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*
I’ve been umming and ahhing about this blog post for ages as the pro’s of this product are great, the downside is pretty dire…in the end I found a way to make it work so here we are!
Okay, so there are lots of pro’s with this liquid eyeliner.
So today I’m blogging about two amazing products both of which I’ve mentioned before as they were used on me when I went for my Bobbi Brown Make Up lesson recently. You can see my post here.
So today I want to blog in a little more detail about the Bobbi Brown Ltd Edition Lilac Rose Eye Palette and the Long-Wear Gel Liner in Sepia Ink.
Starting with the amazing Eye Palette.
If you only have space in your life for one eyeshadow palette in your life, make it this one. Price wise it’s a hefty £45 but for your money you get eight shadows, giving you all you need for day or night looks. It’s incredibly versatile and the range of colours suit everyone. It’s a good mix of shimmer and matte neutral shades with the addition of a shimmering lilac. At first glance it seems out of place in the palette but on the eye it blends in with the neutrals perfectly to add a certain depth and something just a bit special, without giving you a lilac frosty look. It’s actually rather clever.
I have worn this literally every single day in different combinations and different ways, but funnily enough, every single time I make use of the lilac shimmer. Adding it to the centre of the mobile lid and blending. Just as I was shown in my make up lesson. Can’t rate this highly enough. Its a fantastic palette. And I much much prefer it to the UD Naked Palette. It’s just more… subtle and in my opinion more sophisticated.
Next, the Long-Wear Gel eyeliner in Sepia Ink which is £17 and also the Eye Definer Brush which is £23.
I have heard much about these Gel liners over the years and indeed they are not award winning liners for nothing. Coming in a range of shades these apply easily and do NOT budge one tiny bit over the course of day’s wear. The liner brush is also fantastic, working very well with the liner to apply a great opaque line. In my make up lesson they used the Ultra Fine Eyeliner brush which I think I’d like to use in addition to this one as I think it would make a nicer point on the end when doing wings with your liner. But regardless, this is no doubt fantastic. No transfer to the upper lid at all, not even with my hooded eyes.
There are several other shades I fancy adding, Black Mauve Shimmer, Violet Ink and Forest Shimmer Ink to name a few. Really a fantastic product.
Now here’s an example of how I’m wearing both the palette and the liner at the moment, but please, before you look, I’m booked in to have my brows done at the exact time this post goes live so please forgive the state of my brows, and secondly, my eyeliner isn’t even on each eye, I know this, I suck at eyeliner, what can I say?
Both products get my seal of approval. Highly recommended.
You can purchase from your local Bobbi Brown counter or from www.bobbibrown.co.uk.
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
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*
This spring Clinique are going for a natural look with a variety of products that compliment each other. There are a selection of new products in the Almost Spring collection and a few not so new products. The re-promotes are the Naturally Glossy Mascara which I’ve talked about here, the Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser, which I talked about here, There are the Blushwear Cream Sticks, which I’ve not tried, three of which are permanent shades and there’s a Black Honey variant which is a new Limited Edition. Then there are the things that I have to show you today.
Almost Lipstick. These are new according to the press release I have but are they? I have a vague memory of these existing in the past? There are 8 shades available, I reviewed Black Honey here and I have five more to show you. These lie somewhere between a lipstick and a lipgloss… not quite as glossy as a lipgloss, but sheer, smooth and intended to be sheer so they’ll look different on everyone. I’ve done a few hand swatches here but they aren’t terribly useful because of the sheerness but just in case they are useful to anyone here you go.
L-R – Lovely Honey, Shy Honey, Luscious Honey, Chic Honey and Tender Honey. (The same order as the photo at the top there).
What will be moderately more useful are the following lip swatches…but of course, since they are sheer and since they we all have different coloured lips… it’s only going to be a guide. Here goes anyway.
These are lovely. Really lovely. I find them to be very moisturising and I must say the wear is exceptional. Chic Honey lasted me through two slices of Tiger Bread, a yum yum and two cups of coffee without needing a top up. I was truly amazed. Of all the shades, my favourites are Luscious and Black Honey.
I find them not altogether unlike the Chubby sticks but the Chubby Sticks have more pigment, the finish is similar though. £16 each and lovely. Having just had a horrible cold my lips are v. dry, but these are really helping so they are all I wear at the moment.
Finally are the Quickliner for Eyes Intense. These aren’t new, and I’ve reviewed two of them here. In total there are six shades and I was sent Intense Black. £13.50
If black black liner is your thing then you need to check this out. I love these liners. They don’t budge. I don’t like heavy black liner around my eye, but I do like it on my waterline and these last well and really pack a punch. They don’t smudge or budge one in place which makes then really impressive. The following pics show the liner drawn, and then smudged the best I could with the smudger on the end of the pencil.
You can see that although the line is faded, it’s not actually smudged really, and this works well for me as this is my preferred way to wear it. Of course, if you want a true true black, this is perfect. Below, it’s on my lid, and “smudged”.
So there are some lovely things in this collection. The liners are highly recommended. I love Intense Plum and it’s regularly used by me and the black is great.
According to the press release I have this is due out on 1st February but I have heard tell that people have been able to purchase already.
When I did my post about Japonesque Travel Brushes, I didn’t have the Flat Travel Eyeliner Brush so I’m doing a quick post on this one now.
As with all the other brushes, this has now become my go to eye liner brush. I don’t find the short handles a problem for me and in fact although I know they are travel sized brushes, it doesn’t really register with me.
There really isn’t a huge amount I can say about this brush. It does a perfect job, the bristles are stiff enough for me to be able to “push” product right into my lashes which is perfect as often when I use a liquid or pencil liner I find there’s a slight gap between the lashes and the line I’ve drawn but I can use this brush to get really close and fill the gap.
Also brilliant for tucking up under your lower lashes and getting in there too. The line I get is perfectly smooth too, of course you can smudge it out but for me this is what I was looking for when it comes to lining with powder. Love it!
*Disclosure – PR Sample*
I have to admit I know very little about Rituals. I had it in mind as a high end brand and as it’s not one thats sold locally to me I hadn’t given it much thought.
So it was a nice surprise to be sent a box of goodies to be sent to have a play with. It’s always nice to be introduced to a brand that hasn’t crossed your path before. So I hit Google to find out what they are all about. In brief, Rituals have been around since 2000 and develop high quality products from body and facial care to candles, perfumes, gemstone make up and even tea! All the products are inspired by Eastern rituals, Hammam steam bath rituals, Samurai shaving rituals and the gemstones make up ritual are all examples of a long line of beautiful traditions.
The range is not tested on animals, and claim to use natural, renewable and organic ingredients for their products, using safe alternatives for anything that nature doesn’t create.
So lets have a closer look at some examples of the make up.
Nice plain black packaging with silver print. With the exception of the Eve’s Kiss lip treatment. I also wanted to show you a couple of examples of what you might find on the inside of your packaging as it’s a nice touch.
This one shows the Sunglow Peach on my cheeks as well as a closer look at the foundation in use.
I have to confess I was sent this for review a really really long time ago. Before Christmas. I hadn’t been asked if I wanted to review it, it just turned up in the post. I wasn’t interested in the brand so I just kind of stuck it to one side and forgot about it! Until now!
The MeMeMe Create The Look packs come in a large variety of colourways and are a very reasonably priced £15. What you get is a 4 colour baked eyeshadow, a mascara, a pencil liner and a liquid liner and I’ve had a quick nose around on the website and if you bought all these items separately then it’d cost you £20.99 for just the shadow, mascara and liquid liner, never mind the pencil which I can’t find on the site. I actually had to check that I’d got the prices right as that seems a remarkably good deal. But yes they are. You also get a card with instructions for use, which I always like to have as when it comes to make up I don’t have much imagination.
I always discounted MeMeMe as a cheap brand and one which I wasn’t the target audience for. I think that’s still probably true in some respects.
So lets start with the Fat Cat Mascara. Awful. Within an hour of putting it on it’s flaking under my eyes and when it’s on it’s really unimpressive.
The Clay Liner is very nice. It doesn’t stay put for hours on end but its a nice dark taupe colour and I like the combination of it with the eyeshadow shades in the kit.
The eyeshadows are really great and the product in this kit that will have me looking more closely at this brand in future. Beautiful rich colours and heavily pigmented. The colours in this one are out of this world. I’m totally in love with the pink and the orange especially.
Lastly the liquid liner, it’s a pen style with a very fine pointed felt tip style applicator and its really easy to line with. Well, I suck at liquid liner, really suck, but so far as liquid liners go it easy! It does transfer to my upper lid unfortunately though after a few hours.
Swatches. Just check out those beautiful shadows! The red is slightly duochromey too which is nice.
All in all a pretty good kit and an excellent saving on buying the items individually, but for me its only the eyeshadows that have really impressed and I’ll certainly be going to look at these next time I’m in town.
You can buy from www.mememecosmetics.co.uk and I’m fairly sure you can buy in Superdrug too.
I reviewed some Lord & Berry products quite some time ago and was impressed so I was delighted to receive a few more bits to play with. Unfortunately, one of them was a duplicate of the lovely Stardust Pure Pearl Loose Eyeshadow in Gold Black which I already reviewed in my previous post but I also received the Extra Care Lip Balm and Primer and the Silk Kajal Kohl pencil.
I’ve cast my eyes over various BareMinerals products in recent months but never quite got round to making a purchase, there was no reason, the main reason being there were just things I wanted more. But not so long ago I was asked if I wanted to try one of the Christmas Gifts and yes, yes I did please!
So the item I was sent was the BareMinerals Beyond Gorgeous gift, a 9 piece gift that comes beautiful packaged in a colourful cardboard sleeve which when removed reveals a gorgeously glossy hot pink gift box that I’ll be hanging onto, who knows what for but it’s way too nice to bin.
So in the gift you’ll find the following items:
Eyecolour in Satin Ruffle
Eyecolour in Frills
Big & Bright Eyeliner in Charbronze
Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in Black
Blush in Pink Ribbon
Original Mineral Veil
Eye Shaping Brush
Flawless Application Face Brush
Quite the collection! The packaging of the products is amazing! Pink & black brushes and a pink ribbon design on each item, and a little ribbon loop. It’s very visually appealing. Also included is a face chart with tips/instructions for use.
Here’s a closer look at some of the colours. Firstly the Eye Colours and Eye Brush:
The Mineral Veil and brush: