Month: April 2015

The New Palette

As promised a review of my new MAC quad is here…

Wedge – a beautiful slightly warm mid tone taupe brown that is a perfect transition or crease shade. This is one for pale skinned people in my opinion, as it can come out a bit light and ashy when used in the crease on my skin tone. But still a good definition shadow.

Espresso – a cool toned medium brown that is my only disappointing shadow in this palette. It’s has limited colour pay off and doesn’t blend very easily, but looks lovely built up along the lash line as a softer alternative to eyeliner.

Patina – a duo chrome green bronze gold hybrid colour that is the perfect all over lid colour. It has a frost finish and is a probably best described as a light taupe with gold shimmer. It works perfectly with a bit of Espresso blended in the outer corner.

Tempting – a warm toned chocolate brown with a golden shimmer and lustre. It is probably the best lustre finish I’ve tried from MAC as it is smooth, richly pigmented and has minimal fallout.

Next on my wish list… Sable and Twinks

The Luxe Gloss

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Lévres Plump-Up – This new gloss from YSL is perfect for you if you aren’t a fan of colour – this helps lips to look plumper and fuller. Packed with a hyaluronic acid enriched formula the light and non-sticky texture provides lips with a shiny finish and delicate menthol plumping effect, without stinging or irritating sensitive lips. You only need a small amount to ensure a gorgeous finish, which dries to leave a slightly tacky sensation that’s a fraction of a traditional gloss. Although the original Glossy Stains leave a matte texture on the surface, this is a different result – almost like a gloss-balm hybrid.

Squalane oil helps reinforce the lips’ lipidic barrier, whilst hyaluronic acid delivers moisture and plumpness for supple and volumised lips. To make these effects last longer, a film-forming polymer composes a screen over the surface of the lips.

I think the formula of this gloss is fab, and would love to see a few more shades added to this range! Here’s hoping they do…

The New Makeup Releases

Today I have a roundup of new beauty items on my radar. This time of year all the best beauty launches come creeping out, beautiful colours and gorgeous new scents.

Diptyque Florabellio – New from Diptyque is the Florabellio Eau de Toilette (review here). It’s available starting this month and is a gorgeous mix of sweet, salty, apple blossom and apricot-scented osmanthus mist.

Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson – CT has teamed up with Vogue photographer, Norman Parkinson, to create a beautiful collaboration of his most renowned work on to the packaging of the make-up brand; including the Jerry Hall cover image used in Vogue’s May 1975 issue. The range includes:

A cream take on the Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Dreamy Glow powder highlighter featuring a 1959 Vogue cover of Carmen Dell’Orefice.

Creamy lip and cheek glow bearing an image of Parkinson’s wife Wenda.

Two matte lipsticks, alongside the Jerry Hall-print make-up bag.

A large wash bag/makeup bag (NEED)

The Charlotte Tilbury x Norman Parkinson Collection is available from Selfridges and CharlotteTilbury.com in July and all other Charlotte Tilbury stockists in August.

Hourglass Ambient Bronzers – Don’t these look gorgeous?! Hourglass are releasing two illuminating bronzers with Photoluminescent Technology, featuring bronze pigments that deliver a natural-looking, sunkissed glow while flaunting depth and dimension. The powders, blended by hand using an advanced miscelare technique, offer the perfect balance of pigments in a gorgeous pattern. The two shades are Radiant Bronze Light and Luminous Bronze Light.

Bobbi Brown Cheek Pallets – This spring blush palette launch is cheek-focused, encased are three coordinating shades of blush that can be layered or used alone. The centre shade can also be used as a highlighter.

Are there any new releases that have caught your eye?

The Long Term Product Line-Up

Today I thought I dish the dirt on the products that have a permanent position in my stash. I’m talking serious HG status, multiple re-purchases, and ‘can’t live without’s’.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel – This is my ‘go-to’ morning cleanser. A light gel that transforms into oil on contact with the skin that leaves things looking bright and plumped. When I use this my skin feels clean, yet nourished. With a potent blend of high-tech natural ingredients including a broad range of vitamins and essential skin nutrients, Oskia’s Renaissance Cleansing Gel is the original (and best…) gel cleanser of its ilk; totally unique, it helps to strengthen and revitalise skin whilst eliminating every last speck of residual everyday grime. It keeps spots at bay and leaves a clean base for the day ahead.

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm – Long name, amazing product, amazing smell. So amazing in fact, I would say i’d be at a loss without it. This is my go-to evening cleanser, to be used after I’ve taken my makeup off, to cleanse the skin. This leaves my face clean, soft and cleansed. When I use this I feel like i’ve had a spa facial treatment. It’s that good.

Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in Brownie – This is my signature lip colour that I would like to think I’d never be without. This creamy, semi-matte lipstick gives lips instant polish with rich, full coverage. This is a gorgeous pinky brown that I slick on nearly every day. A creamy, semi-matte lipstick that gives lips instant polish with an opaque rich coverage. It’s my favourite. Such a bold claim I know but it really is. It just adds that extra somethin’ somethin’ to every look. And boy does this stick around, I’ve started the day at 8am and managed to go a full 5 hours (including lunch) before needing to do a touch up. I go straight from the bullet with this, and find that one coat is more than enough to do me for the day.

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation in B20 – This foundation imparts trustworthy, perfect coverage and long-wear, but without compromising with a heavy or cakey texture. It contains a combination of volatile oils which, upon contact with the skin, evaporate away – leaving only a veil of pigment behind. This foundation smells, feels and looks amazing! This is the perfect shade match for me and I love the coverage it gives. If you haven’t tried this then get yourself to a YSL counter asap! They usually let you have a little sample to try out, it’s well worth a try!

Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial & Morning Facial
The overnight facial oil is the most well-known product from the range – It’s a serum, moisturiser and oil in one and basically does everything you’d want a skincare product to do. This smells divine, and leaves you looking it too. Which is much the same as its AM counterpart. It follows the same lines as its PM equivalent; a serum/oil hybrid that can be used however you like: before moisturiser, after, on its own after toning – it’s your call. I apply one pump after I’ve finished my skincare routine and it leaves my skin looking plumped and hydrated. It makes me look rested and awake, even in the early hours! It’s also worth pointing out that makeup sits on top of it just fine!

Maybelline Colout Tattoo 24-Hour Gel-Cream Eyeshadow in On and On BronzePhew! That’s one heck of a name, and a true classic. Hands up who’s already got this? I’m imaging most of you. The colour is a pretty taupe bronze with just the right amount of shimmer, the texture is unreal and the longevity something else.

Are there any products that you couldn’t be without?

April’s Wish List

Hourglass Modernist Palette in Infinity – Would you just look at that! This beautiful artist-inspired eyeshaddow palette contains a seamless colour transition of beautiful taupe and bronze shades. Each palette contains five richly pigmented shades in a range of finishes from matte to shimmer. Really I’d love to have one of each shade range… But Infinity really floats my boat.

The Shine Brush – The Wet Brush – The ultimate mane saving tool, this brush effortlessly detangles dry or wet hair without stretching or breaking. Apparently, the long ball-tipped bristles are ideal for stimulating circulation near the scalp, to better feed your follicles and encourage new growth, and… the ‘Mongolian Boar’ bristles help deliver a lustrous polish. I’m desperate for a new brush and… this is it.

Laura Mercier Silk Créme Moisturising Photo Edition Foundation – Now I’m very aware that I don’t need another foundation in my life. But I’ve read so many rave reviews about this one that it just needs to be mine. This photo-ready foundation creates a flawless, long-wearing canvas with a natural luminous finish. The photo-ready, natural luminous finish is ideal for video, photography and special events. Perfect for graduation I think!

Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush – This award winning brush is the top of my ‘brush’ wish list. It expertly blends all eyeshadows together, softening any harsh lines and edges. The nature of this brush means it can also be used to set concealer. Plus it may just be the softest thing that I have ever felt, I can often be found swirling it over my hands at a Bobbi Brown counter… just for the very fun of it.

Charlotte Tilbury Rock’n’Kohl Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil in Eye Cheat – Inspired by the ultimate, rock chick ‘bedroom eyes’, Charlotte Tilbury has created a revolutionary, no-nonsense liquid-eye pencil: it has the silky smooth glide of a liquid liner with the soft, sooty, pigment-rich result of a kohl. The Eye Cheat shade is the perfect nude eye brightener to be used in the inner waterline to widen and enliven the eyes.

Whistles Sekka Stripe Drape Top – Featuring a high collar rounded neck and sculpted arm sleeves, this asymmetric top is perfect for a standout monochrome look. I love the pattern and draping involved in this piece and would love to add it to my wardrobe. A girl can dream.

Wallis Berry Leather Shoe Boot – Please can someone tell me where I can find these boots in stock?! PLEASE. Sold out everywhere and my heart breaks a little bit each time I visit a wallis store and they aren’t there. This shoe boot has an asymmetric cut which is sexy and flattering on the foot. In mixed materials of suede and leather in this seasons must have colour berry, these shoes are a gorgeous finishing touch to an evening look. I need these in my life.

Chloe Clare Medium Leather Shoulder Bag in Marshmallow Grey – Clare Waight Keller’s signature namesake bag has had a compact makeover with this tri-tone style. Still sleek and practical, this smooth and textured navy and grey leather piece is perfect. Perfect for me.

Is there anything that you’re currently lusting after?

The New Scent

For those longing for springtime, Diptyque has launched it’s newest scent, Florabellio – a fragment of nostalgia.
Inside the time-honoured Parisian chic bottle, is an essence that houses so many layers. A primarily floral fragrance develops into a warm, musky scent with a a flavourful bite, the earthiness of which mirrors the atmospheric tableaux of Weifenbach.

This is a floral trail, blurring the perspectives between land and sea, flower and fruit, softness and bitterness… the senses are led towards far-off coastlines.

Featuring notes of sea fennel, salty sea spray ( top notes), apple blossom, osmanthus (heart notes), roasted coffee, and toasted sesame (base notes). The eau de toilette evokes a living fragrance depicting Diptyque’s Founder Christiane Gautrot’s travels, and inspired by the impressionistic nature photography of Terri Weifenbach. The scent is designed to allow a glimpse of a path that leads from the woods to the beach shore.

Florabellio has been released exclusively to SpaceNK, but will be available to buy in Selfridges, and John Lewis in May.

Happy Easter!