I love a Girl Boss and there are some women out there who are absolutely killing it right now. Imagine having an idea and starting your very own makeup line from your bedroom. Imagine that it’s so fantastic that within two years of launching, you are having your products sold at Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser and Cult Beauty whilst having celebrities like Kim Kardashian snapping images to share on Instagram of her using the products. The unbelievable success of Jade Elliot is stratospheric, and I am pleased to say that I have been supporting her and her brand since I first saw her share the Iconic London Cream Contour palette on Twitter. Since the brand first launched, the product range has grown so much and a lot of it has ended up in my bedroom. Funny that! Two years, and Jade has absolutely smashed it whilst bring to us beauty obsessives one of the most fantastic ranges of makeup.

For the love of Iconic London Complete gold and cream face brush set

This is how amazing Iconic London is. I have been using the Iconic London Evo face brushes for around a year. I remember receiving them and thinking that they were such a gimmick, yet they have turned out to be one of the best brushes I’ve used for applying a flawless base. Due to love and overuse, I was applying my make up and the neck of my large Evo brush snapped clean off. I shared my disappointment that I’d killed off my favourite brush. It was a sad day. But, as an Iconic Bae, what happened next? A brand new brush set turned up at my door. I mean, how bloody incredible is that? I actually nearly cried. I didn’t ask for new brushes. Hell, I wasn’t even hinting, but this incredible brand took the opportunity to show just how wonderful they were and not only replaced my poor Evo with a new face brush, but gave me a full new set to play with. Overwhelmed and unbelievably grateful, I’m pretty sure you can imagine what I’ve been doing all weekend!

For the love of Iconic London Complete gold and cream face brush set

For the love of Iconic London Complete gold and cream face brush set

For the love of Iconic London Complete gold and cream face brush set

For the love of Iconic London Complete gold and cream face brush set

For the love of Iconic London Complete gold and cream face brush set

The Iconic London Complete Face Set in Cream and Gold is all sorts of beautiful. Housed in a nude leather look make up bag with the Iconic embossing, it’s a bloggers dream set of brushes. With nine brushes inside, that all designed to create a flawless finish for each step of your makeup application, the cruelty free and 100% vegan synthetic brush hairs are ideal for not only powder, but cream and liquid too. The set comprises of a large powder brush, a fan brush, a foundation buffer, an angled contour brush, a contour buffer, an angled blush brush, a fluffy tapered brush, a flat foundation brush and a concealer blending brush.

As soon as I opened the bag and saw the giant fan brush, I was ecstatic. I’ve wanted a giant fan brush for such a long time and I must say that my highlighter has been on fleek the past few days. I also really like the fluffy tapered brush which is another great addition, as I don’t have one as fluffy. My highlighters are so grateful that I can show them off to perfection. I haven’t had chance to use every single brush yet but those brushes that I have used have been brilliant. They pick up product easily and as they are synthetic, they don’t hold on to too much product which then leads to build up in between cleaning. I am a powder girl, and the only liquid makeup products I tend to use are foundations as well as my liquid highlighters, such as the Iconic London Illuminator in Original.

For the love of Iconic London Complete gold and cream face brush set

For the love of Iconic London Complete gold and cream face brush set

For the love of Iconic London Complete gold and cream face brush set

For the love of Iconic London Complete gold and cream face brush set

For the love of Iconic London Complete gold and cream face brush set

For the love of Iconic London Complete gold and cream face brush set

The Iconic London Illuminator in Original is all sorts of beautiful. Reminiscent of the Cover FX Drops in Rose Gold, the Iconic London illuminator has a beautiful rose gold hue with a metallic finish. It’s actually quite natural when blended in, but when the light hits it, it glows like a thousand stars. It’s simply stunning. A tiny bit goes a long, long way and although perfect on the cheekbones, it would look gorgeous across the decolletage and down the legs for a special occasion.

The Iconic London Fabulous Lashes couldn’t have arrived at the most perfect time. I am heading to the Northern Blog Awards on Saturday evening, where I am up for an award for the Best Beauty Blogger in the North West. Now, I’m not expecting to win at all but I am expecting to have the best lashes in the room. The lashes are silk, with a full fluttery curl that will elongate my almond eyes and give the illusion of fuller, thicker and flirtier lashes. They are absolutely beautiful and the attention to detail, right down to the box they are packaged in just makes me so happy. I look after all my lashes, and I think I will be able to get several wears out of these, if not more.

So many people have said that they have never tried Iconic London beforem, but I do hope that this makes you want to try some items. I totally recommend the Strobing Stick in Original, which is very similar to NARS Copacabana multi stick but with a dewier, shiner glow as well as the brushes. I think I need to treat myself to the Complete Eye Brush set now, as it is part of a collection. What will you be buying from Iconic London? Also, the website does have some pop up offer codes so treat yourself! I love you Iconic!

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Over the last four and a half years of blogging, I have felt that one of the things that I am know best for is my lipstick swatches. I adore doing them, and I absolutely love being able to try so many new shades, including colours that I wouldn’t normally go for. The only downside to my love of lipstick swatches is that they take me an age and a day to photograph, edit and compile into my signature collage. At the moment, time is of the essence and I don’t really have that much time, and also good light after getting home from work, in order to take 5 billion photos of my lips. I have been desperate to get the new Too Faced Melted Latex lipsticks swatched so I cancelled all plans, got out the lip scrub, charged up my camera and got snapping away. Probably the most fun afternoon I have had in a while and not only have I been able to try out and get a full opinion on nine of the 16 shades, I have found a shade that I would never normally contemplate but I have now been strangely seduced by. So, without further hesitation, I bring you the glossiest, most opaque and long lasting lipsticks from Too Faced.

The BIG Too Faced Melted Latex Lipstick Post!

The BIG Too Faced Melted Latex Lipstick Post!

The BIG Too Faced Melted Latex Lipstick Post!

I don’t know about you, but since I’ve been wearing matte liquid lipsticks in nude shades, I’ve been finding that the super brights colours that I was known for wearing have taken a back step. It’s not intentional, but as I’m not wearing that much makeup for work, I don’t feel that I need to have a power lip, like I used to wear frequently when I was flying. It’s been really nice to throw myself back into having some colour in my life, and I feel like the bright gloss finish is taking over the matte lip revolution.

The formulation is that of a thick gloss, that does apply to the lips quite easily but it does need some work, especially with the darker colours. As they are so thick, they’re a tiny bit jam like which makes precision somewhat difficult, more so on the darker colours. I find that outlining my lips first helps a great deal, then filling in the rest of the lip with the colour. I have seen people describe these as being like honey, but I can only liken the honey to how sticky they are. That being said, I don’t have an issue with the stickiness or find that my hair gravitates to my lips. That’s always a bonus.

The BIG Too Faced Melted Latex Lipstick Post!

The BIG Too Faced Melted Latex Lipstick Post!

The BIG Too Faced Melted Latex Lipstick Post!

The colours of each shade are exceptionally opaque and the swatches that I have done on my arm are done with just one swipe of the lip hugging doe foot applicator. You can see that each one has an intensity that you wouldn’t find in a lip gloss, I find them to be highly pigmented and super glossy, and long lasting to an extent. Again, after reading so many reviews on latex lips, I’ve seen claims that they are glossy liquid lipsticks that last all day and numerous other claims. I’ve had these in my possesion for several weeks and I’ve given them all a good going over to see just how well they perform and I cannot, no matter how hard I try, compare them to a liquid lipstick like the Too Faced Melted Mattes. They share a name of Melted, and that is all. Now, don’t get me wrong – I absolutely love them. They stain the lips and have a higher performing longevity that a standard lipgloss, but I’m only averaging around 2-3 hours wear time.

The Latex name is absolutely perfect for how these look on the lip. They look so glossy and almost plastic, and I am absolutely blown away with the finished look and shade range of these. Out of the 9 shades that I own, there’s just one shade which doesn’t suit me (Twilight Zone) as my skin is too warm toned for a cool toned shade, and I’m been very surprised at just how much I love Strange Love as it’s a chocolate brown that I would never have chosen in my entire life but I am slightly obsessed right now.

The BIG Too Faced Melted Latex Lipstick Post!

The BIG Too Faced Melted Latex Lipstick Post!

The BIG Too Faced Melted Latex Lipstick Post!

The BIG Too Faced Melted Latex Lipstick Post!

The BIG Too Faced Melted Latex Lipstick Post!

The BIG Too Faced Melted Latex Lipstick Post!

The BIG Too Faced Melted Latex Lipstick Post!

The BIG Too Faced Melted Latex Lipstick Post!

Peekaboo – soft pink nude

Safe Word – light, cool pink

Love You Long Time – dark, cool pink

But First Lipstick – fuchsia pink

Twilight Zone – bright lavender

Rated R – bright warm pink

I’m Bossy – classic blue red

Bite Me – deep vampy red

Strange Love – chocolate brown

The Too Faced Melted Latex liquified lipsticks are now available in Debenhams at £19 each. There are 14 colours, a clear lip topper in Girl on Top, and if you can get your hands on it, Unicorn Tears has been made into Latex. It’s actually rarer than Unicorn poo right now so good luck with that!

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Over the last three months, I have stepped aside from wearing acrylic nails and I have been embracing the natural nail. It’s actually quite amazing the change in my natural nails especially after getting my first set of acrylics at 15. That’s nearly 20 years of wearing them. *Gasp*. I knew my nails would be paper thin at first, but with a nail routine using some Leighton Denny products which I will introduce you to at a later date, they have finally started to look and behave like real nails. To keep them protected, I do like to get a gel manicure and there are now so many brands who have started to make it easier for us gals on the go to be able to do our own long lasting polish at home. Introducing Candy Coat into my life has made my nails the happiest that they have been in a long time. A cutesy online brand that is now found in salons, and they do a subscription box. I am obsessed.

Candy Coat Nail Subscription Box

Candy Coat Nail Subscription Box

My first Candy Coat subscription box arrived on my doorstep covered in glitter. I knew at that point that we were about to embark on a long lasting relationship. A box decorated with a candy sprinkled, ice cream design that opened up to reveal sparkly shredded paper, glitter love heart confetti, sweeties and my Candy Coat goodies. The Candy Coat subscription box will contain three colours, as well as swatch pops so you can try them out before putting them on your nails, mani essentials, candy and a goodie of the month. The colours are all the new shades that are exclusive to the box before they hit the pick + mix selection of the website. My box was a PR sample, and does contain a few extras for me to try out, so please do bear that in mind.

Inside my Candy Coat box, I received three butterfly swatch rings, two nail colours and a glitter colour, and four Sugars, as well as a base coat and top coat and a glitter brush. There was also a 7 sided nail file and a rainbow glitter nail file. The polishes need to be cured so you do also need a UV or LED lamp, which I had from a previous gel nail set from Red Carpet Manicure.

The Strawberry Base Coat smells insane, and I cured it for one minute under my lamp. You do only need a very thin coat of this. I have the shades 022; a nude grey which only needs 2 coats at 2 minutes under the LED lamp, as well as C061; a blue shade that changes colour with warmth from a sky blue to a pastel blue. It’s very clever. The glitter polish 632 is a Holo Circle polish which looks great alone or over the top of a colour.

Candy Coat Nail Subscription Box

Candy Coat Nail Subscription Box

Candy Coat Nail Subscription Box

Candy Coat Nail Subscription Box

The Candy Coat Sugar in Ice is an intense silver sparkle that is easy to add to a tacky layer of polish before wiping away any excess and finishing with two coats of the Super Shiny No Wipe top coat. The other Sugar shades that I have are Cotton Candy Pink, Cotton Candy Unicorn Dust and Vanilla.

My favourite combination is 022, with my ring finger topped with Cotton Candy Unicorn Dust. I have had so many people ask what I have had on my nails. My manicure is lasting around 10 days which is just amazing for my nails and when I remove my polish, my nails feel nourished and not at all dry.I have never really been able to do glitters and nail toppings, but it’s been surprisingly easy to create a salon mani at home, that lasts so long.

I’m so impressed with my Candy Coat box that I will be subscribing to the next box and getting stocked up on some new shades and glitters. I’ve never really been a fan of doing my own nails, but now I can do them properly, I’m really enjoying the freedom of being able to create super cute glittery nails in less than half an hour. Fabulous!

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Sleep is probably my favourite pass time. I literally count down the day for when I can get back in bed, curled up with my Thomas whilst watching a film before drifting off into the land of nod. It’s funny how you take it for granted when it doesn’t come as easy as it once did. I have struggled for years with a horrendous sleep pattern and I got to the point of just sleeping when I was tired. It was the only thing that worked for me, in order for me to function the next day. Fast forward to slipping my disc and being placed on 16 tablets of medication, and I went from an erratic sleep pattern, to not being able to keep my eyes open. It’s either one or the other, with no happy medium. Starting a job that keeps me in a routine has probably been the best thing that has happened to me. Going to bed at a reasonable time, and waking up at the same time each day has set my body into a pattern that it needed. Of course, there are times where I feel really awake and can’t switch off, but I have found the perfect accompainment to my bedtimes, and no, it’s not the Lush Sleepy – it’s way better!

For the Love of Sleep - Feather and Down

For the Love of Sleep - Feather and Down

From Feather and Down, a brand new range that has launched exclusively in Boots, this collection contains every pamper product that you can think of in order to aid a good nights sleep. After receiving one of the most beautiful PR packages, I can quite honestly say that I have used at least one of these products each night before bed. My evening routine consists of coming home from work, jumping in the shower and washing away the day. The Feather and Down Melting Shower Cream melts into a soothing and calming oil when mixed with water to leave skin feeling soft and smooth whilst leaving a relaxing scent of lavender and chamomile. The scent when mixed with a soothing rush of warm water is just heavenly, and I can’t wait to jump in the shower each night just to relieve the tension of the day.

After my shower, the Feather and Down Sweet Dreams Soothing Body Oil hits the spot. I like to use this to massage my legs, which are getting surprisingly sore from the walk from the bus stop to my office. After all those months of not being able to walk far, my muscles literally do not know what’s hit them. I’ve found that aside from the scent helping me to drift off, the five minutes I’m spending massaging my calves has greatly helped my muscle soreness and cramps in my leg.

For the Love of Sleep - Feather and Down

For the Love of Sleep - Feather and Down

For the Love of Sleep - Feather and Down

For the Love of Sleep - Feather and Down

Although the Feather and Down Sweet Dreams Sleep Balm has been designed to help with sleep, I have found that using it throughout the day has been relieving built up tension. I’m not stressed in any sense however sometimes I need a calming influence to take stock of the day and bring my mind back on track. As the balm goes on the pulse points, it does last quite a long time, and I must say that I find it a lot more effective than the Badger Balm and This Works Deep Sleep rollerball.

I have a bit of an addiction when it comes to pillow sprays, and I have built up quite a collection of different sprays. I love the fresh and clean scent that not only helps relax me, but it makes my pillows feel fresh after the previous nights sleep. The Feather and Down Sweet Dreams Pillow Spray has joined my cult favourites on my bedside table, and I find the scent of this one a lot more relaxing and subtle than some of my others. I literally spray my pillows every single night.

The first night that I received all these beautiful goodies, I used every single one of them and I was flat out within ten minutes of getting in bed. My head went all fuzzy and drowsy, and I literally couldn’t keep my eyes open. In the last few weeks where I have been using them, compared to the nights without, I miss the scent. It’s like my brain has been conditioned to feel sleepy when I am surrounded by this comforting scent.

Luckily for me, the Boots on Market Street in Manchester stocks the entire range of bath and body products, as well as home fragrance and travel kits. I’m very tempted to get the Sleep Butter for the times that I don’t want to use an oil, as well as the diffuser to place by my bedside.

It’s such a reasonably priced range, and I think it’s probably one of the most comforting routines that I have in this messy world of mine. I thoroughly recommend Feather and Down if you need a good nights sleep.

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Another day, another eye shadow palette. I told myself that I wasn’t going to get this whilst it was in stock on QVC on Easy Pay, but temptation took over and I went back to order it. Unfortunately, in the time I had taken to deliberate, it had gone out of stock and placed itself firmly on the wait list. Still with Easy Pay, I thought it would only be a week or two before it was back in stock and winging it’s way to my home, to join the pile of never ending eye shadow palettes. Two months. Two months I waited patiently for, sat by my emails waiting for a dispatch confirmation that my beautiful Tarte Tarteist Pro Amazonian Clay Eye shadow palette and matching Tarte fluffy brush would soon be in my possession. So, it’s safe to say that this little baby is one of my most loved palettes right now.

The Tarte Tarteist Pro Palette

The Tarte Tarteist Pro Palette

The Tarte Tarteist Pro Palette

The Tarte Tarteist Pro Palette

The Tarte Tarteist Pro Palette

A sleek matte black palette hints at the type of shadows you will find inside the Tarteist Pro palette. Upon opening the quite large palette, a selection of 16 matte shadowd and four shimmer shadows were waiting. As you can see, one of my shadows got smashed during delivery but after waiting so long for it, I wasn’t sending it back. I just used a Simple face wipe and a 10p coin to press the shadow back into the pan and clean up the mess. It’s stayed intact since so it wasn’t worth depotting the whole shadow to reset it. All the shadows in the palette are unique to Tarte, however as I only own a handful of Tarte products, I have nothing to compare them to by way of eye shadows.

I’ve found the layout of the shadows to be very easy to navigate when creating looks. The shadows on each row all work well together with the corresponding shimmer shade at the end. I have been getting quite creative in using the matte shadows to create some ultra smokey eyes and I with them being matte, I’ve been able to get quite a good spectrum of looks and styles. So far, so good. I have one Tarte eyeshadow palette from the Rainforest of the Seas collection and I do find the shadows in the Tarteist Pro to feel slightly creamier, smoother and denser when it comes to picking product up on both finger and brush.

The Tarte Tarteist Pro Palette

ethereal (bronze) glam (champagne) minx (shimmering mauve) trendy (prismatic teal)

The Tarte Tarteist Pro Palette

classic (cream) innocent (soft peach) whimsy (brick) smoked (dark brown)

The Tarte Tarteist Pro Palette

vintage (ivory) fierce (cool plum) no filter (purple mauve) vamp (deep plum)

The Tarte Tarteist Pro Palette

chic (pale pink) profesh (taupe) mod (deep cherry) drama (maroon)

The Tarte Tarteist Pro Palette

indie (greige) bold (light brown) edgy (chocolate) punk (black)

With the column of darkest shades before the shimmer shades, namely Smoked, Vamp, Drama and Punk, these are the only shades that I have slight issues with. They aren’t as pigmented as the other colours, which is a shame as they are the darkest colours, and they apply rather sheer. I do find that several sheer layers does build up the colour but they just don’t perform as I would have expected. In comparison, the shimmer shades; Ethereal, Glam, Minx and Trendy are so pigmented that they left a stain on my arm. I particularly love Trendy, even though it doesn’t look good in the pan, it’s one of the most beautiful shimmer shades that I own. It does need a bit of work to get it diffused out but it’s absolutely show stopping.

I love a matte shadow, and I think this palette has nailed it in terms of shade range and the addition of the shimmers. It’s not available on QVC at the moment, but recently Tarte keep having offers for free international postage as well as a percentage off your shopping. If you love mattes, I think you would love this palette.

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I’ve been in two minds about how to write this post because I have a real love-hate relationship with my pores. There’s no getting over the fact that we have them, and some are larger than others, but they’re there and we need to deal with them. There is no product on this earth that will make them disappear. We can do all the skincare products that we can to reduce the look of them, but they will ultimately always be there. I think as I’ve grown older, and a little bit wiser, I have come to the conclusion that my flaws should be celebrated. After all, we don’t look like the over filtered and over Facetuned images that we see on Instagram in real life. Real skin, real life, real pores. I don’t have any issue with my real skin showing. Sure, we would all love to look flawless, but for me, it’s more about enhancing the beauty and assisting with making the most of what you’ve got. I’ve pulled together a few products that I have been using lately which are all classed as pore perfecting makeup, when in fact, they’re much more than that.

Pore Perfecting Makeup

Pore Perfecting Makeup Benefit The POREfessional

Pore Perfecting Makeup Elizabeth Arden Flawless Primer

With any pore perfecting makeup, I think The POREfessional springs to mind straight away. I have been through numerous tubes of The POREfessional, and although I have tried other items from the Pore perfecting range, I always go back to the original. It has been a good friend to me over the years, and I find that it is one of the only silicone based primers that doesn’t collect oil under neath it when I’m wearing it. I use the smallest amount on my nose and cheeks, as that’s where I find my pores to be the largest and I only use it when I want a flawless base – usually when I’m going out. I do also use the Agent Zero Shine from the collection to keep my face free from oil during the day.

I really don’t give Elizabeth Arden enough credit sometimes. Yes, I cannot live without the 8 Hour range, and the Superstart Skin Renewal Booster is a miracle in a bottle, but I hardly bring it to the blog. That’s going to change, and I think after you’ve heard about the Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer, you’re going to want one. The silkiest and smoothest primer that I have ever tried, it blurs out the skin in a way that you can’t place what has just happened to your skin. It’s like a veil of youthfulness. Skin is perfected, looks clear and healthy and I love to use this when I’m not wearing any makeup. Again, it evens out the skin so pores do look minimised and it also helps with fine lines. It’s probably one of the best primers that I’ve used ever, with Hourglass Veil coming behind it. A strong statement, sure but I feel this primer so much.

Pore Perfecting Makeup Clarins Pore Perfect Mattifying Foundation

Pore Perfecting Makeup Pore Perfect Mattifying Foundation

Pore Perfecting Makeup Clarins Mattifying Kit

Pore Perfecting Makeup Too Faced Primed and Poreless

New in from Clarins, the Pore Perfecting Mattifying Foundation. There has been some controversy as this has been sold as a replacement for the Ever Matte foundation, and sadly it is no where the formula or coverage. As a stand alone product I do find that with it having such a silicone based formulation that I have to use it as a primer or mixed with a mattifying lotion to make more of a liquid consistency for a foundation. It’s very thick on it’s own, and it really does do the job but I don’t look at it as a foundation, more of a tinted primer. It definitely works in terms of blurring out skin tone and making skin look even but as a foundation, I wouldn’t recommend. It’s such a shame really as the red clay formula really has an impact in minimising oil. It definitely depends on how you use it.

An absolute winner from Clarins is the Pore Perfecting Mattifying Kit. This little beauty has been my handbags best friend, and whilst we have been having this muggy warm weather, I’ve found that I have been getting the most horribly wet face when I’ve been out and about. It’s horrible isn’t it? White clay translucent powder can be used to set the face back in place, whilst the handy fragrance and powder free blotting papers hidden under the cosmetic sponge mattifying without disturbing makeup. The blotting papers are a lot nicer than the little book of blot papers that I used to keep in my school blazer pocket. I think they used to be from The Body Shop and they smelt all powdery like old ladies. It’s a definite buy from me.

The Too Faced Primed and Poreless pressed powder is another winning product. I’ve spoken about my love of the Too Faced Born This Way foundation, and I love to pair it with Primed and Poreless. A multi use pressed powder that can be used underneath foundation as a primer, a setting powder, alone without makeup or for bringing life back into worn in makeup. It has that candlelight glow effect that smooths out skin with a soft focus, and minimises pores and imperfections.

With each and every one of these products, I find that the skin smoothing properties of them rank much higher than wanting to make my pores look diminished. It’s the soft focus and blurring effect that I’m ultimately after, and I think any one of these products does have that effect. I’m totally crushing on the Clarins Kit and the Too Faced Primed and Poreless. Definite makeup bag essentials.

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Do you know what makes me giggle? The fact that Space NK now put to one side the new in and limited edition products that they know I will love. If that’s not customer service, then I don’t know what is. There was no doubt in my mind that I would be picking up the newest collaboration from Becca. Chrissy Teigen, although an unusual choice in my mind for a make up collaboration, has turned out to be somewhat of a creative genius when it comes to the shades. I adore Chrissy Teigen; smart, funny, witty as hell with her replies on Twitter. An unusual choice, but a great one as well. The palette is a limited edition and still available for £45 from Space NK. I will compare the Becca x Chrissy Teigen Palette to the hugely popular Becca x Jaclyn Hill Palette later in the post but for now, lets focus on Chrissy.

Housed in a square compact featured a pink watercolour design and Chrissy’s signature, the palette opens up to reveal a large interior mirror and the four pans of product. Two highlighters, one blush and one bronzer, with three brand new shades and one from the permanent collection. They are warm toned, and I can see why people have avoided the palette because it does run slightly dark however, on my medium skin tone, the colours are quite muted. It’s probably one of the better palettes I’ve picked up with my skin tone in mind.

Becca x Chrissy Teigan Palette

Becca x Chrissy Teigan Palette

Becca x Chrissy Teigan Palette

Becca x Chrissy Teigan Palette

The Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold, which is part of the permanent collection, has no difference when compared to the original. It’s a medium copper, with warm and slightly red undertones that looks more gold when on my skin. It has a beautiful metallic frosted sheen that does transfer onto the skin. It’s the highlighter that makes skin look wet and glossy. I adore it.

Hibiscus Bloom Luminous Bloom is medium bright pink with warm undertones and a very fine pearlescent golden shimmer when applied. It’s a colour that I would wear a lot, and it diffuses out well with a fluffy brush. Don’t let the brightness of the pink put you off, as a little does go a long way and it is quite subtle when applied with a light hand.

I’m so glad that I didn’t buy the Becca Sunlit Bronzer in Ipanema Sun when it launched as Malibu Soleil in the Becca palette is so similar in colour. A medium – dark bronzer with gold undertones and a very slight shimmer to it. It doesn’t look shimmery on the skin, but has a slight satin sheen that stops it from looking matte. It’s a bronzer shade that I would go for time and again, as the pigmentation and colour of the product shows up on my skin.

The second Shimmering Skin Perfector in Beach Nectar is one of the prettiest shades of highlighter that I’ve seen. Slightly reminiscent of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Nicole Guerriero Kitty Kat shade, Beach Nectar is imprinted with the Becca logo, and Chrissy’s love heart. A warm, peachy coral with a golden metallic sheen, a little does go a long way. It is very buildable but with the metallic finish it has, I prefer to wear this a lot sheerer.

Becca x Chrissy Teigan Palette

Becca x Chrissy Teigan Palette

Becca x Chrissy Teigan Palette

I did a comparison story on my Insta Stories when the palette first came out and I still stand by the fact that these are two very different palettes. I know that a lot people were saying that as they had the Becca x Jaclyn palette, they weren’t going to bother with the Chrissy palette but they are different. The Jaclyn palette isn’t as warm toned as the Chrissy palette, and I have found the shades much easier to wear from the Chrissy palette. Not only that, but all four shades within the Chrissy palette can be used at any one time, whereas I found that the Jaclyn palette limited me. I didn’t like Prosecco Pop on me, Pampelmousse was so pigmented that I had to be very light handed and Amaretto was quite muddy on my skin. The only similarity that I can find is that the Becca pink blush spectrum is still very present – they do like a medium bright pink blush.

Although it doesn’t seem that the Becca x Chrissy Teigen Palette has had as much of an impact as the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Palette, I actually prefer this palette to the Jaclyn simply due to the amount of shades which I can wear with ease – ie all of them. I definitely made the right choice with the Becca x Chrissy Teigen Palette, I love it.

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Well Urban Decay are sneaky buggers aren’t they! There was absolutely no hint that they were bringing out the fifth palette in the Naked series, until social media was awash with some very excited makeup addicts. Even more exciting was the fact that they were planning on a UK Flash Sale, where they were to release 9000 units on June 12th. I wasn’t going to get it. I had no intention of getting it, and I thought to myself ‘I can wait until general sale’. Could I buggery. By half past 11, I had one confirmation email in my inbox and I was £39.50 lighter. Today, is the day and the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette finally goes on general sale for the masses at Urban Decay as well as online stockists, with a release date for in stores as the 3rd August. In preparation for today, most Urban Decay stands that I have seen has a sneak peak of the palette in store, and I’m sure you’ve seen it across the internet to decide whether you’ll be picking one up. I’ve included full swatches and a run down of shades and performance from my point of view. Enjoy!

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

As with the Naked Smokey palette, the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette is presented in a plastic palette. As much as I love the metal tins of Naked 2 and 3, the plastic outers are a lot more substantial. As usual, a large mirror is found inside as well as the signature Naked dual ended makeup brush; one end for blending, the other a great shape for smudging. Although I don’t keep the cardboard outers, I must say how much I liked how the palette was packed. Not a traditional box, but one where the palette slid out gracefully. The one thing I didn’t see in the palette box was a step by step guide. I’m not sure if I’ve misplaced mine or it wasn’t there in the first place, however I do tend to chuck them in the bin anyway!

The palette itself is made up of twelve shades, including mattes and shimmers in an array of warm toned orange, red and brown hues. I’m looking at this palette as an addition to my other palettes and not as an entire look in a box, but more about this later. With the usual lighter shades merging into soft browns, then making way to some beautifully pigmented shimmers, it’s a very beautiful palette to look at. I always do my swatches with my finger and take a small amount of product on my fingertip and swipe across my arm. I always make sure you can see the shades properly and which ones aren’t as high performing as others. As usual, the lightest shade barely shows on my skin tone, but it makes a great shade for evening out skin colour on the lid.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Ounce – light golden beige with pearl shimmer
Chaser – light peachy brown matte
Sauced – medium orange brown matte
Low Blow – medium brown matte with orange undertones
Lumbre – medium red coral with pearl shimmer
He Devil – reddish brown matte
Dirty Talk – medium dark copper brown with red undertones
Scorched – dark brown with red undertones and a metallic red finish
Cayenne – muted dark terracotta with matte finish
En Fuego – reddish plum brown
Ashes – purple plum with brown undertones, matte finish
Ember – plum bronze with olive tones, frosted metallic finish

I found that the shadows as a whole to be quite well performing. They seem to be slightly drier than previous palettes but the pigmentation was far superior. I found that after swatching, my arms had staining from them, and although I didn’t see this on my lids because I wear a primer, the shades I have used have been very buildable and very easy to blend. I did struggle with 3 of them, and getting a good blend was somewhat difficult. Ashes, in particular as one of the tough ones. It blends out very chalky and sheer, which isn’t great if you were to use it as a defining shade. Low Blow and He Devil, although very beautiful, also gave me some issues on my arm swatches but they did seem to be rectified when used over the top of primer.

I have been trying to remain fair when it comes to the Urban Decay Naked Heat, as obviously there has been a huge surge of posts and Instagram images, some positive and some negative. I’ve been really looking at the pro’s and con’s of the palette and I do think I have struck a happy medium in my thoughts. I don’t own the Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette which everyone seems to be comparing this palette to, however I do have the Morphe 35O. When it comes to warm orange and red toned palettes, it isn’t a unique palette and the shades aren’t disimilar from those found in other palettes.

The reason I haven’t been looking at the Naked Heat as a look in a box is that it is missing some shades to make it more cohesive. Like many others have said, a warm gold or even a brighter orange or bright red to give some variation. It isn’t difficult to reach for another palette to add those extra shades, but I do get where people are coming from saying that it may hinder things when travelling etc. The first time I sat down to try out the shadows, I was slightly stumped as to which colour options to put together. I felt like whatever look I did, it would either be a very muted eye or a very heavy smoky eye. The more I looked at it and the more I put swatches on my hand to create a mood board, I’ve found quite a good few combinations. I’m actually obsessed with the look that Nikki Tutorials did on her YT channel, and I want to recreate that soon.

For me, personally, I would have bought this palette regardless. The shades are everything that I go for. It’s not unique, it’s not a palette that you can’t buy from anywhere else, but it has the quality that I love from Urban Decay. The buttery soft shadows, the heavily pigmented shades and the shimmer and metallic colours that can be used wet or dry to create a huge impact. I couldn’t even compare it to the Morphe 35O like other people have done, as I don’t class them as being in the same league. The lack of a gold shade to me is irrelevant. I have enough palettes and single shadows to be able to work around that. I do feel that if you aren’t a warm orange shadow wearer, that you will get stuck in creating looks. I’m finding it to be more artistic than other palettes, and it needs some thought to be able to really show the shades off to their full potential otherwise you’ll end up using the same shades at the end of the palette.

The official launch is today and I’m predicting that the hype is going to take over and it’s going to be a massive success. After all, everyone loves a new Urban Decay palette, and is now officially classed as a collection. I’m tucking mine all snug next to the previous versions and I want to be able to show you some gorgeous eye looks over the next few weeks.

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Considering that this time last year, I didn’t have anything from By Terry, I’ve done really well to make up for lost time. I started my collection with the By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge Lipsticks, which are not only gorgeous on, but stain your lips and last for an age. I then delved into the world of the Summer 2017, with the Sun Designer palette and the new Stylo Blackstars before really treating myself to the By Terry Hydra-Eclat Daily Care moisturiser and the By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder. I’ve started something now and I really want to start building up my By Terry collection, especially after seeing the Space NK Christmas Exclusives. In the meantime, I’ve been using the By Terry Glow-Expert Duo Sticks, and they are just a little slice of luxury for glowing, fresh skin.

By Terry Glow-Expert Duo Sticks

By Terry Glow-Expert Duo Sticks

By Terry Glow-Expert Duo Sticks

Released earlier on in the year as part of the Techno-Aura collection, the capsule collection was comprised of the limited edition No3 Techno-Aura Eyeshadow Palette, two limited edition lip glosses as well as the three Glow Expert Sticks. An ingenious strobing product that is inspired by lights and uses light reflecting pigments for a superior glow. Cream highlighters aren’t something that I would usually go for but when they are cleverly combined with a blusher and bronzer, it changes things up a little. Each By Terry Glow Expert Stick has been designed to give a natural, healthy glow to enhance skin and give a natural luminosity, using two shades with a integrated brush. The brush is concealed by a lid on the bottom of the product, whilst the three shades available can be used alone, or mixed together for a custom colour.

Shade 1: Amber Light is a bronzer highlighter hybrid and each shade suits all skin tones. Used to shape and contour the face, or simply to add warmth and a glow, I prefer to use each side of the stick seperately. When mixed together they create a more glowy bronzed look.

Shade 2: Terra Rosa is a fresh pink blush that brings a flush of radiance to the skin. This is a shade that looks amazing when blended with the highlight and remind me a little of NARS Orgasm when blended.

Shade 3: Peachy Petal has to be my favourite of the three with the glowing peach tones, that although look quite intense when swatched, they blend out to become a wonderfully frosted coral shade.

By Terry Glow-Expert Duo Sticks

By Terry Glow-Expert Duo Sticks

By Terry Glow-Expert Duo Sticks

By Terry Glow-Expert Duo Sticks

By Terry Glow-Expert Duo Sticks

By Terry Glow-Expert Duo Sticks

I must point out that with the integral brushes, that they unscrew from the actual stick to assist with cleaning, which to me is amazing. It’s like Terry has thought of everything. The synthetic brush buffs the product into the skin with ease and doesn’t absorb any product, which makes a huge difference when you’re looking at the £38 price tag.

After having a good play around with the By Terry Glow-Expert sticks for the last few weeks, I have grown to love them a hell of a lot. They make enhancing skin so much easier, and as By Terry looks to enhance rather than drown skin in product, you can see a huge difference of just how natural skin looks when using them. The science of the light-corrective spheres and glow reflecting prisms may sound really fancy, but skin really does glow where you think’I wonder what she’s been using’.

I’m slowly coming to terms with the fact that my bank balance is going to be hit pretty hard with all the By Terry purchases that I want to make at Space NK, and do you know what – I’m absolutely fine with that! Have you tried the Glow-Expert Sticks? What do you think of them?

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Oh Caudalie, how I wish that I had started using your products a long time ago. Why has it taken me so long to find out just how wonderful your plant based products are for my skin? Caudalie have been going for quite some years, yet it’s probably only in the time that I’ve been blogging that I was made aware of it. My personal Caudalie journey started off with the Caudalie PolyPhenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil, which I absolutely loved. So much so, that it sent my Clarins facial oil to the back of the pile. The PolyPhenols in the products are found in the grape seeds on the founders vineyard at their family estate. Using an extracting technique to get the best from the grape seeds as well as the sap from the vine, they have developed a range of products that actually work on the skin using maximum ingredients that are sustainable and that respect the environment. With the PolyPhenol C15 range being discontinued to make way for the new Caudalie VineActiv collection, I was really looking forward to trying a wider range of products with a formulation that has developed from an already winning one.

Exchanging my precious PolyPhenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil for the new Caudalie VineActiv Overnight Detox Oil, I wasn’t expecting to see much of a change in things on my skin as I have been using one version of it for a good few months. It still smells incredible, very spa-like as well as being extremely relaxing, making it perfect for using overnight. I do think that I’m finding more and more products that have an aromatherapy style smell recently as they are helping me to sleep. I’m still seeing great results from the facial oil; my skin looks fresh and more alive, it feels a lot smoother and I feel that my skin is generally in a great condition. It’s definitely one of the best facial oils that I have used, and the fact that this is solely an overnight oil, I’m pleased I get chance to use other products in a morning or as an added extra. I do actually find that this oil is enough for my skin for an evening without having to load my face with further serums and moisturisers.

Caudalie VineActiv Collection

Caudalie VineActiv Collection

Caudalie VineActiv Collection

Caudalie VineActiv Collection 3 in 1 Moisturiser

Caudalie VineActiv Collection Glow serum

Caudalie VineActiv Collection Overnight detox oil

Caudalie VineActiv Collection eye cream

The Caudalie Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum has been frequently used for my morning serum. It’s one of the lightest serums that I own, that feels like water when I apply it to the skin. It’s ideal for daytime use as it’s benefits are to protect the skin against pollution and stress. It’s also designed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, whilst giving the skin a boost of hydration and leaving a fresh glow. I’ve found it ideal to wear underneath makeup, and even when layered with a light moisturiser, it still doesn’t feel like I’ve laden my face down with too many products. A truly beautiful addition to my skincare routine.

I say this all the time, but I have been useless at remembering to use an eye cream unless it’s right in front of me. That’s why I’ve been leaving my current choice out in full view on the bedside table. The Caudalie Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream can also be used on lip contour so it’s actually quite handy to have to hand. It sinks into skin with ease, doesn’t leave a greasy residue and awakens the skin. It’s great for early mornings and banishing the dark circles.

The last product in the Caudalie VineActiv range is the 3 in 1 Moisturiser. It’s one of those lovely moisturisers that feels so heavenly when you put it on your face. I do believe that it leaves a veil of protection across your face to block the girt and grimes particles from the pollution in the air from penetrating your skin. It also has the glow activating ingredients like the rest of the range to keep you looking fresh and healthy.

I use a lot of skincare, and I do get very fickle with products but for products to stick around means that they are doing the job and are making my skin behave in the way I want it to behave. I am totally obsessed with facial oils, they’ve been amazing in helping to balance out my skin and the fact that I’ve been using the Caudalie Overnight Detox Oil for coming up to a year now and no signs of changing it, does mean to me that I have something special in my possession.

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The festival season is well underway and I am literally counting down the days to my favourite festival; Gay Pride in Manchester. Ok, so not officially a festival – there’s no fields and wearing wellies in the mud, but there will be coloured hair and glitter. Lots of glitter. I’ve been looking at festival makeup to get myself in the mood, and find some inspiration when I came across the Marc Jacobs Beauty x Lady Gaga Coachella makeup. A futuristic hippy vibe, it gave me a real feel for the reverse smoky eye that she was rocking, with a pink lip. Very 80’s, very cool and very, very me. Since it’s been a long old time since I did my Beyoncé inspired makeup, I thought that today I would turn myself into Lady Gaga using as many products as I can from Marc Jacobs Beauty.

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Lady Gaga Coachella Inspired Makeup

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Lady Gaga Coachella Inspired Makeup

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Lady Gaga Coachella Inspired Makeup

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Lady Gaga Coachella Inspired Makeup

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Lady Gaga Coachella Inspired Makeup Undercover Coconut Primer

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Lady Gaga Coachella Inspired Makeup remarcable foundation

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Lady Gaga Coachella Inspired Makeup remarcable foundation

It was the Marc Jacobs Beauty time who are to thank for the amazing editorials on Lady Gaga. Two Coachella looks, as well as the Grammys and the Superbowl looks, Marc Jacobs Beauty have really upped the anti when it comes to striking looks with an avant garde feel, yet are relatively easy enough to recreate with the right products. For the first Coachella look, I prepped my skin with the Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer. I have been dying to get to my hands on the coconut range for an age. The primer glides on the skin, feels quite hydrating and it gives a blurred effect that you would get from a silicon primer, yet the Marc Jacobs one is very lightweight and milky. It gives a great base for foundation and I find that I don’t actually need a great deal of base when I’ve used the primer.

Using 34 Medium Beige, which just happens to be Lady Gaga’s shade in the Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(Marc)Able Full Coverage foundation. It’s quite unusual that the foundation has a dropper as you would think that you need a lot more to give a flawless base, but you need to go very easy with Re(Marc)Able. I used a tiny bit and it was still too much and I felt it sitting in the creases either side of my nose. A full coverage foundation that mimics skin, feels weightless, last for ages and is oil free? It’s like a dream. I didn’t even need to use any kind of setting powder, and it has a a wonderfully dewy finish for a full coverage foundation. I buffed in a small amount of O!Mega Bronzer with my Marc Jacobs Bronzer brush and started work on my eyes.

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Lady Gaga Coachella Inspired Makeup Velvet Noir Mascara

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Lady Gaga Coachella Inspired Makeup O!Mega Lash Mascara All About Yves

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Lady Gaga Coachella Inspired Makeup HIghliner Gel Liner

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Lady Gaga Coachella Inspired Makeup highliner gel liner

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Lady Gaga Coachella Inspired Makeup

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Lady Gaga Coachella Inspired Makeup poutliner charlotte

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Lady Gaga Coachella Inspired Makeup le marc lip creme Clara

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Lady Gaga Coachella Inspired Makeup poutliner charlotte le marc lip creme clara

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Lady Gaga Coachella Inspired Makeup Le marc lip creme Clara poutliner charlotte swatch

The main focus on the eyes is the under eye liner. A reverse smokey eye where all the attention is on the lower lash line. I created a very basic eyelid, using Urban Decay Enigma, MAC Saddle and Soap & Glory Supercat eyeliner. Using the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blue Me Away, I lined my water line and my lower lash line with this smudge proof and budge proof gel pencil. As Gaga wore a darker, cobalt blue liner, I used a Pixi Eye Silk in Cobalt to line my lower lash line to intensify the colour until I was satisfied. I smudged it out so it was really intense using a pencil brush before coating my lower lashes in Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash in All About Yves. My top lashes were finished off with several coats of Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Mascara.

Blue eye makeup and pink lips are just everything about the 80s, and I adore it. I also adore just how brilliant the quality of the Marc Jacobs Lip Cremes are. They literally do not go anywhere and although they may settle down over the day and the satin finish turns more to a velvet semi matte finish, they stain the lips and retain the bright colour due to the incredible pigmentation. The Marc Jacobs (P)Outliner Lip Pencil in Charlotte is a deep pink rose that looks almost red when applied. It’s the same budge proof/smudge proof formula of the gel eye liners so we know that a defined lip is going nowhere fast. Topping Charlotte with Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in Clara; a bold rose pink shade, I have totally fallen back in love with pink lips again. Could this be a turning point in my nude lip journey and I have gone back to pink lips? Who knows, but when it’s combined with blue eye liner, I am feeling it!

Would you wear a reverse smoky eye? I think it’s a great way to add a pop of any colour to an eye makeup look and gives you the chance to step out of your comfort zone. I can’t wait to see what Marc Jacobs Beauty create next!

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It has been only a very short time in my life that I have been using Temple Spa products for, but my god, I simply couldn’t love them any more than I do. Now, you’re probably thinking that I’m quite fickle when it comes to products but for me to finish a tub of anything is a very rare occurrence. Usually, I get bored halfway through something, or something new comes along that catches my attention, and that’s absolutely fine because in this ‘job’ I have a lot of product coming in and out of my life. Temple Spa seems to have satisfied my needs and although it was only November when I first received the Temple Spa Body Truffle, I have since started using it a lot more lately. I’m going to introduce you to the Truffle collection, a luxury face and body collection that I adore.

Last year, I did a collaboration with The Good Spa Guide and I was sent a jar of the Temple Spa Body Truffle. I used it a handful of times, but then put it in a drawer to save for best when I saw the price tag. I am absolutely rubbish when it comes to body moisturisers. I find that my shower gel is usually enough to keep my skin moisturised and then when I’m feeling particularly dry, I dig out an intensive product and slather myself in it. I’d been away to Barbados over the winter and came back drier than the desert. Reaching for the Body Truffle, I slathered myself in the rose quartz, cashmere and black truffle laden formula and realised that this was something quite special.

Temple Spa Truffle Collection

Temple Spa Truffle Collection Body Truffle

Temple Spa Truffle Collection Trufflesque

Not only did I notice that my sun parched skin reacted so well with the Body Truffle, but I started to notice little changes in my skin. It looked glowing, and had a shine to it that didn’t disappear once the cream had sunk in. It not only looked like the texture had changed, but my skin felt firmer, smoother and wonderfully radiant. The scent of Body Truffle is insane, I could literally sit and smell the pot for the spa like, expensive aroma. The rose quartz helps give skin the radiance, whilst the cashmere leaves the silky smooth finish. I have become addicted.

Can you imagine anything more luxurious than a face mask containing gold, champagne and black truffle? Nope? Neither can I anymore. In fact, I’m going to be hard pushed to find a face mask which is exquisite as the Temple Spa Trufflesque Ultra Hydration and Radiance Masque. A little goes a long way, and using the Temple Spa brush, it’s very easy to apply a generous even layer of the masque over your face. Unwinding and sitting back for 20 minutes whilst the masque gets to work, it works its magic by plumping skin and injecting some much needed hydration back into it. The combination of diamond powder and gold particles work together to convert UV light to blue light to add radiance to the skin. After the 20 minutes, the masque is rubbed into the skin, turning it into a soft balm that has has more skin benefits, then rinsed away with a warm, damp muslin cloth.

The difference in my skin is very apparent after using the mask. I look glowing, my skin is smooth and there’s an ethereal radiance to it that I can never achieve from using any other product. My pores seemed to look more refined, and I feel lifted. Maybe it’s because it’s gold, maybe because it’s a special treat but my god, I think this product is absolutely amazing. A 60ml pot is £50 and with the amount I have used over several masks, once a week, it’s not even chipped the surface. The pot still looks brand new. I think for an exceptionally luxurious treat that Trufflesque is the one. I mean, who doesn’t want to have a gold face once a week. I felt like an Oscar.

Temple Spa Truffle Collection Trufflesque

Temple Spa Truffle Collection Skin Truffle

I’ve been flitting between a few moisturisers at the moment, and I have two which are on regular rotation. On most nights I like to use a selection of products for several skin concerns and finish off with Dr Barbara Sturm Face Cream. For the times where I’ve used Trufflesque or spent rather a long time pampering myself in my bathroom, I use Temple Spa Skin Truffle, £85 for 50ml. Again, it’s highly luxurious and I feel slightly guilty for wanting to cover my face in such an expensive product, but then I compare it to the Dr Barbara Sturm Face Cream which is £132 for 50ml and that feels so basic in comparison. The Temple Spa Skin Truffle is just on another level, with the formulation, ingredients and scent.

Pure gold, truffles and diamonds are the key ingredients in Skin Truffle and it’s like it leaves a layer of diamond dust across my face when I’ve used it. The whole range is about radiance, and it’s something that it very noticeable after using each one of the Truffle products. Anti-ageing, soothing and calming, it’s rejuvenation in a pot. It’s skin lustre that sparkles and glows. I also don’t feel the need for a serum before using Skin Truffle, which is pretty amazing considering I’ve had dehydrated skin for years yet I feel like a serum would be overdoing it. I’m just so impressed that I cannot get over just how much I love the products.

I have a funny feeling that you’re all going to be hearing a lot more about Temple Spa coming up. It comes with addiction. Is it bad that I already have a £300 strong online shopping basket full of products that I want to try?

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It feels like absolutely ages since I’ve treated myself to some products from Benefit, and this year has seen the launch of some very exciting goodies. As it’s summer, the makeup that I’m wearing is a lot lighter and I’ve been finding that I’m skipping foundation in exchange for a lighter base, whilst giving warmth to my face using a combination of bronzers and highlighting products with a touch of flush. As I haven’t been wearing a lot of makeup, it’s been quite nice to do the no makeup makeup look and I think I’ve found the ideal products to not only give a beautiful glow, but ones that are also great in the warmer weather. Of course, a good skin routine helps immensely to give a great blank canvas for minimal makeup and I must say that I’m actually over the moon for once with my skin. It’s so clear and looks really fresh, which is great for this weather. From Benefit Cosmetics, I’ve picked four products that you need in your makeup wardrobe.

Brand new this year, the Hoola family has expanded once again to bring us the Hoola Quickie Contour Stick. With the same shade that we love from Hoola, this bronzing stick is a cream to powder product that applies seamlessy on the skin without feeling at all greasy. It’s so easy to use, and although I don’t tend to contour that often, a quick swipe of the Hoola Quickie stick across my face gives a subtle yet sculpted look. If you’re confident in using cream products, it does double up as a cream bronzer and the soft bronze shade is gorgeous, as well as having a matte finish. It’s quite unusual how it does feel quite oil based when it’s first applied but it really does help with the blending before it sets in place. I love the shade of Hoola and it’s one of very few bronzers that shows up well on my skin. With the size of the product and its soft domed tip, it’s so easy and quick to swipe across your face to save time and effort from using a traditional cream contour product.

The Summer Face with Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Dandelion Twinkle Galifornia

The Summer Face with Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Quickie Contour Stick

The Summer Face with Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Quickie Contour Stick

The Summer Face with Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Quickie Contour Stick

The Summer Face with Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Personalised Bronzer

The Summer Face with Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Personalised Bronzer

The Summer Face with Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Personalised Bronzer

I’ve been setting my Hoola Quickie Contour Stick in place with my trusty Hoola. When swatching for my images, I have noticed that I’ve used quite a lot of my second personalised Hoola. I’m going to be so sad when it runs out as I love having the personalised box and brush. Good news is that the personalised Hoola is still available to get on the Benefit website. Happy Anoushka!

I’ve always wished I could carry off the Dandelion range from Benefit as the products in the collection; Dandelion, Shy Beam and Dandelion Dew are the prettiest pale pinks but they either don’t show up on my skin tone or look a bit chalky. It’s a sad state of affairs, I tell you. When I saw the Benefit Dandelion Twinkle pre release, I actually had a glimmer of hope. As it’s a nude pink highlighting powder, it would be absolutely ideal for my skin tone and I’ve found that it’s one of the most beautiful highlighting powders that I’ve owned. A baked powder, that goes on sheer to give a natural radiance, I find Dandelion Twinkle to be just enough for a no make up day. With the colour of my skin, it would be a lot more intense on paler skinned girls, but for my medium skin it’s just right for that subtle glow. I’ve also been using it for inner corner highlight which looks really pretty.

The Summer Face with Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter Powder

The Summer Face with Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter Powder

The Summer Face with Benefit Cosmetics Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter Powder

The Summer Face with Benefit Cosmetics Galifornia Blusher

The Summer Face with Benefit Cosmetics Galifornia Blusher

The Summer Face with Benefit Cosmetics Galifornia Blusher

Finally, one of my new favourites for this summer, the Benefit Galifornia Blush. I am slightly addicted to Benefit Blush and I’m still in love with Benefit Rockateur as well as Benefit Majorette. The box is just stunning and I love the summer vibes that it brings. To bring even more of a summer vibe, upon opening the box you are greeted with a sunny golden pink blusher that looks like the warm California sun, and it smells absolutely amazing. I believe the scent is zesty pink grapefruit and vanilla and it’s like a little extra treat. I’m pretty much obsessed with it. The golden sheen on the top of the blusher does wear off after a few uses, but the golden shimmer throughout the blush is apparent yet subtle. The colour payoff is great, and it’s very pigmented so a little goes a long way. I like to build it up for a flushed pink cheek, and with the subtle gold running through it, I can use less highlighter or a more subtle glow such as Dandelion Twinkle. It’s probably one of my best purchases of the year so far.

Have you got any favourites for a summer glow? Which of these Benefit babes have you tried?

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In the final part of my holiday makeup bag posts, I’m bringing to you the tools and lashes that I took with me. It’s no easy feat having a condensed makeup bag but overall, I think I did quite well in my quest to reduce space and not take everything but the kitchen sink. It’s been quite eye opening to see just how little I can take and still be able to create a number of looks with just one eyeshadow palette and a few different coloured lipsticks. Although I’m not featuring every single brush I took, I have found the perfect travel companion in a brush set from Sigma, and the lashes which have helped changed my eyes from day time chic to night time glam. There’s also a brilliantly photo bombed picture featuring the lovely Thomas who makes this whole post.

Starting with the lashes, it was really difficult to narrow it down to just three pairs. I wear lashes all the time and I am quite set in my ways when it comes to which brands I use and which styles. I have often spoken on social media of my love of Nouveau Lashes and the Volume 2 and Natural 2 pairs are my absolute favourites. They are long enough to create an impact, yet they look so natural on. I took Natural 2 with me, and wore these every day bar one. With Nouveau Lashes, the quality is exceptional and I find that I can get a lot of wear out of just one pair of lashes. In this case, I got several days and they were still in great condition when I got home that I have used them until they were ready for the bin. Prior to my holiday, I did have my lashes done with a concept similar to LVL Lashes, just so I felt comfortable wearing no lashes, however I still found I needed that extra oomph. I’m such a lash gal, I can’t help it. Nouveau Lashes Natural 2 add thickness and dimension to my lashes, and at just £4.96 for a pair, they’re exceptional for the price. The lash glue with comes with it is latex free and vegan friendly and they stay in place all day.

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Three - Tools! False Eyelashes Nouveau Lashes Natural 2 House of Lashes Iconic Eylure Vegas Nay Shining Star Lashes

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Three - Tools! False Eyelashes Nouveau Lashes Natural 2 House of Lashes Iconic Eylure Vegas Nay Shining Star Lashes

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Three - Tools! False Eyelashes Nouveau Lashes Natural 2 House of Lashes Iconic Eylure Vegas Nay Shining Star Lashes

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Three - Tools! False Eyelashes Nouveau Lashes Natural 2 House of Lashes Iconic Eylure Vegas Nay Shining Star Lashes

I have found the best site for purchasing lashes at False Eyelashes. I first spotted them on Instagram on their We Love Lashes account and I was amazed that I had found a place to buy House of Lashes without having to get them shipped from America. I had been desperate to try the House of Lashes Iconic lashes for quite sometime, and I’m really pleased I did. The most beautiful lashes for evening, the criss cross V shaped lashes really give that elegant yet showstopping look. Another brand that are 100% cruelty free, they look like mink lashes and really create an impact. They’re really comfortable to wear and I didn’t find that they felt heavy on my eyes like other big lashes do. I think they’re my new favourite style and I’m keeping them in perfect condition to last as long as they can. They are £14 a pair, but I’ve got many wears from them so far and there are no signs of them giving up just yet.

I also picked up a pair of the Eylure Vegas Nay Shining Star Lashes at £6.90. I love Eylure lashes and again, they last for a really long time. I don’t know why they have changed the band on the Vegas Nay lashes but they were really difficult to apply as the band was quite thick and didn’t have much movement. Although my lashes had been curled with the LVL treatment beforehand, I didn’t have trouble putting the other lashes on, yet I struggled a lot to get these in position. I also had to trim a considerable amount off, which is unusual for me as I have large almond shaped eyes. I don’t think I would repurchase any of the Vegas Nay lashes again, simply for the difficulty with the lash band, however the lashes themselves looked really fluffy and full and very realistic.

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Three - Tools! False Eyelashes Nouveau Lashes Natural 2 House of Lashes Iconic Eylure Vegas Nay Shining Star Lashes

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Three - Tools! False Eyelashes Nouveau Lashes Natural 2 House of Lashes Iconic Eylure Vegas Nay Shining Star Lashes

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Three - Tools! False Eyelashes Nouveau Lashes Natural 2 House of Lashes Iconic Eylure Vegas Nay Shining Star Lashes

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Three - Tools! False Eyelashes Nouveau Lashes Natural 2 House of Lashes Iconic Eylure Vegas Nay Shining Star Lashes

I have a handful of makeup brushes that I use without failure. I apply my foundation with an Iconic Oval Brush, my concealer with the Real Techniques Setting Brush, and my eye makeup with the MAC 239, 217 and 224 brushes. In addition to these, I have been using Sigma Brushes so the Sigma Mr Bunny Travel Set came in ever so handy. The travel brush tube is absolutely brilliant for travelling as all my brushes stayed safe inside without getting damaged, and although the brushes within the kit have travel sized handles, my other brushes fit comfortable inside, with exception of my Iconic Oval as it’s quite large. The kit contains seven of Sigma’s best selling brushes and I could have just taken those with me as there was a brush for each step of makeup.

For the face, the F30 Large Powder Brush, the F40 Large Angled Contour and the F60 Foundation Brush and for the eyes, the E30 Pencil Brush, E40 Tapered Blending, E55 Eye Shading and the E65 Small Angled Brush. I have the E30 and E40 brushes with the standard sized handles and I use them all of the time. The E40 is very similar to the MAC 224 brush but I find it to be slightly better at blending as the fibres used in the brush are so fine. What I love about Sigma brushes is the ability for them to not absorb the product, whether it be powder, liquid or cream. They also wash beautifully and I’ve never had any shedding from any of my brushes at all.

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Three - Tools and Lashes  Sigma Mr Bunny Travel Set

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Three - Tools and Lashes  Sigma Mr Bunny Travel Set

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Three - Tools and Lashes  Sigma Mr Bunny Travel Set

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Three - Tools and Lashes  Sigma Mr Bunny Travel Set

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Three - Tools and Lashes

I think I’ve done so well in condensing the amount of things I took with me. It’s a shame I can’t do this in real life. Today I’m going to be sitting down to wash around 100 makeup brushes as I’ve literally used every single brush in my collection. The thought of nice clean brushes is so nice, but the thought of washing them all is not so good. Thankfully, I have my Sigma Brush Spa and Sigma Brushampoo to make light work of things.

I just wanted to show you my new personalised makeup bag from Rock on Ruby as well. With my name being so unusual, I can never get personalised items so I treasure them greatly. The Life’s A Beach Make Up bag is a set design from Rock on Ruby but because they are amazing, you can have any item personalised with your name, or even go the whole hog and get a custom designed piece of apparel in whatever takes your fancy. I’ve got a fab sweatshirt that I can’t wait to show you and I’m about to order my t.shirt ready for Gay Pride, which I’m am so excited about!

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If I can’t head into Manchester without taking several lipsticks with me, then I would never be able to go 5000 miles away to Las Vegas with a small selection, would I? Being very careful in my choices, I actually thought about my selection rather than chucking several colours in a bag. I made sure I had some vibrant shades, a good nude or two, a pink and a multi use product that has come in really handy. Now, I did buy two more lipsticks whilst I was away, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks in Dolce and Catnip, because I have a collection going on and the more I add, the quicker I will complete it!

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Two - Lipsticks!

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Two - Lipsticks!

Back in February Bare Minerals launched the biggest collection of lip products, Gen Nude. From liquid lips, to lip liners, glosses and lipsticks, in every shade of nude you could possibly think of. I have myself a small collection of lip goodies from the collection and I took the Bare Minerals Gen Nude Lipstick in Crave on holiday. A warm medium pink with a shine finish that glides on like butter and holds on to lips. It’s almost like a balm texture but with a lot more staying power.

It was just as I was about to go away that the most coveted launch of the year was about to happen. The launch of Charlotte Tilbury’s iconic shade Pillow Talk was to be released into the Matte Revolution lipstick range. At the time, the shade Valentine was also released, but as it was very similar to Crave from Bare Minerals, I chose against it. Pillow Talk is the most perfect shade for my lips. It’s very much that perfect medium pinky nude, with warm tones and a semi matte finish that doesn’t feel drying on the lips. It is one of my favourites, and I’m so glad it’s in the permanent collection now.

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Two - Lipsticks! Bare Minerals Gen Nude in Crave

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Two - Lipsticks! Bare Minerals Gen Nude in Crave

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Two - Lipsticks! Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Two - Lipsticks! Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Pillow Talk

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Two - Lipsticks! Pixi by Petre Multi Balm in Baby Petal

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Two - Lipsticks! Pixi by Petre Multi Balm in Baby Petal

If you noticed from my previous makeup bag post, you will see that there was a distinct item missing; a blusher. Of course, I didn’t go on holiday without a blusher! I took with me the Pixi by Petra Multi Balm in Baby Petal, the softest hint of a tint, that although very pale on my red lips, it’s a beautiful natural nude blush for my skin. It worked so perfectly with the foundation and primer choice and for a cream blusher/lipstick, it’s very easy to apply to the skin. For a lipstick, you would think that the large domed product would make application difficult, but actually, it was quite easy.

Heading into more coloured territory, I packed the MAC Versicolour Stain in Always & Forever, a warm orange cream. With a hybrid gloss stain formula, it gives lips that lustrous glassy finish that wears off to reveal a stained lip that lasts forever. It’s does feel weird on the lip, like a gummy balm like texture, but the overall finish is a glossy shine that hugs the lip without drying. It’s a great lip product for holidays due to the lightweight feel and hydrating formulation.

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Two - Lipsticks! MAC Versicolour Stain in Always & Forever

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Two - Lipsticks! MAC Versicolour Stain in Always & Forever

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Two - Lipsticks! Marc Jacobs Le Marc in Goddess

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Two - Lipsticks! Marc Jacobs Le Marc in Goddess

You can’t beat a red lip, and my red lip combo was from the one and only Marc Jacobs. Perfect for Valentines Day when I was there, the Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in Goddess and Marc Jacobs Enamoured Gloss in Hey You worked wonderfully together. The Marc Jacobs Goddess Lip Creme is one of my favourite reds that I own. Aside from the amazing quality and longevity of the formulation, the bold classic true medium red with exceptional pigmentation is the red lip of dreams. Although it does have a gorgeous semi matte finish, it dries into a velvety finish with an even wear.

Worn with Goddess or simply alone, the Marc Jacobs Enamoured Lip Lacquer in Hey You reminds me of a strawberry jelly. Pink toned red, with a very slight blue undertone and creme finish, it’s opaque in one swipe whilst the sponge applicator makes it really easy to apply. Unlike other glosses, it’s not particularly sticky, and longevity is average but it is a gloss and they never really stay on that well. Worn with Goddess, it gives that gorgeous jammy lip that’s not too much. Perfect for adding that shine to worn off lipstick.

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Two - Lipsticks! Marc Jacobs Enamoured Lip Lacquer in Hey You

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Two - Lipsticks! Marc Jacobs Enamoured Lip Lacquer in Hey You

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Two - Lipsticks! Too Faced Melted Matte in Bend and Snap

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part Two - Lipsticks! Too Faced Melted Matte in Bend and Snap

The last lipstick I took with me was the Too Faced Melted Matte Liquid Lipstick in Bend & Snap!, a deep matte raspberry shade. It applies like a gloss but dries down to a velvety matte finish that literally does not move. I find the applicator on this particular lipstick to be amazing for definition and it really does enhance the shape of my lips. It holds on for hours, and even after eating and drinking, it has barely moved. I think I actually need to try a few more of these shades, just to compare and see.

Come back on Friday to see my final post on my holiday makeup bag, and to see one of the best photos I’ve ever taken in my entire life. See you Friday!

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Holiday makeup. One of the most difficult decision a makeup addict has to undertake. Back ion February I went on holiday to Las Vegas, with a 22kg baggage allowance and a need for fabulous outfits and lots of lipstick. Not knowing just how cold it would be or realising that I cannot work with pre-planned outfits, I of course over packed and took way too much with me. When I shared a photo on Instagram of my holiday makeup bag, the amount of people who were interested in just how I condensed it down shocked me so much that I have pulled the entire contents of my holiday makeup bag back together. I think I did a pretty fine job as I didn’t need or wish for anything whilst I was there, and although I was in the USA and could easily pick up things I needed, I did really well to not spend unnecessarily. I’m going to split it over three posts, this part being the makeup bag contents, with the second being the lip products and the third being lashes and tools.

Whittling products down to just one of each really makes you think about what you want from a product and I also utilised this opportunity to use products that were new or that I hadn’t used very often. Starting with the base, I chose the Hylamide HA Blur Primer, for it’s ability to smooth out my skin and create a clear complexion even if my skin is looking a bit done in. With the difference in altitude and atmosphere of Las Vegas, the HA Blur primner actually worked out to be the best decision when packing as it really helped keep my makeup in place and gave me some moisture without pooling into oily patches. With the same thought in mind, I wanted a sheerer coverage foundation that still gave a flawless finish but felt like my skin could breath. Using a foundation that is actually a repurchase for me, the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation in Honey is one of those foundations that doesn’t get enough recognition. It can be built to gain a medium coverage but it gives such a beautifully luminous finish, that skin looks so healthy and glowy. I love it.

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part One

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part One Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Benefit Deciem Hylamide

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part One Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Micro Finishing Pressed Powder Translucent

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part One Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Micro Finishing Pressed Powder Banana

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part One Pur Ultra Jumbo Bronzer Laura Geller Gelato Ballerina Highlighter

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part One Laura Geller Baked Gelato Ballerina Highlighter

When it came to powders, I could have made up a custom palette to save space using some of my other products however I was desperate to try out the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Finishing Pressed Powders in 01 Translucent and 02 Banana. Using the translucent powder to set my foundation, it worked really well in combination with the blurring primer as well as keeping my skin looking glowy and non cakey. The tiniest amount worked well to set, and I kept it in my bag for daytime top ups. 02 Banana is my new favourite powder. It is the best thing for setting under eye concealer, which I took my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard. It didn’t look too yellow on my skin, didn’t settle into fine lines and literally held my face in place all day.

A dusting of bronzer came from the Pur Glow Together Jumbo Bronzer palette. Three matte shades and three shimmer shades look beautifully natural when used individually or swirled together for a custom colour. The compact is huge with a decent sized mirror as well as having a really light and finely milled formulation of mineral based makeup. It’s probably one of my favourite bronzers this year as I love the colour on my skin. I only took one highlighter away with me as well, which I was so shocked at. The highlighter of choice was the Laura Geller Beauty Baked Gelato Swirl Highlighter in Ballerina. I love this hybrid of powder that feels like a cream on the skin. Long lasting, sheer and radiant, I think I need to get Gilded Honey next.

The eyeshadow palette selection was the easiest choice for me. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance is still my everything and as you can see, it’s becoming very well loved. Thankfully, ABH now sells all my favourite shades in singles so rather than replace the full palette again, I will be getting the singles of Realgar and Burnt Orange as they are simply beautiful.

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part One Modern Renaissance Palette Anastasia Beverly Hills

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part One Modern Renaissance Palette Anastasia Beverly Hills

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part One Sleek Brow Intensity

The Holiday Makeup Bag Part One Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara Reloaded Urban Decay Primer Potion Enigma

For brows, I took the new Sleek Brow Intensity which is a dual ended highlighter shade with a comb/sponge tip end. Now, i’m not going to lie, it’s a tough product to get to grips with and I have been very frustrated with getting my brows perfect with it. The idea of pushing the product into the brow whilst brushing it through is quite simple but it just doesn’t work for me. Good job I took my trusty Shavata Brow Pencil and setting gel. The highlighter shade however is the perfect shape for defining the brow arch. For the eye base, the Urban Decay Primer Potion in Enigma has been a trusty friend for many years and it’s perfect for travelling due to its plastic packaging that doesn’t leak under pressure. For lashes, I gave the Rimmel ScandalEyes Mascara in Black a whirl, as I hadn’t tried it before. It’s good, but the big brush applicator caused me some difficulty in keeping it on my lashes and I ended up with it all over my lid instead. It did enhance lashes and give them the big, black, voluminous lash that I crave.

Phew, that’s a lot of makeup considering I’m condensing everything into three posts. Make sure you head back and check on my beauty tools and lashes that I have been loving lately. Have you tried anything in my make up bag, and is there anything on your wish list?

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