I love all things beauty and cosmetics but I have two weaknesses. Foundations and blushers. One day I’ll show you my blusher collection. It’s not as big as it was as I forced myself to shed a few recently as it was getting out of hand but there are still more than one face needs….but now there’s a new one in my collection and I have plans to add at least three more. Damn you Estee Lauder!!! *Shakes Fist*
I present the latest addition to the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Range, the blushers, in this case, Pink Ingenue. What a beaut! Firstly it’s big, texture wise these are soft, ever so slightly powdery but still creamy (I know what I mean!) and they are beautifully pigmented as you would expect from a range entitled Pure Color.
There are 14 shades in the range, divided into satin and shimmer finish. Although in the description the shimmer shades are described as “high Shimmer”, I’d have to say I found the shimmer quite subtle, which is a good thing! There’s nothing to be afraid of here, no massive pores, just what I’d call a subtle glow. Hopefully you’ll be able to see what I mean in the next few photos.
The palette itself is big and chunky and has 7g of product and is £24. Amazingly good value compared to a Nars blush which will set you back £23 for 4.5g.
And for reference here are the available shades:
I need Witty Peach, Wild Sunset and Poppy Passion. Best get saving I think!
These should be available now! Brilliant.
*Disclosure – PR Sample*
So you’ll know if you read my post yesterday that last weekend I went out for the evening with a friend. My first night out in many years (excluding my husband’s work Christmas party) and I was so excited. I tried out the Halo clip in extensions which I loved but it was also an excuse to get properly dolled up. I don’t do dressed up like lots of girls do dressed up, you won’t find me in a Lipsy Dress or Fake Tan… it’s just not my style (although I sometimes wish it were).
So, by my standards I got properly dolled up. I wore leopard print leggings, a black racer back vest and some killer heels that nearly crippled me! I don’t have a good outfit picture, only a blurry one from when I was messing about with my husband! I also had a little leather (really not leather) jacket.
And because I’ll always be a rock girl at heart I accessorized with skulls of course!
You’ve gotta love a bit of Butler & Wilson haven’t you!
As for my make up. It just had to be the YSL Noir Terriblement palette didn’t it? With lashings of Guerlain kohl and some Japonesque lashes.
Oh and on my lips I’ve got one of those YSL Glossy Stain thingys, full post coming soon!
So there we have it, how I dressed for my first night out in many years. Oh lordy did I get drunk too, but I had an amazing time. You know it’s been a good time when you’ve lost your voice the following morning from all the singing and talking you did the night before.
Can’t wait for my next night out but have no clue what I’ll wear. It’s hard when you’re not really into dresses to know what to wear for a night out these days!
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre lipsticks are my latest obsession. I bought one. I’ve asked for a couple for Christmas and I received this one as sample from the PR’s. Rouge Helios. When I opened it up I had two thoughts, the first was oh! I really think I have too many red lipsticks now and oooh! I wonder how the golden lustre appears in this one?
First up, the beautiful golden metal case. Practically begging to be whipped out in public.
And here’s the bullet. It’s really red.
But this is the surprise… well have a look at the hand swatch first.
It’s not opaque and it’s not scarlet either. It does indeed have a soft lustre which on my hand looks a little bit bitty, and it’s sheerer around the edges of the swatch. I was pretty excited because I love red lipstick but really struggle to find occasions to wear them, which is annoying as I have loads, could this be a red I could wear daily without feeling too self concious?
The answer to that is yes. It’s beautiful.
On the lips there’s no bitty-ness (although the bullet does feel a little gritty when you apply, it doesn’t feel gritty on the lips) and in actual fact the colour has, to my eyes, more than a hint of coral which makes it soft and wearable.
Just to show you it in the context of my face here’s a picture I really don’t like but it’s the only one I have so it’ll have to do!
Normally I make my pictures large, that one is staying small 😉
Anyway, gorgeous, I can’t get enough of these and since my husband had a House of Fraser box arrive today I’m optimistic that there’ll be at least another one for Christmas. Fingers crossed!
At £22.50 these are not cheap but they are certainly my favourite lipsticks…for now at least!
*Disclosure – PR Sample*
Do you ever just see something and know right then and there that you have to have it at any cost? That’s how I felt when I saw this post over at British Beauty Blogger. That palette there at the bottom of the post. WANT. And then I nipped into my local House of Fraser for a swatching session and that’s when I fell in love. I have also been after a RED blusher for ages since I failed miserably to get that Chanel Byzantine one. So then I saw the Fall blushers and I needed one of those too. Sigh.
Love the YSL gold packaging.
Also like the little black velvet pouch for the blusher with a brush I didn’t notice tucked in a tiny pocket. It literally look me DAYS to notice there was a brush in there!
Two pics of the Blush Radiance. I picked up Shade 5. It’s red. The second picture is completely colour accurate. The first is not and is only included as it’s not actually blurry like the second. This cost me £29.50. Was it worth it? I need more time with it to be sure…
God it’s amazing in the pan. I’ve been not too daring with it and have just been working on a gentle flush. Do not ask me why I have put this on the lower half of my face in the first pic. Clearly I was just being a total make up noob that day 😉 As you can see, it’s not very red. I am going to have to be braver with it I think. I will say this though, it’s easy to be light handed with it making it quite suitable for anyone terrified of looking like Aunt Sally. Check the swatches at the end of the post for the depth of colour that is possible.
Ok so now on to the best bit. The most stunning thing I’ve ever owned. Ever ever. EVER. Yes, I’m quite enthusiastic about this.The Midnight Garden Eyeshadow Palette. Although you can’t really tell, that middle pale green is the best eyeshadow I’ve ever owned. I’ve been searching for it for a long time. I had found close to what I was after in two Chanel quads (Murano and Garden Party) but it wasn’t perfect. This is. Let me explain a little, three of the shades, the dark green, the pink and the purple all have tiny blue iridescence in them. The pale green is PACKED with iridescence. And it’s that that makes this palette truly out of this world. I am ashamed to tell you this cost me £40. It’s a good job its about the best thing I’ve ever owned in my life.
Ok so before I show you the looks I created this palette here are swatches. Blush on the left. Please do enlarge these pictures, one shows the shimmer off and the other does a better job of showing the level of pigment.
So here’s some looks. The first features the pink and purple from the right side of the palette, a tiny bit of the dark green on the lower lash line and a little smattering of the light green for sparkle. I urge you to enlarge because at these sizes for some reason you can’t see the amazing green sparkle. ENLARGE I ORDER YOU!
The next look features the two dark shades and the pale green again. ENLARGE!!
Hopefully my enthusiasm for this palette has been adequately conveyed? It is sublime.
BUT, it is always my way to wear colours, but to wear them in a relatively subtle fashion…to see the palette’s potential have a look at this blog I found the other day http://www.kittennails.co.uk/ I was amazed at the depth of colours she got so I’ll have a play. I’ve got a night out coming up soon and I’m gong to try for something a little more full on (although not that full on!)
So did you buy anything from this collection? Would you? I’m really fancying the YSL Luxurious Mascara Shocking Volume in either Black Green or Black Blue or even the purple one to go with the palette….
I love love love Nars and back along, when the Summer collection was launched, the PR’s told me that I’d love the Fall collection and I’ve been patiently waiting ever since!
Well, they were and weren’t right. The bits I like, I REALLY like, but I wasn’t tempted by everything this season like I have been by the last two collections. So normally, I might receive a couple of things from the PR’s and then I’ll buy the rest of the collection or as much as I can afford…this time however I didn’t purchase anything outside of what I was sent. Although I love the look of some of the other bits, but I knew they wouldn’t suit me.
Anyway, I’m waffling now. Lets have a closer look at these three items. You can find hand swatches of all at the bottom of this post.
First up Montego Bay Pure Matte Lipstick (£18.50)
Gorgeous. I love Matte lips, I know I’m always banging on about how it’s my favourite finish and I find Nars Matte products to be inconsistent, not in a bad way, they just vary in how matte they are, and this is on the creamier side, compared to say Madere. It’s also a gorgeous colour. It’s described as a rose pink, but I’d say it was more of a muted coral. It’s not too muted though. I’m wearing it in all the following pictures, to give you a better idea of how it looks in relation to my whole face!
Next, (£23.50). I’m really sorry about the full face pictures.
Described as Silver Taupe and Dusty Rose and I have to say I wasn’t at all sure how the pink shade was going to work on me. But I love it! The pink is matte and the gorgeous taupe is a shimmer and the two work really well together. The wear on these is as always great and this is no exception. Long wearing and no creasing and good pigmentation. Love this.
But here’s my favourite. The Delphes Eyeshadow Trio (£33) (You might need to enlarge some of these pics)
A shimmery peachy pink, a shimmery green and a matte grey. Such a pretty combination of colours and I’m always drawn to a shimmery pale green. I LOVE this trio. I went for grey in and above the crease, the pink in the inner corner of the lid and the green on the outer 2/3 of the lid. I found they blended well and although subtle, it’s a really pretty selection of colours. It’s a great way of wearing some colour if you don’t want to draw too much attention to yourself. I know that this hasn’t had great reviews across the board, so I approached it with some trepidation but can honestly say this works really well for me.
Here are hand swatches of all of the above, hopefully self explanatory…
So the three things I was sent to review, I love. There are other things in the collection I ummed and ahhed about buying, the stunning blue single eyeshadow Outremer, but reality check, I don’t go out… where am I going to wear it! I also like the look of the Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, but again, I would never have the chance to wear it and I’m fairly sure it wouldn’t suit me. Then there’s the Mascate Pure Matte Lipstick – it looks absolutely stunning but I have so many red lipsticks I can’t justify buying another. The only other things I am fancying the look of is the Pago Pago lipstick and the Oasis gloss…maybe I might just get those…but if I get Oasis gloss, I simply must have the blush too…decisions decisions!
Anyway, hope you’ve enjoyed look at these products. Maybe I’ll be back with an updated post when I buy (sorry – I mean if I buy) the gloss and lipstick (and blush).
Does anything from this season’s collection take your fancy?
As you probably all know I recently treated myself to the AMAZING Rouge Bunny Rouge Aqua Primer. Or rather, I think I said I was going to buy it… and I did. Gulp. Best not to dwell too much on the cost. But it is a beautiful product.
Gah. I’m such a sucker for packaging.
Anyway, after falling for the primer… it got me wondering about the foundation…but at £47 a bottle I wasn’t happy to just take my chances on picking a colour so I begged for samples so I could colour match and the lovely people at Rouge Bunny Rouge were happy to help. So here we have tiny sample pots of each shade.
That’s Left to Right: Coconut, Almond, Chestnut, Hazelnut and Cashew. Feel free to enlarge for a closer look.
And swatched on my hand in the same order:
Clearly, Hazelnut and Cashew aren’t right for me, but I’ve included the swatches in case they are of interest to anyone else! So it came down to the first three for me. The third from the left, Chestnut, was ok, but really not great. Leaving me with the two palest shades Almond and Coconut to try.
Before I go on and show you them, I just wanted to explain, this foundation is a gel based formula, and as light as air. Without primer, it clogged badly on my nose, with the Aqua Primer, it was just fine. It’s sheer, but offers some coverage, my freckles still show through, as do spots, but redness is covered quite nicely. It also lasts very well on me, but I suspect the primer is really helping there.
So lets talk about the colours. Five colours isn’t enough is it? And that’s the problem I have. And it’s where you come in. Here’s coconut:
It’s the right pinky tone for me, but a smidge too pale? What do we think? It might just be perfect in winter though… I can’t decide?
And then here’s Almond.
I’d say it looks perfect in the first pic, but a tiny bit too yellow in the second? I’ve been staring at these pics so much I really can’t tell any more. Help!
My personal feeling is that I could do with something the same depth of colour of Almond but with a more pinky tone, like Coconut and as such I can’t bring myself to spend £47 on it at the moment. I would however, based on the texture, wear and so on consider purchasing Coconut in the colder months. It’s not that I’m tanned (LOL – as IF!), its that I am even paler then and of course my freckles are much less obvious.
Gorgeous foundation, feels wonderful – I’m just nervous to buy in case I buy the wrong colour and I really can’t be sure which is right, if either of them are!
What say you lot?
*Disclosure – PR Samples*
The Fall collection from Lancome this year, is a stunner. Inspired by the Femme Fatale trend of the 1930’s and 40’s, it really shows!
The collection, 29, Saint Honore, honours the spirit of Paris and the heritage of Lancome, the brand’s home for over 75 years, the Lancome Institute, 29, Faubourg Saint Honore.
First up there’s the French Touch Absolu Lipstick in Rouge 29, £23.50.
This is one classy lipstick! Heavy gold casing. Glorious red. Creamy consistency and the most beautiful finish. Equally lovely worn straight from the bullet, or dabbed on for a more stained effect. I love this, but then I do love my reds… please forgive me for not having applied with a lip brush…
And then next up is Les CEillades in Blondette Fatale. £33. Essentially a taupe and brown based eyeshadow palette. So sorry for showing you these already swatched, I got carried away and used before photographing which isn’t like me!
Two matte shades and two shimmers, and the two matte shades are also suitable for filling in eyebrows. This palette can be used to create a lovely brown smoky eye, or a very subtle look, and includes three brushes which I cut out of my photo (unintentionally!). The dark brown is perfect for my brows, but the little brow brush in the kit is no good for me, it’s too fat!
Then we have Hypnose Drama in Gris Fatal £20.50
It’s a grey mascara and I love it! It’s not the best finish for my lashes (I prefer the Lancome Doll Eyes mascara) but I do love the grey and its decent and doesn’t flake!
Then there are two gorgeous Nail polish. Le Vernis in 022 Rouge Saint Honore and 029 Noir 29. £12.50 each.
Ok I love the red but that black looks really special, full of glitter/shimmer (gold based). Shown below with and without flash. Thought the black was going to be my fave, and it is gorgeous, but it’s the red that’s won my heart. I just can’t resist red. I do have a problem I know this. Can’t really comment on the wear of these as I removed them straight after (as I have tonnes to swatch), but application was smooth and easy. Very nice for Christmas too I think.
Finally there’s the highlight of the collection. Maison Lancome Blush £32.50. Two pictures, for different lighting. The first picture is the most accurate, colour wise and I strongly recommend you enlarge the pictures.
It is the most stunning thing I think I’ve ever owned and actually I got myself in a tizz about swatching it. But in the end I forced myself for the greater good. This is not a powerful or pigmented blush, it’s soft, subtle and pretty, probably best for those who are fair skinned. In swatches it doesn’t show up well, but hopefully you’ll be able to see it on the cheeks.
It’s a lovely soft blusher, a bit powdery in the pan, but I do love the effect on my skin. Tis very pretty! But that said, even if this colour wasn’t for you, it’s pretty much the first thing I would buy a second one just to stare at from time to time. It’s so gorgeous.
Oh here a couple of last photos that I had left over that just show a bit of all the products in use.
And that, my friends, is that. Is there anything that particularly stands out to you? The blusher is a stunner, even just to look at and I’m loving the lips and mascara, but also, the dark brown shadow in the quad is perfect for my brows which is fab. I love the whole lot. Honestly. Well and truly worth a look and available from the 1st September from all Lancome counters.
PS: Sorry for the complete lack of accents in all the right places on this post… I don’t know how to do them!
Disclosure: PR Samples
I was so excited about this launch I can’t tell you. The New Black collection for Autumn this year from Clinique is centred around the iconic lip gloss shade, Black Honey. Black Honey was released in 1971 as a pot of lip gloss and launched in 1989 as an Almost Lipstick. It’s now a cult favourite. And do you know what? I’ve never tried it! No one told me it was a sheer shade! I just thought it was far too dark for me so I’ve never given it a second look but then I heard about this collection and thought it sounded fabulous and I looked with a new interest… and unexpectedly some of the products plopped through my letter box a couple of weeks ago and I was very excited! I particularly liked the little pot of Honey!
So what do we have?
First up the Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad £23.00
This is a limited edition quad and at first glance this is too warm for my tastes…but actually, I’ve come to love Clinique Ltd Edition palettes as they ALWAYS suit me. I don’t know how they do it but I always love how they look on me. More on that later.
Next up the High Impact Mascara in Black £15.00
Ok, so I’m not going to go on about this much as I’ve reviewed the High Impact Mascara elsewhere on my blog, more than once I think! It’s a good all rounder and the only new thing about this one is it’s Silver limited edition packaging, which is nice!
Then we have the bit I was most looking forward to trying, the Dual Ended Almost Lipstick and Long Last Glosswear SPF15 in Black Honey. £17.00.
I’ve never tried the Almost Lipstick formula before but it’s a lovely sheer formula which feels an awful lot like a balm. Very nice. And the colour? Not scary at all! The Long Last Glosswear, also lovely. I’ve tried the formula before and wasn’t overwhelmed, this time round I’m loving it!
The final item I was sent to try is the Brush-On Cream Liner £13.50
Well.. I wouldn’t have thought I could wear this colour…but I can.. or at least I think I can. The formula is incredible, it does not smudge at all, not one bit. It stays in place all day long and it’s gorgeous. The brush… well it’s kind of useless to me, it works well but it just gets lost in my make up storage and is too small to go in my brush storage. No matter, I have my own brushes. My only problem with this is my shoddy application, I just can’t do it justice.
So here’s some watches…they are not great… please don’t let it put you off… scroll down for the pictures of the products in use for a better look.
The eye shadows are on the top row, and the first one is virtually invisible I think but it’s great on the eye, it’s subtle because it’s not rammed with shimmer like many highlight shades. The row beneath is the Cream Liner, and the bottom row is the Black Honey Gloss and Almost Lipstick.
In addition to the above items there’s a Gradient Powder Blusher (£24.00) and I’m going to buy this without a shadow of a doubt. I’ve seen pictures online and it looks gorgeous and when I was doing my FOTD I was unsure what blusher to wear, so I have to get the matching blush! Then there’s also a Blush Brush (£15.00) and the Almost Lipstick on it’s own (in Black Honey of course!) which is £15.
And so, all that remains is to show you how the products look in use! I’ll put a few pics up, there’s a couple taken in different lights, but otherwise, I’ll just let you have a look without babbling on about it. In use is the gloss/lipstick, mascara, eye shadow quad and liner.
And that’s that! What do you think? I’m really pleasantly surprised and I love it! I think the colours are suitable for most people, the products are great quality and work well and I’ll be very happy when I’ve bought the gradient blusher to go with it all! Gorgeous stuff. Love it!
Out now from all Clinique counters.
Disclosure – PR Samples
More blog sale shopping! People please keep selling your Nars in blog sales, I love it! I’ve been so lucky in the last few months with grabbing great bargains in people’s blog sales and my two latest additions were Nars Eyeshadow Duos in Eurydice and Melusine.
Lets have a look at Eurydice first. This a permanent product.
On the whole pretty pleased with both of these duos but neither are foolproof and both take a bit of work and at the prices I paid for them you really mustn’t grumble!
Origins Brighter By Nature Powder Foundation is just what I was looking for. A powder foundation for lazy days that gives good coverage without looking powdery and containing a good SPF of 30.
It comes in a large range of colours catering for the “very light” up to “deep” skins and covering cool, neutral and warm tones. Which is perfect. It makes it easier to find a shade when you can choose your skin tone.
The closest match for me is Light Cool, I did try Very Light Cool, but it was too pale for me.
This stuff is fab, rather than just keeping it for lazy days I’ve been reaching for it very often. It evens out my skin tone nicely, gives a good but not heavy coverage, protects me from the sun’s harmful rays and lasts ages too. All without looking in the slightest bit cakey or powdery. What a product!
I highly recommend checking this out at your local Origins counter. I’ll definitely be buying when this is finished. On that subject, I’m used to compact foundations being used up all to rapidly, so far this barely looks used despite my regular use.
Highly recommended. £24 www.origins.co.uk
Disclaimer – PR Sample