Latest Haul……..Charlotte Tilbury and Bobbi Brown!

•August 13, 2016 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Well! So much for reducing my beauty spending. I have done so compared to recent years but i intend to get it down further. Until then; here are my latest beauty products i just couldn’t resist.

Bobbi Brown and Charlotte Tilbury Haul

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow, Pink Stone.

I do love the BB cream eyeshadows. This one interested me because it is a mid brown tone with a pink undertone. A really nice shade and BB herself, does natural shades so well.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow Pink Stone packagingBobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow Pink StoneBobbi Brown Long Wear Eyeshadow Stone Pink Swatch_edited-1

I liked this one in particular; (although the new collection is all beautiful) because it’s going to work with many shades i already own and use.

Bobbi Brown Blush Brush.

I love BB brushes. I have owned a few of hers for a few years now and they wash brilliantly and go back into shape.

Bobbi Brown Blush Brush

I wanted a new one because i love the larger, more dense packed head of this and the natural hair.It is also less likely to splay but we’ll see. It does feel quite soft on the cheeks and is great quality for its price.

Charlotte Tilbury. Fallen From The Lipstick Tree, Hot Lips Lipstick. Liv It Up.

CT Kissing Hot Lips LipstickCT Hot Lips Lipstick, Liv It Up. Close Up ShotCT Hot Lips Lipstick Case

You’ve got to love CT. She is the queen of marketing and self publicity and why not!

I had never tried any of her lipsticks and thought the new collection was an ideal way to try them out.Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick, Liv It Up

The collection is named Hot Lips and is all about the lipsticks CT has created for famous celebrities she has worked with. Some celebrities include; Kate Bosworth, Nicole Kidman, Helena Bonham Carter, Liv Tyler; etc.

One pound from each lipstick sold, goes to women’s charities across the UK, which is a nice touch.

I bought Liv it up. The one created for Liv Tyler. It’s a nude-ish, light pink and ideal for wearing with a darker eye.

Bobbi Brown Blush Brush up closeI love the retro rose gold packaging of the lipstick and the pair of lips printed into the lipstick itself. Very nice touches.Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips, Liv It Up Lipstick Swatch

I will get back to you with how they all work out.

Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

The Tuesday Tester…………..Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Foundation.

•August 2, 2016 • 1 Comment

Hi Everyone,

Back with another foundation review. This time i have managed to get a hold of the new Estée Lauder Cushion Stick foundation sample.

I like the look of this because of the packaging. It can be easily carried in the handbag and used during the day.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion Stick Nude Foundation

What Estée Lauder Say.

Its light weight and comfortable to wear. Wears for eight hours without touch ups with sheer to medium, radiant finish.

As you use it, it gets smaller because it twists up.

The sponge is also removable for washing.

Price and quantity is, £28.00/14ml. (Standard 30ml high end foundation is between £30-£36, 30ml of this would be £60.00).

Initial Thoughts. 

The SA told me that she had given me a sample that was equivalent of 100 twist ups.

It does contain fragrance but isn’t heavily scented.

The shade ivory beige is a good match for my skin tone.

I like the idea of it diminishing in size as the product is used up. This will make it great for the handbag and travelling.

I must admit, i hate the original Double Wear Foundation. It sets horribly on the skin, sinks into every line on my face, making me look much older so, i was interested to try this new lighter foundation out to see if it was any different.
EL DW_Cushion_Stick_FINAL

Application and Finish.

I lightly moisturized my skin only; no primers, concealers; etc. It applied really nicely with a brush because my sample obviously didn’t come with a sponge. The formula is quite liquid and buffs out very easily.

I used about two twist ups of the foundation, (at a guess). It smoothed out some of my smaller pores quite easily. It also managed to cover up my redness and smaller blemishes.

The foundation sets down quite quickly and leaves the skin with a soft slightly powdery feel. I would say two twist ups would give a medium coverage and one will be quite sheer. I need medium coverage. As you can see, i would also need to add concealer to cover larger blemishes.

It wore well for over 4 hours; however, it started to separate a little around my nose. Not bad considering i had no primer underneath and i always have to re-apply at least once during the day anyway.

Without MakeupEstee Lauder Double Wear Cushion Stick Nude Foundation on my face

Above Left; without any makeup other than mascara and lip balm. Right with  EL cushion stick makeup.

Final Thoughts.

I like this foundation and it does give an illuminated satin finish to the skin. It doesn’t accentuate my lines at all either.

No, i will not use it as my main foundation because i still feel the tightness on my skin after it sets down. It is far too pricey for the amount of product you get as well. (It isn’t worth £60.00 for 30ml if 30ml was available). double-wear-cushion-stick_parallax-new

Yes, i like the idea of it being ideal for work as a great touch up foundation for the t-zone.

Hooray! If you have an oily t-zone like mine because this wears very well and didn’t show any oily shine through after a few hours.

It will make a great foundation for travelling too, taking up little space and shouldn’t melt off on a hot day.

However; what i hate in general is, this growing trend of using ‘cushion’ foundations and only getting half the amount of foundation for double the price. I just can’t bring myself to buy into it at all. I mean, Seriously!!

Let me know your thoughts.

Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

June Empties…………YSL, Rituals, Elizabeth Arden, Dior and More!

•July 23, 2016 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for being a bit late with this post. I had a few empties so, thought i would do this instead of a favourites for last month.

I like doing empties posts because i can report back on how well a product lasted and any issues that may have occurred along the way.

June Empties

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation.

I was really excited about using this foundation when i bought it and i have finally used it up.

I did like the medium coverage of the foundation. It also didn’t highlight any lines on my face, (and there are a few)!

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation Bottle

This may be enough for most people to run out and buy it and it is a nice foundation; however, where it fell down for me is, it didn’t illuminate my skin. Matte yes! Flat yes! Maturing skin needs a little help by adding light/illumination. I will not re-purchase for this reason. It was only 25ml in size too. Another reason not to buy it again.

Rituals Zensation, Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom Foaming Shower Gel.

A deluxe sample. I like the shower foam but wasn’t too keen on the scent really. I do love some of the Rituals fragrances though.

Rituals Hammam Delight, Eucalyptus and Rosemary Foaming Shower Gel.

I love the eucalyptus scent in this. Very refreshing and invigorating for a morning shower. Full sized and i bought this as part of a set.

The foam is easy to work with in the shower but i wouldn’t say it leaves the skin any more moisturized than any other products i have used that foam up. Not sure if i would repurchase again because it’s pricey for what it is.

Dior Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum.

The original lash plumping serum from Dior. They have now renamed it 3D Maximizer. Same product with the same great results. Lasts eternally with a generous 10gm of product. Really is a great base for mascara because it lifts and separates lashes.

My eye without mascaraDiorshow Maximizer SwatchDiorshow Extase Mascara One Coat

Above left, eye without product; middle eye, with Dior lash maximizer and right eye; with one coat of mascara after using maximizer.

It also conditions lashes and i’m on my second full size tube. I will keep buying this indefinitely.

Dior really do give great value for a high end brand, especially with their lash products.

Batiste Dry Shampoo. Floral and Fruity Blush.

I usually get through one can a month of this. Just love Batiste dry shampoo. A fab product that gives hair its life back when its lank or oily. Never failed me yet.

Some people say it leaves a white cast on the hair. I have blonde hair and  spray it into the roots of my hair from a few centimetres back and then i massage it into my hair. This stops any cast happening.  They also do products for darker hair too.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Moisturizing Cream SPF 30t.

I really have liked this face cream. It’s non-greasy which makes it ideal for under makeup and dries down quickly. Love The Body Shop Coconut Hand Creamthe SPF and doesn’t irritate my skin in any way. I can’t say that i noticed any real lift or firming but it ticks a hell of a lot of boxes otherwise. A definite re-purchase.

The Body Shop Coconut Hand Cream.

LuckyEasily as good as more expensive versions with a lovely sweet coconut fragrance.

I get dry hands all the time and i’ve always liked Body Shop hand creams. They are great quality for high street beauty.

That’s my empties for June. Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

Latest Haul………… Dior Part 2!

•July 17, 2016 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I have been really liking some newness from Dior lately. I think Peter Philips may have something to do with this. His input must now have a strong influence in the new collections coming through from Dior.

Dior Haul Part 2

I decided to split my posts into two halves rather than having one very long, wordy single post. Part 1 is here.

Here are my thoughts on the rest of my Dior haul.

Dior Addict Hydra Gel Core Mirror Shine Lipstick, 976 Be Dior.

Dior Be DiorDior Addict Be Dior

I really like Dior Addict Lipsticks. They are very similar to Chanel’s Rouge Coco shine lipsticks, which i also enjoy wearing.

They are very moisturizing and pigmented, giving a shiny gloss-like finish to the lips, only with much more pigmentation.

The gel core is new to the Dior line. It has the logo CD in the gel formula, running through the centre of the tube to give extra care to the lips. The packaging is also new with a magnet to keep the lipstick closed.

Dior Addict Lipstick 976 Be Dior, Swatch on lipsDior Gel Core Lipstick Used

Above right; After using a few times, you can still see the gel core CD running through the centre.

I look forward to trying this gorgeous blue based, deep magenta shade and will keep you informed of its quality and longevity.

Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow Spectacular Effects and Long Wear, 658 Cosmopolite.

Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow 658 CosmopoliteDiorshow Mono Eyeshadow 658 Cosmopolite Close Up

I liked the previous wet and dry mono eyeshadows and own two shades here and here. The new ones however, are just so much more dramatic and have high shine to them. The ones i like anyway.

Cosmopolite stood out straight away for me and is exceptionally pigmented, even when dry. It is a lovely brown shade with plenty of silver micro shimmer to it.

I have yet to try it out both wet and dry and can’t wait to see the effects.

Dior Mono Eyeshadow CosmopoliteDior Mono Eyeshadow 658 Cosmopolite Swatch

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Hydra Plumping Volume Lip Gloss, 643 Everdior.

My Oh! My! Am i in love with the new Ultra Gloss shades from Dior. Seriously, i could buy every single one if i had the funds. If only!

Dior Ultra Gloss, 643 EverdiorDior Ultra Gloss 643 Everdior Swatch in sunlightDior Ultra Gloss 643 Everdior Swatch in LED Light

Above left; Ultra Dior Gloss in packaging; middle, in direct sunlight and; right, in LED lighting. 

It was so hard to choose just one and this one is gorgeous. A sparkling coral/pink shade. Wears very well over Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick, Coco. Or any orange based red shade.

I love lipsticks in general; however, come summer time, i fall head over heels for lip glosses and ones with multi shimmer too. They reflect off the sunlight so well and give lips a more plumped effect.

This new formula certainly is mildly lip plumping and without the same effect as the lip maximizer, which tingles. It also smooths the lips too.

Dior Ultra Gloss Mirror Shine, 643 Ever Dior Close up

The formula is quite wet and not sticky in any way. The downside to this is, it doesn’t have great longevity if you eat or drink. I do prefer the stickiness and thicker formula of Chanel lip glosses for its longevity; however, i love the shades that Dior produce and the packaging has the edge over Chanel packaging. I also like the brush applicator rather than a doe foot.

I will keep you updated on how i get on with the eyeshadow and lipstick as i use them. I am normally very happy with Dior products though.Dior Addict Lipstick Be Dior

Take care and i will see you all soon😉

 

 

Latest Haul………..Chanel Makeup and Skin Care!

•July 3, 2016 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I couldn’t resist some of the new summer collection 2016 beauty products from Chanel. They win over the bank account yet again.

I am also beginning to take a big interest in the Hydra Beauty Skin care range too. More on that as we go along.

Chanel Summer Makeup 2016

Empreinte Du Désert. Quadra Eyeshadow Palette.

When i first saw the promo pics for this palette, i was less than impressed. Then, i saw it on the counter.

It is a beautiful compact with warm golden, copper tones and a lovely mid toned green to add a pop of colour. I thought i would never suit this shade; however, surprisingly it works.Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow Empreinte Du Desert Close up

The colours are very pigmented, as usual and blend together beautifully. Chanel really do do these quads so well. I’ve noticed with other brands that different shades in the same palette can sometimes produce different results on the eyes e.g. patchy, powdery.

Each part of the quad has the exact same quality in product and this is probably why they blend so easily. Great for all eye colours too. The finish is satin and has a lovely sheen to it. I really do like this one.

Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow Empreinte Du Desert and Sable pencil swatches

Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner, 827 Sable.Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Wearing Eyeliner, 827 Sable

I won’t harp on about how much i love Stylo Yeux. I think i own every single shade available other than black and that’s because i don’t wear black well. They are the best eye pencil for the waterline on the market.

Again, the promo picture didn’t do this one any justice. I immediately thought of Ardent and Ambre Doré when i saw it and have swatched all three together to show you that they are all different.

These shades work very well with blue eyes because they are warm copper/golden shades. Since Ambre Doré was discontinued, it is worth owning Sable.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliners Swatches

Above left is sable; middle is Ambre Doré and right; Ardent. All with their own hues of copper.

Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux. Intense Smoothing Eye Gel.

I haven’t really ever ventured into Chanel skin care much before. I always found it a little out of my price range.

The thing is, the older i’m getting, the more i’m noticing skin care products are failing me in the moisture department.Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum Close up

I was given samples of both the micro serum and micro gel eye serums to try and thought that they would be the same as most samples. I would try them, not really notice any difference and then stick with what i know.

This time; however, i really did notice a difference.

The idea behind the product is, the balls suspended in the gel give continuous moisture during the day as they burst.

The gel feels almost like water on the eyes and the tiniest pump is all you need for both eyes.

There is no fragrance in the eye serum and the gel leaves my skin feeling really soft. It works well under eye makeup as well.

I do use other eye products for dark circles but this one is just lovely for hydration under my eye cream. My eyes don’t feel dry or tight, even a few hours later.

Hydra Beauty Micro Serum. Intense Replenishing Hydration.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Serum

This serum is also part of the Hydra Beauty skin care range and does have the Chanel fragrance. It doesn’t bother my skin and initial use, leaves my skin feeling very supple and soft.

I did notice that my fine lines reduced by approx. half the depth and this is because it contains sodium hyaluronate, (attracts and keeps moisture in the skin, therefore; temporarily plumping skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines).

The micro droplets suspended in gel contain CamelIia Alba OFA and PFA which gives hydration throughout the day as the micro beads pop on the skin and Blue Ginger PFA gives antioxidant protection. The serum is alcohol free and suitable for all skin types including sensitive.

Chanel Empreinte Du Desert on eyes 1I will get back to you over the next month to let you know if my skin texture has improved or changed in any way using this. It normally takes a few weeks before i notice any more permanent changes to the skin.DSC00237

There you have it. My picks from Chanel this summer. Take care and i will see you all soon.

Latest Haul………..Dior Part 1!

•June 28, 2016 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I have been buying the odd bits of beauty and want to give my first impressions on new items and review re-purchases that i love.

Dior collections have started to really interest me a lot more lately. I tend to dip in and out of Dior, buying products i use time and time again along with the new lines.

Dior Haul 1

I can now see Peter Philips influences on the new collections and they are quite exciting. The fall collection is going to drain my bank account too.

Dior Lash Maximizer 3D.

I have used Dior lash maximizer for the past couple of years and love it. It nourishes my lashes and also acts as a great base for any mascara.

Diorshow Maximizer SwatchDiorshow Extase Mascara One CoatDiorshow Lash Maximizer 3D

Above left; with maximizer, middle; one coat of Dior Extase mascara and; right, the Dior Maximizer wand. 

Dior released the re-named 3D version in May and i bought it because my old one had finished. I cannot understand why Dior felt the need to re-name it. It still works just as well so, why call it 3D?

Dior Collagen Activ Lip Maximizer.

Dior Lip Maximixer Collagen ActiveA re-purchase. By far my favourite lip plumper and it moisturizes the lips really well too. It can act as a lip gloss if you want it too but, i apply it ten minutes before applying my lipstick to give a smooth, plumped surface to work with.Dior Lip Maximizer Swatch

Dior Addict Fluid Shadow Eyeshadow & Liner. 775 Ecstatic.

I bought one of these eyeshadows a year ago and still love it. This is a new shade released in May this year. It’s a lovely mid-toned warm brown shade.

Dior Fluid Eyeshadow Ecstatic Close UpDior Fluid Eyeshadow and Liner, Ecstatic Swatch

A great neutral for socket, liner or all over lid. Very versatile and suits all eyes. It has tiny micro shimmers of pink and green but, still gives a satin finish. Once set, it stays put and no need for an eye primer underneath either because it does not crease.

Dior Fluid Eyeshadow Ecstatic

I have more items to come in part 2 because i didn’t want this post to get too long and wordy so, look out for that one.

Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

 

 

The Tuesday Tester……………Dimensions de Chanel Mascara.

•June 14, 2016 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I haven’t done my Tuesday Tester in a while. This is where i try out samples of new beauty products and give my mini review on them.

I have tons to try out and never have the time to write post after post on them; however, mascaras always interest me.

Chanel Dimensions de Chanel Mascara

Chanel Dimensions Mascara.

Recently, Chanel released a Spring 2016 collection all about the eyes and Kirsten Stewart fronted the campaign. All the products where lovely, of course, but i only purchased one and that was the Stylo Eyeshadow, Rose Pétale. I love that too.

I had been saving and buying for my ‘new’ studio. This means, there’s been a big cull on the beauty products i have been buying.

I’m digressing a bit here! Back to the mascara.

I love the Chanel Le Volume mascara. It really gives me knockout lashes in one coat. When i heard about this new mascara and how it will produce more feathery lashes, i was a bit skeptical. I hated the inimitable mascara by Chanel and thought that this would be similar. Thankfully, it isn’t.

The mascara is nourishing and has waxes to defy humidity and sebum therefore, preventing it running. It also promotes long lashes that curl and stay in place.

Chanel Dimensions De Chanel One Coat(1)Chanel Dimensions de Chanel Mascara Two Coats on Eye

Pictured above left with one coat and right; with two coats of Dimensions de Chanel mascara.

What’s great about it.

It does give me lovely, even, curled feathery long lashes in one coat. It gets a tiny bit clumpy on the second coat and still manages to looks great.

Lashes look gorgeous all day and it doesn’t fade and the lashes don’t droop.

No faffing around with a lash brush to even out lashes either because, the big brush already does that and catches all the tiny lashes with it’s many bristles.

It doesn’t make the eyelashes set to a crispy finish, even with two coats.

Dimensions de Chanel Brush Head

What’s no so great about it.

Chanel Dimensions de Chanel Two Coats on EyeFor me, it smudges a tiny bit under the eye over the course of the whole day. Not as much as Le Volume and i believe eye creams can play a part in this happening too.

Only 6ml of product. I do buy the Le Volume even though this only has 6ml of product but; TBH! I do buy Dior mascaras because they are so generous with 10ml of product.

Overall, this is a very nice mascara and works very well with just one coat; but, will i buy a full size? Probably not unless, they come out with shades i don’t own.

Le Volume gives really great, dramatic spider-like lashes that do have the edge for me and they do a waterproof version as well.

It’s all comes down to preference and i prefer the latter.

There you have it. Hope this helps. Take care and i will see you all soon.😉

 

 

 
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