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

•September 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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. ;-)

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick, 368 Baby Rose…………..Fall 2014

•September 14, 2014 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Since the recent release of Guerlain’s new formula Kiss Kiss lipsticks for Autumn 2014, i have been dying to try them out.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick 368 Baby Rose

I am a huge fan of lipstick and it is a necessary part of any makeup routine, unless you have amazing lips like Angelina Jolie of course and no i don’t sadly!

The Lipstick.

The new formula is now enriched with hyaluronic acid spheres to aid with lip plumping and retaining moisture; commiphora myrrha oil and mango butter to keep lips smooth and hydrated.

It comes in 25 shades and my counter held 9 of them of which; Baby Rose was one.

Gone is the gold packaging to be replaced with a more dramatic, modern black packaging instead.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick Baby Rose Close Up

My Thoughts.

I tried out the lipstick in store on the back of my hand. It came out as a nudish pink with golden shimmer. I was smitten instantly. It is quite sheer on the lips and feels very moisturising. I don’t mind this type of lipstick for everyday wear and especially when i’m in work. Reason being is that they don’t dry my lips out. I do prefer a more intense opaque lipstick for evening wear though.

This sheer style of lipstick will not last all day; however, because it leaves lips feeling moisturized it’s going to be great in the winter when my lips become dry and flaky.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lipstick Baby Rose Swatched on Lips

I also noticed that the golden shimmer is a tad gritty on my lips too. Not a bad thing for me because i don’t have sensitive lips; however, if you do, avoid this shade or any with shimmer in. The fragrance on this lipstick is a very mild floral scent, you have to get very close up to notice it.

Comparisons.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss lipstick with comparison no flash

This shade is by no means unique and could probably be duped quite easily. I have compared it with some other pink lipsticks above no flash, below with flash. Chanel Seduisante from the Rouge Allure Intense range came up the closest match along with the disc. Chanel Rouge Allure Enivrée.

Guerlain Kiss Kiss with comparisons with flash (1)

 

Overall Verdict.

A very nice moisturizing lipstick along the lines of Chanel Rouge Coco Shine and Dior Addict lipsticks. It gives a fair amount of colour which is ideal for a nude look, smokey eye or day time wear at work. This one did come up the most sheer out of the 9 shades on offer and the other shades were much stronger in shade and opaqueness; however, i was looking more for a nudish pink that i can wear with stronger eye makeup and for work. I absolutely love the black packaging too.Guerlain Kiss Kiss 368 Baby Rose

Have you tried out these lipsticks yet? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows………………..Desdemona.

•September 9, 2014 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I have been back to NARS once again. Yes! I am in love with the new dual intensity eyeshadows, having bought Cassiopeia here.

I did say i wanted at least four. The next two being Dionne and Callisto. We’ll see though.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona

Desdemona

This shade is a beautiful duo chrome deep maroon/egg plant shade with brown undertones. In fact, it reminds me a lot of  the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Ebloui without the glitter. I did think it was going to be like Diapason; however, that leans more towards a purple shade. ( See swatches below).

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona close up without flash

The shade itself is very unique and is going to suit blue, dark brown and green eyes for sure.

It is very pigmented and leans a touch more warmer on my skin than the deep shade seen in the pan.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona Close Up

I was a touch dubious about it at first as i just thought it was a bit too much especially for the day time; however, i paired it with two lovely Chanel single eyeshadows,  Berry and Nomade both muted pinks and it really works.

It does apply quite matte to the eye with no shimmer at all; however, applied with a damp brush brings out a more purple metallic tone.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona swatched wet and dry

Once again, the packaging is very nice. A magnetic closing on the eyeshadow is very reminiscent of Burberry packaging but with the classic black NARS velvet finish instead.

Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona In Direct Sunlight

Overall Verdict.

It wears really well and for a long time with my NARS smudge proof primer underneath. Turns into a coppery,brownish red on my skin, which is quite on trend at the moment. Has no sparkle and i will probably use this one for a crease colour or on my outer V. It does shimmer more when applied wet.

NARS Dual Intensity Desdemona Swatched on Finger

This colour is not going to suit everybody and finding other colours to work with it, may also be a challenge if you have a limited eyeshadow collection. In that sense then it isn’t very universal but it is incredibly unique and that was the initial attraction for me.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona with comparison swatches

They do work out expensive at £21.00 for 1.5 gm of product; however, Desdemona is very pigmented and especially when applied with a damp brush, so it is worth it and will probably last you quite some time.  NARS DesdemonaNARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona Swatched wet(1)

Picture far right is with Desdemona applied dry; near picture has been applied wet and has more impact.                                                              

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

 

The Tuesday Tester………………….Dior Star Studio Makeup. Spectacular Brightening Weightless Perfection.

•September 2, 2014 • 10 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Phew! What a long winded title for a foundation! I thought i was writing a mini novel for a moment there.

Currently, there are a few makeup companies releasing their latest and greatest foundations. YSL have just released Fusion Ink Foundation, reviewed here and Chanel have brought out the Aqualumiere powder foundation, (having tried it in store, sadly it’s not suitable for my problem skin, far too sheer; although very illuminating).

Diorskin Star Foudation sample B20

Dior are now about to release the Star foundation. Having already read plenty of reviews touting it as a very beautiful foundation which looks great in natural and artificial/fluorescent lighting, i had to get hold of a sample for myself.

Why is it called Star Foundation?

Below is the official marketing speil about the product. I’m not too sure if i buy into all of that really. I would also have to wear it longer than a few days to see if there are any improvements and reduced redness in my skin. If there is then it can only be an added bonus really. If not, then it’s pretty much like any other foundation with regards to improving the skin.

Diorskin Star Technology:

The Diorskin Star Light Pulsion Complex contains Hollow Silica Beads, a new generation of silica beads that capture and diffuse light and recreate the luminous glow achieved with perfect lighting. Upon application, skin imperfections are smoothed and softened while Corrective Color Filters selectively capture and reflect light waves, reconfiguring them to create a glow from deep within while Light Equalizers fight dullness and color deviations. In addition, the skincare actives of Diorskin Star work on three different levels via three light-trapping extracts: Immortelle Extract, Paquerette Extract and Licorice Extract. First, any irregularities on surface of the skin are smoothed out with Immortelle Extract, which works to reduce shadow zones. Next, Paquerette Extract regulates the production and accumulation of melanin and reduces pigment spots. Finally, Licorice Extract reduces redness by limiting the reactivity of the hemoglobin in the skin. This potent cocktail of active ingredients act at the source of the brightness and radiance of the skin, ultimately creating a more unified and radiant complexion after continuous use.

Initial Thoughts.

I was in Debenhams last week and they have it on early release so i managed to get a 7 day sample of it in 020, the shade i usually use in Dior Forever Fusionwear Makeup. One thing i did notice when i was trying it on the back of my hand in store was, that it has a beautiful light silky feel to it and it blended out very easily. It was also a bit more viscose in texture compared with YSL Fusion Ink foundation, which is quite runny.

It applies and blends out really nicely with a foundation brush and the colour is a perfect match for my skin tone. It does leave the skin with a lovely luminosity to it; however it remained tacky on my cheeks the whole day.

Diorskin Star Foundation shade card

Whats so great about it.

Lovely colour match for my pale skin tone.

Very natural looking in both daylight and artificial light.

A light luminous look to the skin.

Didn’t settle into any lines on my face.

Would be a fantastic foundation for people who have dry skin.

Star concealer is also available to buy and a beauty blender.

15 shades available in the UK.

Wore quite well for 8 hours.

No oxidation.

SPF 30.

Skin care ingredients added to the foundation which helps improve skin over the long term.

Gorgeous classic packaging.

 

Whats not so great about it.

It doesn’t dry down and leaves skin feeling tacky, not ideal if you have oily skin. I will need a finishing powder for this foundation.

It did feel like i was wearing foundation. It wasn’t too heavy though.

I will need concealer because it did not cover the bags under my eyes or any heavier blemishes on my skin very well. Even though it has medium coverage.

Quite a bit of oil show through after 7 hours wear on a warm day.

Dior Star Studio Foundation(1)Dior Star Studio Foundation Blended Out

Overall verdict.

Comparing the Star foundation to Dior Nude foundation and Forever Fusion Wear, this is absolutely wonderful. I do like the Forever Fusion wear because it does cover problem skin although it is a heavy foundation. Dior Nude Foundation just sat in every single line on my face, not a chance ever i was buying that one.

Dior Star Studio YSL Fusion Ink and Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Makeup Swatches

Comparing it to YSL Fusion Ink, Star was a better colour match for my skin but YSL FI just gave my skin a beautiful flawless finish in comparison. It dried down to a silky soft finish as well. Note that the swatches above show that Dior Star is still drying while the other two already have.

I also compared it with Chanel Aqualumiere liquid foundation and Dior Star did cover my blemishes a little more.

I am going to buy the Dior Star foundation because my skin gets a whole lot drier in the winter months and i believe this foundation is ideal for drier skin; however, i am going to buy YSL Fusion Ink foundation as well  because it will be great for the rest of the year on my combination/oily skin.

It still is one of the best foundations Dior have ever produced so far and that means even better foundations can only be created in the future.

What are your thoughts on the Dior Star Foundation? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss. Fall 2014…………….One Click to Fabulous Lips.

•August 31, 2014 • 11 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I’m so excited about writing this preview post. One of my great loves is lipstick. I can’t get enough of them. They are the largest part of my makeup collection and take up one whole draw of my Alex unit and why not!

Chanel-Allure-Rouge-Gloss-Fall-2014

I have been eagerly anticipating the release of these beautiful newly packaged, newly formulated new shades of Chanel Lip gloss. They now come with the click top opening made famous by Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks.

Chanel-Allure-Rouge-Gloss-Line-Fall-2014

They combine the rich pigment of a lipstick with a gloss finish.

There are also 3 nail polishes, 633 Intention; Pink/tan, 635 Expression; pink/red and 639 Exception; Mauve shade. There are also Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks to be added to this new collection too.

Chanel Rouge Allure Click

The 9 new shades are as follows:

  • Affriolant
  • Sensible
  • Extase
  • Suprême
  • Exotique
  • Distinction
  • Pirate
  • Séduction
    • Audace (LE)

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipgloss Click

On general release in the UK and Europe 1st October 2014.

Chanel Images of Rouge Allure Gloss Click

Hope you liked this post and i will see you all soon. ;-)

 
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