Recent Haul……………….Dior, Zoeva, Guerlain, Essie

•May 19, 2015 • 12 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Not exactly my latest haul but i have had so many other posts to get in first. So it’s recent haul instead.

My Recent Haul

I have bought a mix of essential and luxury products i wanted to try out or repurchased because i need and love them. Here goes:

Dior Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum.

Diorshow Extase Maximizer WandDiorshow Maximizer SwatchDiorshow Extase Mascara One Coat

I tried this out as a sample with purchase last Christmas and just fell in love with it. It is a base you apply your mascara over and paired with Dior Extase mascara, my eyelashes just go POW! I mean, they look twice as long and thick.

The lash maximizer itself is supposed to aid growth and nourish the lashes to thicken them. I cannot say if it does or not; it has however; become an essential in my makeup kit and i really think this is an amazing product.

Dior Spectacular Shape and Shine Gel Top Coat.Dior Gel Top Coat

I have bought this before and it is a heavy duty top coat. I am prone to chipping nail polish. It doesn’t matter if it’s the best polish in the world, i will chip it within hours of wear. The Dior Gel Coat gives me a great deal more wear time and in just gives the most glossy finish to the nail.

I save it for best because it doesn’t last very long otherwise.

Guerlain 1 Coleur Single Eyeshadow, 01 Taupe Secret.

Guerlain Satin Taupe Close Up

Full review here. I love the quality of these eyeshadows, buttery and smooth. I have just purchased Copperfield too. Review to come.

Guerlain Joli Teint Healthy Glow Powder, 00 Light Blondes.Guerlain Joli Teint Healthy Glow Powder Duo Close Up

Full review here. Not a ‘must have’ but still a lovely product. I have used it everday so far and am loving it.

Essie Nail Polish, 266 Naughty Nautical.

Naugty NauticalI couldn’t get my hands on Garden Variety, which is the shade i really wanted so i opted for this instead and i really like it. A lovely blue/green shade with minute silver shimmer. Great for summer, which is fast approaching us.

Zoeva Angled Face Brush. 128 Cream Cheek.

This is a duo fibre, synthetic bristle brush. The base dark bristles are far sturdier to give resistance and the white bristles are incredibly soft and apply and blend out cream blush so beautifully. I really like these brushes. Not the best i own but by far the cheapest and fabulous for the price. They also come in their own little pouch.

Zoeva Angled Eye Shadow Brush. 235 Contour Shader.

‘See above’ Lovely for blending cream colour through outer V and socket. A very nice brush. I reach for this a lot more than some of my expensive alternatives.

There you have it. I finally got this post finished. Been trying to do it for at least a month.

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

The Tuesday Tester………….May Beauty, The Incredible Face Mask.

•May 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Hi Everyone,

It’s been quite some time since i did one of my ‘Tuesday Tester’ posts. These posts are where i try out new/product samples.

Today i’m doing a post for May Beauty. They very kindly supplied me with their latest face mask which targets, acne, blackheads and oily skin in return for an honest review.

May Beauty The Incredible Face Mask Package

As everyone knows, (who read my posts) i have problem skin, so this type of face mask is ideal for me to try out.

The mask.

The mask itself is mostly made up of deep sea mud, glycerin and sea weed.

The instructions are to apply with the brush provided, leave 30 minutes until it sets and then peel off carefully.

It has a gel consistency rather than clay.

The results.

I followed the instructions above and rinsed my face in warm water to remove any bits left after peeling off the mask.

When it set, it did have a slight pulling effect, a bit like a clay mask.

Once removed, i noticed dead skin cells and blackheads had came off with the mask and my skin felt soft and oil free.

I also noticed it was a bit red; not unlike a clay mask and there was a bit of a tingling sensation that lasted for approx.20 minutes more.

My skin looked refreshed and pores look tightened.

I finished off with my usual moisturizer.

May Beauty Incredible Face Mask

Overall Thoughts.

This is a great mask that works very much like a clay one, only it’s far easier to remove.

It draws impurities out of the pores, excess oil and dead skin cells and leaves the skin thoroughly cleansed and refreshed.

I found that the redness didn’t linger for too long; however, this would be great to use on them pamper evenings and not directly before going out. I am very happy with the results.

If you want to try this out for yourself with 30% off, then you can buy it here.

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

Latest Haul…………….Dior, Body Shop, La Roche Posay and Nuxe.

•May 10, 2015 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Time for my latest haul and review, i plan to slow off over the next couple of months due to mundane necessary expenses, boo!!! Well, we’ll see i guess!

Body Shop Latest Haul

Here goes;

Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush Voluptuous Care Lipstick, 263 Swan.Dior Rouge Nude Lipstick swan swatch

Rouge Dior Nude Lipstick 263 SwanNow, there’s a title. When Dior released these shades over two years ago, i was into bright, darker more dramatic lipsticks. I go throught phases with lipsticks and this Spring, i’m all about the nudes and pinks for me.

I saw this on the counter as part of the new releases of lip glosses to match the lipstick shades. I fell in love with the soft nude baby pink shade, sadly! On first use, the lipstick broke, yes, broke at the base. Because i used it, i cannot return it either. The other downer is, the shade looked beautiful in the shop in low light, in normal light, it looks totally pasty and draining against my skin. A really bad buy!

Body Shop Early Harvest Raspberry Body Scrub.Body Shop Raspberry Body Scrub

Having finally run out of my Clinique body scrub, (which i love) i decided to try out a new one. Body Shop were having a 50% off sale so i bought this instead. It smells like raspberry jam. You almost want to spread it on your toast, seriously! It also works a treat, it doesn’t quite soften the skin like the Clinique one does but the price points are very different.

Body Shop Drench Sponge.

My all time favourite bath sponge. I buy these all the time, along with Ramer sponges. Lovely and soft on the skin and soap up very well.

Body Shop Super Soft Facial BrushBody Shop Super Soft Cleansing Brush.

This is a really super soft brush and very effective at removing dirt the cleanser didn’t. My skin and pores were squeaky clean after the first use. Who really needs a Clarisonic!!!Body Shop Cleansing Brush

La Roche Posay, Effaclar A.I. Targeted Breakout Corrector.

A repurchase. I cannot do without this for my hormonal spots. It just sorts them out and super fast too. A miracle product this one. Use on target area only.

Nuxe Nuxellence Jeunesse Youth and Radiance Revealing Care Moisturizer. (Re-named and re-packaged as  Nuxellecnce Eclat)Nuxe and La Roche Posay Skin Care

I’m very lucky, because i get to try out plenty of skin care samples from work and having tried out this one, I fell in love. It really is a great moisturizer for ageing skin and it doesn’t interfere with my oily T-Zone either.

It contains Passion Flower and Hyaluronic Acid as part of it’s ingredients list. Has a lovely mild fragrance to it that again, doesn’t affect my sensitive skin. It also plays down all my fine lines and it does work. People think i’m ten years younger than what i am Ha! Ha! ;-) Loving that one! Available here.

This is just a handful of products which i picked up recently and i’m enjoying so far, other that the Dior boob. What beauty products have you bought recently?

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

Guerlain Mini Haul & Review……………A Secret Healthy Glow, 2015.

•May 3, 2015 • 16 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I’m so in love with Guerlain this Spring, all the time in fact! They just give us beautiful products time and time again.

I managed to buy a new single eyeshadow and the healthy glow powder, and having used them now for over a couple of weeks, it’s time to review them.

Guerlain One Colour Eyeshadow 01 Taupe Secret

Guerlain Écrin 1 Coleur Long Lasting Eyeshadow Silky Powder.

I managed to swatch every single eyeshadow when i was in Debenhams. The darker shades come up slightly more matte and very intense in pigment. There are sparkling shades such as; Copperfield, (Absolutely beautiful and on my hit list) and Gold N’ Eyes, a true sparkling gold shade. Then there are the lighter more highlighting shades with a smooth satin finish. All are silky soft, incredibly lovely milled powders with great pigmentation. I believe, the best Guerlain have produced so far.

Guerlain 1 Coleur Eyeshadow PackagingGuerlain 1 Coleur Eyeshadow Taupe SecretGuerlain Satin Taupe Close UpGuerlain Ecrin 1 Coleur Eyeshadow Packaging

01 Taupe Secret.

FOTD Bronzy TaupeThe one i bought was Taupe Secret. A lovely pale silvery taupe brown shade. It is on the lighter side of taupe shades but no less beautiful than others i own. It glides on easily and blends with very little effort to a smooth satin finish. Great as a lid colour rather than a transition one.Guerlain 1 Colour Eyeshadow Taupe Secret swatch

I have worn this one for the past couple of weeks on hot days as well as cooler ones and haven’t noticed any difference in wear. The colour stayed true all day on my eyes with no creasing. I did wear an eye primer to.

Pictured right are swatches of the eyeshadow, dry and wet. The eyeshadow takes on a more silvered/metallic effect.

I will be buying more of these as they are fantastic quality. I use high end eyeshadows all the time and yet; Guerlain have just lifted the bar.

 Terracotta Joli Teint Natural Healthy Glow Powder Duo, 00 Light Blondes.

Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo 00 Light Blondes

When i saw this, i had to have it. Every Terracotta product i own from Guerlain is perfection. What Guerlain doesn’t know about bronzing powders, isn’t worth knowing, they just get their powders so right.Guerlain Joli Teint Healthy Glow Powder Duo Package

Anyway, i bought 00 Blondes Clair. It is a little on the pale side for my skin tone but it does still warm up my skin with the help of the pink blush crescent, which is part of the duo. I would probably go for Blondes Natural next, a much warmer tone.

Guerlain Joli Teint Healthy Glow Powder Duo Close UpThis gives a smooth finish to the skin and feels very silky to touch once on the skin. I really like it; however, Chanel Les Beiges does have the edge in blurring fine lines. That’s my personal opinion anyway.

There is also an addition of perfume to this powder, which is beautiful and not the normal scent associated with Guerlain products.

I really like the packaging as it’s light in weight and smaller in size; ideal for the handbag. There is still 10g of product too.There are four shades available, Light Blondes for fair skin with a pink undertone, Light Brunettes with a peachy tone, Natural blondes and Brunettes for mid toned skin.

Face without Guerlain Jolie Teint Healthy Glow Powder DuoGuerlain Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder Duo 00 Blondes on faceGuerlain Terracotta Jolie Teint Healthy Glow Powder swatch 00 blondes

Picture above left without powder and middle is with the Terracotta Joli Teint Healthy Glow Powder Duo. Picture right is swatch on back of my hand.

Final Thoughts. 

The new single eyeshadows are excellent in quality. Buttery and silky and so easy to blend. They can be worn both dry and wet for a more intense metallic finish.

I can honestly say, they are the best powder eyeshadows i have tried out to date and i don’t care to know how many i have tried.

Guerlain do finely milled, high quality powders to a fine art. You’ll find at least one eyeshadow that you’re going to fall in love with. I can put that out there with confidence. I plan to buy Copperfield because this is truly a beautiful shade.Guerlain Terracotta Healthy Glow Powder Duo on face(1)

The Terracotta Joli Teint Powder Duo is very nice and makes for a lovely silky finishing powder. Not a ‘must have’ but i am still happy i bought it. I would opt for the darker shade next time. As you can see in the photo’s above, it has only made a slight difference to my skin. It does give the healthy glow though. Pictured right is the finished look using both products. 

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

April Favourites……..Products That Took A Serious Hit This Month!

•April 26, 2015 • 12 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I’m back to my beauty product fav’s this month. Yay! I hear all of you cry! Well, some of you , or; maybe i’m labouring under a misapprehension there!

This last month, i have been revisiting some old favourites and trying to use up some as well.

My lovely Lucky has been ‘guarding’ my favourites this morning and here they are.

April FavouritesNARS Bronzing Powder, Laguna.

I bought this last Spring and now have hit some serious pan on it. It’s starting to annoy me because bits are flaking off everywhere onto my carpet. Time to use it up and say my farewells. No! I won’t be repurchasing it. I do really like it but it isn’t as dimensional as some others i own. It was a good bronzer for it’s price point.

Guerlain Meteorites Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer.Guerlain Light Diffusing Perfecting Primer(1)

I have been revisiting my old and very faithful primer. I have also made a serious dent in this one and i adore the gorgeous fragrance that all Guerlain meteorites have. The ‘glow from within’, is the beauty of this product, tightening pores and smoothing the skin out too. The powder is suspended in a clear solution but comes out like a gel like mixture. Guerlain always deliver on quality.

Chanel La Creme Blusher, 64 Inspiration.

Chanel Cream Blush 64 InspirationI just adore this blusher so much. It blends and sets down to a lovely matte finish. I have seriously dented this one and will be repurchasing. I also want to try out the Chanel glow sticks being released in the summer Les Beiges Collection 2015 too. Can’t wait!!

Diorskin Forever Flawless Perfection Fusion Wear Makeup, 020 Light Beige.

A tried and true formula of makeup for me. I love both the liquid formula and using the powder version in the summer. An oldie and a goodie for giving fab medium coverage to my skin. Lovely! I’m over halfway through this one.

Dior Overcurl Waterproof Mascara, 351 Cruise Bleu.Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof Mascara Cruise Blue

I have been reaching for this one again because Dior are about to release another blue shade for their summer collection. I love this dusky shade of mid toned blue as well.Moi 2

It isn’t a throw back to the 80’s because it is a lovely shade of subtle blue rather than garish 80’s colours and Dior do it with class.

Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals.

An absolute gem among micellar waters. It has a gorgeous fragrance and Nuxe are all about Aromatherapy and using natural ingredients were possible.It doesn’t make my skin go red like some of them either.

I’m onto my second bottle now. Nuxe offer a deluxe sample of your choice and 3 other samples with every order on their website here and have super fast delivery.

Lucky with his toys

Chanel CC Cream, 20. SPF 30.

I received a couple of deluxe sized samples of the original Chanel CC cream a few months back and even though, i have never bought into BB, CC, DD creams, this one really has gotten right under my skin. So to speak!

It’s a very light feeling cream and yet, gives great coverage without feeling like i’m wearing any type of tinted moisturizer. It also has a very natural dewy finish to it. The real big selling point to me is, that it’s got such a high SPF. The newer version just released, has SPF 50. Sold!Sleepy Lucky

There you have it. Lucky has had enough of looking after my goodies and is taking a well earned catnap.

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

What’s In My Current Makeup Bag…………..Work Edition!

•April 12, 2015 • 8 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Having recently had a weeks holiday from work, i can write plenty of blog posts, which i normally never have time to do. This one is about beauty products in my makeup bag at work.

I have wanted to do this post for quite some time. The products mentioned are ones that i use on a daily basis in work. Obviously. i apply makeup in the morning before i venture out; however, i have to keep it looking fresh during the day.

Whats in my current makeup bag

Makeup bag from M&S with Twiggy on it.

This is what i either take with me or, i keep in my locker in work. Here goes:

Liptick of the Day.

Yes, i change my lipstick colour and usually my whole look on a daily basis and i always carry a couple of lipsticks with me and a lipgloss is also on hand. As those of you who follow me will know, i use Mainly Chanel Lippies followed by Dior. The colours i keep on hand are often neutrals.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder, 01 Multi-colour. 

A ‘must have’. It makes my skin look flawless, with a beautiful glowing, (not shiny) complexion. A phenomenon of a product. I will never be without this and i especially love this one because it has a peach blush to it. The other one pictured is in shade 30 for extra colour.

Chanel Les Beiges Number 30 and Kabuki BrushChanel Les Beiges Multi Colour Healthy Glow Powder

MAC Studio Finish Concealer, NW 20.

I love all MAC concealers, they work beautifully with my slightly oily/normal combo skin and do actually conceal. This one really stays put and blends fairly easily. MAC Matchmaster Concealer will work well with drier skin as it is much more creamier in formulation, i use this one too in 1.5.

YSL Touche Eclat Highlighting Eye Pen, 01.

Another beauty. This just peps up my tired eyes during the day by giving them light.

Chanel Lip Defining Pencil, 34 Natural.

It’s great to re-line and define the lips after lunch, when most of the lipstick has been removed by food. As i get older, my lips have less definition and this just keeps lips looking young and plumped. This colour is exactly the same colour as my lips and therefore; can be used with any shade of lipstick.Chanel Lip Defining Pencil Natural Swatch With Flash

Perfume of The Day.

I usually keep the freebie sample vials and use them for work. Ideal! I have Dior J’Adore at the moment.

I try to avoid strong perfumes because i understand my taste in perfume is not the same for everybody. I also spray it very lightly.

That’s my makeup bag i use in work. What essentials do you carry with you?

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

Chanel Les Beiges Summer 2015…………Healthy Glow All Summer Long!

•April 8, 2015 • 7 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Another up and coming release i’m actually getting excited about is the Chanel Les Beiges. Oh la la!

Chanel-Les-Beiges-2015-Summer-Collection

I love Les Beiges healthy glow powder. It is an understated phenomenon, yes i used the P word that i cannot even say. That’s how good this super finely milled pressed powder is. No obvious shimmer or glitter and yet; your skin just awakens when it is applied.  It blurs fine lines, gives a beautiful flawless complexion without resorting to a ton of silicone. An elixir of youth and vitality, there i said it!

Usually, when a product is a great success, all the other’s follow and in this case, they have. Guerlain and Lancôme have just released their healthy glow powders and i’m pretty sure there are more on their way.

I want the new Les Beiges powder in number 25 and one of those cheeky little glow sticks too, from this collection.

If you haven’t got the Chanel Les Beiges kabuki brush, it’s available in this collection too. Full review here.

Chanel-Les-Beiges-2015-Summer-Collection-1

Healthy Glow Multi Colour Mariniere SPF 15 Powder, Limited Edition

  • No.01
  • No.02

Healthy Glow Sheer Powder, Limited Edition

  • No.25

Healthy Glow Sheer Color Stick, Limited Edition

  • No.20
  • No.21
  • No.22

Healthy Glow Hydrating Lip Balm, Limited Edition

  • No.10

Levres Scintillantes

  • No.204 Rose Tendre
  • No.206 Beige Star

Le Vernis

  • No.655 Beige Rose (LE Europe)
  • No.659 Beige Pur
  • No.661 Precious Beige
  • No.663 Lovely Beige

Photo courtesy of Martusiasworld

This collection is released in early June. Yes! My birthday month. I’m a happy bunny indeed. :-)

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

 
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