutely lovely, but it does fade which is good news for those who don’t like their deodorants to be strongly scented. It keeps me dry all day and it smells nice. That’s all I need from a deodorant and this fits the bill well!
My final suggestion is this beauty. The Melvita Gradual Self-Tanning Moisturising Gel-Cream* £20
If you don’t like the sun’s rays on your skin but don’t like being a pale skinned beauty, but also don’t want to do the full on fake tan thing in order to be a bronzed goddess, this could be the product for you. It creates a natural looking light tan which is relatively streak free, for some reason I seem to be able to get at least one streak with every tan product I try and this is no exception, but I must say to have only one little streak is virtually unheard of for me, I usually just end up one big streaky mess whereas this is pretty much great. it contains no DHA at all which is the usual active agent in tanners and instead contains Erythrulose which is derived from sugar cane. Thisdevelops over a few hours and one application works well enough all though I do need more to build up the colour. One application takes the tinge off my blueness. It’s really moisturising but even better, although it claims to be vanilla scented, to me it smells just like fudge yoghurt! Nom!
So there we have it, my top picks for your holidays. Some of them I’ve tried, some of them I haven’t some were PR samples and some weren’t, all are fab…trust me when I say I’ve not included some items that definitely didn’t make it to my top holiday picks list!
*Items marked with a * were provided to me free of charge as PR samples*
I was pleasantly surprised when this box of goodies arrived through my letter box a couple of weeks ago.
I had no idea where it came from but was in New Look packaging so guessed it was from there, a little look on the New Look site confirmed that the Gold by Giles range is indeed from New Look. I don’t know how they got my details, but am very grateful. Also, if I agreed to review these products it’s terribly embarrassing as I have no recollection whatsoever of doing so.
That’s irrelevant anyway, what is relevant is that this is a box of make up received for review. Now I think I’ve swatched everything and have taken photographs of some of the item in use. This would have been a very huge post if I’d shown everything!
So anyway, Gold by Giles for New Look. The Giles in question is in fact Giles Deacon, the designer. He’s pretty well known I think and I think putting his name to New Look cosmetics is a slightly odd combination because this make up is so incredibly cheap. Not that thats a bad thing as I think you’ll see, but in some cases it’s not a great thing either.
In terms of packaging, I like it, it looks great, it does however feel cheap. I don’t mind that too much, I find the packaging to be completely in line with the pricing, it IS cheap, so of course the packaging is cheap. It looks nice though so thats fine by me.
Let’s look at the brow and Eye Liner Set first. It’s £2.99 for both products.
The black kohl liner has a smudger on one end, it’s decently pigmented and nicely blendable without being too smeary, its decent enough and I’ve used it a few times actually, it really is quite a bargain I have to say.
It’s the Brow Pencil I’ve used a lot though. I think it does a great job, the spoolie on the end is great and the colour is perfect. In any of the following pictures where you can see my brows, I’m wearing this pencil to fill in. Excellent. I can’t decide whether I prefer pencil or powder at the moment and tend to mix and match but if I need a new pencil, I’ll get this one.
Next, The Liquid Eyeliners in Turquoise, Gold and Black. £2.99 each.
These are great for the money, they don’t last all day, but they don’t transfer to my upper lid which is great, I love the turquoise shade especially. The brush is average, its not brilliant, it’s just okay. Ignore the shoddy application of the gold there, that’s me, not the product.
Next the Scandal Eye Shadow Quad £3.99
Love the colours in this palette I have to say, I wish I’d gone a little lighter on the blue-ish shade bottom left, but they are all fab. In terms of quality, these feel cheap, they feel exactly like the MUA eyeshadows, but they are very pigmented and actually wear very well indeed. They just have this sort of wet-ish texture about them. I’ve worn this a few times lately though and I’m a big fan of the colours.
Next up the cheek products…. The Metallic Blusher Set and the Bronzer. Both £2.99. Alas my bronzer arrive a bit damaged but not too badly.
I’m not sure what to say about these, they are super pigmented and VERY metallic, both of them, the bronzer is actually very gold and not all that bronze. Thats not a criticism, these are just for evening only I think.
Here’s the blusher…
Gold. I don’t know though, I kind of like it! Like I say though, evenings only!
Finally the lip products. I was sent the Red and Pink lipsticks, £2.99 each.
Love these, gorgeous colours, nice texture. Bargain price. Would totally be happy to buy them and may indeed check out the other shades.
Then there are Three Lip Gloss Tubes £1.99 each.
All nice, all pretty shades, the first in particular. It’s an interesting method of dispensing too…you sort of pump product out onto the brush. They are all nice, nothing amazing but they are nice and as with the rest of the range an absolute bargain for the price!
Finally there are Three Lip Gloss Wands, £2.99 Each.
Love these, I don’t know if they really differ formula wise from the the tubes, but I love them, the colours are beautiful, and they wear as well as any high end gloss I own.
All in all a very cheap but cheerful range. There are some absolute gems in there, like the Brow Pencil and the Lip Gloss Wands and if budget beauty is your thing, well worth checking out.
Available from www.newlook.com
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
The penultimate post in my short series dedicated to the beautiful Clarins Summer Collection. I’ve shown you the lip products and today its the turn of the Bronzing Duos.
As with everything Clarins, the packaging is beautiful, the compacts are a amber transparent, well plastic I suppose with a gold base. Beautiful, heavy and stylish, each comes with a brown velvet pouch (not shown).
The Bronzing Duo’s come in three colourways, 1, 2 and 3.
These aim to give you a natural colour when blended and White tea extract and 100% mineral sunscreen help to protect your skin from pollution and UV and I’m told that the combination of mineral and soft-focus pigments are combined with pearls to optically minimise fine lines and imperfections as well as giving you a luminous glow.
I love Clarins powders and foundations. I’ve not found a brand that does them better. Something about the brands products suits me very well indeed so given the above descriptions I was pretty keen to give these a go.
Here they are swatched (on Chloe’s arm) in the order shown above. The light shade, the dark shade and the two mixed. 1, 2 and 3.
I’ve tried all three on my face, and really 2 and 3 are a little too dark for me although I could probably get away with it if I’d had a bit of skin, but for now, number 1 suits me perfectly well.
In the following pictures I mostly have it on my cheeks as a blusher, to try and show you the colour, but this is not necessarily how I’d normally wear it as I’d normally wear it in addition to blusher.
A very beautiful bronzer indeed. This retails at £26 and actually, it does fall in with my expectations of a Clarins powder, butter soft, applies like a dream, doesn’t look powdery, just feels gorgeous. Well worth it. I do recommend if you’re looking a posh bronzer this Summer.
*Disclosure – PR Sample*