Chanel Rouge Noir/Absolument Holiday Makeup Collection 2015…….Preview.

•October 3, 2015 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

It’s feeling like that time of year again and all the beauty brands are releasing press pics of their upcoming collections.

No surprises then that Chanel happens to be one of my favourites. Yet again, they come up with the gorgeous goods.

This years holiday collection is all about Rouge Noir, the classic deep red and it’s a beautiful collection.


The eyeshadow quad below is probably Chanel’s finest quality eyeshadows produced. I bought the Harmonie du Soir palette a couple of years ago and the eyeshadows are still buttery smooth and highly pigmented.

  • Chanel Les 4 Ombres Signe Particulier


If there is one thing you buy from this collection and it is this quad. Simply stunning!

Shades are: Satin Beige pink; Velvet Purple, Black Red; and, Saffron Gold.Chanel-Holiday-2015-Rouge-Noir- Illusion D'OmbreI noticed that the Illusion D’Ombre released in the past year have had a formula change. You still have to make sure the top is screwed on tight but they are less moussey and more creamy and don’t dry out. Good news all round. This one is a blackened purple shade and i think will make a great smokey eye.

  • 857 Rouge Noir

Chanel Holiday Blush Coup De Minuit 2015I am so looking forward to this highlighting blush,

  • 12 Coups De minuit, a beige pale pink


There are two Rouge Allure shades, one is Rouge Noir and one Rouge Velvet.

  • 237 Vamporeuse
  • 109 Rouge Noir (Permanent)
  • 437 La Merveilleuse (Velvet)


The double Intense lipstick, Merry Rose, is a US release and not available in UK.  Two Levres Scintillantes Glossimer

  • 487 Etincelle (Blackened Red)
  • 477 Rose de Lune (Soft Shimmering Pink)
  • Precision Eye Defining Pencil, 57 Or Safran.

There are also two Le Volume De Chanel Mascaras: 90 Intense Black; and, 27 Rouge Noir, a black/red. A Kohl Precision Eye Pencil in Rouge Noir. Black/Red.

Chanel-Rouge-Noir-Absolument-Makeup-Collection-for-Christmas-2015-le-vernisThe Le Vernis are outstanding:

  • Gold top coat, Lame Rouge Noir
  • 757 Rose Fusion
  • 18 Rouge Noir (Permanent)


Not sure if this mini brush collection is available in UK! If it is, snap one up. They go super quick and are VERY limited edition!

Except where stated, all products are limited edition.

Released 6th October US and Asia and; 6th November UK and Europe.

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

My Latest Haul…………..Bobbi Brown, Amazing Cosmetics, Estee Lauder, Dior, Essie and NARS

•September 30, 2015 • 21 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Another haul is here. I think i just might be addicted to beauty! Better than smoking though! Here’s a quick overview of my latest bank balance squeezer.

Latest Haul

Bobbi Brown Greige Eye Palette.

I have written a detailed post on this (coming soon) so, i’m not dwelling on it here. I have a FOTD here using this lovely eye palette.

Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer, 01 Fair.

A company that is coming into it’s own with this truly amazing concealer. It has a waxy consistency that softens with the warmth of your fingers and once set, stays put without highlighting any lines around my eyes. I love that it really covers my dark circles.

without concealer(1)With Amazing Cosemetics Concealer

Above left; without Amazing concealer and right; with it.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum Synchronized Complex II Eyes.

I have tried the other eye serum on offer and love it. I bought this version to try out. The jury’s out at the moment. I’m not so sure about it!!! Stay tuned.

Dior Star Studio Makeup, 020 Light Beige.

I wasn’t impressed with this foundation last summer. I recently found a sample of it in the back of my drawer and tried it out again. This time i love it. It’s a lovely matte foundation that gives great luminosity, covers my blemishes well and doesn’t settle into lines. A real Star!

Essie Gel Setter Top Coat for Nails.Essie Cashmere Matte Nail Polish

Bought this to use on top of my Essie nail colours. Will report back. It does give a nice glossy finish.

Essie Cashmere Matte Collection, 356 Coat Couture.

TBH! I didn’t realize that it was matte when i purchased it. :-(

NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow BaseNARS Smudgeproof Eye Base.

A constant re-purchase. It is the best primer for eyes out there. A NARS cult classic.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow, Pasiphae.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Pasiphae SwatchNARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Paiphae

I went to the NARS counter to buy the eye primer only. This caught my eye straight away. It is so gorgeous and a very unique shade. NARS dual intensity eyeshadows are simply stunning and great quality. I love the packaging as well.

There you have it. I will never be rich but i will be surrounded by absolute beauty !!

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

FOTD………Incognito with Bobbi Brown Greige Eye Palette!

•September 24, 2015 • 7 Comments

Hi Everyone,

A full review will be coming soon; however, i had to do a FOTD with my new Bobbi Brown Greige Eye Palette.

Products used FOTD Bobbi Brown Greige Eye Palette

It is a gorgeous selection of 8 eyeshadows which consist of 3 mattes, 2 sparkles and 3 satins. I am going to have a great deal of fun playing with this one.

My first adventure with this palette was to create a soft smokey eye suitable for a day time look and clearly defining the eye.

Here are all the products i used.

FOTD Using Bobbi Brown Greige Eye PaletteFACE.

Dior Nude Air Foundation Sample in B30.

Dior Nude Concealer 002 Beige.

Chanel Poudre Crystalline Ultra Fine Translucent Powder. (Was LE)

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush, 15 Orchid Rose.

Estée Lauder Pure Colour Illuminating Powder Gelée, 01 Modern Mercury. (Disc.)

FOTD with Bobbi Brown Greige Eye Palette(1)EYES.

Dior Extase Mascara, Noir.

Chanel Eyebrow Pencil, 30 Brun Natural.

Bobbi Brown Greige Eye Palette.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Long Wear Waterproof Eyeliner, 905 Smoky Grey.

FOTD Bobbi Brown Greige Eye Palette(1)LIPS.

Chanel Lip Plumping Gloss.

Chanel Lip Defining Pencil, 47 Rose Cuivre. (Disc.)

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick, 82 Incognito. (Disc.)

This was a quick simple look because i just wanted to try out my new palette before wearing it ‘for real’.

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

Dior, Chanel, YSL Foundation Update…………What I Loved and Loathed!

•September 13, 2015 • 6 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I want to give an update on makeup i have used for a while now and how i’m getting on with it. If it was actually worth the money; etc.

I have bought plenty of products and raved about them at the time or said they’re nothing special too. I have changed my mind after wearing some products continuously in all types of weather conditions and also how they sit on my skin and in the lines on my face.

Chanel Dior and YSL Foundations

YSL Fusion Ink Foundation, B30. Original Review Here.

I bought this last year and raved about it at the time. It is quite lightweight and dries down quite matte.

I now find that it’s my least favourite foundation and i reach for it less and less each day.YSL Fusion Ink Foundation

Problem is, after wearing it for a few hours, 3-4. It just highlights the lines on my face and it gives my skin a one dimensional finish that makes it look dull and lifeless. I think i also bought a shade a touch too dark for my skin as well. Shame really but i shall not be repurchasing and i don’t think i will finish this one unless i run out of other foundations to use.

Dior Star Studio Makeup Foundation. 020 Original Review here.

Dior Studio Makeup Star Foundation

Raved about by many bloggers when it was released last year. I didn’t think it was so amazing. Average in fact!

The problem at the time was, when i tried out the samples, it was a really hot summer and it melted off my face a bit.

Recently, i found a sample of it in the back of my makeup drawer and i decided to give it another go. The weather has cooled off because we are heading into Autumn now.

I love it! It didn’t highlight any lines on my face at all. Stayed put the whole day in work with only one powder touch up at lunchtime. It also gave my face a healthy glow. I was going to buy the Dior Forever foundation, (a staple of mine that gives fuller coverage ) and have bought this instead.Diorskin Star Foundation shade card

Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet, 20. Original Review Here.

My thoughts haven’t changed a great deal about this foundation but it’s still worth mentioning because i use it in one of two ways and it is a ‘Holy Grail’ foundation.

It just works so beautifully with my skin tone and my normal/combination skin. I love the shade and how it seamlessly blends in with my skin. Such a natural look every time and weightless.

It does dry down to a matte finish but unlike YSL Fusion Ink; which looks quite flat on my skin, this one still gives a luminous finish.

Now i said i use this in two ways. First is just as it is and the second way is, if i want extra luminosity; i add a drop of Chanel’s Tan de Chanel sheer illuminating fluid. This just gives that extra illumination and it’s lovely when i finish with a bronzer.

Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Cream Compact Makeup 20 Beige. Original Review Here.

I love the fluid version but haven’t bought it since i started using the Perfection Velvet foundation; however, i do use this one when i need a bit of extra coverage.Vitalumiere Aqua Compact

I have periodic break outs and the more light weight foundations do not cover my redness or blemishes so well. Rather than cover my skin with a ton of heavy concealer, i use this foundation instead.

It’s still great because i love the shade, it isn’t drying at all and doesn’t settle into lines. It also doesn’t feel heavy on the skin like other heavier coverage foundations. The great thing about this foundation is that you can buy refills, which are a lot cheaper than having to buy the whole compact again.

Overall Verdict.

I don’t buy too many different foundations by other brands because Dior and Chanel always work well for me and i always end up being disappointed with others. It is an expensive mistake to make if they don’t work out.

Even though i don’t use Clinique foundations at the moment, i think the redness solutions foundation deserves a big shout out because it gives great weightless medium coverage with a natural finish and at a fraction of the cost of both Dior and Chanel ones. I also love some by Guerlain too.

What foundations work well for you and why? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

Battle of The Dry Shampoo’s…………….Lank, Lifeless or Life Saving!

•September 6, 2015 • 4 Comments

Hi There,

I love doing ‘Battle of The’ posts. It gives me a chance to really give new products a try out and test them against my favourites.

I have been waiting for the Colab dry shampoo to come down in price. Not sure of how it would work, i didn’t want to pay full price for it.

Dry Shampoo Colab and Charles Worthington and Batiste

Without further hesitation, let’s get stuck in.

Batiste Dry Shampoo 200ml/£3.99. 

A firm favourite of mine. I stock up on this constantly when it’s on offer.

I am lucky in a way because i have blonde hair which never shows any dry shampoo white powder residue, so this isn’t a prerequisite for me in buying it.

Brunettes can try out the version especially made for them though, so it’s not a big deal for them either.

It gives my hair body and brings it back to life. Comes in many great fragrances, gives my hair a bit of lift and a little goes a long way, making it great value too. It also lasts the whole day and i have put it on and slept overnight and it’s still great the following morning.

I give this one 9/10. It loses one point because of white residue left in my brush.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Charles Worthington  Salon At Home, Style Setter Dry Shampoo. 103gm/£5.99

Comes in one very nice sweet floral fragrance and works very well with little product. It doesn’t leave any hint of white residue at all on my roots or in my brush. Lasts the whole day too.

My only gripe and; it is a very miner one, it doesn’t give my hair a great deal of lift.

I give this one 8/10. It loses one point for lack of lift and one point for being super expensive. Great product with a lovely fragrance.

Aussie Miracle Instant Dry Shampoo. 180ml/£4.71Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo

I don’t have the can of this anymore as i binned it. Should have kept it for the photos!!

I found this product fairly useless. I had to use a ton of product for it to work and it didn’t give my hair any lift.

I know this is only my opinion and others may love this product. I just didn’t think it was good value at all.

I give this product 4/10. It didn’t leave any white residue on my hair and that’s why i’m being so generous with my score!

and Finally!

Colab Sheer Invisible Dry Shampoo 200ml/£3.49

I really like Ruth Crilly from ‘A Model Recommends‘. I have bought many products based on her recommendation and she always gets her reviews spot on and this is why i waited with great anticipation to try her dry shampoo out.

I thought i would try out the sheer invisible version in the fragrance, Rio.

I have to be very honest here. I never go for celebrity endorsed products. Ever! I’ve seen other bloggers offerings out there and i’m not in awe so, i was a little skeptical about this dry shampoo.

I needn’t have worried. It’s excellent! It has a lovely scent and works a treat with no residue whatsoever and i think it really gives my hair lift and bounce. I only needed three sprays to give my hair it’s life back.

Colab gets 10/10. I honestly can’t find any fault. Time to stock up.

Colab Dry Shampoo

Final Thoughts.

Other than the Aussie Miracle, i would buy the others again.

Batiste is a staple of mine and i have been using it for years now and then; Colab comes along and throws a spanner right in the works with one that is completely divine.

I don’t think i’m going to be hanging up the Batiste can in any hurry though; although, i will alternate between Colab and Batiste and it will all come down to cost and how easy it is to get hold of. Batiste is sold in many more places than Colab at the moment. Although, i can see that changing.

I trust Ruth Crilly as a product reviewer and she has now put her name to an excellent product as well. I hope she does so with more hair care products in the future.

Do you use dry shampoo? What is your favourite? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

August Favourites…………and An Epic Fail!

•August 30, 2015 • 7 Comments

Hi Everyone,

It’s been quite some time since i did a favourites post. The thing with these posts is, its so hard not to repeat myself because i stick with products i love and repurchase time and time again, so i promise i will try not too. Oh! Yes there is one fail too.

August Favourites and Fail

Dior Addict Liquid Eyeshadow, 655 Univers.

I’m absolutely smitten with these fabulous new eyeshadows. Univers is it’s name sake. It is a beautiful bronze shade. Full review here. Love! Love! Love!!

Dior Liquid Eyeshadow 655 Univers wandDior Addict Fluid Eyeshadow 655 Univers Blended Out(1)

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Recovery Complex Serum.

I have tried many evening creams, potions, lotions; etc. They all promise healthy glowing skin, reduced lines and that ‘awake’ look come the morning. The thing is, i constantly go back to this one time and time again. It actually delivers its promise. (I bought a new one last month).

I have to be careful not to use too many products because i can get severe breakouts and this has never yet give me any. It does reduce fine lines as well. Great for my skin.

Dior Sculpt Concealer, 002.

It’s opaque and yet really creamy. Great for blemishes and it doesn’t drag at all. (It’s discontinued now and the Star concealer has replaced it). It blends out to a lovely finish. Concealers that blend but remain opaque are an essential in my makeup kit.

Diorskin Sculpt Concealer 002Diorskin Sculpt Concealer SwatchDiorskin Sculpt Concealer 002 Blended Out

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil Face, Hair and Body.

I have been using this body oil for the past month. It has a light texture, none sticky, dries down quickly and leaves a beautiful light fragrance that lasts. The fragrance is very natural as Nuxe use Aromatherapy oils to create this beautiful  product. I love this multi-purpose oil. I also have bought the new shower oil to go with it too. Available here.Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil

NARS Dual Intensity Wet & Dry Eyeshadow, Desdemona.

I have fallen back in love with this eyeshadow. It’s a gorgeous cranberry/copper shade which increases in pigment and becomes metallic applied damp. This is a gorgeous shade with the Dior fluid eyeshadow above and gives a great natural earthy effect that is on trend at the moment. Works well with MAC’s Gel Eyeliner, ‘Looking Good’ too. Full review here.

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona Close UpNARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Desdemona swatched wet and dry

Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss, 18 Séduction.Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss 18 Seduction

A gorgeous colour red with a pink undertone. I adore the high gloss of this liquid lipstick and it makes a great statement lip. My favourite shade in the whole collection. A great formula too.

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush, 48 Enchanteresse.

The new blush released in the Les Automnales Fall Collection 2015; 260 Alezane. is very similar in shade and this inspired me to start using Enchanteresse again. Long discontinued, this is a rosy brown shade with golden micro shimmer. A lovely shade for Autumn and winter and i have been wearing it a lot this past month.

Chanel Joues Contraste Enchanteress Blush Close UpChanel Joues Contraste Enchanteresse Blush swatch

St. Tropez In Shower Tanning Lotion.

I had very high hopes for this bronzing lotion. I loved the idea of applying it while in the shower and then having a tan a couple of hours later. I normally use the Mousse and love it as it never streaks, lasts for a few days and gives a lovely natural hue to my skin.

Sadly, this one streaks with a vengeance. It left patchy colour and didn’t look good at all on me.Chane Lip Gloss 18 Seduction Swatch

I used it over 3 days and it did give me colour in some places and none at all in others. I am only happy that this was a sample free with a magazine and i didn’t buy it. I will stick with the mousse in future.

That was my picks for the month of August. What are yours? Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)





Dior and Chanel Autumn 2015 Haul ………………The Fall Is here!

•August 23, 2015 • 4 Comments

Hi Everone,

I don’t want to say that we are heading into Autumn but alas, we are! The beauty of that is; i love the makeup collections and how they are always inspired by warm rustic shades.

Chanel Fall Les Automnales 2015

Chanel have come up with some beautiful shades and it was so hard to say no to a lot of it. I did pick out a couple of lovely items and a lot of this collection is permanent. So no need to rush out and buy it all just yet.

Dior Addict Fluid Eyeshadow 655 Univers Close Up

Dior seem to have done some quite intense bright shades this time. Hardly classic Fall; however, beautiful none the less. The quints are quite pigmented and come in a warm and cool tone. The blush sticks are lovely. The unique stars of this collection are the Liquid Eyeshadows.

Here are my favourite picks.

Dior Addict Liquid Eyeshadow, 655 Univers.

I swear, if there’s one thing you should pick up in this whole collection, it’s this eyeshadow. Univers is a beautiful warm bronze shade. It looks like an Illusion D’Ombre, in that is has multi-faceted micro glitter of golden, pink and green twinkles. What is lovely about this shade is; as its name suggests, it’s a universal colour.

Dior Liquid Eyeshadow 655 Univers wandDior Addict Fluid Eyeshadow 655 Univers SwatchDior Addict Fluid Eyeshadow 655 Univers Blended Out(1)

I’ve read a couple of reviews that’s it’s difficult to apply. For me, the best way to apply it is with a stippling motion, using a flat headed synthetic brush. It keeps the true nature of its shade this way and goes on evenly.Dior Liquid Eyeshadow 655 Unviers Swatch on lid

I applied it with my finger the first time i used it and wasted quite a bit of product this way. It looked slightly patchy and lost a bit of it’s metallic finish.

It is super pigmented and sets within a minute. This gives you some time to play and blend out. No budging all day or fading either.

Pictured right is Dior liquid eyeshadow, 655 Univers on the lid; Guerlain single eyeshadow, 05 Copperfield; Chanel stylo eyeshadow stick, 147 Caroube in outer V and; Chanel stylo yeux, 919 Érable on upper lid.   

Another gem about the liquid eyeshadow is, the brighter/darker shades can be used as an liquid eyeliner too. It’s a very versatile product!

Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner, 919 Érable.

You will never talk me out of buying a Chanel Stylo Yeux. I love them so much and wait with great anticipation for the next shades Chanel produce. This time, Chanel did 4 new colours, 3 of which are permanent, including this one.

Chanel Erable Stylo Yeux waterproof EyelinerChanel Stylo Yeux 919 Erable Close UpChanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner 919 Erable Swatch

I make no secret that i adore bronze colours and they work well with my blue eyes. This is your typical slightly cool toned bronze shade with the usual understated multi dimension that Chanel get so right and where others fall flat, literally.

Stylo Yeux have all the usual benefits of never smudging if your eyes become watery like mine do and they stay put all day. Enough said i think.

The other shades are black, deep blackened Khaki and an orange toned one that is LE.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick, 112 Téméraire.

Chanel lipsticks hit the mark yet again. This is a deep poppy red that is not quite as shiny or moisturizing as some Coco Shines but stays put for hours. It is deeply pigmented and the cool tone brings out the white in my teeth. I’m smitten as ever. The other shade is a much shinier bronzy brown shade. A lovely nudish shade.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick 112 Termeraire Close up shotChanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick 112 Temeraire Close UpChanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick 112 Temeraire Closeup

Overall Verdict.

I love the Chanel Les Automnales Fall 2015 for it’s earthy natural shades and i could spend my money on every single offering in this collection.

I believe this is the final collection that Peter Philips had creative input on before he left Chanel. I’m excited to see what Chanel will have to offer in 2016. The holiday collection is already a beauty if you like Rouge Noir. The whole collection is based on that theme.

The Dior Cosmopolite Fall collection is nice. The true standout product for me was the liquid eyeshadow, which have some outstanding colours and a lovely Illusion D’Ombre style finish.Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick 112 Temeraire Swatch on Lips

I think there are a lot of similar products to Chanel in this collection and you can see Peter Philips influences on both collections quite clearly. (Blush sticks especially).

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


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