It’s been quite sometime since I made that eventful trip to Sephora and came back with several of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders and Blushes. To be fair, they have been one of the more sensible make up purchases that I have made. Not only have I bought blushes in shades that I would wear daily but you really cannot go wrong with several pressed powders of various sheens and shades. I’m on my second Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette with its neutral Dim Light, glowy Incandescent Light and sunkissed Radiant Light powders and I just adore the naturally beautiful, soft focus finish that they leave on my skin. Since the launch of the Ambient Lighting powders, I seem to have created quite the collection.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

The Ambient Lighting Strobe Palette upsets me a little, as it was a limited edition from a few Christmas’s ago. I was clever. I had two, which is why this one is brand new – yay! However, you can buy each blush in the palette in individual compacts. Featuring Iridescent Flash; a glowy pink, Brilliant Nude; a peachy gold, and Euphoric Fusion; a warm coral, these shades are so me it’s untrue. I like to use a blend of all three to make a custom cheek colour, but whilst I have a suntan, Brilliant Nude and Euphoric Fusion have been my go to shades.

The formulation of these powders are incredibly lightweight which I’m really into it at the moment, and as I’m also into layering products, they work well in giving me a flush of warmth without looking caked in makeup. There’s a depth to my skin when I use these light reflecting powders. They sculpt whilst blurring out skin. Pores look more refined, dry patches aren’t enhanced. You can see exactly why these powders are getting such good reviews and write ups.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

My second Hourglass powder is the Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze. This is such a subtle bronzer and it makes my skin look so perfect, it’s untrue. It’s so strange, because for all the years that I can remember, I have struggled to find a bronzer that shows up on my skin without looking muddy, and now I seem to have cracked the code and I am finding bronzers with ease that are great matches for my skin tone. I do think that I would like to give the Radiant Bronze a try as well as it seems to have the undertones that my skin needs.

One of my favourite blush shades to wear whilst I have a tan is a pretty baby pink shade. It compliments tanned skin beautifully and the pop of colour adds dimension without looking too severe. Ethereal Blush isn’t a shade that I would usually choose as it is very cool toned, but a change is as good as a rest and I’ve proven myself wrong by using a shade that is so flattering and not at all garish on my warm skin tone.

Hourglass have been a preferred brand of mine for so many years because of their innovation formulation and I’m so pleased to see that the brand have started to make it’s mark on the UK market. You can now find Hourglass in Space NK, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges. What have you tried from Hourglass that you can’t live without?

PIN ME!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders #hourglass #ambientlighting #selfridgesbeauty

Follow:

IT Cosmetics seems to be causing quite the stir around the UK at the moment, and after trying out some of the hero products of the brand, I am not surprised. IT Cosmetics finally hit the UK shores towards the end of last year, taking residency at Selfridges as well as QVC UK, which we all know has great bundles offers and Easy Pay installments. When the brand launched last year, I was kindly sent across as bag of samples of the hero products and within those samples, I have discovered four products, three of which I will be sharing today and the fourth will be purchased pretty soon! The products that have contributed to my face looking it’s ultimate best include the iconic CC+ cream, under eye concealer and one of the best brow products that I have used in a long time.

The IT Makeup of the Moment - IT Cosmetics

The IT Makeup of the Moment - IT Cosmetics

My original sample bag contained the Your Skin But Better CC+ SPF50 cream, however since then IT Cosmetics have launched an illuminating version which I have been using. I have usually turned my nose up at BB creams, CC creams and even the DD creams that made a very small appearance before fading into obscurity. I have always been that full coverage, foundation like a mask gal and nothing could sway me away from that. I’m sure you can imagine that my initial first impressions of the CC+ cream absolutely blew me away. This is no ordinary CC cream, in fact it’s a wonder product of epic proportions that has the scent of melons and makes me look flawless.

Your Skin But Better CC+ SPF50 cream is a lightweight, non greasy (unless you use too much) cream that contains enough SPF to be able to forget adding another one to the mix. It has a full coverage finish that can be worn alone, or should you wish, under foundation. It corrects colour, covers up my pores and generally leaves me looking fresh as a daisy. I use the CC+ cream most days instead of foundation as it basically works as well, but without being too heavy on my skin. The illuminating version is packed with light reflecting particles that make skin look dewy and glowing, without any shimmer or glitter and as the formulation contains an anti ageing serum, the CC+ cream does make me look dry or cakey. It’s an absolute winner for me, and as you only need a max of two pumps to cover your face, the tube is going to last quite sometime. Whether you apply it with a brush, your fingers or a damp beauty blender, the coverage and finish is the same and looks great. You can see why it’s a Top Ten product from IT Cosmetics.

The IT Makeup of the Moment - IT Cosmetics

The IT Makeup of the Moment - IT Cosmetics

The IT Makeup of the Moment - IT Cosmetics

Dark circles have been the bane of my life for as long as I can remember and a under eye concealer has to have a few stipulations. Soft and creamy, crease proof, long lasting and industrial strength. There aren’t many that I have found that tick all the box but now I can add two new concealers to my routine. The Bye Bye Under Eye is another of It Cosmetics Top Ten products and is available in the Original and the Illuminating version. You can see from the below swatch that Illuminating version is very subtle, and although the light reflecting particles are present, they are not blinding or look out of place for an under eye product. A tiny amount of product is needed to give an even and full coverage, waterproof under eye. I think it quite possibly is my favourite under eye product that I have tried, and if you know my make up collection, you know I’ve tried a lot. Out of the two, I think I do prefer the original when doing a more intense eye look, but for day to day, the illuminating version works really well.

I have decided that the best brow for me is a natural, fluffy brow that doesn’t look too done or too severe. Whilst I like a Dip Brow Pomade brow when I go out, for normal operations, a brow that is drawn with a pencil is my go to. As my brows are in quite good shape at the moment, a quick touch up of the sparse areas and a defined arch is all I am after. The IT Cosmetics Brow Power in Universal Taupe is the only shade that they do, and it matches to any brow colour. How cool is that. The wax pencil makes it easy to fill in the gaps and build up areas to give the illusion of thicker and fuller brows, whilst the spoolie on the end helps to tame and tidy hairs. I have been using this daily for quite some time now and out of curiosity, I twisted the pencil to see how much product I had left. There’s loads! I think it will definitely last me a good month or two with the amount that I use.

One of the other samples that I did try was the Superhero mascara. I’m so funny with mascaras that I rarely find ones that do everything that I want them to do. As I have a couple open and on the go at the moment, I will be picking up the Superhero mascara next time I head into Selfridges.

On the subject of Selfridges, the Trafford Centre is relaunching the beauty hall and the addition of five new brands including Anastasia Beverly Hills, Hourglass and Natasha Denona. It very exciting to finally have an actual stand for ABH in the UK so I will be heading there to swatch away in the next few weeks. How much fun!

Pin Me!

 

It Cosmetics, #itcosmetics, #heroproducts #itcosmeticscccream #cccream #byebyeundereye

Follow:

Without realising it, I have fallen head over heels for Fenty Beauty. It all started with a highlighter and now I seem to be fully kitted up and ready to collect the final few pieces to complete a full collection. Fenty Beauty launched in November of last year and already has reached heights of fabulosity with its inclusivity for women of colour with a 40 strong shade range. The Pro Filt’r foundation not only has shades for everyone but has one of the most beautiful formulations. A full coverage foundation, with a soft matte finish that stays on all day, even without the help of the Soft Filt’r primer. I am wearing this more than any other foundation at the moment and I love the flawless, soft focus finish that it gives to my skin.

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

After having a makeover at Harvey Nichols Manchester, I sat with Djema, who painted my face for the gods. Using Pro Filt’r in 240 as my base, I wanted to see more of how the Match Stix could work on my skin to sculpt and define. I also wanted to see which shades would be the most beneficial for me. As I already own the French Vanilla Match Stix which I use as an under eye brightener, I do find that the colour sometimes looks a little chalky. Djema tried the Match Stix Trio in Medium and the shades are very complementary for my skin tone. For the brightening shade, Bamboo is a neutral shade which is more in line with the concealer shades I use for my under eyes. Mocha, a cool toned contour shade is another perfect shade for my skintone. Not too dark, it doesn’t make me look muddy and it gives a cast of shadow that doesn’t look unnatural. The shimmer Match Stix within the Match Stix trio is Trippin’, a gold glazed apricot shade that is to die for. With the shimmer Match Stix, they also double up as great eye shadows so I’m pleased I have several that can be used for different areas of the face.

A custom made blush was made using a mixture of matte Match Stix in Suede and shimmer Match Stix in Ridiic, and the outcome is a deep flush of warm coral that reminds me of NARS Torrid but with a deeper, more sunkissed coral. It’s going to be perfect for my holidays. We also tried a tiny amount of Shimmer Match Stix in Confetti for my highlight and I think that this shade is quite possibly the most beautiful, and so very me, highlight shade. I can’t wait to layer it with Unicorn for a dazzling, glitter sheen.

Layering up the Match Stix with the Pro Filt’r foundation has shown me that all of these layers still feel as light as air on my face. I don’t feel caked in makeup and although essentially I am, ultimately the finish is still natural. With this lightness in mind, I have packed every single item into my holiday makeup bag and I can see that this will be ideal for hot climates. I may have to go and get myself a Body Lava before I go because Body Lave plus tan equals heaven!

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Also in my makeup bag, I’ve added three of the Fenty Beauty Matte-moiselle Lipsticks. These slim lippies are deceiving. They don’t look much, but my god, they certainly pack a punch in pigment and staying power. I swatched these on my arms and stained like you would not believe. There are 14 shades in total, and I have four of them. At £16 each, they are cheaper than MAC, and the formulation of the mattes is superb. They are so creamy and comfortable, I don’t get the dry puckered up lip that I do with some other mattes and again, they last for hours. The pigmentation is insane and the colour intensity on the lip is stronger than in the tube. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how amazing the shades look.

Up 2 No Good is a nude peach that does slightly clash with my skintone, but a lip liner could make it look so much different. I love the colour and even when lightly patted onto the lips, it’s still vibrant. A peachy perfect summer shade.

Spanked is a dusty rose and is my absolute favourite of the four. It’s such an Anoushka lipstick, and I can get so much wear from it. They do apply really well from the tube, but with the intensity of the shades, I would define the lip a little more in usual practice just to distract from my uneven lip line.

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty

I wasn’t sure on Freckled Fiesta at first, but the spiced terracotta shade has really grown on me. I love how each shade in the range has been designed to work on every skintone, and whilst this is a shade that I wouldn’t usually go for, and in fact, I don’t own a shade like this, I really like how it looks.

The fourth shade I have is Griselda and my gosh, this is the only one of the four that I had real difficulty with. As it’s such a deep and bold burgundy, it makes it difficult to apply on me. I do struggle with dark lips, and I think they heighten my wonky lip line rather than flatter it. I have applied it straight from the tube, but I think that a lip brush and maybe patting it on in future will be more beneficial to get the most out of it.

I’m so pleased that my makeup brand of choice for my holiday is Fenty Beauty. A high performing, long lasting and great coverage selection of products that will make me look like a bronzed, glowing goddess. I hope!

Pin me on Pinterest!

Fenty Beauty #fenty #fentybeauty #rihanna #fentymakeup

Follow:

I love this time of year for two reasons. One, it’s almost nearly going to be summer soon, I can feel it. Secondly, it’s the summer phase for make up launches. I think I love summer launches more than I love Fashion Week to spot the newest trends and that’s a strong statement. Already, we have seen the Fenty Beauty Body Lava hit the shelves, and I think I saw a sneak peak of the Esteé Lauder Bronze Goddess palette that will here with this years Bronze Goddess perfume launch for 2018. The Kiko Milano Summer 2018 collection has just made its way into store and onto the website, and it’s making waves – Gold Waves to be precise. One of the prettiest collections that I’ve seen from Kiko, it scream summer and looks perfectly in keeping with my tropical themed backgrounds.

Kiko Milano Gold Waves Limited Edition

Kiko Milano Gold Waves Limited Edition

The entire collection has a golden, jewel like packaging which looks so luxury that you’d be surprised to find that each item is under £20 with the exception of the bronzer and the brush kit. A capsule collection which contains products for a whole face of makeup, with the emphasis on healthy, glowing skin with glossy eyes and lips. There are three different types of foundation; a liquid, cream and powder. I have both the cream foundation and powder compacts, which both has an integral mirror within the packaging as well as a compartment for the sponge applicator. I have both foundations in the shade 01 Fair, which usually would be a few shades too light for me however it’s actually really nice on my skin. Whilst it’s pale and natural, it can be warmed up with a bronzer. The coverage can be built but up and I found that the formula, although matte, didn’t look cakey or dry. I love the fact that it has an SPF of 50 so I’ll be taking this away with me for sure.

The Gold Waves Sand Shore blusher is another product that conjures up summer in a second. With a satin finish, Sun Shore is a mix of golden bronzer and pink gold that swirls together to make a seamless warm glow on your cheeks. I love blusher, it really makes a face of makeup look complete, and even when less is more, a touch of blush finishes the look so well.

Kiko Milano Gold Waves Limited Edition

After I spent the majority of last year swapping my usual lipsticks for lip oils, I was very excited to see the Kiko Gold Waves Nourishing Lip Oil. I mean, just look at it – it’s gorgeous. The clear tube shows the oil with flakes of orange suspended within. The formulation is packed with orange essence and the oil gives a shiny, glossy finish that makes it look like a high shine lip gloss. Whilst lips are being nourished, they remain comfortable and hydrated. I’m in love.

Have you tried Kiko Milano? What are your favourite products from Kiko? Let me know in the comments!

Pin me on Pinterest!

Kiko Gold Waves #goldwaves #kikomilano #kikosummer2018 #summermakeup #summerlaunches #newreleases #holidaymakeup

Follow:

As an avid lover of the Tarte Shape Tape concealer, I was elated when I heard that Tarte were bringing out two new products for the Shape Tape range. Releasing two brand new foundations, the Tarte Shape Tape foundation in a matte or hydrating formulation has already had its fair share of controversy. Although the excitement certainly was real at first, many beauty addicts were up in arms due to the abysmal shade range. Tweets telling people to ‘boycott Tarte’ were rife, whilst many an influencer shared their thoughts on the shades rather than the foundation. Suffice to say, it didn’t really receive the attention that it should have done. Although the drama does seem to have died down somewhat, I’m not not entirely comfortable with the fact that in this day and an age, a makeup brand cannot cater for everyone.

The Tarte Shape Tape Foundation Collection at QVC

The Tarte Shape Tape Foundation Collection at QVC

The Tarte Shape Tape Foundation Collection at QVC

The Tarte Shape Tape Foundation Collection at QVC

The Tarte Shape Tape Foundation Collection at QVC

That being said, as soon as I saw that the Tarte Shape Tape foundation was heading to the UK as part of a TSV on QVC, I was intrigued. Reason one being that a bottle of then foundation was £35 directly from Tarte, and the TSC was only £44. Secondly, because I really really wanted to try the foundation to see if it’s a good as the concealer. The set itself is still available however it has gone back up to it’s full price of £70 plus p+p. The five piece set comprises of the foundation, an eyeshadow palette, mascara, lipstick and a blending sponge, all contained in a purple Tarte makeup bag. I must admit that when the Tarte sets do on QVC, I can’t resist them as I do find that majority of the products that I have tried have been really good. One of my favourite sets was the Rainforest of The Sea set, again with another Tarte foundation.

Lets talk about the Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating foundation. Again, it has been subjected to controversy with the information that it is actually a repackaged foundation from Tarte which takes away from the brand new, never been seen before Shape Tape foundation launch. The Hydrating foundation promises 12 hour wear, a dewy finish and it’s oil free formulation will not fade, crease or crack throughout the day. It’s advised to apply the Hydrating Shape Tape foundation with a blending sponge for an even and seamless, flawless finish.

The foundation is in a carbon copy bottle of the Shape Tape concealer right down to the large doe foot applicator. Now, I’m throwing this out here right now – I hate this applicator. I don’t think it helps with getting the right amount of product from the bottle, it’s difficult to apply to your face from the applicator as it makes it feel dry on your skin and also I don’t think it’s particularly hygienic to keep putting a sponge applicator back into product. I also feel that I’m pushing a lot of the product to the bottom of the bottle each time you use it, and you cannot feel how much product is on the applicator until you pull it out. I’ve found that I have to dip my applicator back in, at least three times to get a full face.

I applied the foundation with a damp blending sponge as suggested by Tarte, and after spending a lot of time bounding the product into my skin, it didn’t look like I had any foundation on. This was the first time that I had used it, and I was slightly gutted thinking that it was a bit naff, and certainly not worth the money. I found that on that day, I looked like I needed to sort my face out and I came home feeling really disappointed. Compared to Shape Tape concealer which is so full coverage and unbelievably good, I was annoyed.

The Tarte Shape Tape Foundation Collection at QVC

The Tarte Shape Tape Foundation Collection at QVC

The Tarte Shape Tape Foundation Collection at QVC

The following morning I decided to go with my gut instinct and use my Iconic London flat topped buffing brush to apply it. I find this brush to be so incredible at making my skin look flawless, I would recommend it to everyone. Using a brush to buff it into the skin not only took half the amount of time than a blending sponge, but my skin looked amazing, I could see that my foundation was evenly buffed out, seamless and looked great. The Light Medium Honey shade is still a great shade for my skin, and I looked fresh, dewy and awake. I was starting to become a little impressed. 12 hours later, my foundation was still intact and I hadn’t had to top up during the day.

I’ve heard quite mixed reviews from people who have said that it needed a lot of work, which it did with the sponge. I’ve also heard that it doesn’t last, needs a lot of setting, slides off your face and transfers. I haven’t found any of these comments to be relevant to me, which I am actually really pleased about because I love wearing the Shape Tape foundation.

Within the five piece set was the Leave Your Mark palette, which I have fallen totally in love with. I’ve been wearing shimmery copper shadow each day this week. I really do love Tarte shadows. They’re so buttery soft, blend easily and are really very easy to work with. The Tarte Pro palette is one of my most used palettes for versatile shadows. The palette packaging is also cute AF, with it’s gold case covered in pink lips. Very cute and very Anoushka. Inside, seven eyeshadows and a rose gold highlighter; Love. As expected, these shadows are gorgeous and a dream to use.

Grace (pale pink)
Speak up (peachy nude)
Good vibes (copper)
Encourage (champagne)
Role model (antique gold)
Shake it off (deep bronze)
Respect (deep plum)

My lovely friend Keeley always used to rave over the Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara, and I have only ever tried a sample size of it. Having a full size tube to play with means I can really try it out and see it’s full potential. The brush is quite a good size, but I am so not used to brush applicators so I still get it everywhere. I like that the mascara gives full, curled and ultra black lashes with just one coat. I did have a bit of a moment last week where I burst into tears and I hate to say it, but the mascara did not make it through this tough time. Do you know when you see those images of people crying and mascara is everywhere? Well, that’s exactly what I looked like.

The Tarte Shape Tape Foundation Collection at QVC

The Tarte Shape Tape Foundation Collection at QVC

The Tarte Shape Tape Foundation Collection at QVC

The Tarte Shape Tape Foundation Collection at QVC

I only have one other Tarte lipstick which I got in the Rainforest of the Sea set. The one included in this set is on from the range of Rainforest of The Sea. The colour splash lipstick in Escape is a really lovely deep rose with a hydrating and moisturising formula. I’ve found the lipstick to be long wearing and it’s full coverage in one swipe. It’s not that far off my natural tone of my lip, so it really suits my skin tone and colouring.

Of course, the set does also include a good sized make up bag that is a little too big for my handbag essentials but one that I will definitely be using on my holidays. The blending sponge will go to live with all my other Tarte blending sponges that I’ve accumulated from buying Shape Tape, however the foundation sponge is a great size and shape to allow for seamless blending and getting into those smaller areas of your face. I actually quite like this sponge and although it’s not my favourite way to apply Shape Tape foundation, it does give a lovely finish.

Once again, Tarte at QVC have created a brilliant TSV. After trying the foundation, I don’t think that I would repurchase again at it’s regular price point at £35, as when I compare it to others at that price point such as Armani Luminous Silk, I don’t believe that they are in the same bracket and that Armani is far superior. That being said, I’m do really like the Shape Tape foundation. It does stay on, it doesn’t separate on my skin or make my pores look larger and the dewy glowy finish looks natural but still gives a full coverage. A great foundation, but it’s not worth £35.

Did you buy the Tarte TSV? Have you seen anything on QVC that has caught your eye lately?

Tarte Shape Tape Hydrating foundation #tarte #shapetape #foundation #worththehype #newreleases #2018makeup #blogginggals

Follow:

Playing around with makeup each weekend has started to become quite the routine for me. Waking up on a Saturday morning means a day of transformation from Saturday slobbiness to over the top glam and lashes for a collection of blog photos. Not only has it started to make me more productive, it’s really fun to sit and play with the colours and textures that I don’t have chance to experiment with during the week. I’ve been working with Revlon for quite some time and recently they have held a contest to show just how well Revlon Colorstay foundation performs. Always one to add another foundation to the mix, I was all for trying out this wonder base to see if it did stay all day. You may have seen my Instagram Stories where I have been quite enamoured with this beautiful foundation. Using all Revlon, I’ve put together a little ‘face of’ whilst I give my thoughts of Colorstay.

A Full Face Revlon Makeup

A Full Face Revlon Makeup

I have been really into my foundations lately and I’ve found that I’ve been going for a matte finish with a medium coverage. It’s quite refreshing to wear less makeup whilst knowing that I’ve covered blemishes and my skin looks healthy. The Revlon Colorstay foundation for combination/oily skin has been perfect for me recently. As it’s oil free, it really does stay in place as it counteracts the oils on my skin. A matte finish, but with a lightweight formula that feels like you aren’t wearing any foundation at all. In the shade 320 Nude Beige, I was slightly dubious after choosing the shade online that it would be too dark for me, but it actually looks really natural on.

Two pumps is enough product for my face, and I’ve been buffing it into my skin with the Iconic London flat topped buffing brush (which incidentally is one of the best foundation brushes I’ve ever used). It goes on really easily, works into the skin well and gives a really seamless blend. The finish is matte but not mask like, whilst the coverage is medium to full but still giving a fresh glowy finish. It’s a truly lovely foundation.

When I apply foundation in the morning, I apply it over a primer and set with a pressed powder and I don’t touch my face again throughout the day. When Revlon asked to see if the foundation did indeed last throughout the day, I was really intrigued to see if it did. A day of work, combined with lunchtime and after work meetings, and running from one side of Manchester to the other would usually have some sort of effect on my base. Revlon Colorstay however did not budge. Although I would never be able to wear a foundation for 24 hours, it’s definitely backed up the claims of it being long lasting. I’m actually really impressed. Even more so now I know that it’s only £12.99 from Boots and Superdrug.

A Full Face Revlon Makeup

A Full Face Revlon Makeup

A Full Face Revlon Makeup

A Full Face Revlon Makeup

A Full Face Revlon Makeup

For my full face, I’ve used the Revlon Eye, Cheek and Lips Romantic Nudes palette. Handy for throwing in your bag, this all in one palette contains six eye shadows, 4 lip colours and a blusher as well as mini sponge applicators and a blusher brush for application on the go. The colours are ideal for a daytime or soft glam look. I do wish that the shadows had a little bit more pigment as they do blend out to a sheer wash of colour when you’re trying to build it up. I love the colour of the blush though. It looks so natural and gives a light sheen on the cheekbones.

On the lashes, the Revlon Ultimate All in One black mascara. It promises volume, lift, definition, length and intense colour and I think it hits almost every point. I would have liked it to lengthen just a little bit more, but it does give a really good lash look. The length of the brush is quite surprising as it’s quite short but it’s great for the lower lashes and to pick up the lashes at the corners that usually would be quite difficult to get. With it being a plastic applicator, I find it has a lot more control when working the product through the lash.

My favourite Revlon Ultra HD lipgloss has been given a metallic matte makeover and I have found the prettiest shade for spring. Glam is that perfect baby pink with gold shimmer that makes lips look plump and juicy, whilst leaving them hydrated. Although the formula is supposed to be matte, I wouldn’t say that it was but it has way more staying power than a lipgloss. It doesn’t dry down to the extent of a matte lipstick, which isn’t a bad thing at all. It just means that I don’t have to deal with dry lips. Perfect.

Revlon is a brand that is very close to me, and one that I’ve grown up with. I really do think that it is so underrated in the beauty world. The lip products in particular hold a special place in my heart, with shades like Cherries in the Snow which have been passed down to me from my Mum and Nanna. You can’t beat a classic shade. If you are looking for a long wearing foundation on a budget, then the Revlon Colorstay has my seal of approval.

Follow:

It doesn’t seem like that long ago since Viktor & Rolf released my personal favourite from the Flowerbomb range; Flowerbomb Bloom. The lighter and airier sister of Flowerbomb, it reminds me of warm summer days filled with fresh air and a fruity floral bouquet. I think if I had to choose between the original and Flowerbomb Bloom, I would be hard pressed to make a decision as I love them both but as I do tend to wear Bloom more often, then I suppose I’ve just made my own mind up. I was quite shocked when I found out that they were releasing a new version of the classic – Flowerbomb Nectar. I suppose that as it took 11 years for them to release Bloom after the launch of Flowerbomb, I think that two new fragrance family members in two years does seem a little rushed. However Flowerbomb Nectar is here, and just like it’s sisters, it’s beautiful in its own special way.

Flowerbomb Nectar

Flowerbomb Nectar

Flowerbomb Nectar

Just like it’s predecessors, the signature flacon is still very much present. A shorter, squatter version of the original, Flowerbomb Nectar features the iconic wax seal tag and iridescent pink hardware, with the fragrance name stamped onto the metal plaque that sits on the front of the bottle. The fragrance inside the bottle is a dark amber pink colour and it looks vibrant and zesty, giving a slight indication to what we may find when we spray it.

Now here is where I need to be brutally honest. The first few tries of Flowerbomb Nectar have been difficult for me. This explosive metallic gunpowder opening reacts with my brain in a such way that I couldn’t see the fragrance for what it was. I’ve never tried a fragrance that opens with such a metallic feel. The cassis and bergamot fade under the reminiscence of sparklers at Bonfire Night. At the heart, a floral syrup of orange blossom, osmanthus and jasmine lies. Nectar is a perfect name for this fragrance, as it’s sweet. So sweet that it almost is too much for my liking. But, as it dries down onto my skin, this is where the magic happens. Vanilla, tonka bean and patchouli surrounds me, like a summer evening where the cloying heat reduces to a balmy atmosphere.

I wish that it wasn’t so sweet because it’s slightly overpowering for my nose to handle. The metallic gunpowder is so unusual that it almost takes over the fragrance and I don’t allow myself to really enjoy it for what it is at the beginning. Whenever I been wearing it, I always think how good it smells around an hour after I’ve sprayed but the initial vibrancy is too much for me.

I’d liken Flowerbomb Nectar to that of a marriage of Bon Bon and Flowerbomb. Warm, full bodied and rich with a sweetness of honey and sugary syrup. If you like sweet fragrances, then Flowerbomb Nectar is definitely for you. For me, I still think that Flowerbomb Bloom is the one.

Follow:

Stop the press! I have found the most incredible curling wand and to say that I am impressed is an understatement. Can we just take a moment to let this sink in…. these curls lasted me for 7 days. 7 days, 90% dry shampoo and 10% sheer wondering how on earth this has managed to happen. My hair type isn’t anything special. It’s fine but with a lot of it. A virgin root but processed ends and a very minimal time spent using heat products on it. I love curling my hair and I think that curls can change a look up so much. I feel girly and pretty with curly hair, and then when it’s brushed out into old Hollywood waves, I feel sophisticated and grown up. One curling wand, several different looks. Cloud Nine The Curling Wand is a total game changer.

Cloud Nine The Curling Wand

Cloud Nine The Curling Wand

Cloud Nine The Curling Wand

Cloud Nine The Curling Wand

Tech specs first, the wand is a standard 25mm barrel, without the traditional clip to hold hair. Instead, it’s a case of a steady hand and wearing a heat proof glove to protect your hands when curling. The wand has a temperature control panel, with high, medium and low. I used the wand on high which does get very hot. The barrel is sleek and smooth, which means its easy to guide hair around it without any snags or issues. Like the old style ghd’s, The Curling Wand has a European plug inside the UK plug, which makes it very handy for travelling alongside the International voltage. I’ll be taking mine on holiday with me for sure!

I curled my hair in layers from the bottom to the top, using inch wide sections. Usually I would alternate which way I turned each curl for more depth and definition, however as I had plans to brush it through later, I kept them flowing the same way. I held in curl in place on the barrel for 30 seconds or so before letting them drop and moving on to the next section of hair.

Cloud Nine The Curling Wand

Cloud Nine The Curling Wand

Cloud Nine The Curling Wand

After my hair was completely cooled, I used my fingers to break up the curls and open them up by using a backcomb technique up the hair but with my fingers. It just gives that extra oomph and volume. Finally, I spritzed with a fine hairspray to hold everything in place.

Waking up the day after, my hair was still intact with the curls. They had a lot of definition despite sleeping on them, and I was able to use a comb to tidy up my hair without brushing through. By day 3, I had started to brush through to create waves and use dry shampoo to add volume to the root. On day 7 when my hair was going to be washed, every wave across my head was still intact and looked as good as the day that I did it. I’m super impressed.

It’s not very often that I am blown away by a hair product, but The Curling Wand from Cloud Nine has surpassed every expectation that I had for a high end hair tool. I’m now really curious to see how the straighteners are compared to ghds, and I really want to have a go at using The O heated rollers. I will let you know if I get chance!

Follow:

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I am wearing a minimal face of makeup for work as of late, and although it’s allowing me an extra fifteen minutes in bed, it’s annoying me that I’ve become so lazy with my appearance. From a glamorous, tanned hostie with big hair, big lashes and bright lipstick, I am now the plain messy top knot, glasses everyday and a light BB cream with a lip balm. Who even am I? Sure, my glasses are Balmain and my BB cream is Clarins, but I need to get back into the glam with no excuses. With spring just around the corner and my lust for life coming back in droves, I think I have found a happy medium. Two new products to keep in my handbag so I can go out after work at a minutes notice, whilst keeping my skin looking fresh and glowing. From Too Faced, the Sun Bunny Bronzer and Choc Chip palette have become my new best buds.

Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip palette

Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip palette closed

Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip palette open

Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip palette swatches on arm

As I’m wearing glasses each day, I rarely bother with eye makeup except for a coat of mascara. To have a handbag sized palette that can be slipped into my handbag with some travel sized makeup brushes, I can change my look in just a few moments. The Too Faced Matte Chocolate Chip eyeshadow palette is so good. Made up of some of Too Faced most popular shades from the Chocolate Bar palettes, but with a new matte finish, it’s nice to see an alternative way to wear some of my favourite shades such as Candied Violet. As with all of the Chocolate Bar palettes, the formulation is rich in anti-oxidants whilst the cocoa scent is ever present. The shade range of browns, pinks and plums make this a very versatile palette, whilst the matte finish gives really good hold on the eye lid without primer. Ideal if you are going from desk to disco.

As with the majority of Too Faced shadows, there are some that perform better than others but I did find that it was the darker browns that didn’t need much work this time around. Of course, out of all of the shades, Marzipan and Semi Sweet are the ones for me. I just cannot resist a warm toned brown with orange and red undertones. I’m getting predictable, but it works for me.

Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer gold packaging

Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer gold packaging inside product

I’ve totally been skipping out on bronzer lately as I’ve been embracing my natural paleness and the fact that I’m coming to terms with my decade long tan is finally leaving my body. All of my foundations seem to be the wrong shade and they look quite warm on my skin as it is so adding further warmth hasn’t been necessary. Now that I’ve changed shades in my base shades, I have decided that I need the warmth. It’s a never ending vicious cycle isn’t it. A gorgeous, natural and glowing bronzer that doesn’t look muddy on my skin tone is one of the more difficult make up products for me to find as they either look too natural or too dark. Too Faced Sun Bunny is an old favourite, and in fact it was one of the very first Too Faced products that I ever purchased. It’s nice to have this back in my life as all I remembered was how pretty it looked on my skin.

The dual powder has a pink undertone which mimics the colour of a natural tan. I prefer to swirl the two colours together rather than try to apply them as separate shades for a more natural sunkissed look. That being said, if you wanted to create a more sculpted look, you could use the shades alone to define and enhance the bone structure. It makes you look so healthy and for my medium skin tone, it’s the perfect blend of shades. I have seen a sneak peek of the new Sun Bunny and it has been redesigned for 2018 with the cutest embossed powders. I think I’d a tough decision picking between Sun Bunny and my other Too Faced love of the Chocolate Soleil Powder, but I think a more universal and more glowy bronzer, Sun Bunny is absolutely perfect.

Have you tried either of these handbag essentials from Too Faced?

Follow:

Just when you think that Caudalie can’t make you love them anymore, they bring out the gorgeous French Kiss lip treatments and I couldn’t be happier. It’s been no secret that I’ve been struggling with getting my lips back to a healthy state and I think that I may have finally cracked the formulation between exfoliation and hydration. It has also meant that I have been avoiding lipstick as I am still having areas on my lips where they are cracked and dry and very unforgiving with any formulation of lipstick. I am currently embracing the love of a tinted lip balm, and to be quite honest, I’m more than OK with it.

Caudalie French Kiss Treatment Balm

Caudalie French Kiss Treatment Balm

Caudalie French Kiss Treatment Balm

Caudalie French Kiss Treatment Balm

The Caudalie French Kiss treatment balm promises to beautify, hydrate and protect lips from the very first application. The Caudalie formulation is based around the anti-oxidant properties of the grape, which is what the brand is famous for. The grapevine has many beneficial properties which has been showcased in some of my utmost favourite products such as the Vine(Activ) range, as well as the brand new and utterly gorgeous Premier Cru serum.

In three different shades, the Caudalie French Kiss balms are light, non sticky and have a subtle vanilla scent. They glide onto the lips, giving that kissable glossy finish, with a light pink tint. Innocent has a light pink finish, Addiction is a raspberry pink whilst Seduction has a soft pink finish. I like to layer the balm on my lips to build up the pigment whilst pressing the balm into my lips for a longer lasting and long wearing coverage.

Having all three shades means that I have no excuse for dry lips. There’s one on my desk, one on my dressing table and one in my handbag for all day, everyday treatment. I have noticed such a change in how my lips look, just from spending extra time each day by giving my lips the nutrition that they so desperately need. I’m hoping that by the time that Spring does finally reach us, my lips will be in a good enough condition to be able to wear satin and matte lipsticks without having unsightly patches where the product is clinging to them.

Priced at just £10, I would wholeheartedly push everyone of you who uses a cheaper lip balm or worse, a mineral oil based lip product to snap out of that habit and try the Caudalie lip treatments with the aloe vera extract and beeswax formula to nourish, repair and soothe chapped lips.

Follow:

All of a sudden my hair seems to have had a spurt of growth that I totally wasn’t prepared for. Granted, I have been using Grow Gorgeous hair care which I am almost at the end of my three month trial, but I just seem to have flowing Rapunzel-esque locks. Well, maybe not that far but not far off. I have fine hair, but there is a lot of it which is quite handy as it does tend to shed a lot. I do find that as I grow my hair my longer, I do lose volume from the root and that is one area that I need to concentrate on, as flat hair is not my bag. Luckily, my obsession with spending all my time in Space NK has lead me to discovering hair care brand Christophe Robin, a premium brand that uses natural ingredients and remedies to create each product.

Christophe Robin Rose Haircare

Christophe Robin Rose Haircare

It’s only as recent as 2011 that the Christophe Robin Rose range was created. With the repairing, soothing and antioxidant properties of the rose in mind, the volumising range was created without alcohol or volumising ingredients. Instead, Rose hip, Centifolia rose and Gallic rose have been used for their benefits within the hair care and I have been seeing great results in such a short time from using them.

I was confused at first to what the Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumising Paste was. It looks like chocolate Ready Brek in the pot and I did think it was an additional step when washing my hair. When I actually looked at it properly, it’s a shampoo. The consistency really does throw you into a sense of thinking it’s a hair mask or something similar, and it does take some time to get used to how it works. I have been using the paste just once a week, and usually it’s my Sunday evening hair wash product. I like to start the week with a full bouncy head of hair. A tablespoon size blob of the paste is rubbed into your palms before taking it to the head, ensuring that the hair is lifted to allow the product to get to the root. Once water is added, the paste emulsifies into a foaming lather which does take some time to rinse out properly.

What I have noticed from just a few weeks of weekly use, is that my hair feels so much stronger and healthier with a definite change in the root. I have noticed a lot less breakages, and my hair seems a lot easier to manage after washing. The scent of the rose paste is to die for, and the level of control seems to be a lot more intense. You can really get into your scalp with the paste, plus it doesn’t leave my hair with that horrible squeaky feeling which to mean shouts dryness and damage.

Christophe Robin Rose Haircare

Christophe Robin Rose Haircare

Christophe Robin Rose Haircare

I follow the shampoo with a generic conditioner, but just before I blow dry my hair, I spritz over the Christophe Robin Instant Volumising Mist with Rose Extract. It’s a great styling product as you can use it on wet and dry hair. When using it on wet hair, I like to direct it towards the roots for added volume and then brush through so the hair is coated. When dried, the hairdryer gives it a massive boost and my hair looks huge. My style holds, the volume stays put and my hair feels amazing. The mist is made of 96% rosewater which gives natural hold and whilst using it on dry hair can give a little stickiness, it does work to hold your style in place.

I have been ever so impressed with Christophe Robin and the more I look at the range, the more products I am spotting that I feel would do the world of good to my hair. I have seen a baby blonde mask that will take the brassiness from my hair so that has gone straight to the top of my list.

Follow:

Last summer, I decided that I would file a few products in a safe place whilst I caught up with my content. That place was so safe that I only discovered it three weeks ago. I have found lipsticks that I thought I had lost, palettes that I thought I had dreamt about and skincare that was just a distant memory. Included in this mini haul of forgotten goodness, I found my collection of Nip + Fab makeup products. To say I’ve never been happier was an understatement, and thankfully, now that I’ve started becoming a bit more organised, I should never have the issue of losing products again. Last April, when Nip + Fab launched into Superdrug, I couldn’t have been more excited. As a fan of the skincare range, the Nip + Fab makeup range was going to bring affordable makeup with the same high quality that we expect. Although I adore Rodial, the big sister brand, a powder compact prices up at £50 where as the Nip + Fab contour palette is around £15 for a 6 pan palette. I’m so annoyed with myself that I tucked this safely away, because I have not stopped using the products since they came out of hibernation.

The Nip + Fab Make Up Range

The Nip + Fab Make Up Range

The Nip + Fab Make Up Range

The Nip + Fab Make Up Range

The Nip + Fab Make Up Range

The makeup range itself now stands with around 20 different products, from eye shadow palettes to concealers, matte lipsticks to foundation mixers. I think that overall, the range is actually quite extensive with what it has to offer. A full face of Nip + Fab would be very easy to achieve and I have found some stand out products from those that I have.

The Nip + Fab eye shadow palette is one of those products. Whilst it is yet another neutral palette, I find some of the taupe shades to run quite cool on my skin tone. It does make a welcome change to all of the warm toned palettes that I have hoarded in my collection, and the bottom row of shades in particular are the shades that I am most drawn to. Finger swatches do perform a lot differently to how they apply on the eye, and whilst I found some shades difficult to apply with my finger, they performed a lot better using a brush. Blendable, buildable, soft and buttery, they do apply evenly and without patchiness, and even on my oil slick eye lids, they manage to adhere and stay put for a good few hours. Hurrah! I’ve been wearing the bottom four shades a lot lately, and they look great with a slick of the Nip + Fab mascara.

When my Mum told me that she had found a miracle mascara and it was the Nip + Fab mascara, I had to see for myself. Mum has said that it lengthens and volumises to give a fluttery butterfly lash and she loves it. I have always been the girl to go for a thickening and lengthening mascara so I was excited to see the difference. Whilst I do like the overall effect that it gives, for my personal taste it does lack that little bit of va va voom. That being said, it is a great everyday mascara and one that I wear for work whilst I wear my glasses. I do find that it does stay put and I don’t get the dreaded black under eye smudges whilst wearing it.

The Nip + Fab Make Up Range

The Nip + Fab Make Up Range

The Nip + Fab Make Up Range

The Nip + Fab Make Up Range

The Nip + Fab Make Up Range

The Nip + Fab Make Up Range

Definitely a hero product from the range, the Nip + Fab Colour Corrector in Banana has been my absolute saviour. Yellow is the perfect colour for my skin tone. I have olive undertones and a medium beige shade to my skin, so yellow helps to counteract the dark circles that sit underneath my eyes. Whilst yellow has become quite a popular shade since Kimmy K shot Ben Nye Banana Powder to the top of the make up charts, it can make skin look jaundiced should you use it on the wrong shade. If you skin is too fair for yellow, then a peachy pink or pale pink will be a better solution for your needs. I must admit, I do love a good salmon coloured corrector. The Nip + Fab Banana corrector has not only been my dark circle banisher but I have been using it to even out my skin tone and add a touch of highlight to under my eyes. The handy squeezy tube with a brush applicator also means that it can get thrown in my handbag for on the go touch ups.

Over the years, I have amassed many a blusher and I have even made several custom palettes in order to have my favourite shades in once place. I really wish that I had found the Nip + Fab blush palette sooner because it’s perfect. It’s an actual dream palette of coral and pink with a touch of plum. As well as being a perfect quartet, it comes in at just £8.95. The thought of all that money that I have spent on my custom palettes when the answer was right there. The shades are so easy to work with and I have swapped my usual small blusher brush for a larger powder brush to give a gorgeous pop of colour on my cheeks. With this weather that we are having, I am really enjoying the intensity of a blush to look like I’ve been out in the cold and I’m naturally flushed.

I am a sucker for a nude matte liquid lipstick so I was excited to try the Nip + Fab Matte Liquid Lipstick. In the shade Tart, this is the lightest shade which on most people would look gorgeous, however on my naturally deep red lips, it makes me look a tad corpse like. This is always the problem that I find with nude lipsticks. However, I have found that within the lipstick range, there are 14 colours. I want to grab a few more shades as far as I can see the formulation is actually really quite nice. It does take a while for it to dry down and although I have only worn it around the house, I think it does have good longevity. My only negative is that it did go quite flaky after a while, but my lips are insanely cracked and dry right which might have affected the performance. Once I have picked up a few new shades, I will test drive them out fully and let you know my final thoughts.

I think what makes me the happiest about this range is the price point. It keeps going on offer in Superdrug with 1/3 or like now 1/2 off the full price, whilst everything is under £15 at full price. In a world of makeup, where there are a lot of brands vying for shop floor space, I think Nip + Fab are definitely one of the most underrated brands on the high street at the moment. I’m quite literally blown away with the products.

Follow:

The quest for beautiful flawless skin continues and it’s bringing me to brands that I once used to love but have slipped out of the habit. I suppose when you get the opportunity to try out so many beauty products, that you can get overwhelmed with the amount of products that you have. I know that I prefer to keep things unopened until I wish to use them, and I do also like to have quite a streamlined routine. Try as hard as I might, I will never be that person who uses a different skincare product each time I pay attention to my face, however I don’t believe that is a bad thing. My skin can get used to products and in turn they will be effectively doing their job. I’ve had an up to date skincare prescription with Dermalogica and my skincare routine has turned around from a good 12 products to just 4, and my skin has never looked better.

My Dermalogica Skincare Prescription

My Dermalogica Skincare Prescription

After having ill health with the flu and the awful bug that has been flying around since New Year, my skin has taken the full brunt of it. No matter how hydrating my moisturiser was, it wasn’t sinking in. My skin felt tight, dry and overly oily in places which made no sense with the dryness. Going to see Dermalogica one lunch break was probably the best decision that I had made that week. A facial mapping session to voice my skin concerns, with a mini facial to kick start my new routine and a chance to try out two new products to the range.

After having my skin mapped, I was advised that my skin was generally in a very good condition and that it needed a boost of hydration and some intense exfoliation. The prescription made so much sense to my needs, and as I do listen to my skin, I was really looking forward to seeing what I was going to be prescribed.

We spoke a lot about my existing skincare routine, and how I prefer to use a cleansing balm or a cream cleanser, a good facial oil, an acid exfoliant rather than an exfoliating scrub and that a gel based moisturiser helps when I need hydration. Using my preferences, the results of my facial mapping and the extensive range from Dermalogica, my skincare routine has been built out of just four pieces. The Ultra Calming Cleanser, the Daily Resurfacer, the Calm Water Gel and the Barrier Defence Booster. These products can be used both morning and night and should I wish to add anything else to my routine, this is the base that I need.

My Dermalogica Skincare Prescription

My Dermalogica Skincare Prescription

My Dermalogica Skincare Prescription

My Dermalogica Skincare Prescription

The Ultra Calming Cleanser is a gel/cream hybrid that I am really enjoying using. It’s made for sensitive skin so contains no artificial fragrance or colour and it feels so good on my skin. At first I wasn’t sure if it was removing all traces of my makeup because it felt so light and gentle on the skin, but toning afterwards proved there nothing left on my face at all. It does feel very cooling on the skin and in all honesty, I think I am liking the gel hybrid a lot more than just my cream cleanser. As it is made for sensitive skin, I also am not seeing any redness after I’ve cleansed.

I am really enjoying using the Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer as it’s giving me that much needed exfoliation in the cutest way. Within the tin of the Daily Resurfacer are 35 individual doses, each one wrapped in it’s own packet. When you open the packet, a mini finger glove that is saturated in a blend of AHA and BHA’s. I have a big love for using acids to exfoliate, and the Daily Resurfacer brightens, hydrates, smooths and evens out skin tone. They’re so good that I only need to use them twice weekly, meaning I will get a lot more out of the tub.

One of two new products from the Dermalogica range is the new Barrier Defence Booster. Just like the Barrier Repair cream, which I always loved being applied after my micro dermabrasion, it reinforces the skin against irritation. As it’s an oil, it can be added to moisturiser, used alone, or as a double oil/moisturiser treat. MY usual usage is two drops into my moisturiser in a morning, and of an evening I use around 5 drops across my whole face, before a nice layer of moisturiser to sink into my skin overnight. It has helped a lot with my hydration issues, and I find that although I’m adding oil to my face in a morning, it’s just the right amount to not disturb my minimal base makeup throughout the day.

Going back to a gel moisturiser has been such a blessing, and the brand new Calm Water Gel has done wonders to my skin. I love how a small amount of Calm Water Gel transforms into a fluid when it goes onto the skin. It quenches my skins thirst for moisture whilst keeping it hydrated throughout the day. The difference in my skin now, and just three or four weeks ago is insane.

I am going to continue to use just 4 products for the next few weeks to see if I can see any further improvements or if it draws attentions to areas that need highlighting for treating. I think after stripping everything right down, I have a lot more control over my skin. My concerns are being addressed and I’m really happy with how my skin looks. I would never usually leave the house without makeup, but now, I feel so confident and happy with how it looks. Thank you Dermalogca for coming to the rescue yet again!

Follow:

Do you know when you smell a fragrance and it instantly wraps you up in that warm feeling of happy memories? This is exactly what happened when Miller Harris’ Tender came into my life. A burst of happiness where I was instantly reminded of my Mum and the fragrances that she wears that are so familiar to me. I think this is why I am so drawn to fragrances. They have a hold over me in such a way that I use fragrances to display emotion, or to be reminded of a certain time. It’s such a personal and intimate affair, and whilst fragrance is there to be shared, it feels so exclusive. Before Christmas I was introduced to the brand Miller Harris, and I am just on the last inch or two of my Miller and Harris L’art de Fumage. After being very impressed by not only the scent but the longevity of the fragrance that has enveloped my house, I have been extremely lucky to be able to try more from the brand.

Miller Harris Tender Eau de Parfum

Miller Harris Tender Eau de Parfum

Miller Harris Tender Eau de Parfum

One of my all time favourite authors is F. Scott Fitzgerald. He is so unique in his writing style, and his work, in my eyes is flawless. In homage to Fitzgerald, Miller Harris have developed two fragrances, Scherzo and Tender.

“…She walked on, between kaleidoscopic peonies massed in pink clouds, black and brown tulips and fragile mauve stemmed roses, transparent like sugar flowers in a confectioner’s window – until, as if the scherzo of colour could reach no further intensity, it broke off suddenly in mid-air.”

Tender is one half of the pair of the fragrances, and it is the scent that is filled with seduction and longing. Tender has the freshness of pink pepper and green hyacinth with the inky black tulip floral accords. Pink clouds of peonies just like in the book, with mauve stemmed roses to give an understated intensity. Warming frankincense bursts from the woods, soft leather and musk, whilst saffron lingers on the skin.

How can a fragrance create such an impact from just breathing in the initial headiness. Tender is my Mum. It was made for my Mum. My Mum is now the proud owner of Tender, naturally. It’s everything that reminds me of Mum encompassed in a delightfully sleek and sophisticated flacon with bursts of pink and purple reminiscent of the peonies and mauve roses.

A stunningly beautiful scent that has brought Fitzgerald’s words to life. Available at World Duty Free.

Follow:

Oh Christian Louboutin Beauty, why are you the most stunningly beautiful range that I have ever seen? When, in 2014, Louboutin added to his red soled empire with his range of luxurious nail varnishes I was instantly drawn to the incredible height of the lid. At 20.5cm, it matched up to the height of the heel of the Ballerina Ultima, the shoe from the David Lynch collaboration. I had already read two years prior to the nail varnish launch that Louboutin was looking at covering all bases with his beauty range, and slowly but surely, we are being given a slow release of insanely incredible products, each housed in their own unique packaging.

Louboutin Beaute - Rouge Louboutin Collection

Louboutin Beaute - Rouge Louboutin Collection

Louboutin Beaute - Rouge Louboutin Collection

Louboutin Beaute - Rouge Louboutin Collection

The Classic Rouge Louboutin shade has been around since the beginning, naturally. Not only can you have Rouge Louboutin in a nail varnish, but also a lipstick, lip gloss and eye liner. This February has seen the launch of two new products to add to the Rouge Louboutin Collection; the Loubibelle Lip Beauty Oil and the Les Yeux Noirs Lash Amplifying Lacquer Mascara. Louboutin has also released three different make up looks to show how you can wear a red mascara. I took up the challenge to recreate the looks using the Rouge Louboutin shade of Les Yeux Noirs Mascara, and I am actually really pleased with the outcome.

If you have been reading my blog for quite some time, you will know that I have a little love for coloured mascaras. I find them to be a great addition to add some colour to an otherwise plain look. Even just a splash of colour on the tips of my lashes can make a huge difference. Whilst I have previously gone for shades of blues, lilacs and teal, I have never once tried a red mascara. Red is notoriously difficult to wear around the eyes. You need to be very careful with red as it can end up looking like you have an eye infection rather than a skilled smokey eye with red accents. To hear that Louboutin Beaute had created a Rouge Louboutin shade in their bestselling Les Yeux Noir mascara, I was intrigued. That mascara is £55 – it needs to be wearable.

Louboutin Beaute - Rouge Louboutin Collection

Louboutin Beaute - Rouge Louboutin Collection

Louboutin Beaute - Rouge Louboutin Collection

So, first of all, the packaging of the Louboutin Beaute Les Yeaux Noir Mascara is incredible. It’s like a weapon. The art deco inspired packaging made up of a gold tube with a black studded lid, with it’s faceted sharp lines weighs a ton. It’s hefty, expensive and feels so good in your hand. This tube sits lovingly inside its velvet effect casing inside a glossy black Louboutin embossed box. It’s so extra that it needs to be displayed.

When it comes to application, the Rouge Louboutin Les Yeux Noir mascara is fantastic. I’ve tried it across my lashes as a full coat of mascara, just to see if the formulation is any different to the volumising and lengthening formula that the black Les Yeux Noir Mascara. It isn’t, and it does make your lashes so prominent and long. For the looks that I have recreated, I have used the mascara to add flashes of colour. Now, what I have noticed is that it doesn’t pick it up on camera as being particularly vibrant, however whilst I have been wearing it, it has that lovely flash of colour when the light hits it. It certainly makes it a lot more wearable, than the fiery flame red lashes that I had in mind.

The Rouge Louboutin Loubibelle Lip Beauty Oil has become my beauty best friend. I’ve not yet actually plucked up the courage to take it outside of the house yet as I’m terrified of losing it, but whilst I’m in the house, it’s being used a lot. You’re probably thinking whats the point but hear me out. I have been using the Clarins Comfort Lip Oils since they launched, and as with most oils, I have found them to be so much more beneficial than using a balm. I find that they hydrate and soften my lips so much more and they last longer on the lips. Now, I do feel very fancy sat at home in my pyjamas covering my lips in Louboutin lip oil but my lips are now in such condition that it has been worth it. A sheer rouge glow to the oil does also mean that it can be worn as a hydrating alternative to a sheer lip gloss but with more benefits to increasing the plumpness and moistness of your kiss.

Louboutin Beaute - Rouge Louboutin Collection

Louboutin Beaute - Rouge Louboutin Collection

Louboutin Beaute - Rouge Louboutin Collection

Although the three looks that I have recreated are not usually looks that I would go for, I am really pleased with how they turned out. It’s also opened a new door for me, and to be a little more creative with my eye makeup. The graphic look of the red liner combined with the red mascara looks so good.

Have you tried these new pieces from Louboutin Beaute? As I’m still very new to the brand, I really want to treat myself to the Miss Loubi lipstick and lip gloss, and maybe Bengali. The girl has a new obsession!

Follow:

My hair has been so many different styles, lengths and colours over the years that I find it hard to keep up with myself. After going for the chop around a year ago, I have decided that I want long hair again. I actually don’t know why I want to grow my hair long as I really don’t think it suits me and I am so lazy with my blow drying that it just hangs there. I think it’s the convenience of being able to put my hair up and take it away from my face. Even now, as I sit here writing with my hair loose around my face, I can feel the urge of wanting to put it in a ponytail. My only problem is that I don’t have much hair and a ponytail is more like a puny tail. A simple solution for a glamorous up-do is of course to bring out the extra hair. My secret weapon in the quest for disguising what I have and creating something special.

Hair Rehab London Dual Volume Ponytail

Hair Rehab London Dual Volume Ponytail

Hair Rehab London Dual Volume Ponytail

Hair Rehab London Dual Volume Ponytail

Hair Rehab London is the brainchild of Lauren Pope, who always has amazing hair. The Dual Volume Ponytail is a clip in piece made from synthetic hair, which can be one in two styles and in two different ways. I was matched to Vanilla Beach which is really quite close to my natural colour that I actually couldn’t believe that I’ve found a shade similar to my multi faceted blonde. A claw clip fastening is secured under the net of the hair piece, and it can be easily clipped to your hair by covering the base of your own ponytail. It’s also very easy to remove the clip so you can attach the hair piece by just the net after tying your own hair into a bun. I did find it quite difficult for the hair to stay in place when I used just the net. The hair piece was slightly too heavy for my head and I needed to secure it with several pins, which kept sliding out. I think in future should I use just the net, a lot of texturising spray is a must to make my hair easier to control.

The difference in how I feel when I have more hair is amazing. I feel like a different person. I actually felt really pretty and girly with my ponytail. I love that with this piece you can have two different looks; a sleeker pony or a fuller, bouncier ponytail. Either way, the long hair on me looked so full and fantastic, that I couldn’t decide which I preferred more.

Hair Rehab London Dual Volume Ponytail

Hair Rehab London Dual Volume Ponytail

Hair Rehab London Dual Volume Ponytail

Hair Rehab London Dual Volume Ponytail

With synthetic hair, I do find that it can look synthetic however I was really pleased with the Hair Rehab London piece. If ever I feel that a hair piece does look synthetic, I find that a spritz of dry shampoo and a good paddle brush does take away the plastic shine. With the length and amount of hair that you get in the dual volume hairpiece, it isn’t just a piece that needs to be worn in a ponytail. I have been playing around with mine and have managed to plait it, fishtail braid it and put it in a big bun so it is very versatile.

After being so impressed with the synthetic hair piece from Hair Rehab London, I am seriously interested in looking into the human hair pieces. I also want to say how impressed I am with the brand. I posted an Instagram story to say that my hair piece had arrived, and tagged both Hair Rehab London and Lauren Pope in the image. Lauren took time out her day to respond to my post and sent me a DM on Instagram. That is just incredible service and you can see just how much she loves her brand.

Have your tried any Hair Rehab London hair pieces?

Follow: