I was really excited to see this new collection from Bobbi Brown, the combination of Navy & Nude is really appealing. There’s something classy and sophisticated about it. Of course once in my paws it ceases to be classy and sophisticated, but I’m a fan despite initial doubts!
The whole collection is lovely and I could have gone mad, I’d love to have got the Brightening Brick, and the Nail Polish in Navy, I find the formula of Bobbi Brown nail varnishes to be really lovely and I realised that I don’t actually own a navy polish. I was quite surprised when I checked. The thing I’ll definitely go back and get at some point is the Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Steel Ink. I’m a new convert to Bobbi’s much acclaimed Gel liners and I think the palette could do with a navy liner. Another thing I realised I don’t actually have!
Anyway, the Navy & Nude Eye Palette had to be mine. I received Spring’s Lilac Rose version as a PR sample and I really love it, it’s a daily staple so I wanted this one too. Although it’s similar and you probably don’t need both. The colours are all different and I don’t own a navy shadow so I was sold.
I love the case, it’s a classic Bobbi case, but this time the black is marbled with navy.
And the contents…sorry, I used it before I took pictures. Not like me, but I couldn’t wait.
Here are the swatches.
Just in case you have the Lilac Rose Eye Palette and you are wondering how similar they are, here’s the swatches for that one. too
Lets just say you probably don’t need both unless you’re a bit mad like me….
When I first used this Navy & Nude palette I was a bit underwhelmed. The navy (which I think is the selling point of the collection) wasn’t all that impressive. Add a base or a primer though it it performs really well. Now I strongly believe that an eyeshadow should work without a base, I don’t want to have to add an extra step to my routine in order to get a product to perform how it’s supposed to and I still think that now. But shallow Bobbi Brown fangirl that I am, I’m prepared to let it slide on this occasion because I love the combination of colours and the looks you can achieve with it, even if you do need a base or primer!’
And here’s how I’ve been wearing it!
It’s a really expensive £48 but the quality of all the shadows is really good, except the navy, which just needs a little TLC.
*Product purchased myself, but post does contain an affiliate link*
I’ve had this couple of eye shadows here to show you for so long but I kept forgetting to take photographs of them!
Without a doubt the most expensive eyeshadows I own at £25 each but are they worth the money? Well for a start they they are 3.8g, Mac eye shadows are 1.5g for £12.50. So they are slightly better value for money. Pigment wise, it took me a little while to get the hang of them. Used on a bare lid these are hard to build up and I don’t find they wear too well either, but put a primer or some kind of base on and you’ll have the best shadows you’ve ever tried. I find just taking my foundation over my eyelids is enough of a base to get maximum oomph.
They are absolutely stunning and in my opinion worth every penny. They are not my only Le Metier de Beaute shadows, I also have one of their legendary kaleidoscopes, which now has some great big dips in it thanks to very frequent use, but this is my first foray into the single shadows. Very impressed.
It’s a big layout for two eye shadows, but remember, it’s marginally less than the same quantity of Mac shadows and the quality is absolutely superb.
So all that remains is to show you how I wear them.
(sorry that last shot is so unflattering!).
Anyway, I purchased these myself and I’d recommend Beauty Bay.
*This post contains an aflliate link but products were purchased myself*
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*
Daniel Sandler’s products just continue to amaze me with their quality and performance and the eye shadow quads I’ve got to show you today don’t disappoint either. There are three quads in the collection, something for everyone for sure. Each quad contains one glitter/high shimmer shadow helping each palette make the transition from day to night. The texture of all is amazing and some of my swatches look a little patchy but that’s either light or my swatching. Performance on the eyelid is exceptional and none are patchy or chalky.
Let’s look at Scandal at Midnight first.
(this photo came out terribly, I am so sorry)
Finally, my favourite, Beyond Sunset.
All are exceptional but Beyond Sunset is beautiful, and I absolutely love the colour combination. The inclusion of the grey with the golds and browns is perfect.
Each Eye Shadow Quad is £28 and available from www.danielsandler.com
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
I thought today I’d do a post about my most favourite eyeshadow. I ummed and ahhed about whether to do so but in the end I decided to go with it and you’ll see why at the end.
Mac Smoke & Diamonds was a limited edition shadow from Mac’s Starflash collection a few years ago. I believe that it has made reappearances in the years since and it is well worth grabbing if you if it ever crops up again.
I really struggle to describe this shadow. It’s a taupe. No scratch that, it’s definitely an olive green shade. No no. It’s a grey. What the hell, lets just call this a taupey greeny grey!
It is a perfect colour for days where you just want one shade of shadow, it makes for the simplest smokey eye. But it’s incredibly versatile and looks greats with coppers, greys, golds, browns, pretty much everything.
I like to wear it alone on lazy days, teamed up with lashings of mascara and some kohl.
As I say, if you ever find this, get it, otherwise, there’s another option there for you if this takes your fancy!
This is one of those items that to me, is really disappointing. It’s an extremely pretty looking palette that looks good in my swatches, it took a few passes but still they looked good I thought.
Looking at the swatches this had tonnes of promise alas when applied to my eyes it was incredibly disappointing. There isn’t much need for further words really, all three shades are applied on the following look and you can see the results….
Talk about a wash out. That green is so pretty but it in no way matches the promise of the swatches, as soon as you try to blend the colours just fade away to nothing. That’s not to say that there isn’t something I like about it, I think the green is actually really pretty but it’s a sheer wash of mint green, certainly not teal and the brown and the cream are all but invisible.
EDIT : I neglected to mention, this is without a primer. I do not hold out any hope that it would be much better with a primer and I think an eye shadow should really work without a primer anyway!
If you fancied seeing if this works for you, it’s still available on the Boots site where it will set you back a hefty £26.
It’s been a while since I’ve done this, but I went a little bit mad (by my standards) on the MAC Temperature Rising collection for Summer. There were just some bits I just felt instinctively I needed to have and so, well I caved. I found a lot of the bits I wanted were out of stock everywhere but I managed to find them all on Selfridges.com.
The best thing about this splurge is that not one single thing has been a disappointment and I’m really pleased with them all. So as per usual, I’m going to show you each individually, with swatches and then show you how I’ve been wearing them.
Strobe Liquid – Golden Elixir £22.50
I don’t know why this called my name. I’ve never tried the famous original Strobe Liquid. I’m never bronzed. I have tonnes of highlighters. But I don’t have any like this.
This close up is about the width of a pencil to give it some context…
The same blob spread out a little…
And fully blended down my arm…
So you see, you need very little indeed. On my arm it’s fairly sparkly, on my face, not so much. I absolutely love the close up shops, it’s packed full of a myriad of colours and it’s so pretty. It blends like a dream and leaves no feeling on the skin at all. Tread lightly, you’ll need much less than you think! I’ve been just blending a small amount onto my cheekbones but you can of course mix with your foundation or apply on collarbones, whatever takes your fancy really.
Powerchrome Eye Pencils in Life’s Luxury, Copper Strip, Polished Jet and Rich Glance £16 each
These are amazing as I think you can see from the swatches! Rich and pigmented with one easy swipe. For the pictures further down I’m using only Polished Jet and Rich Glance as a base for the shadows and the wore all day with no creasing and really helped the colours show, that said, I’m looking forward to trying them alone. They blend out perfectly too. I applied the palest shade on the inner corners of my eyelids and blended towards the middle and the black shade on the outer corner and blended into the middle and up slightly, no issues whatsoever, these are fantastic.
Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Quad £38.50
Nothing lacking in these beautiful shades. The bottom two are my favourite. Romantico is a veluxe pearl medium taupe, Bare My Soul is the warm gold lustre, When in Rio is the dark green duochrome frost and friendly is the deep bronze/brown. Each shade is worthy and really quite beautiful. There’s no fading or patchiness with these and they work superbly well together.
My final purchase was Altered Beige Lustre Lipstick £15.50
This was my only risky purchase as it was either going to be a total fail on me, or a winner, and I really love it. I don’t get on with nudes as a rule, bu this seems to work and I’m not at all sure why, but I think it does!
So all that really remains is to show you a few pictures of me wearing all of the above (except Copper Strip and Life’s Luxury Powerchrome pencils). I felt really great in this lot and it’s possibly the start of a return to MAC madness for me! Passion reignited!
Ah its the most wonderful time of the year when it comes to Estee Lauder cosmetics. Every year sees a new Bronze Goddess range of fragrance, cosmetics and bronzing products and this year I’ve got a couple of the must have items to show you.
Starting with the beautiful Batik Sun Eyeshadow palette £35.
I’ve reviewed loads of these Pure Colour palettes, the quality and pigment is always exceptional and my favourite is still the Blue Dahlia one, it’s just so perfect. This one is so summery though, it’s beautiful. At first glance I wasn’t sure what I’d do with that bright orange and the teal. I mean, look at the swatches. The bottom swatch is actually the Pure Colour Illuminating Powder Gelee which I’ll show you after.
I needn’t have worried all the shades are wearable when blended out. At first glance the left hand swatch was a bit disappointing, all shimmer no colour but actually this adds a later of fine iridescent sparkle to your finished look, it’s really subtle and very pretty. So here’s what I came up with.
I just added mascara and a touch of teal liner. If you look at the middle picture above, on the right eye you can see a few of those iridescent sparkles shining through as the sun hits them. This is a lovely Summer palette and the quality is exceptional.
So then we have the stunning Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee £30.
A truly stunning looking product. I’ve discussed the formula before, it’s a liquid/gel/powder hybrid and applies like a dream.
In terms of colour, well you can scroll back up for the swatch but I don’t find this works too well on my very fair skin, it’s a little too golden, would look absolutely sublime on tanned or darker skins and I can’t fault the formula at all, it’s seriously a beautiful product. Whatever my thoughts on the colour, there’s no denying that glow!
The eyeshadow palette is available from http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/ but they have sold out of the Gelee, I have found some left on the Debenhams site but there is limited stock, it is also still in stock on the House of Fraser site. But move fast!
The rest of the range also looks beautiful. The nail varnish in Hot Spell has caught my eye, as have the Sheer RollerGloss!
Anything take your fancy? I really must get round to sniffing the perfume too!
*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*