January Empties…………Hair, Skin, Body, Fragrance & Makeup.

•February 7, 2016 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I have collected a few empties this and last month and it’s time to do a full review on them.

I don’t often do skin or hair care products unless i have used them extensively and this is an ideal time to give you the run down on how they performed; when the product is actually finished.

Empties January 2016

DKNY Red Delicious Eau de Parfum.

I went through a huge phase of buying a lot of these Delicious perfume varieties. This one was my favourite.

It represents a lovely, rich, fragrant red apple. It also stays put for many hours for the price, which is half some high end fragrances

Will i re-purchase? No, because my tastes in fragrance have moved on since i bought this almost 8 years ago.

I used it less and less in the end and only for work but none the less, it is a beautiful fragrance.

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

I re-purchase this time and time again. It works a treat on spots which are ‘starting out’. Nothing else has kept my skin looking so spot free since i started using it over a year ago and believe me, i’ve tried many other products.

Bumble & Bumble BB Thickening Dryspun Finish.

I paid a lot for this small amount of product and had high expectations! It failed in every way.

I’m not sure if i was using this wrong (although i don’t know how i would) because i saw no extra thickness or volume in my hair. It reminded my of the volume i get out of my Batiste dry shampoo and that is a lot cheaper.

A true disappointment and i won’t buy this again.

Kérastase Volumactive Volume Expansion Spray.Kerastase Volumique Expansion Spray

Now this is never a disappointment and i have been re-purchasing for a couple of years now. It gives my hair subtle volume. The Densimorphose Mousse gives me extreme volume; however, for everyday use, i like this one.

Apply in damp hair close to the roots and blow dry. Job done!

Has a lovely fragrance. No it isn’t cheap but it works. (Re-named Volumifique)

Rituals Himalaya Sweet Almond Oil & Indian Rose Hot Salt Scrub.Rituals Salt Scrubs

A really nice, if crude body scrub. I mean there are a lot of more refined body scrubs out there; however, this one still sloughs off dead skin cells and has a really nice sweet fragrance to it. This is a deluxe sized sample i got to try out from work.

Chanel Intimitable Mascara, 67 Violet.   

Chanel Intimitable Mascara VioletI loved the shade of this mascara when it was released last summer. I have this thing about coloured mascaras. I was an 80’s child after all!

I am not a big fan of this particular mascara itself. I don’t like the plastic/rubber wand and it doesn’t give my lashes any real length or volume. The formula also dries out in the tube really quickly once opened.

I did use this as a top coat and it was a lovely shade.

I prefer the Chanel Le Volume mascaras for length and volume.

COLAB Sheer Invisible Dry Shampoo, Rio.

This is the dry shampoo Ruth Crilly, (A Model Recommends) released over a year or so ago. It’s very nice and i have finished the first can.

It worked well but no better than my Batiste dry shampoo and Batiste is so much easier to get a hold of as they sell it pretty much everywhere.

I did try to buy another one from Superdrug, but and they haven’t had it in stock for ages.

Sorry Ruth, lovely product but too hard to get hold of.

Nuxe Prodigieux Shower Oil with Golden Shimmer.

Love this so much. It smells of the cult beauty oil they sell and i buy. Lovely and very natural. This lathers up and leaves the skin supple very soft and the subtle fragrance lasts for many hours on the skin.  No real signs of golden shimmer anywhere; doesn’t bother me. I have re-purchased already.

Kérastase Heat Activated Reconstructing milk. Brittle, damaged hair.

The smell of this alone is gorgeous. Reminds me of being in the park on a wet day in Spring. (Sorry, it’s the only way i can describe it). Very out-doorish.

Kérastase underwent re-packaging over a year ago and this is the original before the change. It lasts a long time.

Seals the ends of the hair to prevent further damage occuring and smooths down the cuticle. Worth the money.

Tigi S Factor Flat Iron Shine Spray. Heat Defender.

A ‘must have’ for me. I have used many flat iron products and they do sometimes leave hair looking a bit lank. This works very well with my fne hair and gives a lovely shine and smooth finish to the hair. It helps the irons straighten hair much faster without having to continually run the irons through, which only damages hair further. I re-purchase every time i start a new one.

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

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation……………..Shades 20; 22 & 30!

•January 31, 2016 • 12 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I managed to grab some free samples from my Chanel counter of the new Chanel Les Beiges Foundation in shade 20, 22 and 30 over the past week. I have used it for a week now and here are my first impressions and comparisons to other Chanel foundations i currently use.

Chanel Healthy Glow Foundation Sample

My Initial Thoughts.

First of all, as soon as i opened the samples, i noticed the floral fragrance straight away. I have wore many foundations from Chanel over the years and they are never normally this strongly scented. (The foundation has that signature scent the Les Beiges powders have).

The formula of the foundation is like a cream, thick in texture and i thought i might struggle to blend this out. I tried it with my flat foundation brush and it was a bit difficult to work with plus, it sheered out too much on my skin. Using my fingers instead; it gave a medium coverage and blended out with ease to a flawless finish.

Looking For The Shade Which Is, ‘Just Right’. 

Number 20 went on my skin looking slightly pasty in colour. (I wear 20 in the Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation and this is a lovely shade). I then tried number 30 and this is a touch to dark for my skin. Number 22 has a warmer peachy finish, which works really well with my skin tone.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation shades 20 22 30

Above left shade 20 gives a cooler yellow toned finish, 22 a warmer peachy finish and; 30 is a warmer beige tone.

I noticed that it does have a skin-like finish that it claims to give; and gave my skin a very smooth, glowing appearance.

I finished it with the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in number 25 and the Les Beiges Healthy Glow Blush Stick, number 21.

This is were the foundation really comes into its own because, it works beautifully in sync with the powder.

The foundation did last a full 8 hours on my face without going patchy on my T-zone, although it is winter and my skin is not oily during the colder months.

Face without Foundation(1)Chanel Les Beiges Foundation Number 22(1)Face with Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundations 20 and 20 mixed together(1)Finished Look Using Chanel Les Beiges

Top left; without foundation; top right with shade 22 and below left with a combination of 20 & 30 combined; below right; is the Les Beiges Combination of 20 & 30 and I used Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder in number 25 and the Healthy Glow Blush Stick number 21. The lipstick in Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick, 424 Edith.

Overall Thoughts.

I have wore this foundation for a week now by combining number 20 and 30 to give the perfect tone for my skin. I have used shade 22 for a few days also.

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation shades 20 and 30 and both combined

Above left shade 20; centre shade 30 and; right is both shades combined. 

The thing is; i own both Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation and Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet. They are both seriously fantastic foundations and the latter works wonders with my blemished prone, normal/combination skin. The Velvet Lumiere really does give my skin a beautiful luminous ‘lit from within’ finish. Les Beiges gives a more topical glow to the skin. When i compared the two side by side, Les Beiges gave a slightly more matte appearance.

Do I Need It?

The question is, do i need the Les Beiges foundation? I love the fact that it comes in a frosted glass bottle, something which irks me with both the previous foundations i just mentioned. They come in plastic bottles which have to be shaked before applying.

There is far too much of a shade jump between both 20 and 30 and i look ghost-like in 20. (The Les Beiges come up lighter than other Chanel foundations). Luckily, 22 works well for me with my number 25 Les Beiges powder.

Finished Look Using Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation Number 22 (1)

I did love the smooth skin-like finish this foundation gave me although, i wanted it to melt into my skin more. It also doesn’t build very well with a tendency to become a little cakey if you overdo it.

It didn’t settle into any of my lines, highlight pores or; oxidize in fact, it gave me a slightly more youthful appearance because of it’s smoothing effect and the fragrance did not irritate my sensitive skin either.

I must admit, when i first tried Les Beiges foundation, i didn’t like the finish. Now i have used it for a week, i have worked out how it works best on my skin and it really is lovely. I also like that it is SPF 25 PA++. A winner for me in protecting the skin. The answer is no, i don’t need it but yes, i do want it.

Above left is the finished look using Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation in number 22. 

Final Verdict.

Me Jan 2016For the winter months, this is a lovely, glowing healthy skin-like foundation. It is also long wearing and gives a youthful appearance to my skin. It works beautifully in sync with the Les Beiges Healthy Glow sheer powder. If you own this you will probably love the foundation.

I like the frosted glass bottle packaging and it will be interesting to try this foundation out again in the summer months, when my skin is a touch oilier through the T-zone. On a more sobering note; the fragrance may be off putting to some and the shades jump is a little annoying.

Pictured right in LED lighting, highlights the smoothing, glowing effect of the Chanel Healthy Glow Foundation more effectively than direct daylight. 

Have you tried out the Les Beiges foundation yet? What are your thoughts? Did you notice a difference in shades too?

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

My Experience with Affiliates……………A Lesson In Reality!

•January 16, 2016 • 26 Comments

Hi Everyone,

In 2015 i underwent a 6 month trial of trying out affiliates on my blog. It was part of a drive forward for my blog in 2015.

I know that as a general rule, affiliates will make very little return unless you are a famous blogger with a few million followers. So my expectations were very low. I just saw it as a way to highlight my blog. As we all want to do. A ‘you scratch my back and i’ll scratch yours’ situation.

I found it to be an interesting experience and quite shocking too.

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The Inbox Bombardment. 

First of all, the emails were never ending; offering percentages off, free delivery on all the beauty brands i featured; etc.

Being a busy woman, i should have thought this through a little more. It was a lot of hard work to constantly update my side bar just to give beauty brands free advertising space. (They don’t pay you for this). In fact, i didn’t bother updating sometimes because i would have been doing it on a daily basis, leaving little time to write posts.

They change their banners constantly for you to update all the time. This is to entice your readers to click on the links and buy the company products, in turn giving on average, 8% commission on every sale to the blogger.

Bearing in mind, the programme i was on, wouldn’t pay out on anything less than £50.00 commission earned.

My attitude towards affiliate links were, If it worked out. Great! If not, delete the programme and the banners in my side bar. Nothing ventured! Nothing gained!

A Result!

I managed to get a fair amount of commission over the holiday period from one large US brand. Please feel free to guess who they were in the comments bar below, if you remember the affiliates i used at the time.

My monetary payments from this high end brand suddenly started to increase quite quickly. I was heading right up there to the minimum payment mark and it was only the beginning of the holiday season too.

I was chuffed. Maybe this affiliate business was worth the hype after all!

I couldn’t quite believe my little blog was showing successful results.

The Shock!Shocked Face

Then I got an email from this very famous high end brand to tell me my account had been temporarily suspended. What! Why! I hadn’t broken any of the rules in any way. Oh Yes, i broke the golden one. I wasn’t supposed to be paid!

I couldn’t quite believe it; or, should i say, i should have believed it.

A Lesson in Business.

Please be careful what you sign up for. Nothing is ever what it seems.

For me, it seems a good way for companies to get advertising space at minimal cost, if any, to them.

Don’t get me wrong, it was only one company that did that to me. Ironically, the most successful one in my side bar. This doesn’t mean they will all do that. Some brands do have professional integrity.

I’m not upset though because, i chose to have them on my blog for a few months and the trial didn’t work so, i deleted them.

I’m sure there are great affiliate programmes out there. (Please let me know if you have had a great experience with them).

I hope you are more fortunate if you sign up to any. Me personally, I think they were a waste of time and an unnecessary distraction from writing great posts.

I am more than happy to negotiate with beauty brands if they want to advertise on my blog. though ;-)

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

2015…………… A Round Up In Pictures!

•January 9, 2016 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

No resolutions from me. Every time i make declarations and plans, they nearly always go boobs up. I will just keep trying to better what i’m already doing in my life, because it’s working.

Instead, here’s a little collage of my favourite pics from my blog in 2015 and a couple of extras i forgot to add.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick 440 Arthur Swatched on lipsDior Rouge Baume Lipstick 668 CotillonBobbi Brown Coral Brightening Brick in direct sunlightChanel Lip Definer Pencil 93 Beige Innocent Close UpFOTD Chanel Adrienne and GabrielleWhats in my current makeup bagLucky with his toysGuerlain Joli Teint Healthy Glow Powder Duo Close UpFOTD Inspired by Chanel Mediterranee Collection 2015Chanel Mediterranee Inspired LookChanel Le Vernis 707 MediterraneeChanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner 997 OrchideeChanel Le Vernis 665 VibratoChanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick Number 21Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick 112 Temeraire Close UpChanel Rouge Allure Gloss 18 SeductionChanel Dior and YSL FoundationsDSC_0004Bobbi Brown Greige Eye PaletteGuerlain Meteorites Perles de Neiges with mirror and powder puffChanel Quad Eyeshadows Signe Particulier Close upFOTD Using Chane Holiday Makeup Collection 2015l(1)Chanel Intense Eye Pencil Close UpGuerlain Gloss Denfer Starry Shimmer Top CoatGuerlain Gloss Denfer Starry Shimmer Top Coat Holiday 2015Incognito in SnoodGorgeous FluffyChanel intense khol pencil 17 Rouge Noir swatch

What’s in store for 2016? Beauty, new camera, new lap top, learning photography, (my new favourite hobby) and; more running of course.

Step and running

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

The MB Beauty Awards………….Outstanding Beauties of 2015.

•January 1, 2016 • 8 Comments

Hi eveyone,

All a bit tongue in cheek with the title there; however, i am very serious about picking my 2015 beauty winners. They have to either Wow me or be consistently good and most importantly, be worth the money.

MB Beauty Award winners for 2015

Here are my outstanding beauties of 2015.

PRODUCT/LIFESAVER/CANNOT BE WITHOUT.

Tigi S Factor Flat Iron Shine Spray.

I will never be without this! It’s simply amazing. I spray this into the ends of my hair just before running the irons through it. Keeps hair free from further damage and doesn’t make it greasy either. It is a super fine, has a nice fragrance and doesn’t make my fine hair lank.

BEST OVERALL MAKEUP PRODUCT.

Bobbi Brown Greige Eye Palette.

2015 saw the release of a number of basic eye palettes from various brands. All containing neutral shades for every day wear.

Bobbi Brown Greige Eye Palette PackagingBobbi Brown Greige Eye Palette Ambient Light

Bobbi Brown knocked it out of the park with the greige palette for me. This palette has the perfect nuances of browns/greys/beiges in matte, mild shimmer, sparkle and satin finishes. I love creating a slight smokey eye with this one and i get endless comments when i wear it. It flatters my eye shade so well. I have worn this one the most in the latter half of this year, since it’s release. Full review is here.

MOST EFFECTIVE MAKEUP PRODUCT.

Sorry but i had to pick two here.

Chanel Intense Kohl Eye Pencil, 17 Rouge Noir.

Chanel Intense Eye Pencil Close UpChanel intense khol pencil 17 Rouge Noir swatch

I have never been able to wear black or very dark eye pencils. They bring out the red in my eyes, sadly.

Chanel released this eye pencil in their holiday collection 2015 and i was smitten instantly. Seen in my FOTD.FOTD Chanel Holiday Signe Particulier(1)

It is a very dark raisin shade, a reddish/black which falls in line with the whole collection being based around the Iconic Rouge Noir nail colour.

I can finally wear a dark shade that has enough warmth to seriously flatter and bring out the best in my eyes that i just hope there is a demand to bring this pencil back permanently. I only bought one and it’s sold out.

Dior Mono Eyeshadow Fairy Grey.

Dior Kingdom of Colours Mono Eyeshadow 45 Fairy Grey Close upReleased in 2014. I couldn’t leave this out. A lovely iridescent multi- faceted grey eyeshadow. This one works applied on the top of others and applied sparingly. It adds a beautiful extra dimension to the eyes, especially when worn with more matte shades. It is another one i get a lot of compliments on when i wear it. Full review here.

Sadly; the camera doesn’t capture the true beauty of this eyeshadow.

BEST NEW/BEAUTY DISCOVERY IN 2015.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Day Cream SPF 30PA++

I had been trying to find the right combination of day and night skin treatments for quite some time. Over the whole of 2015, in fact.

My criteria was, great product for day wear with good SPF, non-irritating, non-greasy, did not interfere with makeup, gave fine line reduction and worked well in conjunction with night time skin care products, which are not necessarily from the same company and great price point.

This was the product that ticked every box i just mentioned. It’s fantastic and plumps and firms the skin very well. Ideal for maturing skin.

EA really need to up their game in the Marketing/Advertising Dept. They produce some amazing products worthy of the high end tag and yet; they are found in thrift stores as well as John Lewis, Selfridges; etc. Something very wrong with that!

BEST SKINCARE PRODUCT.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum.

This won last year too. A cult skin care classic. It deserves it’s success.Advanced Night Repair

I have tried £200 creams and many lotions and potions over 2015 and i always come back to this.

It works very well in conjunction with all my other products and leaves my skin plumped, line reduced and fresh looking every morning.

In fact, i actually notice the difference in my skin when i run out of it. Think lines and sagging! NOT GOOD! Nothing more needs to be said really.

MOST SUCCESSFUL PRODUCT LAUNCH/RE-LAUNCH IN 2015.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipsticks, 424 Edith.

Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick 424 Edith

Chanel wins this category for the second year in a row.

My most favourite formula and lip shade this year. A lovely soft warm pink shade that brightens my face.Chanel Rouge Coco Lipstick 424 Edith Swatch in lower light

There is no getting away from the quality of Chanel lipsticks in general. They are worth every penny. It says it all when Chanel released their Rouge Coco shine lipsticks (another favourite formula of mine) that two other high end brands followed suit the following year and charged more for their versions and were no better in quality !!!!!

BEST PAMPERING/BATH /SHOWER PRODUCT.

L’Occitane 100% Vegetable Soap, Almond.

Anything with almond from L’Occitane could have won this category. I love the Almond shower oil and milk concentrate too.

Their products are expensive; however, they last ages, so worth the money. The almond range has a lovely sweet scent and feels very pamper worthy.

PERFUME/FRAGRANCED PRODUCT OF 2015.

Givenchy live irrésistible eau de parfum.

I really love the light rose scent of this gorgeous perfume. It was released in 2015 as another installment of the Live range. I never really liked the previous versions but i’m smitten with this one.Givenchy Live Irresistible perfume

I also love the bottle shape which is, a great dressing table bottle.

BEST HAIR CARE PRODUCT.

Kérastase Sérum Thérapiste. Dual Treatment Fiber Quality Renewal Care.

Kerastase Serum TherapisteIt’s so difficult to whittle this down to just one product because i love so many, especially by Kérastase.

This one is a clear winner and actually gives the ends of my hair moisture and bounce.

The therapist range is all amazing and its the latest from Kérastase.

This serum targets dry, damaged hair. It gives life back to frizzy ends where my hot irons and hairdryer do the damage. A pea sized amount in the ends of damp hair results in fantastic hair.

BEST MAKEUP TOOL.

Bobbi Brown Angled Eyeshadow Brush.

Bobbi Browm Angled Eyeshadow BrushAnother difficult one to narrow down. Her ultra precise eyelining brush is fantastic too.

The reason why the angled eyeshadow by bb gets my top marks is, it is a lovely soft natural hair brush that still holds it’s shape really well. Great for multi-function use. I use it for placing colour on my eyelid close to my lashes for a more precise targeted application, for the outer v and socket.

I have washed this brush many times and it has never shed a single hair or lost it’s shape and it doesn’t scratch or splay out either.

MOST LUXURIOUS BEAUTY PRODUCT FROM 2015.

Guerlain Météorites Flocons Enchantés Light Enhancing Powder.

Guerlain Meteorites Perles de Neiges packagingGuerlain Meteorites Perles de Neiges 4 shades

I know i can’t stop mentioning these wonderful little balls of light. Light is the Elixir of youth!

Thing is, Guerlain has won this category for the second year in a row. Guerlain do powder products brilliantly as well as fragrance, of course.

This is a lovely, well packaged gorgeous gift idea and just a stunning highlighter. Full review is here.

THE ONE I GOT SO WRONG LAST YEAR!

Dior Star Foundation. SPF 30 PA ++

Dior Star FoundationI placed this in my most overhyped product release for 2014 last year. Read here.

I didn’t like this foundation when it was released in the summer of 2014. I still would say, i probably won’t use it during the summer time; however, Autumn/Winter time, this foundation is fantastic.

It really gives my skin a healthy glowing look. A must with ageing skin. Full review Here.

It blends effortlessly, gives medium coverage, dries matte and yet looks and feels like you have no foundation on at all. I really like Dior and Chanel foundations and this is the best one Dior have ever produced in my opinion (for cooler months).

There you have it. My best of 2015.

I had quite a good year in 2015. I do consider myself very lucky! Not everyone can say this and some years have been awful for me too. I hope 2016 continues the lucky trend for us all. Take care and i will see you all soon. ;-)

Eleventh Hour Santa’s Dash Stocking Filler……………Nuxe!

•December 20, 2015 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I recently did one of my favourite posts I do every year and that’s my Christmas gift ideas.

Then, i spotted this beauty. I couldn’t leave it out.

The Nuxe Prodigieuse gift set is a real winner for me. £30.00 for the full size hair, face and body oil and then a half size shower oil and scented candle for free. The oil is worth £28.00 alone.

Nuxe Christmas Gift Set

I use this oil and shower oil all the time, so i never bought it on a whim at all. I’m not a candle person but that’s fine. The other two were bargains in themselves.

The Nuxe prodigieuse oil is probably one of the nicest oils produced. It is made with all natural ingredients and is even fabulous in the ends of your hair. No greasiness.

What i love about the oil so much is, it drys down within seconds and this means you can get dressed within one minute or; as i sometimes do, apply tanning products.Nuxe Body Oils

The scent is very mild and botanical and lasts all day. If you haven’t ever tried this out, you’re really missing a treat.

The shower oil lathers up and again, leaves skin super soft and leaves a mild scent on the skin. A lovely gift for yourself or a loved one.

Thats my round up for this Christmas over. Take care and have a fabulous Christmas where ever and whom ever you’re with and i will see you all soon. ;-)

John Lewis Haul……….Charlotte Tilbury, Guerlain, Dior, Bobbi Brown.

•December 10, 2015 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I am excited about Charlotte Tilbury coming to John Lewis in Liverpool. The counter is gorgeous itself, done in a huge half circle. Easily the largest beauty counter in JL.

Previously, i could only order CT online from Selfridges. With beauty items, i have to try before i buy so, this wasn’t an option for me.

John Lewis Haul November 15

I wanted to buy a few items from CT; however, they had sold out of some products within a couple of days of opening. I will be buying them and reviewing soon)

I will be honest, i am not over awed with all of her products. I did love the Eyes to Mesmerize cream eyeshadows. They are beautiful and the lipsticks are outstanding and if i ever get around to using up the ton of Chanel lippies i have, i will buy some.

So now for my review.

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil, Champagne Diamonds.

 

CT Colour Cameleon Champagne Diamonds Close UpThe reason i picked up this pencil was because, i have a thing about sparkling golds!; It’s in a pencil form (apply and go) and; it’s just so pretty in colour.

The sparkles are chunky but thankfully, they aren’t gritty, so glides smoothly onto the eye. You have to work with this pencil very quickly if you want to blend out because it sets down and stays put. Nice highlighting shade.

CT Colour Chameleon Pencil Close UpCT Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil Champagne Diamonds SwatchCT Colour Chameleion Eye Pencil Champagne Diamonds BoxCharlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Pencil Box

Guerlain Gloss D’Enfer, 902 Starry Shimmer Top Coat.

Guerlain Gloss Denfer Starry Shimmer Top Coat

Guerlain Gloss Denfer Top Coat Reflets Etoiles(1)I just adore sparkling lip glosses and Guerlain have brought out the loveliest Holiday collection this year. I bought the holiday météorites recently, (review here) but hadn’t seen this at the time. When i saw this in JL, It just screamed my name.Guerlain Gloss Denfer Starry Shimmer Top Coat Holiday 2015

It has multi-coloured sparkles and is clear. I like that it’s clear so it doesn’t affect the shade of lipstick i wear and i love it over my more matte deeper colours i own. My lips always look that bit fuller when i wear glosses, so i can’t go wrong with them really.

This lip gloss is really beautiful and i’m chuffed i didn’t miss out on it.

Dior Fusion Mono Single Eyeshadow, 631 Blazing.

Dior Fusion Mono Single Eyeshadow 631 BlazingDior Fusion Mono 631 Blazing BottomDior Fusion Mono Blazing Chanel Illusion Dombre Convoitise and Dior Fusion Mono Mirror

I have a number of these Fusion mono eyeshadows and coincidentally, they’re all pale in colour. (Comparisons above right)Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow 631 Blazing Swatched in sunlight

The Dior State of Gold Holiday Collection is lovely and the two eyeshadow quints on offer, are stunning and very pigmented. I had to say no this time because i own so many quads and quints already. (It’s time to get using them).

Diior Fusion Mono Single Eyeshadow 631 Blazing SwatchI couldn’t pass up on the Fusion Mono eyeshadow 631 Blazing, though.

The consistency of these are lovely and they don’t dry out either. This colour is slightly deeper than the previous ones i own and great all over the lid as a base.

.Bobbi Brown Sequin Single Eyeshadow, Star Beam.

Bobbi Brown Sequin Eyeshadow PackagingBobbi Brown Sequin Eyeshadow Cosmic Beam closeupBobbi Brown Sequin Single Eyeshadow Cosmic Beam swatch

I did buy this a bit on impulse. I’ve been having a complete love affair with BB products for some time now and have loved them all.

I should have thought a little bit more about this one. Reason being, it’s a black eyeshadow with pink/purple glitter. Yes. it’s stunning but i don’t really suit black. I have to use this one very sparingly in the socket.Bobbii Brown Sequin Eyeshadow Cosmic Beam Close uo

This shade would make a gorgeous, dramatic smokey eye for someone with green eyes and who can wear black eyeshadows more easily than what i can. There is no problem with the eyeshadow, just me being sucked in by the beautiful marble effect. I do use it with the Violet Ink reviewed below, which makes it look lovely.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner, Violet Ink.

Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Violet Ink in Sunlight

Recently, i bought the ultra precise eye liner by BB and no better way to use this than with cream eye liners.

Violet ink is a gorgeous deep purple shade with ultra micro pink sparkle. It is lovely and makes the sequin eyeshadow work better on my eyes. It doesn’t fade during the day and with the eyeliner brush, i can get a very precise line. BB makes some gorgeous eye lining gel shades and i could buy more quite easily.

Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Violet Ink With FlashBobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner Violet Ink swatch

That was my little trip to John Lewis, who have just refurbished all their beauty counters and they look WOW! Making me now want to spend even more money. I know i’ll be back in there when i get paid again.

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

 
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