I love bagsy Beauty, the products are just so lovely and the concept is also great, so it’s great to hear about a new collection from them, namely the Savannah Miller X bagsy Collection.
Packaging perfection as always with this brand! Savannah Miller is a fashion designer who worked with both Alexander McQueen and Matthew Williamson but who now has her own collection, Nine by Savannah Miller, which you can find in Debenhams.
The collection is small, perfectly formed and stylish, with each product housed in black glossy casing with embossed lettering.
First, the Intensifying Ink Liquid Eyeliner (£15)
For me this is a dream. I struggle with liner thanks to my age and hooded lids. No matter what I use, what promises it makes, it always always transfers to my upper lid in time. This does not. It is also one of my favourites to use, it just works for me really well allowing me to draw near perfect lines (I still suck at liner, the fault there is me, not my products!). I also really love that the bib is reversible, so if yours starts to look a bit battered, you can turn it round! It dries really fast, and doesn’t budge. Great stuff and definitely recommend.
Dawn to Dusk Eyeshadow Palette (£24)
The Dawn to Dusk Eyeshadow Palette is a great palette. The shades vary in finish, there’s mattes, shimmers and satins meaning it truly does work for day and night. Honestly it’s hard to say why I’m so fond of this palette, the shadows aren’t as pigmented as other leading brands, and I think the price is a little high, but regardless, I wear this every single day. I think it’s partly to do with the colour selection which is great, as well as the fact that they combine really well to create a really beautiful look, and they are really blendable. There’s a handy little brush included, which is adequate, and its a really great product for the handbag. Every shade is wearable. It’s not a must-have but it’s definitely a lovely-to-have. Swatches at the bottom of the post.
Finally, Vermillion Lipstick (£16)
DREAMY! I can’t even tell you how much I love this moisturising lipstick. It’s got a satin-matte finish, meaning it’s slightly more forgiving than a straight up matte. The colour, the colour is just perfection. There’s not much more to say… just look! (I’m also wearing the Intensifying Ink Liquid Eyeliner).
So not shown in my post is the beautiful looking Bronzed Brilliance Shimmer Bronzer (£20), the Pitch Black Mascara (£18) and the stunningly packaged Glamour Tease Hair Texture Spray (£8). A really lovely collection and I’d be thrilled to have any piece of this collection in my (non existent!) Christmas Stocking! And don’t forget the lovely little quotes on each piece…
The whole collection is available now on the bagsy Website, go check it out!
*Products Received Free of Charge for review Purposes
It’s been about six blog posts since I last blogged about an Urban Decay product, I think that’s been a big enough break and I’m back today with another little review. The Urban Deecay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil in Walk of Shame.
It’s well known I think that white eyeliners, worn on the waterline can open up the eye, brightening and giving the illusion of bigger eyes. Having tried white liners in the past though, this look isn’t for me, white liner is just too bright, too stark. So nude pencils are much better for me. I’ve tried a few in the past, if I recall correctly I had a Chanel one, and perhaps something similar from Benefit. I don’t know where they went or what happened to them!
I treated myself to the Urban Decay pencil based on the fact that I’ve rarely, if ever had a dud product from the brand.
Walk of Shame Waterliner Eye Pencil is a matte creamy nude shade that promises to last all day.
On me it nearly does a full a day. I get a good eight hours of wear where it looks perfect and then it starts to fade. At 10pm at night when I cleanse, it may not look perfect anymore but it’s still there doing it’s job.
As for the effect, it’s considerably more flattering than a white waterline pencil, well on me at least and it’s really effective, the more eye makeup you have on, the more effective it is at opening up the eyes, unlike in my photo, I’m just wearing mascara.
A great buy and definitely recommend for anyone looking for pencil of this sort. I think I’ll probably end up adding a couple of the colours too, black and maybe navy, just because the longevity is so impressive!
I purchased mine from Debenhams, for £15.50.
I can’t remember quite where I first saw the Mac Dark Desires collection, but I knew that I needed it in my life, and this feeling increased with each swatch or review I saw. Sadly, the old budget put something of a dampener on my shopping plans so I ended up with just three pieces.
I bought all my products from Mac Online, so it was nice to receive a couple of samples with my order, firstly of the Skin Base Primer and secondly the Zoom Fast Black Lash Mascara.
Onto the Dark Desires Products, starting with the Lipstick. I picked up Boyfriend Stealer which is a blackened plum shade, in a cremesheen finish. Actually I don’t like cremesheen finishes generally speaking, but I knew that if was going to wear this colour, it couldn’t be too opaque, so this finish is ideal. One swipe gets me my ideal coverage for a shade like this, but it can be built up for greater impact.
Which leads me neatly onto the Into the Well eyeshadows.
These eyeshadows offer a little well in the centre, the reason being, you can use the centre like an inkwell with a wet brush. These were released in five shades and I wanted all of them, there’s also a darkest blue, darkest brown and a black, and it took me two days to choose the shades I was going to get. I’m happy with my choices but I still want the others.
Okay starting with the Mac Dark Desires Into the Well Shadow.
I also picked up What’s Your Fantasy.
Before I purchased, I read reviews about these not being especially amazing when used dry. I think they are just fine, they are obviously nothing like as pigmented dry, as they are wet, but that suits me just fine and is actually the whole reason I wanted them. I don’t find them patchy, and they blend very well, but the reason I was so taken with the idea of these is that you can apply them dry as a single wash of dark smokey colour, and then line using the same product wet. And I have to say they work brilliantly. My eyeshadow skills aren’t brilliant so I won’t show you but hopefully my swatches below will give a good idea of how they work. Dark Desires is a stunning colour, but What’s your Fantasy is glorious, both are amazing wet and so brilliantly easy to use. They make the most incredibly eye liners, my only tip would be to wear a primer, as I did get some transfer to my upper eyelid without it. The lines themselves though stayed put all day.
Anyway, swatches, left is Boyfriend Stealer Lipstick, Dark Desires Into the Well Eyeshadow dry, then wet, and finally What’s your Fantasy dry, then wet.
The bad news is that none of these products are available online any more. However, most of the eyeshadows are available from Debenhams online and it is most definitely worth checking your local Mac stores/counters as my local was quite well stocked.
A really lovely collection, one of the nicest I’ve seen from Mac in a long time!
The highlight of every season for me, is seeing what’s new from Clarins. For such a huge brand, I find they don’t get nearly enough praise, the quality of everything I’ve ever tried is exceptional and the packaging and design is always classy. I really feel I need to apologise for some of these photos which for some reason didn’t all come out as well as they should have done, but the main one, the swatches one, came out perfectly so it will be quite literally a case of all’s well that ends well.
So starting off with the Eyebrow Pencils (£17)*
Available in three, shades, Soft Blonde, Light brown and Dark Brown, I have Light Brown. Each pencil has a spiral brush at one end to tame and groom the brows, while the pencil isn’t quite the right shade for me (actually it is but I like my brows DARK), I’ve been wearing it anyway. The pencil is really firm meaning its easy to draw exactly where you want it to go, with a sharp point you can even draw in hairs. I like this a lot.
Moving onto the Crayon Khol (£17)*
I’ve got lots of Clarins eyeliners and they never disappoint. They line brilliantly, they smudge brilliantly (with the brush on the other end of the pencil), they pack a powerful punch of colour and they wear really well, I don’t get transfer to my upper eyelid like I do with so many other brands. For this collection, two shades have been added, Carbon Black, for an ultra dark look and True Violet. True Violet is shown above, and I would suggest looking at the swatches at the end of the post because this colour is absolutely amazing. It applies darker than I expected, while the purple seems to be iridescent. Its beautiful.
Next up, the Ombre Mattes (£19)
This cream to powder finish eyeshadow is perfection. I absolutely love black eye make up and this is really black and gorgeous to apply. It’s silky and lightweight and doesn’t crease. It stays put all day long. I have Carbon, but the other shade available with this collection is Heather which looks like a purpley grey and equally lovely.
The final item to show you is the Rouge Eclat lipstick in the shade Red Paprika (£19.50*)
When you’re around I don’t want the rest.
Gorgeous colours, classy cases,
Surely you win the lipstick races.
I love Clarins lipsticks so much I am inspired to write poetry. Amazing poetry I am sure you’ll agree. But seriously, if you’ve never tried a Clarins lipstick, you should, the Rouge Eclat formula moisturisers without a hint of greasiness, while minimizing fine lines. They wear really well on me and I just love them. There are two new shades for this collections, Tawny Rose, and Red Paprika as shown. Its a gorgeous orange hued, rich red shade and my pick of the collection.
Swatches of all of the above are here, Eyebrow Pencil Light Brown, Rouge Eclat in Paprika Red, Crayon Khol in True Violet and Ombre Matte in Carbon.
As always a gorgeous collection with extremely good quality products, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend any of the items shown above. That liner colour though is just perfect.
The Collection Launches in August and you will be able to find it on Clarins counters as well as Clarins online.
*All Items received free of charge for review purposes
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*
Guerlain’s Fall Collection for 2013 is entitled Voilette De Madame. The Dotty designs of many of the products in the collection are to represent a veil and very pretty the cosmetics are too.
So I’ll start by showing you The Retractable Cream Kohl and Liner. Priced at £18 and available in five shades, I’ve got Katy Navy to show you.
Katy Navy is a shimmering navy pencil. The pencil itself is clever, you can wind it up and down and built into the end is a mini sharpener. The formula is a not unlike a Gel liner in pencil form. It’s really pretty but I’d like to have seen it darker and richer (swatches are at the end of the post).
Next I’ll show you the Gloss D’Enfer Maxi Shine in Madame Batifole.
I love this Maxi Shine Glosses, the finish and texture is beautiful and I’ve previously reviewed a couple of shades. This is no exception and the colour is beautiful. Described as an electric sparkling fuchsia. On me it’s somewhat subtler than the description, but then I don’t like to layer too much lipgloss on.
There are two other shades in this collection, Madame Flirte, a sparkling red, and Madame Fascine, a sparkling deep purple. These are £22 each.
Not only is the gold packaging of this quite a thing of beauty but when you open the compact, the colours (I have Two Spicy), will make you gasp. Alas I found these shadows really disappointing. The Brown shade is rich and applies beautifully but that orange is really disappointing. It is, and is supposed to be, a sheer shimmering wash of colour but I was hoping for vibrant orange sparkle. I got… well I got nothing really. I don’t even have pictures of being worn, once I blended the two shades together on my lid, the brown was washed to nothing and the orange is so sheer all I can really see is the sparkle. There are numerous suggested ways of wearing this, either by just wearing each shade alone, or by applying the matte shade and washing over the top with the sparkle, or using the shimmer as a highlight. In reality I would have preferred the orange shade to be a shimmery shadow with lots of punch that I could sheer out where necessary and build up…but as it stands the shimmer is nearly impossible to build up to anything much. I’ve seen some beautiful looks on other blogs, but I totally failed to achieve them 🙁
All of that said, if a soft look is what you are after then this is lovely. Plus for such a glittery shade I experienced absolutely zero fallout. And that brown… wow that brown is really special…you’ll see in the swatches. There are eight colour ways to choose from and I love the sound of Two Extravagant, Two Candy and, Two Lovely, well all of them!
All are available now on Guerlain counters.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
Some lovely pretties from Eye of Horus to show you today!
Firstly the Isis Sun Goddess Eye Shadow Palette (£29.95).
A trio of baked precious metal shades, Enigma Myst, Chalice Bronze and Sacred Husk all are sort of shimmery, but seem to hold the light. You can use them wet or dry but at the time of writing I’ve only used them dry.
With the palette you also get a handy little guide, I love guides!
They are incredibly soft and smooth to apply, a little dusty, but nothing problematic. The finish of these shadows is beautiful, they do glow. My problem with them is probably to do with my lack of finesse, but I find the colours are so similar that they merge into one and try as I might I can’t get them to look like the guide pictures at all. No matter, they are lovely.
I’ve been applying with a Eye of Horus brush, which I can’t find on the retailer’s site at the moment but it’s very nice, super soft, and picks up a good amount of product.
The other item I’ve been wearing a lot is the Nubian Goddess Pencil (£13). I already have the Teal one which I reviewed here. Nubian is a deep, matte brown.
A beautiful brown pencil that smudges like a dream, or stays put just where you want it.
Here’s how I’ve been wearing all of the above!
Very nice, I think the Eye of Horus Pencils are really spectacular and whilst the eye shadows are really lovely I think they are a little on the pricey side for three shadows in a cardboard container. I’d love to see what someone with real skill could do with them though!
The Eye of Horus range is available from the wonderful Cocktail Cosmetics.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
Today I’ve got some beautiful products and two very different looks from Aveda to show you today. This is my first foray into Aveda cosmetics and I want more! There are a few bits in the collection that I didn’t get so Might just get myself those, since I’m so impressed.
The first thing I want to tell you about is the packaging. It’s all recyclable, it’s functional rather than needlessly pretty and in terms of eyeshadows, you just buy the pans, and are encouraged to buy palettes to store them in rather than lots of plastic cases.
Don’t get me wrong, the packaging is lovely, but it’s basic and that really encourages you to concentrate on the products within.
The items I received to try out are as follows:
Petal Essence Single Eye Color Refills in Bare Bellis, Cinnamon Bark, Oceanica and Papyrus (£11.50 each)
Nourish-mint Sheer Mineral Lip Color in Melochia Bloom (£12)
Nourish-mint Smoothing Lip Color in Cana (£12)
Nourish-mint Lip Liner in Barbarry Bloom (£14)
Petal-essence Eye Definer in Jade Bloom (£13.50)
Nourish-mint Rehydrating Lip Glaze in Kukui (£15.50)
On looking at these pictures I’ve realised I’ve not taken any photos of the Lip Glaze in any pictures, although I have got a hand swatch so I’ll do a separate post on that.
Okay, so before I show you the looks, here’s the hand swatches of the stunning colours.
My favourite things are the two pencils, the eye and lip pencil, they are so packed full of colour and they stay put all day long, just great products… and that red lipstick, well it’s mind blowingly bright on… a little out of my comfort zone, but just amazing.
Anyway, here’s the first look, brace yourselves!!
For this look I used Cana Lipstick with Barbary Bloom Lip Liner, and on the eyes Jade Vine Eye Definer with Papyrus and Oceanica shadow. The lipstick is just insane, so so bright, but absolutely stunning and really I don’t have a bad word to say about any of these products.
But if brights aren’t your cup of tea, fear not, Aveda’s Summer collection has subdued tones too. Here’s my second look.
For this look I used Cinnamon Bark and Bare Bellis eyeshadows, with the much softer Melochia Bloom Lip colour. Again, lovely products that blend flawlessly to create a lovely soft look.
There are a few other items in the collection, but mostly I just wan the Petal Essence Face Accent powder in Hibiscus which is gorgeous and a palette to put them all in!
Anything take your fancy and would you go bright or natural, or maybe mix it up a bit?
All items are available now from www.aveda.co.uk and I’m seriously impressed.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
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*
So here’s something a little bit different! How about a range based on the methods Ancient Egyptians used to create eye products? The Eye of Horus is of course the Egyptian Symbol representing healing, wisdom and prosperity to it’s bearer. The Eye of Horus products are naturally formulated, as I mentioned, based on the methods used by Ancient Egyptians. What this means are that they are made with plant based ingredients and waxes, such as Carnauba Wax, Beeswax, Rice Bran Wax and Candelilla Wax.
The range is the star product, a mascara, and a variety of eye liners and accessories. The idea is that the range is affordable, non irritating and effective and especially suitable for sensitive eyes.
I was sent the Mascara, Teal Goddess Pencil and Sharpener.
Absolutely love the packaging which is very in-keeping with the theme.
So starting with the Teal Goddess Pencil. £13
This pencil is formulated with Jojoba Wax and Mango Oil and is completely waterproof. Brilliantly, it comes with a smudger on the other end so you can blend it out. I can testify that this doesn’t budge all day on my upper lid (although didn’t last quite all day on my waterline), yet it did wash off easily and most importantly I didn’t get any of that annoying transfer onto my upper lid after a full days wear. This is really lovely and comes in a few different shades.
Then onto the mascara. £13
This has one of those brushes I don’t get on too well with , it’s by no means massive but I still manage to blob it all over my eyelid on application… that’s just me being inept thought, for me personally the smaller the better. This mascara doesn’t promise volume or length or curl. This simply promises to enhance your natural lashes and it really is remarkable. Zero clumping. Zero flaking. Absolutely no smudging over the course of the day. Washes off easily and best of all promises to condition and strengthen while you’re wearing it, and thus assist in lash growth. I find this does and amazing job of grabbing and separating each lash and evenly coating it with intense black colour. Very nice indeed. And a perfect every day mascara because it flatters and emphasises without being dramatic.
The sharpener, well it’s a great sharpener and is a great price of £3.50. The pencils, because they are choc full of lovely oils and waxes really need a good quality sharpener and this does a great job.
So here are the two products in use.
You Can buy the Eye of Horus range from Cocktail Cosmetics who are absolutely brilliant and I was buying make up from them long before I was blogger. If you buy any Eye of Horus product full price you can get 50% off several of the liners AND get a free mirror, purse and sharpener! I don’t know how long this offer runs for so hop to it!
Eye of Horus products are all Cruelty Free.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*