October Favourites………No Halloween Blues!

•October 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hi Everyone,

Time for the October Favourites.  Its getting cold outside and my current fav’s are reflecting that really. I like to inject a little colour into the cold weather and still have a radiant face. My skin does dry up a bit in winter as well.

October Favourites

1. Vitalumiere Aqua Fresh and Hydrating Cream Compact Makeup, 20 Beige.Vitalumiere Aqua Compact

I love this creamy formula. I wear the liquid version in the summer and i wasn’t over awed with the latest powder just released. This compact offers a medium coverage and is much creamier and richer in consistency. Ideal for the winter and when my skin dries up.  I also still manage to have problem skin in the winter and this offers great coverage. No fragrance and doesn’t highlight any lines on the face.

2. MAC Match Master Concealer, 1.5.

MAC Matchmaster Concealer Close UpMAC Matchmaster Concealer 1.5MAC Match Master Concealer 1.5 Swatch

Am i in love with this concealer! It is ideal for under the eye and for blemishes. I still love the cult studio finish concealer for heavier blemishes; however, this one is great because it comes n a stick form and is very soft and creamy in texture and blends easily. Ideal for dark circles. It has no fragrance either making it great for my sensitive skin and isn’t heavy or drying.

3. Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner, Scotch.

Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in ScotchBobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner close upBobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner swatch in scotch

This eyeliner stylo is lovely. I like it as much as my Chanel ones. It’s a golden brown shade with golden micro glitter. Lovely under the eye and as an eyeliner around the eye too. Gives a warm colour, ideal for blue eyes and a hint of sparkle, great for cold dark days. Once it sets, it stays put and glides across the eye smoothly without dragging. Available in other shades.

4. Nivea Lip Butter, Blueberry Blush.

I love all Nivea lip butters. They are fab for protecting the lips now the colder weather is here. This one has a lovely sweet, fruity fragrance and is a pale lilac in shade and offers a buttery feel to lips of course.Nivea Lip Butter Blueberry BlushNivea Lip Butter Pot Blueberry Blush

5. Dior Eyeliner Brush 24.

This is probably the best eyeliner brush i own. I use it all the time and it deserve’s a mention.

Dior Eye Liner Brush Number 24Often high end brushes get a bad rap on You Tube and Blogs and Dior is no exception. I would like to point out though that this brush is fantastic. It offers precise lining with minimal effort and can also be used to smudge out too. Quick and effortless for the unsteady hand, as mine is.

The bristles are soft, yet sturdy and made with natural hair and the handle is made from wood and quite ergonomic. The only thing is, it’s not available to purchase in store. It has to be bought online. There is one in the current brush sets available in store though.

6. MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme, Dirty Blonde.

Full review here. I haven’t stopped using this since i bought it. Great staying power and natural shade.

7. Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre , Natural Finish Loose Powder, 57 Rêverie.Reverie by Chanel

Sorry this one was limited edition from, The Chanel Élats du Soir Holiday collection 2012. The Chanel Loose face powders are beautifully milled to give the lightest dusting on the face without the nearest hint of caking. This one is a lovely pale beige  with the tiniest of golden micro shimmer. I use it on the tops of my cheekbones. Lovely!

8. Chanel Coco Shine Intense Lip Shine, 81 Fiction.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine 81 Fiction in Direct SunglightChanel Rouge Coco Shine Swatch 81 Fiction in Direct SunlightSwatch of Chanel R C Shine 81 Fiction

Halloween Scary ScullMentioned in a few fav posts, it still tops my list for being the most perfect Autumn/Winter lip shade. A deep berry with an intense shine and is hydrating to the lips all in one lipstick. Ironically; Chanel released this as a Spring shade.

 

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

Top of The Taupes………………… When All Else Fails !!

•October 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hi Everyone,

I have been sorting through my makeup collection and have come across a number of eyeshadows that share one thing in common. They are all different taupe shades. I hadn’t realised i owned so many. I see an eyeshadow and buy it because i love it at the time and have obviously had a love of taupes for a while.

Top of The Taupes

Taupe is a great staple shade because it goes with most other colours and all eye shades, skin tones and can be worn for day time and work very easily. A good all rounder really. It can be used as a transition shade or as the main lid colour, is so versatile and i’m not surprised that there are so many shades out there to choose from.

I thought i would share the great taupe eyeshadows and pencil i own and how i like to use them on my eyes. Most are still available to buy now as well.

Chanel Illusion D’Ombre, 83 Illusoire.Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Illusoire

An all time favourite and one of the most popular shades in this Chanel range. I wear this one constantly because it makes blue eyes pop and the multi-micro glitter is beautiful. Easy to blend, incredibly wearable for every eye colour. I wear this one in my socket with the Illusion D’Ombre Abstraction (salmon pink) and also with Emerveille, (a lovely peach shade) over the lid. Most of these shades have been designed to work well with the others and they blend out very easily with the mousse-creamy formula.

NARS Single Eyeshadow, Lhasa.

NARS Single Eyeshadow LhasaA cult product from NARS. This is very similar to Illusiore from Chanel but without glitter. It has a nice satin finish to it and is easy to build up. I wear this one in the socket with Chanel’s limited edition single soft touh eyeshadow Complice, (peachy/pink satin) across the lid. It makes a lovely day wear look. No fall out either.

Chanel Soft Touch Single Eyeshadow, 90 Fauve. (Disc.)

Another classic. This is grey/brown and a hint of purple with plenty of micro glitter. A gorgeous rich warm shade to wear across the lid. It may be discontinued now but Gri Gri is a similar replacement.Chanel Soft Touch Single Eyeshadow Fauve

I wear this one with a rich purple in the socket from Lancome called, Ombre Magnetique in,02  Cherry. I also wear it with Chanel Soft Touch Single Eyeshadow in Magic Night, the perfect contrast.

NARS Single Eyeshadow Ashes to Ashes.

Described as a taupe brNARS Single Eyeshadow Ashes to Ashesown but i think its probably more of a pale brown really. It would be a great base colour for brown or hazel eyes. It is a warm  brown but i prefer the Moon River eyeshadow stylo by Chanel to this one. I still want to try it out with other shades though because i do like NARS single eyeshadows and i’m not going to give up on it just yet.

Chanel Duo Eyeshadows, 40 Misty-Soft.

I have had a lot of wear out of these eyeshadows. They have a very creamy formula. The first shade is a pale taupe lilac with silver micro glitter, the other is a deeper purple taupe shade to apply in the socket. There is no fuss or fall out with them and are ideal for travelling with and suit blue and green eyes. Easy to blend too.Chanel Eyeshadow Duo Misty Soft

Chanel Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Waterproof Eyeliner, 84 Taupe.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Taupe

A must have in anyone’s collection. This will go with every eye colour and stays put once applied.  I have read some reviews about it dragging across the eye but all you have to do is place the tip on the back of your hand for a few seconds and the warmth will soften the stylo, making it a breeze to apply. Lovely! Doesn’t smudge or disappear during the day. I wear this with all my brown shades of eyeshadows. Rose platine is another firm favourite of mine in a taupe/pink shade and sadly, discontinued; however, full review and more swatches are here.

Chanel Soft Touch Single Eyeshadow, 99 Hasard.

I purchased Hasard because Gri Gri reminded me a lot of Fauve, (see above) and both shades were released together to compliment each other.

Hasard is a matte lilac taupe which is nice to apply with a little fall out. It isn’t as pigmented as i would have liked and is quite powdery in the pan but i still like using this shade as a transition colour.

Chanel HasardClose up of Chanel 99 HasardChanel 99 Hasard Swatch

Below are all the swatches.

Top of The Taupe SwatchesThere you have it, my top of the taupes. What is your favourite taupe eyeshadow or pencil? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

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 • 19 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. ;-)

 
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