MAC Brows………….What A Dirty Blonde !!

•October 18, 2014 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

There’s one product i have loved from MAC for years, besides many others of course, and that’s the MAC eyebrow pencil Dirty Blonde.

It’s a kohl style pencil which gives a fairly light ash brown shades that is just ideal for fair complexion people who have fair to medium coloured brows like myself.

MAC Brow Gel Creme Dirty Blonde

Then MAC released the Fluidline Brow gelcreme Liner in the shade Dirty Blonde. I love the eye lining gels from MAC, they are fantastic quality and stay put all day. With that in mind, i decided to purchase this one for a change.

To my surprise, this is a tough cookie to get hold. It’s only available in MAC free standing stores or online. I got mine at the MET Quarter in Liverpool.

My Initial Thoughts.

MAC Dirty Blonde Base of Pot

The gel is reminiscent of the eyeliner gel, comes in the same style jar with screw on cap.  It is a waterproof gel and once set will stay put all day.

The gel itself is a warm brown in colour, not as ash in shade as the pencil version, more richer in tone. Only a tiny amount is needed on the brow brush for the whole brow. It blends into brows easily.

I think this will last a good 6 months with daily use. The pencil also lasts a long time too.

Eyebrow without productMAC Brow Gel Creme Dirty Blonde Swatch

Above left naked brow and right is the with MAC Dirty Blonde Gelcreme.  

The Verdict.

I really do like this shade, it isn’t quite as ash a shade as i would have liked but i’m not disappointed at all. One of the great things about it is that it stays put once applied and yet i still had time to contour it with a cotton tip before it sets.

Below are swatches using various brow products and then pictured right is after 4 hours wear on the back of my hand.

Comparison Eye Brow Pencils(1)Brow Products after 4 hours on the hand(1)

I will probably repurchase this and although the MAC penultimate marker is a firm favourite of mine; i liked the fact that the gelcreme didn’t wear off, so i could wear it in the pool if i wanted and it is a great price at £15.50 for a healthy 3gm product.MAC Fluidline Brow Gel Dirty Blonde Swatch

A definite winner with me. Have you tried out this brow gelcreme? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

Chanel Spring Makeup Collection 2015……………….A Sneak Peek!

•October 13, 2014 • 17 Comments

Hi Everyone,

A sneak peek at Chanel Spring 2015. In all honesty, i think this is the first Chanel Spring collection i’m not excited by. Lets hope the rest of it wows me!

chanel-spring-2015

What are your thoughts? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

Two Years Blogging………….What I Learned This Year.

•October 10, 2014 • 9 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I can’t believe i’m still here doing my blog. Hang on! Yes i can. I love doing my blog and the only way i’m giving it up is if real life takes over for whatever reason; but until then, i am keeping on doing something i love and am proud of.

So what if anything, have i learned this year about blogging.

1. The truth is out there!

I’m sorry but i don’t like bloggers/You Tubers who do not inform their followers of any products they are receiving for consideration. It just annoys me so much and sadly; it means i have to question if their review is a really honest one. On the other hand, i love bloggers who do let their followers know and i follow a few, who offer a great deal of honesty while keeping their integrity as a blogger.

Yes, i can tell the difference too, especially when they are reviewing products not yet officially released.

The-Simpsons-08x10-The-Springfield-Files

2. Don’t pay any attention to Internet Trolls.

Yes, they’re out there and in their droves. I have only received 3 very nasty comments in the past two years from them.

It doesn’t really bother me to be honest. I found one of the three comments quite funny and realized that i must be doing something right or i wouldn’t be getting any at all.

What i mean is, they have used their precious time to write to you and obviously, you have touched them in some emotive way for them to want to contact you to begin with. Keep doing what you do best bloggers.

3. Be true to your blog.

I want my blog to remain focused on products i enjoy using.

I don’t have an incredible amount of followers as some bloggers do; however, i do have a high number of hits to my site and believe that somBe true to your bloge people check in regularly without actually following me. (I also do that with blogs i love which are not on WordPress).

I am not about to start buying high street makeup to gain hundreds more followers. (unless the product is fantastic of course) that’s not what i’m about. I have a niche blog, admittedly and i’m staying true to it because i love it. I think that people who follow me or come back repeatedly, do so because they know what they are getting every time without fail.

4. Swatches and pictures all the time, everytime.

I often scroll through the many blogs out there looking for reviews of new and existing products i don’t yet own. I get excited when i hit on a photograph showing a fab new Chanel eyeshadow i don’t own and can’t wait to see all the pics and swatches to get a  real and true picture of what it looks like. Imagine then, my disappointment when that’s the only picture the blogger has posted!

I want swatches and close up photos in natural light, (where possible of course) and not just one photo or even worst; official press pictures unless it’s about up and coming products not yet released. Then that’s fair enough!

Yes, i understand that you just splashed out your hard earned cash and no way are you wasting a milligramme of it on the back of your hand; however, that’s why people hit your site because they want to see the actual product in all it’s glory or horror, whichever the case may be. Even one swatch is better than none.

5. Write positive posts whenever possible.

There’s nothing i love more than some one raving on about the great product they have just bought and can’t stop using. Fab! On the other hand i also love the ‘most disappointing products’ posts too. They can be very informative and help save me a pretty penny. The posts/vids i hate are the ones with constant personal rants in them (a famous YouTuber springs to mind here, lol).Stop ranting image

Lets talk beauty and leave the bad day at work or the shop assistant with an attitude for another time!! Everyone will love you for it. (I’m scrolling down to check i never ranted in any of my posts other than this one ha!). ;-)

6. I still haven’t become a dotcom yet!

dotcomI promised in my 100th post that i was going to do it. Not sure why i haven’t taken the plunge yet. I guess i’m still waiting until i hit 1000 followers and then i probably will do. I’m also still wanting a great camera but that’s one i have to be really careful on. I tend to take many pictures in low light, so getting the right camera is super important. I do have one in mind though and i still think my current camera isn’t too bad.

Finally! I am pleased to report i never became one of the blogging statistics. even if this was going to be my last ever post i still made it through the 6-18 months mark. That’s when most bloggers quit and sadly; many, whose posts i have enjoyed in the past have. :-(laptop and coffee

There you go. I hope this offered some useful information to new comers of the blogging world and your thoughts and tips would be greatly appreciated.

All being well, i should have some more tips in year three. Back to it then!

Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

My 200th Post……………….The Top 5 Biggest Hits!

•October 5, 2014 • 9 Comments

Hi Everyone,

It’s great to reach the 200th post and still love doing this so much.

It has been fairly tough this year because there has been less free time to write, which is my great love. Therefore, i haven’t wrote as many posts as i could have; an absolute sin in my opinion.

My Top 5 biggest hits

I love the beauty products i have written about and still look out for great products within new brands too.

Anyway, i thought as i have reached my 200th post, that i would do this one about my blog’s 5  biggest hits over the past two years. Here goes:

1. Dior Mystic Metallics Autumn 2013.

I’m not surprised this campaign got such incredible hits. It was very beautifully done. The model featured had quite striking eyes. It also saw the introduction of the Fusion Mono single Eyeshadow which Dior also featured on the model. It is Dior’s version of Chanel Illusion D’Ombre.  

Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadows Meterore and Millenium

2. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder. A Healthy Glow All Day Long. 

Another one i’m not surprised by. Chanel decided to release this early on Spring in the UK and Europe but left it until August 2013 to be released in the US. I believe this is the main reason why my blog got so many hits on it. (I usually look up US sites because they get Chanel releases first).

Chanel Les Beiges Number 30 and Kabuki Brush

It is one of the best finishing powders i have ever used on my skin and i will be using it long into the future. Just beautiful! It really does give the skin a healthy glow with a blurring effect. Great for my maturing skin. I nearly missed out on the multi-colour effect, number one this year because it sold so fast and i’m so glad i got it. A must have!

3. L’Oreal Elvive Versus Kérastase Resistance Shampoo and Conditioners. Are they the same?

The inspiration behind this post was because a Youtuber said that they were exactly the same product. Ha! This i had to try for myself! No shocks then, when i found that they were not even close. My hair was awful. when i used the L’Oreal products.

I love Kérastase and they are much more expensive; however, their products just make my hair how i want it to be, smooth and healthy looking. Yes, we all know L’Oreal own half of the beauty industry world wide but that means nothing.

Having worked in product development myself. Individual brands within the larger company do work to different price points and specs. I do understand why this post gets so many hits though; we would all love to believe that we could get a real bargain.

4. Dior Bird of Paradise Summer Makeup Collection 2013. An Inexpensive Trip To The Caribbean!  

Another bold and colourful campaign from Dior. It saw the introduction of the jelly lip pencil and the nudeskin bronzer Paradise Duo. This combined both a bronzer and blush in beautiful packaging with a mini kabuki brush included.

It was bang on trend with its summer brights.

Dior Paradise Duo 001

5.Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lipstick, 91 Seduisante . Chanel has Seduced Me Once Again!

The title is literally true. I saw Anne Hathaway wearing it at The Golden Globes. I just fell in love with the shade. I read that Chanel had done all the beauty at the Globes so i set about finding out what the shade was.

It is a very beautiful natural pastel pink shade and i think Anne Hathaway helped and continues to help sell this post for me. Thanks Anne! :-)

golden-globes-2013-anne-hathaway

One of my all time favourite Chanel lipstick shades along with a discontinued shade Escapade/Desert Rose from the Rouge Hydrabase range.

Please click on the individual titles for more photos, info and swatches on each post.

What post gets your biggest hits on your blog? Or is that top secret ?!!

Mine were obviously going to be Dior and Chanel because i buy them often.

Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

September Favourites…………….In The Atmospheric Cool Sun!

•September 28, 2014 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Yes summer is at an end; however, there has been a few lovely sunny days still hanging around. I still want to hold on to the last of the sun where i can, so this month has been about using products to aid that.

September Favourites 2014

Here are my favourites for September:

1. St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse.

My all time favourite body bronzing product. It never steaks and give a fantastic amount of colour within 2 hours. No odour either, which is a pet peeve with me when it comes to tanning lotions/mousses.

2. Clarins Facial Tanning Milk.

This one has been going strong for over 3 years now. Admittedly, i don’t use it on my face all the time, usually once or twice weekly. Gives a healthy glow to the skin. I find that not many work on my skin but this one never fails me.

3. Guerlain Terracotta Terra Ora Sculpting Powder.Guerlain Terracotta Terra Ora

This is a beautiful light bronzing powder. It has a darker outside rim for all over the face and a golden beige highlighter in the centre for the cheekbones and the centre of the face. One of the best i have used giving a healthy subtle bronzed look.

4. Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour, 629 Atmosphère.

Chanel Nail Colour AtmosphereA unique shade duo chrome Mother of Pearl shade consisting of a white/beige base and pink iridescence. Can be worn by itself for a subtle look or over another shade. I prefer to wear this one alone. My favourite shades from Chanel this year it coats very well with just one coat.

5. YSL Fusion Ink Foundation, B30.YSL Fusion Ink Foundation B30

I have fell in love with this foundation since trying it out a few weeks ago. Full review here. I tried it out in shade BR30; however, when i compared it with B30, the latter suited my skin tone better. It stays put all day with minimal amount required to cover my blemished skin. I only have to powder my skin once in 8 hours and that’s some going for my comb/oily skin.

6. Roger & Gallet Shimmering Body Cream. Bois D’Orange.A lovely shimmering body lotion ideal to pair with a tan. It contains a touch of golden micro shimmer and a very mild orange fragrance that isn’t in your face.

7. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick, 94 Confident.

A lovely natural mauve shade which gives a ‘your lips but better’ glossy finish. Chanel Coco Lip Shines give a nice moisturizing feel to the lips, ideal for the cooler temperatures which are approaching us in the Northern Hemisphere. Love this shade.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Shine 94 Confident Close UpRouge Coco Lip Shine Lipstick 94 ConfidentChanel Rouge Coco Shine Confident Swatch and Comparisons

8. Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer, 191 Songe.

This lip gloss is the same shade as the nail colour Atmosphère. It really gives a gorgeous duo chrome finish to the lips and is lovely over darker or brighter shades of lipstick. It is Limited Edition unfortunately. Chanel lip glosses really are my favourite. They are neither too wet, sticky or gloopy and last a good fair while on the lips.

Chanel Glossimer 191 Songe Close UpChanel Glossimer Songe Close UpChanel Rouge Coco Shine 94 Confident with Songe on top

I am loving these shades for the bright autumnal sun with its crisp atmosphere. What are your favourite colours for the Autumn/Fall?

Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

FOTD…………………The Autumnal Rusty Golden Hues!

•September 22, 2014 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Something new for me FOTD! I know plenty of bloggers do this post and TBH! I don’t know whether this will be my first and last one; however, i wear so many different FOTD’s so i thought, why not record what makeup i wear.

When i did this one i was thinking about Autumn/Fall. It was a cool, breezy dark morning and bright pinks just wouldn’t have worked out.

My Autumn FOTD

Having recently purchased the lovely deep maroon duo chrome eyeshadow Desdemona from NARS; which is ideal for Autumn, i thought this would pair well with Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Apparence, a lovely burnished gold. Another fabulous shade for Fall/Winter. It was all finished off with Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick Ambigué, a plum/brown with a hint of pink iridescence.

These colours are great shades for blue and green eyes especially, although i think these shades will work on anyone and it’s one of the nicest looks i have created in a long time.

Here is the makeup i used in all its entirety.

FACE.

  • Guerlain L’Or Radiance Concentrate with Pure Gold Makeup Base.

This just works beautifully under any foundation. It hydrates the skin and the pure gold flecks improve skin elasticity. I love this primer so much.

  • YSL Fusion Ink Foundation BR30. 

Gorgeous foundation and the more I’ve used it, the more i keep falling in love with it. The best foundation release i have tried out this Autumn/Fall. Full review here.

  • Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo 001 Pink Glow. (Bronzer side).

I used this bronzer to contour my face. I like it because it isn’t too intense in colour and gives a gentle glow to the skin.

  • Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush, 72 Rose Initiale.

A hint of pinky peach to warm the cheeks up.

  • Guerlain Terra Ora Sculpting Powder.

Beautiful golden highlighter for the tops of the cheekbones and down the centre of the nose. It warms up the skin with hints of burnished gold. Review here.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona

EYES.

  • MAC Penultimate Brow Marker Pen.

Gives great control and contour to the eyebrows. A fabulous brow pen worth owning.

  • NARS Smudge Proof Eye Base.

An absolute must have in anyones makeup bag. An eye primer that really does work. No creasing eyeshadows and more intense colours. A holy grail for me.

  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Single Eyeshadow, 817 Apparence.

A burnished gold cream eyeshadow that i applied all over the lid. Gives a warm burnished gold effect with green and pink shimmer. Lovely fall/winter shade reviewed here.

  • Chanel Soft Touch Single Eyeshadow, 42 Berry ( Disc.)

A deep mauve pink with a matte finish (very similar to the current fall shade Hesitation). I used this in the outer corner of my eye.

  • NARS Dual Intensity Single Eyeshadow, Desdemona.

This was used on my outer V and in the socket of my eye. I applied it with a damp brush to give it a deep metallic duo chrome finish. It stayed put all day and didn’t lose any intensity. It does a little when applied dry.  More info and photos here.

  • Chanel Stylo  Yeux Waterproof Long Wearing Eye Liner, 85 Grenat.

A unique shade of reddish brown. Goes perfect with the NARS Desdemona and makes blue eyes pop. I applied this on the top lid to line my eyes.

  • Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Wearing Eye Liner, 102 Béryl. (Disc.)

I bought two of these because it is one of the nicest waterline colours i have ever used. It is a very pale lilac/white shade. Brightens the eye and i wear it on my lower waterline.

  • Diorshow Extase Mascara.

A lovely very dramatic mascara. I use this every day and it lasts many months. It gives gorgoues curly long lashes that hold.

Sept 2nd 2014

LIPS.

  • Chanel Defining Lip Pencil, 32 Pivoine.

A mauve pink which goes very well with pretty much every single  lip colour except brighter tones.

  • Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick, 124 Ambigué.

Very much an autumnal shade. Rich brown/mauve with a pink iridesence and plenty of pigmentation.

 

There you have my face of the day for autumn/fall. Do you change your makeup for the colder months? What shades do you like during this time?

Have fun and i will see you all soon. ;-)

Kerastase Nectar Thermique Iris Royale, Polishing Nourishing Milk………..I Won It!

•September 17, 2014 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Recently, i entered a competition hosted by Kérastase on Facebook. The prize was a Nectar Thermique Polishing Milk of your choice and me; who never wins anything! Only went and won.

Kerastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique

Kérastase have re-packaged this and are now giving 25ml more product for the same price as the original.

The Polishing Milk.

This is a thick silky cream which you apply to your hair just before blow drying. It not only softens the hair, it also heat protects it too.

A  walnut sized amount is all that is required and it doesn’t make my fine hair lanky or greasy in feel.

My Thoughts.

When i first started using this, i just applied it to the ends of my hair. I hadn’t used a product like this before and i wasn’t sure if it was going to weigh my fine, dry hair down. I need not have worried. It is very weightless, in fact.

I noticed that the ends of my hair were incredibly smooth and the cuticle was also smoothed out, making my hair look more sleek; however, the parts i hadn’t applied it to were still quite rough in texture; so now, i apply it all over my hair and just leave the first one inch near my roots out. I tend to get greasy roots.

I have been using this continuously for the past 3 weeks now and i’ve still not even used a quarter of the tube yet. I also currently use the Resistance version for brittle and damaged hair, which i bought myself, but i now prefer the Nutritive version as it makes my hair even softer.

It is a beautiful, floral scented cream and i’m so glad i have been a winner of this because i will be purchasing this along with all the other Kérastase products i also currently use. (Review to come).

Kerastase Nectar Thermique Iris Royal

The Thermique range is available in the Resistance and Discipline range as well as Nutritive.

Have you ever used these heat protection smoothing creams on your hair? What are your thoughts?

Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

 
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