Just Charlie G
29. 07. 2013
When I was younger, so much younger than todaaaaaaaay…. I
used to shop in New Look all the time! Then there were several years when I
didn’t go in there at all. I think at around the thirty years old mark I felt
like I was maybe too old for New Look and that everything in there was for
people in their teens and early twenties. Then, well I got over all that and
decided to dress just how I wanted to and to shop wherever I wanted to and New
Look has been back in favour ever since.
It’s perfect for throwaway fashion and jersey basics (hello
leggings!), accessories and indeed shoes (I love their black leather pumps, I
need new ones, must check they still do them!) and whilst some of the fashion
is definitely too young for me, pushing forty as I am, it’s not all. And even
if it was, I’d still shop in there for accessories, such as jewellery.
Speaking of accessories, here are my top wants right now.
Black Owl Face Clip Frame Purse £3.99
Neon Coral Cut Out Mini Satchel £12.99
Nude and Grey Novelty Pop Up Owl iPhone 4 Case £4.99
Black and Gold Embellished Moroccan Clutch. I need this for
nights out and Christmas Parties £19.99
Coral Owl Print iPad Case. Am totally buying this as soon as
I’ve scheduled this post. £9.99
Blimey I do seem to be a bit owl crazy at the moment. Owls
aside, there’s something for every taste, and budget. Whether you’re looking
for casual attire and accessories or office wear and accessories.

 

If like me, you’ve not stepped into New Look for a while, do
take a chance and have another look, you might find you’re surprised. And if
you are a New Look regular shopper, tell me what I need to be buying! It’s
clearly worth checking for the handbags!
*Disclosure – Sponsored post. All content was written by me as usual though!*

Well, this is another one of these posts that is a couple of weeks too late thanks to my surgery especially since I now can’t find the vast majority of the range on the website. Which means I am mostly unable to give you any prices or useful information. The range must have sold out very vast since I only received the samples a couple of weeks ago, but I’m choosing to still blog about them in case you like the look of any of the bits and can find them in your local stores.

In case you skipped the title of the post, I’m of course talking about the Kelly Brook cosmetics collection for New Look.

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

To give you a quick overview before I tell you about the items in more depth. So this is a cheap range, all (from memory so please don’t quote me on this) priced around the £2 to £5 mark. The range is mostly functional and adequate, I think in the bits that I received to try out, one of the items is a total stand out and the, one of them is absolutely awful, with the rest being perfectly nice usable cosmetics. Also, loving the packaging. It’s very cute.

So a quick look at some of the items I’ve been trying out in more detail. Starting with the Lipgloss.

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

Pinky-nude and very wearable. Not too sticky either. Only problem is that it’s very chemically scented. For me this isn’t a huge issue, but it may be for others. Personally, I don’t mind!

Next, the Blusher.

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

This is a surprisingly nice product. It flips open on both sides, with the underside containing a brush (I haven’t tried it, I use my own brushes for blusher) and a mirror. The shade itself is a peachy pink and in the pan it looks full of shimmer/glitter. I found the colour to be really pretty and that shimmer, once on the cheeks that shimmer is much less obvious than I thought it was going to be. It’s really rather nice.

Then for the eye products.  I have the mascara, the liquid liner, the smokey eyes eye shadow quartet and the brow set.

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

The mascara is great, it’s not especially lengthening, nor volumising, it is however very black indeed and a more than adequate mascara for every day use.

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

The liquid liner is my star pick from the collection. Incredibly black and incredibly easy to use. Lovely fine point with just the right amount of “give”. I’m never going to be great at liquid liner, in any form, but this is about as good as it gets for me. Really think this is a great product.
Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

The eyeshadows are nice. They do feel cheap in the same way that Vivo or MUA eyeshadows do, but they pack a decent amount of pigment and achieve a great smokey eye with very little effort. I found the pale shade (which isn’t at all pink even though it looks like it) had a bit of fall out, but otherwise, no problems with this at all.
Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

Finally for the eye products, the Brow Kit. This is terrible. Well, I say terrible, I mean terrible for me. This set is the “brunette” set, but I’d say this was suitable for only the reddest of redheads. You get a coloured wax, a powder, tweezers and a brush. The powder and wax are distinctly orange and looked horrific on me, really awful. I had to do my best to remove it and cover with a nice true brown product for the pictures I’ve taken of all the items in use. Avoid unless you are a redhead.

Finally the nail varnishes. I’ve not tried them all I have to admit, I was sent a red, blue, purple and a black with multicoloured glitter. I’ve been unable to polish with the old arm operation but I did manage a thumb swatch of the black.

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

It looks a bit gritty but its still glossy and quite pretty I think.

So thats my run down of the products I received. Here’s a little look at them all in use. My only additions were my base, black khol on my waterline and my own brow powder in an attempt to appear less orange 😉

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics
All in all a very cute but functional range, with my must have being the liquid liner and my item you should definitely avoid being the brow kit!

Swatches of everything:

Kelly Brook for New Look Cosmetics

Again, I apologise for the lack of information in this post such as prices and availability, but I think if you fancy anything it’s worth checking your local New Look, just in case!

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

I was pleasantly surprised when this box of goodies arrived through my letter box a couple of weeks ago.

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

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.

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

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.

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

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

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

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.

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look
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 by Giles Beauty at New Look

And the bronzer… Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

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.

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

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.

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

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.

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

Gold by Giles Beauty at New Look

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*