Thursday, 28 June 2012

Illamasqua Generation Q (preview!) - Where beauty has no age limits

Illamasqua is a brand that make me fall more and more in love with them every time I attend their events, every time I see one of their collections or even walk past their counters in Selfridges.  I can not fault one thing about this brand – they are unlike any other makeup company out there and they are really trying to change the way women feel about makeup.

Earlier in the year, Illamasqua held a competition online where you could ‘nominate’ and ‘vote’ for a friend or relative to be the face of their new Generation Q campaign.  They urged absolutely anyone to send in their photograph, anyone you thought has a real sense of beauty.  Beauty has NO limits and Illamasqua want to celebrate this fact by using real people.  ‘Generation Q will go against the industry's unspoken and despicable taboo, by featuring old models as well as young.  Because to us, hiding your age is like hiding your true identity’.

‘Generation Q is a celebration of beauty.  Ageless, without limits or restrictions.  It’s our declaration to the world that beauty is inclusive, not exclusive’.

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At the preview event of the Generation Q range (which was held in the lovely Soho Cinema) we were able to have a play around with the new collection, as well as hear Creative Director Alex Box (possibly my favourite makeup artist, ever!!) and Director of New Product Development David Horne talk about what they feel about the range and why they made it. 

The whole evening was completely over whelming for me (being an emotional gal) and at one point I actually nearly broke down in tears – why should women feel like they can’t wear as much makeup when they hit 40/50/60?  They are the ones of have lived, loved and lost and hold so much more wisdom and in the words of Alex Box, that makes them more beautiful than ever. 

The range itself is simply stunning.  The two palettes are both absolutely perfect and will suit any age, skin tone or type.  Both the Complement and Empower palette each contain a New Liquid Metal, a New Pressed Pure Pigment and two Powder Eye Shadows – giving you a variety of textures to layer up and play around with.  I can not wait to show you swatches of the Empower palette as it is just incredible – after layering up the shades you are left with the most incredible two-tone green, purple, pink and brown mermaid-tail-like colour and texture.

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Also in the range are two Intense Lipglosses in Boost (a Blueberry Violet) and Opulent, described as a Rainbow Beige, because there are no other words to describe how unique this gloss is – it literally shines and sparkles every colour you can imagine in the light.  There are two blushes available – Sophie (a Peachy Golden Coral – pictured above) and Allure (a Dusky Rose Pink Shimmer).  Something I am very excited about are the nail polishes – Creator (a Magical Black) and Charisma (a Deep Raspberry Pink). 

There are two lipsticks in this collection – Underworld (a Blueberry Violet Shimmer) and Magnetism (a Deep Raspberry Pink), a new Gleam Lightweight Compact Highlighter which can be applied wherever you desire (cheeks, cupids bow, d├ęcolletage) called Aurora which is a Light Champagne shade – perfect for all skin tones and finally, a new Precision Ink pen in Wisdom which is an Antiqued Gold shade.

One thing that is very apparent in this collection is shimmer… hands up if you’ve ever read a ‘beauty bible/book’ state that you can’t wear shimmer makeup when you’re older?  I HAVE!  Illamasqua firmly believe that that statement is a load of tosh – I myself adore shimmer eye shadows, in fact I wear shimmer shadows every day and the thought of not being able to when I grow older is a little devastating for me – how will I emphasize my brow bone or cheek bones without a bit of shimmer highlighter?!!!!!  Well, with this new range and Generation Q campaign, Illamasqua are proving to everyone that you can wear whatever makes you happy and feel confident – including shimmer.  One of the models chosen to be the face of the range is Evelyn, who is 72 (and whom I met at the event).  She looked absolutely incredible (I hope to ooze confident, charm and charisma like her when I’m 70!) and she was wearing and embracing the Generation Q range (and all of its shimmer) and looked just, fantastic.  Evelyn was also wearing the shimmery black nail varnish (Creator) on both her fingers and toes and this added to her confidence and charm.

‘All products and shades included in Generation Q have been formulated and chosen irrespective of age, race, gender or sexual preference to give everybody the tools to express their alter ego’.

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Now, the bad news is that the Generation Q range isn’t out until September! Booooo!  Hopefully nearer the time I’ll be able to show you some of the products in a little more detail with swatches and tutorials but until then, I hope this feeds your Illamasqua thirst!

Do you like the look of this collection?  What do you think about age & makeup?

xxxx

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Bourjois ‘Rainbow Apparition’ Nail Polish Swatches!

My glitter polish collection is growing fast and this is my most recent addition to the family!  Bourjois recently bought out around 8 new ‘1 second Nail Enamel’ polishes and this is one of them (and probably my favourite – you know I can’t resist a bit of glitter!!).

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Aptly named ‘Rainbow Apparition’ (#14), this purple based polish is packed with fine glitters which sparkle blue, gold, pink, green, purple under the light – it is truly beautiful and perfect for a bit of dazzling this summer.  In the above photographs I am wearing three coats for an intense sparkly look, but this polish also looks gorgeous layered over any other nail polish shade (purple, pink and blue work really well!). 

One thing I really love about this nail varnish (and the other Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Enamels) is the big, flat, fan brush applicator.  It’s almost the perfect size to cover the whole nail with polish in just one sweep which makes painting your nails really easy and quick.  As predicted, this glitter polish is a pain to remove, but using the Bourjous 1 Second Nail Polish Remover it’s a little easier to get rid of. 

This polish retails for £5.99 and should be out in stores already!

What’s your favourite Bourjois nail varnish?  Will you be picking this up?

xxxxxx

Friday, 22 June 2012

So..Fragrance Review & Giveaway!

I have a little bit of an obsession with body sprays… I know that every girl probably went through this obsession when they are 12 years old, but mine has lasted a little longer!  One of the most popular brands of body sprays and affordable fragrances in my eyes is the Sooo…? range (as well as impulse, obviously!).

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I’ve recently been using the So…? Sinful range which I have been loving – it’s initially quite sensual and sexy, but the more I wear it, the more fruity it seems, and the more it reminds me of a fragrance I used to adore when I was younger.  The fragrance includes notes of strawberries and pineapples, followed by violet and jasmine and then dark-chocolate and vanilla top notes.  I am a big fan of sickly sweet, vanilla and chocolate scents so this is absolutely perfect for me and very easy to wear daily!

I like to carry the body spray around in my handbag for days out and use the EDT at home.  I do love the smell of these products but do wish they lasted longer on my skin.  I feel like the fragrance disappears quite quickly, meaning I end up using more product, which is a shame.

Giveaway – So…? have generously offered to give away both of the products above; a So…? Sinful 30ml EDT & 75ml Body Spray, to any one that follows my blog.  All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is comment on this blog post with your email address (so the winner can be contacted) and register for free on the So…? website (here - http://uk.sofragrance.com/register)!

Terms & Conditions – You must be a follower of Katie’s Beauty Blog to enter.  Giveaway is open to UK residents only and will be picked at random by So…?, who will contact the winner and send out their goodies!  The giveaway ends on Friday 29th June at 11pm (a weeks time).

You can buy these smellies in Boots or Superdrug or on the Sofragrance website, £6 for the EDT and £2 for the Body Spray.

What is your favourite Body Spray?  Remember to leave your email address if you enter the giveaway!

xxxxx

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

‘Modern Bouffant’ video with Peter Lux and Head & Shoulders!

Last month I was a very lucky girl for the day and visited Wella Studios in London to film a video for Head and Shoulders, with their Creative Brand Director, Peter Lux.  Firstly, Peter is pretty amazing (and gorgeous!) and is a hair stylist to the stars.  We had a lovely chat about my hair and decided on a look that would be on trend this S/S.  You can watch the video below to see how Peter worked his magic on my hair and to hear about some tips and tricks he gave me on how to keep your hair in perfect condition with Head & Shoulders!


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I didn’t realise that Head & Shoulders had now delved into the world of conditioner and I’m really glad they did. Their products have been used for decades in the Snooks family household (my Dad and I are fans) and the fact that I can use their shampoo’s in a regime with their new conditioners, to keep your hair soft, as well as irritation and dandruff free is fab.

The products used on me in the video above were the Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky Shampoo & Conditioner, which retail at £2.39 in most high street chemists!  There is a range for every hair type so there is something for everyone.

As for the hairstyle Peter created for me, I LOVE it.  I adore bouffant style 60’s hairstyles, but also love side plaits, so Peter’s creation was just perfect for me!  On the way out of the salon, I walked past Mollie from The Saturdays and even she looked at me and my gorge hair (with envy, of course!!).

What hairstyle would you want for you?  Do you use Head & Shoulders products?

xxxxx

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Glossy Box June 2012 – Sexy Summer Box!

I feel like this box came around really quickly so it was a pleasant surprise when it turned up on my doorstep.  The June box is all about channelling your ‘sexy summer style’ and getting you in the mood for summer (when it finally comes to London!!).  I really love this box so I couldn’t wait to share it with you all!

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Vichy Dermablend Concealer Starter Kit – I actually already have the full size stick of this concealer and I love it!  It was great to see this in my box as I think this concealer needs more recognition.  It really is a great product for covering blemishes and I love that there are 6 shades to try out so you can (hopefully) find the shade for you.

Me Me Me Long Lasting Gloss Nail Polish in ‘Sensuous’ – I adore Me Me Me products (previous reviews here) and I love peach nail polishes so this is another winner!  This takes a couple of coats to look perfect, but it’s a lovely muted, natural peach for summer.

Glossybox Exclusive Pro Beauty Brush – I wanted to love this, but the hairs on this brush are a little scratchy and aren’t as soft as others I own.  It’d be nice for quick sweeps of blusher/bronzer, but I’d choose my Sigma or Royal & Langnickle brushes over this!

BM Beauty Summer Warmth Bronzer – I think BM pigments have been included in past Glossybox’s as I have a few of their eye shadows already, but it’s nice to now be able to try out their other products.  This is a lovely, soft powder bronze and leaves me with a beautiful, yet natural glow on my cheeks.

Caudalie Eaux Fraiches Perfume in Fleur De Vigne – I’m not normally a fan of fresh, floral scents, but this is really lovely.  I love the packaging for this perfume – it makes it super easy to carry around in my bag and casually spritz throughout the day.  This particular fragrance is really uplifting; I’m really intrigued now by the other fragrances available in the boxes and will definitely check them out in store!

Overall, I really like this Glossybox and I’d say it’s up there in my top five beauty boxes!  I’m looking forward to being nosey and seeing what others got this month also!

Do you like the look of the June box? 

xxxxxx

Friday, 15 June 2012

MAC’s Good To Go Pro Longwear Lipcreme Swatches.

My favourite red lipstick, in the world, has to be MAC’s Morange… that is, until I got my hands on this beauty!  I generally really trust MAC and their lipsticks, especially.  The quality is always amazing, they smell delicious and the colours are just too beautiful to resist!

I hadn’t tried any of their Pro Longwear Lipcreme’s before, so I was curious to see how this compared.  Read on for swatches & what I think!

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On MAC’s website this is described as a ‘Loudmouth Orange’, and it makes the most perfect alternate to the classic ‘red’ lip.  Because of the Pro longwear formula, this lipstick wears incredibly well on the skin, meaning I only have to lightly top up every 5 hours or so.  Because of the slightly different packaging on the Pro Longwear lipsticks, the shape of the bullet is different to the regular MAC lipsticks; because of this I find the best way to apply this is with a lip brush – a little more effort, but you need to be precise with red lipsticks as any mistakes show!

The MAC Good to Go Pro Longwear Lipcreme retails at £16.50 – quite pricey but because of the longevity of the shade and beautiful colour, I’d say it’s a classic and staple red lip product!

What’s your favourite red lipstick??

xxxxx

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Liz Taw Hairstyle & Aussie Event!

A while ago now I was invited along to an Aussie event, for the launch of their new BIG bottles.  I love Aussie and have been using their shampoos and conditioners since the age of 17/18 and have gone through so many 250ml bottles, so I was glad to see they’d brought out biggun’s for us girls that go through it like crazy.

Anyway, at the event I was booked up with a five minute slot with Liz Taw, celebrity hairdresser and Aussie Ambassador.  Liz was recently Gary Barlow’s hair stylist throughout the whole last X Factor series, so I was very excited to have the same hands running through my hair!

I told Liz that I adore having long hair, however it is so long that I have no idea what to do with it.  Do any of you feel like this?  I either wear it in a plait, or down, or in a bun and that’s about it – it’s so boring and I want to be more adventurous with hair styles.  So Liz showed me a really quick, easy hair style that she has also done previously on Pixie Lott & Eliza Doolittle before (aaaahhhh-mazzzinng).

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(Picture stolen from Handpicked Media Style blog – link here!) 

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The style looks so complicated but is actually quite simple.  It involved splitting the hair into three sections; with the section in the middle of your head, you twist it until it forms a bun, you then clip that into place.  The with the two sections left of either side of you head, you then split one into two and twist again and twirl it around the bun and then clip into place, and again with the other section on the other side.  It sounds complicated, but after some practise I’m sure it’ll be easy to get the hang of!

You can buy Aussie from Boots or Superdrug.  The Shampoo now comes in 500 and the conditioner in 400 for £5.99 and you can view Liz’s celeb portfolio here!

What’s your favourite quick hairstyle to do?  What celebrity hairstyle would you like to recreate?

xxxx

Monday, 11 June 2012

AKA Cosmetics Range & Event!

When an invite for a brand spanking new makeup brand launch landed on my doorstep a few months ago I was very excited.  Not only was the event to be hosted in one of my favourite restaurants in London, but it was a chance to see the new range before anyone else – I had to go!

AKA (standing for ‘also known as’) is a new range designed on releasing the ‘other you’.  The basic idea is that all products currently available, work together to create three looks depending on what most suits your mood at the time – Demure (pretty and classic), Smokey (sultry & sexy) or Carnival (outrageous and fun).  The range is quite small at the moment (with hopes to expand) but consists of a few basic products for everyday use, but also includes a few stunning and colourful products for those who like a little bit of fun.

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AKA NAILS 
Nail Polish £5
I arrived super early to the event (I was the first person there!!) so I settled down with a drink and had a manicure!
I chose this bright bubblegum pink shade which is aptly named ‘Candy Floss’.  The first coat of the polish looked a little streaky, but after two coats (in the photograph above) the colour was intense and vibrant.  At the moment there are 12 nail polishes in the AKA range ranging from a bright blue, to a glitter topcoat to a sexy red – the basics for every look. 

AKA BLUSH EYES
Next up are the eyeshadow quad palettes and blushers!

Eyeshadow Quad Palettes £9.50
The eye shadows are surprisingly pigmented and I love the three colour palette variations.  I’d love to see a more neutral brown palette and maybe a green & gold palette in the collection too.

Blushers £7
I adore the the 6 blushers available.  I think the colours are absolutely lovely (my favourites are ‘Natural Glow’ and ‘Innocent Blush’ [bottom left]).  They are all pigmented so a little sweep with a brush will leave you with the most beautiful flush of colour.

AKA EYESHADOWS 
Eyeshadow Duos £7
These eyeshadow duos are probably my favourite thing from the collection – just look at how pigmented and stunning the powders are!  I adore the blue, green and silvery black/grey duos and would love them in my collection.  I love that you can sweep the lighter colour on your eyes for the day, and totally transform the look in the evening by adding the darker shade into the crease of the eye or into your lash line for a smokey, smouldering look.

AKA LIP LINERS 
Lip Liners £5.50
There are three lip liners in the current range, my favourite being the light, natural pink shade.  It matches my lips perfectly so I will definitely be purchasing that one.  I also love that they are twist up pencils so you don’t loose product whilst sharpening. 

AKA EYELINERS
Eye Pencils £5.50
Again, like the Lip Pencils, the eye liners come in a twist up format which makes them very easy to use.  All three are soft and easy to apply and all three are nice basic colours to have in your collection.

AKA LIPGLOSSES
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I think these will be a big hit because they colours are gorgeous, and because they aren’t sticky or tacky AT ALL!  They have quite a weird formula, but it almost reminds me of a lip stain which leaves you with a liquid-y wash of colour.  They are easily buildable, and I also think they’d look lovely over the top of a lipstick! 

AKA LIPSTICKS
Swatches top to bottom – Crushed, L’Amour, Harlot, Bewitch

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I AM IN LOVE WITH THESE LIPPIES!!  They are beautiful soft, pigmented, simple and just gorgeous!  My favourite colour out of the 12 available is the bright pink (second swatch from the top) which I *think* is called L’Amour. 

Also in the range are liquid liners (not great to be honest – very watery and not a great amount of pigmentation) as well as mascaras (will be trying soon for review!)

What I think
I am really pleasantly surprised with the AKA products, a completely new makeup brand on the market.  I love the simple packaging of the range and the colour variety available for all the products.  I’m really looking forward to seeing the range grow and expand – I think a few more ‘face’ products are needed such as foundation, power, concealer, and I’d love to see more eyeliners, shadows and nail polishes. 
I’m not completely sure what I think of the price range just yet, I can’t make my mind up whether it is a little too high or a good price.  I think because the packaging is so simple (although I love it like that) that perhaps people would expect something a little more fancy for £5-10? 

The AKA range is available to purchase on their website – HERE, but will also hopefully be making its way into stores soon!

Do you like the look of AKA Cosmetics?  What would you purchase?

xxxx

Friday, 8 June 2012

Nioxin Hair Scalp Dermabrasion Treatment & Thicker Hair Blow Dry Review!

On Wednesday night I made my way down to the Michael John Salon in Central London to try out a revolutionary new hair care system which helps to encourage hair growth, thickness and strength. As a blonde who has dry and damaged hair from over 7 years of bleaching, my hair was begging for a pamper and Nioxin’s treatment sounded like the perfect solution!

Firstly, the Michael John Salon is just lovely – very spacious and stylish, with shelves full of products that had my full attention; Phillip Kingsly & Essie for example! I was booked in to try out the Scalp Renew Dermabrasion, followed by the Nioxin Thicker Hair Blow-Dry. The treatments are inspired by skin care – with a three step regime that works together to help the health of your scalp and restore the condition to leave you with fuller, thicker hair.

The Scalp Renew Dermabrasion Treatment
I was settled down in a massaging chair (heaven) and my hair was washed twice with the Nioxin Cleanser – which made sure my hair was squeaky clean and free from all residues. Then the Scalp Renew Dermabrasion Treatment was applied all over my scalp, massaged in a little and was then left to work its magic for 5 minutes. This product is basically like an exfoliator for your head; it makes sure none of the pores are clogged meaning that your hair follicles can grow easily. After that, the product was washed off and the Nioxin Deep Repair Masque was left in my hair for a couple of minutes to help restore some moisture by repairing the hair shafts.

The Nioxin Thicker Hair Blow-Dry
After using the Nioxin products, I was treated to a Michael John Signature Blow Dry which helped make my hair super soft and swishy. I had a few gentle waves put in my hair (as I’m not one for a sleek straight look) and voila, I was done!

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The gorgeous Emma (Milkteef) and I after our treatments!

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What I think of the In-Salon Treatment
The treatment is perfect for those who have thin or chemically treated hair or even for those who want to overall improve the general condition of their hair, maybe because it’s a little damaged because of heated styling tools. My hair has not felt this soft, manageable and shiny in a very long time – I literally can not stop touching (and swishing!) it! It also feels a lot lighter and therefore is much easier to comb through and look after. 

I was given the Nioxin At-Home 3 Part System and the Hair Masque to take home with me and try out for a month. The kit consists of a Cleanser (shampoo), Scalp Revitalizer (conditioner) and a Scalp Treatment. At the end of the month I will be writing up a full review of the At-Home products and giving you my feedback on the range, so stay tuned for that!

The 3 Part System retails at £27.99 and is available for 6 different hair types, from thin to coarse to chemically treated hair, so there is something for everyone. The In-Salon Scalp Dermabrasion Treatment and Blow Dry is £45. You can read more about it all here - www.nioxin.com

Would you try the Nioxin 3 Step Hair System Kit? What do you use to get super soft locks?

Xxxx

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Thursday, 7 June 2012

Holiday Outfit of the Day #2

I always find it difficult to dress for those touristy days on holiday when you know you’ll be exploring and walking a lot, but still want to look relatively good!  This was one of the days in particular.  My family and I hopped on a train to Tropea, voted the most beautiful town in Italy.  It really is stunning, with houses in the mountains, a castle on a hill and lots of little beaches.

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Mint Green Knitted Jumper – New Look, Grey Vest Top – New Look, Black Leggings  - Pro Skins, Grey Hoodie (below) – H&M

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Sorry for my miserable face above left, aha!! I decided to wear lots of layers in case it got chilly, and so I layered up a vest, a jumper, a hoodie and a denim jacket.  I love the mint green jumper which I got in the New Look sale a few weeks ago.  It’s a nice length which is high at the front and low on your bottom so you can wear it with leggings.  The pro skin leggings are pretty amazing.  I’ve had them for a year now and they’re my go to bottoms – they’re a little shiny and super tight and best of all, they have micro caffeine crystals in which help get rid of cellulite – haha!  Bad thing is they’re starting to break at the seams now so I’m either going to repurchase them, or get some American Apparel Disco Pants instead.  We’ll see!

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What do you wear on holiday when you’re exploring?

xxxx

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Essie Launch Celebrations!

Essie is a nail polish brand that I had been hoping would make its appearance on the UK high street for a very long time now.  I remember even asking a few American exchange students at my university to send me some over because it used be quite difficult to get hold of them over here!!  Fast forward to this Spring and Essie have just launched in Boots and Superdrug in the UK.

To celebrate, over the long bank holiday weekend for the Queen’s Jubilee, the Essie team sent their 6 best manicurists out and about on the streets of London to pamper the public with free manicures!  The team were armed with their 12 best selling shades that customers could choose from for their manicure - Cute as a Button, Tart Deco, Mint Candy Apple, Lilacism, Fiji, Lapiz of Luxury, Ballet Slippers, Watermelon, Splash of Grenadine, Muchi Muchi, Flawless, Mademoiselle… my personal favourites being Mint Candy Apple and Tart Deco.

A few of the locations visited by the Essie team included Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, White City shopping centre, Kensington Palace Gardens, South Kensington, and at the Jubilee parties near Buckingham Palace and Hampton Court Palace!  I popped along to the Piccadilly Circus Boots store to pick up a few Essie leaflets and take a look at the new Essie nail polish stand (and drool at all the beautiful shades!) and snapped a few pics whilst I was there -

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I spoke to the manager of the Boots store in Piccadilly circus who said the free manicures were going down a storm – I would have loved to have met the team and got my nails done but unfortunately they were so busy I couldn’t even get to them! 

Did you get your nails done by Essie this weekend?  What’s your favourite Essie nail polish?

xxxx

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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

May Jolie Box 2012!

This is a super late beauty box review but I really wanted to share it as it has to be one of my favourites!  After I started seeing this box pop up on other blogs I absolutely could NOT wait to receive mine and it did not disappoint.

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RNK Make Up Base – I’ve never mentioned this on my blog before (no idea why not!) but I’m a big fan of RMK.  I have a few of their products including a primer, foundation and highlighter and I absolutely adore them all!  This ‘make up base’ in particular feels a lot like a moisturizer to me, but makes my foundation glide on smoothly.  Another winner from RMK!

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Smoke and Ashes – I love China Glaze, nail polish and The Hunger Games so when I saw this in my box I was VERY excited!  This is my third China Glaze polish and I’m not disappointed – the colour is so intense and pigmented that it only really needs one coat!  I received the shade ‘Smoke and Ashes’ which was released as part of The Hunger Games polish collection and it’s a black with a subtle green and gold shimmer.

Talika Lipocils Expert – This Talika product is natural and full of organic ingredients to help encourage eyelash growth.  I’m a little obsessed with trying to grow my eyelashes back after accidentally trimming some off so I’m really looking forward to using this and seeing some results. 

Essential Care Organic Rose Moisturizer – I don’t normally use samples of skin care so I might pass this onto my sister to try!

What I Think – Yet another stunner from Jolie Box.  I must say I’m super impressed with Jolie Box – every box I have received from them I have been very happy with and I always use the products I receive.  I’m really looking forward to June’s Jolie Box as it will be their Birthday addition and will include some French favourites and Limited Edition box designs!

What do you think of Jolie Box? What’s your favourite China Glaze polish?

xxxx

Sunday, 3 June 2012

MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj Lipstick Swatches

When this first started popping up on blogs I thought it looked truly stunning but I wasn’t blown away and knew I could live without it.  Fast forward a few months and there I was, browsing a MAC store when I saw it in the flesh for the first time.  I couldn’t believe how beautiful it was and was sold!

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This is such a stunning bright pink shade and I am very happy that I bought it.  It’s described as a yellow based pink which makes it appear slightly more coral on different skin tones, on my lips however it glides on to add the most perfect Barbie pink shade.  With its vanilla scent and incredible pigmentation, I can imagine this becoming one of my favourite lippies very easily.

Best of all about this lippie – because it’s a Viva Glam lippie, every penny made from this lippie goes straight towards the MAC Aids Fund.

I thought I’d also include a comparison of this lipstick with a few other pinks I own.  By looking at the swatches below you’ll see just how unique a pink it is – I don’t have any others like it in my collection.  I really adore how it has more of a warm orange tone to it, rather than the neon blue/purple tones that the Barry M & Sleek ones have.

MAC MINAJ COMPARISIONS
L-R Barry M #146, Barry M #52, Sleek MakeUp in ‘Amped’, 17’s Long Lasting Fix Lipstick in ‘Dreamy’, MAC’s ‘Chatterbox’ and MAC’s Viva Glam Nicki Minaj.

Have you got this Limited Edition lipstick?  What is your favourite Viva Glam lippie?

xxxx