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Here’s a little treat. I’ve worn this to death and I’ve had mine months and months and there’s just a tiny little stump left so I’ll definitely repurchase at some point.

Anyway, the little beauty in question is the Paul &Joe Moisture Lip Treatment.

Paul & Joe Moisture Lip Treatment

I’m a huge fan of lipsticks and have far far too many…but here’s a little secret, I very rarely wear them. I buy them because I can appreciate a good colour and I simply must have it in my life, but in reality, I probably wear lipstick once a month? Another ten days of the month I’ll wear a lightweight gloss or a gloss/lipstick hybrid or a coloured balm but the vast majority of the time I wear nothing…well nothing except for this stuff. I don’t wear it because of it’s moisturising qualities. I don’t, in all honesty believe that balms work. I’ve tried some that seemed to work for a while but I’ve never seen any long term improvement.

What I do love about his is that a) it feels beautiful on and b) it gives my lips a look that I just love. It adds a clear shine to the lips that isn’t glossy, but is just perfect for my needs.

If like me you favour a natural but healthy and plump look to your lips you can do a lot worse than this balm. Oh and it’s unscented and unflavoured and there’s no tingly effect. Perfick.

Available from Beauty Bay

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Paul & Joe Beaute Summer 2012

As always I fell in love with the Paul & Joe Summer collection, A Midsummer’s Night Dream and wanted pretty much everything in it. I received and wrote about the very pretty Love Potion lip gloss. Since then I’ve received another couple of items as PR Samples and bought several bits myself so here’a picture heavy look at them all.

Starting with Pixie Nail Enamel £10.50. Holographic Silver Glitter, pictures do it no justice. This is so pretty and it wears very well. Gorgeous on its own and equally pretty as a layering polish, it is fairly opaque though, two coats ensure it’s fully opaque.

Paul & Joe Pixie Nail

Paul & Joe Pixie Nail Enamel

Paul & Joe Pixie Nail

 
A Midsummer’s Night Sparkling Pressed Powder £22. A stunning powder, Paul & Joe do pressed powders extremely extremely well and this is no exception. It’s incredibly beautiful but please be warned, it is also incredibly glittery.
Paul & Joe Midsummer's Night Sparkling Pressed Powder

Paul & Joe Midsummer's Night Sparkling Pressed Powder
Once the over spray is removed you’re left with three shades of powder.
Paul & Joe Midsummer's Night Sparkling Pressed Powder

Paul & Joe Midsummer's Night Sparkling Pressed Powder
When you blend the powders together what you get is translucent but extremely glittery, you may have to enlarge this to see how glittery it really is.
Paul & Joe Midsummer's Night Sparkling Pressed Powder
Stunning product but definitely one to avoid if you are not into glitter, and definitely for evenings only. And possibly not if you’re old, like me. I don’t care, mutton is how I like to dress these days!

Summer Edition Blotting Papers £3.50. I’ve blogged about the Paul & Joe Blotting papers before and they are now something of a handbag staple for me. This is a very adorable packet.
Paul & Joe Summer Edition Blotting Papers

Face Colour G in Nubile and Faune £15 each. There is a further blush shade called Nymph which is a pink, but what really caught my eye with these two shades was the possibilities for sculpting and shaping the cheek, they are gorgeous, beautifully pigmented and they work together extremely well indeed. They aren’t matte or shimmery, they just have a satin feel.
Paul & Joe Face Colour G in Nubile and Faune

Paul & Joe Face Colour G in Nubile and Faune

Paul & Joe Face Colour G in Nubile and Faune

Paul & Joe Face Colour G in Nubile and Faune

Shimmery Body Lotion £24. Not so much as a body lotion as a lightly moisturising gel with some very pretty glitter. Again, I’d say, possibly not one for daytime unless you’re 14, but very pretty indeed for hot Summer nights and definitely one for the suitcase if you’re off on holiday. Such a pretty product. Also very lightly scented, I can’t quite pinpoint what the scent is, it’s just fresh and light.
Paul & Joe Shimmering Body Lotion

Paul & Joe Shimmering Body Lotion

Paul & Joe Shimmering Body Lotion

Paul & Joe Shimmering Body Lotion

Paul & Joe Shimmering Body Lotion
What a pretty collection, entirely in keeping with the collection title, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, all glittery and fairy like. I’ve still got my eye on the single shadows released with the collection so we’ll have to see what I’ve got left in the way of funds and if there’s any stock left when I do!

The collection is available from one of my favourite retailers, Beauty Bay. Check it out!

*Disclosure – the blotting papers and body lotion were provided to me free of charge for review purposes*

Paul & Joe Pearl Foundation Primer BonBon

You know that thing when you see something you really want but you dither for so long you leave it too late? That happened to me with this product, the Paul & Joe Pearl Foundation Primer BonBon. I wanted it, I dithered, it sold out. But I have to say, I hadn’t really registered that it was a Limited Edition product…and then it was too late. Until one day I was browsing the Paul & Joe section on Beauty Bay and there it was!

It’s not like I need more primer in my life. If there is one thing I don’t need more of, its Primer btu you know, I’m addicted to Paul & Joe and this looked so pretty I just felt I needed it my life. If only to look at from time to time. So in the shopping basket it went and arrived nicely packaged a few days later. I’ve mentioned Beauty Bay in the past but I really do recommend them, a fantastic range of products and great service.

Anyway I digress. I think they must have got another batch in, but it’s gone again now and I doubt it will be back, but it’s probably worth keeping an eye out because bottles of this stuff are going for far too much money on Ebay when it does occasionally crop up.

This primer is designed to go under your foundation to illuminate. Ingredients include Orange Flower Water, White Lily Extrac, Jojoba Oil and Apricot Extract with the idea that not only is it a cosmetic product but that its also a kind of skincare too.

What you’ve got is a clear gel filled with coloured beads that get crushed when you dispense the product.

Paul & Joe Pearl Foundation Primer BonBon

There are white, peach, lilac and lemon yellow pearls and I don’t think that on application they really have much in the way of colour, which is good, if they do it’s very subtle.

Paul & Joe Pearl Foundation Primer BonBon

If you enlarge the above picture you’ll see there’s quite a lot of very tiny glitter particles. It’s not terribly offensive but it is apparent. When you blend it out the sparkles are far enough apart to avoid the Cullen look, and once you’ve got your foundation on top you can’t really see any sparkle at all. You’ll probably have to enlarge this picture to see the sparkles, they are very pretty.

Paul & Joe Pearl Foundation Primer BonBon

I’m not afraid to say that when I first got this I just ear marked it for evening use only, but actually once your foundation is in place then its fine and it is indeed illuminating.  One note, in the two pictures directly above this you may see a little white bit of unblended product… looks like one of the little spheres didn’t completely crush when being pumped out so you need to take care to blend properly when you apply it.

So so happy I actually went back and managed to get this!

Paul & Joe Summer Love Potion Lipgloss

I don’t think its a secret that I’m a huge Paul & Joe fan. When they release a collection, I invariably want it all and as for the permanent line I’ve got a fairly hefty shopping list for that too…

The Summer Collection is called Midsummer Night Dream and the products are as you would imagine, magical (not Shakespearean!).

I was sent the Love Potion Lipgloss (£15) from the collection which is lovely. As always, the packaging is beautiful.

Paul & Joe Summer Love Potion Lipgloss

Paul & Joe Summer Love Potion Lipgloss

 

Paul & Joe Summer Love Potion Lipgloss

A softly shimmering pink with the delicious scent of strawberry and vanilla. It’s very yum.

Paul & Joe Summer Love Potion Lipgloss

Paul & Joe Summer Love Potion Lipgloss
The rest of the collection is equally, if not more so, gorgeous and here’s my wishlist.

Under the Stars, Love-in-Idleness and Moonbeam Self Select Eye Colours.

Nail Enamel in Pixie, a holographic silver glitter £10.50

Shimmering Pressed Powder £22. Need this, if I can only afford one thing, it will be this. Paul & Joe do amazing powders.

Cheek colours in Faune and Nubile £15

 

Most of the collection is available on www.asos.com now and it will also launch on www.beautybay.com no 14th June. If things sell out before I get there I’m not going to be happy!

There’s not a whole lot to say about these, I was placing an order with Beauty Bay and these just accidentally fell into my basket. Absolutely adorable and a snip at £3.50 for a bit of handbag cuteness. Love!

Paul & Joe Blotting Papers
Paul & Joe Blotting Papers
Paul & Joe Blotting Papers

They do a great job of blotting but I’m not even going to pretend I bought them to use… I just bought them because they are sooooo cute!

Paul & Joe Spring Collection

Paul & Joe Spring. Joyous words to my ears. Given my new addiction to the brand and all. I mean just look at the packaging. In particular the nail polish box there on the far right. Good lord its lovely! One of the amazing things about Paul & Joe is the design of everything and the above products don’t let you down even when you open the pretty boxes.

Paul & Joe Spring Collection

The first product I want to talk about is the bottle there on the far left which is the Moisturising Primer. This is part of the permanent line. The Primer is intended to extend the wear of your foundation and moisturise. It also contained a very subtle gold pearl, it’s so subtle that it’s extremely hard to spot but it’s there to add a little glow. The primer comes in three shades and I was sent the second shade, 2- Miel. Although this product is fairly translucent this shade is a little too dark for me sadly. I’ve used it anyway so I can review and you’ll see in the later photos my face is a little orange. The shade aside, its a lovely product, definitely moisturising and helps to keep my base in check all day. Very nice. This is £22.

Now onto a few bits from the amazing Spring Collection. In honour of Paul & Joe’s 10th Anniversary, all the items are inspired by designer Sophie Albou’s love of cats.

Firstly the lipstick in Meow, described as a natural pink.

Paul & Joe Lipstick in Meow

Absolutely love the little paw prints all over the bullet. So cute. As for the colour, it looks very natural in the tube but not terribly exciting, but I absolutely love it! It’s so gorgeous. Look!

Paul & Joe Lipstick in Meow

I’ve just had a cold and my lips are a little dryer and flakier than usual which you can unfortunately see on the photo, but really we’re looking at the colour, it’s very nice indeed. This is £16, wears very well indeed and although it appears matte in the above picture it’s not, it’s more of a satin finish, with a light sheen. Lovely every day lipstick.

Next up, the Face and Eye Colour in Purr-fect. £19.50.

Paul & Joe Face and Eye Colour in Purr-fect

So cute! I’d not normally pick green shades for myself which is a shame as I’d have missed out on this beauty. The packaging is again, beautiful. Really really beautiful. It’s a little cardboard box but if you were worried about carrying these around with you, Paul & Joe have it covered with a neat little thing.

Paul & Joe Face and Eye Colour in Purr-fect

Each box comes with a little band to keep your box shut. Cute! These are described as face and eye shadows, which probably only applies to the pinky-mauve and bronze variants not the green so I’ve obviously only used these as eyeshadows. The wear on them is excellent and the pigmentation is good too, although they didn’t swatch brilliantly, on the eye though these are fab. The pale green shade is a fab all over colour with the dark green being a lovely rich shade perfect for the crease and the ivory is great for where ever!

Please keep in mind I’m growing my eyebrows out before you think I’m hideously unkempt. I am, but it’s intentional. 🙂

Paul & Joe Face and Eye Colour in Purr-fect
Paul & Joe Face and Eye Colour in Purr-fect

It has a very pretty subtle shimmer.

Swatches of all of the above:

Paul & Joe Spring Collection

Finally there’s Tigress Nail Enamel £10.

Paul & Joe Tigress nail enamel

The only item I was sent that I wasn’t keen on. There’s nothing wrong with it, the formula is excellent as I’ve found to be the case with all Paul & Joe polishes. It’s just that for a nude shade it leans a little too peachy for my tastes, it’s a nice enough colour, just not my choice. Reminds me a lot of Revlon Grey Suede.

So that’s it! There are two more things in the collection I will definitely be buying. Firstly the Matte Pressed Powder.

Paul & Joe Spring Collection

OMG OMG OMG. I love Paul & Joe Pressed powders and I need that one in my life.

And finally I have to confess I have done a total about turn on the Paul & Joe cat shaped products. I’ve always found them a little creepy but if I don’t get the reddish Blusher Stick in my life I will actually cry. It’s so beautiful!

Paul & Joe Spring Collection

Love this collection SO much. Will you be getting anything?

Available from http://www.beautybay.com/ as of 1st February.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Paul & Joe Beaut

Okay so I might have done a little tiny weeny bit of shopping at ASOS and it might all have been Paul & Joe.  Well I did mention lately that I was obsessed with the brand. In my defence three of the four items I bought were in the sale and I’ve already blogged about the gorgeous polish in the green box already. But what of the three remaining boxes? What might be contained within their beautiful designs? Lets be honest, if there’s one thing Paul & Joe Beaute excel in, it’s packaging. Both the outer and inner packaging is to-die-for-beautiful.

This is the first range of make up I’ve owned where I’ve kept it all in the boxes. It’s not even very practical, particularly with the polishes, as the boxes don’t fit into my polish storage too well but I don’t care, the boxes are just too lovely to bin so I’m keeping them.

So what did I get then?

First up, from the permanent range, the Face Colour in Tango (£15).

Paul & Joe Face Colour in Tango
Paul & Joe Face Colour in Tango

A beautiful powder in a stunning compact. You can either use both of the colours separately or blended together. I’ll certainly use them blended together.

Paul & Joe Face Colour in Tango

This is a very beautiful colour but I have to be careful what I team it with, I’ve learned to my peril that it doesn’t go with pink at all and I look positively jaundiced in it. Teamed with warmer colours this is a winner. I’ll be looking closely at the rest of the colours (there’s loads of them) and perhaps getting a couple more at some point. It’s so soft and easy to blend I’m really happy with this.

Then we have a Nail Enamel from the Manhatten (Fall) Collection, in Downtown (Was £10.50 but currently £7 in the sale).

Paul & Joe Nail Enamel Downtown
Paul & Joe Nail Enamel Downtown

I can’t say this is the kind of colour I’d normally go for but I grabbed it because it was in the sale and it coordinated with the other bits I was buying. The best way I can describe the colour is that it’s very much like Nars Orgasm Blusher. A pinky-peach with a gold shimmer. It’s very pretty. The wear on this was excellent. 4 days no chips. I only removed it because I broke a nail.

Finally, the absolute highlight of my purchases. The Manhattan Collection Colour Palette in Central Park West  (was £30 but now £19 in the sale).

Paul & Joe Manhattan Collection Colour Palette in Central Park West
Paul & Joe Manhattan Collection Colour Palette in Central Park West

OMG OMG how stunning is that? The palette itself is so beautiful as is the inside of the case. The palette contains two brushes (I’ve not used), the inside lid is a mirror and you get four eyeshadows and a blusher, the middle shade being the blusher. And if they don’t look pretty enough in the pans, then the swatches are amazing and more than live up to my expectations, they exceed them in fact. Each swatch on bare skin and one swipe of the colour.

Paul & Joe Manhattan Collection Colour Palette in Central Park West
Paul & Joe Manhattan Collection Colour Palette in Central Park West

Absolutely stunning. The Colour Palette is still on sale along with two other colour versions, both of which I’m contemplating going back for as they are so gorgeous and if they perform as well as this one then I feel I’d be missing out not having them!

I bought all of the above from ASOS as previously mentioned.

Look out for a post featuring the Paul & Joe Spring collection really soon 🙂

Paul & Joe Hallelujah Nail Enamel

I recently received a few things from the Paul & Joe Ornamental Holiday collection which I reviewed here. I loved the bits I was sent and it whetted my appetite for Paul & Joe Beaute so I was compelled to go off to ASOS and buy more. I bought a few things and I’ll review them all over the next couple of weeks but I’m starting with the Ornamental Nail Enamel in Hallelujah which has been on my mind since I received the press release a good month or two ago.

Paul & Joe Hallelujah Nail Enamel

The polish is extremely sheer, slightly tinted green, but is full of green/gold and green/turquoise flakes and glitter. In the bottle it’s stunning. I knew this was going to be too sheer for me to want to wear alone so I layered over a white polish  to show off the effect of the polish.

The polish is stunning but the photographs are a fail for two reasons. One, this polish isn’t supposed to be viewed in extreme close up, it’s far prettier looking at your hands a a few inches away than close up and two, my camera simply refused to pick up the real sparkly gorgeousness of this polish.

Paul & Joe Hallelujah Nail Enamel
Paul & Joe Hallelujah Nail Enamel

So so so gorgeous. I know the photo’s don’t do it justice but you should totally consider getting it because it’s a) gorgeous and b) reduced from £10 to £7 on ASOS at the moment! More of my Paul & Joe purchases coming soon!

The Christmas collection from Paul & Joe this year is so incredibly pretty! It’s one of those collections where I think I want everything just because of how good all the items look together. Actually I’ve never tried Paul & Joe before and I don’t really know why since pretty much everything I ever see on blogs and in mags makes me drool.

So this is my first foray into the world of Paul & Joe cosmetics and the first thing is, isn’t the outer packaging beautiful?

Paul & Joe Ornamental Holiday Collection

I know it’s not really the outer packaging that interests people but I had to share it because it’s so pretty. I was sent three products to try out.

First the Ornamental Pressed Powder (£22)

Paul & Joe Ornamental Pressed Powder
Paul & Joe Ornamental Pressed Powder

It is really a very beautiful item. The compact design is stunning and very worthy of pulling out for cosmetic touch ups in public places. The paler stripes within the pan of pressed powder are a little bit glittery. I’ve been sweeping a large brush over the whole thing and sweeping all over my face… a very small amount of glitter is apparent but it’s a lovely powder, soft and gentle and brightening.  For most people, the glitter probably makes it an evenings only powder, for me, I just don’t care, bring it on! Very pretty little compact.

I was also sent two of the Nail Enamels (£10.50 each). On the left is Rockin’ and on the right is Home for Christmas.

Paul & Joe Ornamental

Both of these are quite sheer, and soft, if that makes any sense but they are both pretty.

Here’s Rockin’.

Paul & Joe Rockin' nail enamel

A really pretty colour.

Home for Christmas is the one though!

paul & joe home for christmas nail enamel

Again this is sheer and the picture does not do it justice at all, it’s so sparkly and festive, love this so much. I’ve got three coats on in this picture and it’s just gorgeous.

The wear on both of these was fab, lasting 4 days before I removed because I had other polish I needed to swatch.

There are of course other gorgeous things in the Ornamental collection, I’m loving the look of the Green polish called Hallelujah, and the Self Select Eye Colour in Silent Night which looks like a delicious purple. I’ll be looking more closely at this brand in future!

*Disclosure – PR Samples*