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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I’m such a sucker for perfume. I know I say this all the time, but I am obsessed with fragrance. Each and every perfume that I own hold certain memories for me, and there are certain tones that evoke a warmth in my heart of a past event. It’s started to get a bit crazy now, and at the last count I had around 50 different scents, not including the giant bag of perfume samples sat near my dressing table. The latest launch that I was excited to see what the brand new fragrance from Missguided; Missguided Babe Power. As a huge brand known for its fashionable clothing, Missguided has gone from strength to strength over the last few years, and its a go-to for many people for beautiful clothes for all occasions. Missguided held it’s launch event at Menagerie in Manchester just a few weeks ago, and boy, do they know how to throw a party. I headed down for an hour before it started getting too busy (I couldn’t stay in a busy place with my bad back) and from what I have heard, I missed an absolutely cracking night. The time that I did stay there however was brilliant, and I was joined by my blogger babes Lily and Holly for a pink themed evening.

Missguided Babe Power Eau de Parfum

Missguided Babe Power Eau de Parfum

Missguided Babe Power Eau de Parfum

Missguided Babe Power Eau de Parfum

Missguided Babe Power Eau de Parfum

Missguided Babe Power Eau de Parfum

Missguided Babe Power Eau de Parfum

Missguided Babe Power Eau de Parfum

Missguided Babe Power Eau de Parfum

If you are local to Manchester, you would be aware of Menagerie. Based in New Bailey, across the bridge from Spinningfields, the venue is a luxe restaurant with lots of space that has the perfect party atmosphere. Menagerie was closed for the evening to host the party and as we arrived at 6pm, we headed down a pink carpet before entering a Babe Power inspired space. With bottles of Babe Power adorning every available space, it was almost like a fairytale. Pink prosecco and a candy floss decoration was handed over as a welcome drink, whilst we were invited to browse the Babe Power decorated tables, pink sweet bar and take photos underneath the giant Babe Power balloons. I’m so glad that I arrived early enough to grab some photos because the event filled up fast.

We were lucky enough to try some complimentary cocktails and I chose Unicorn Tears, obviously. A blend of Tanqueray Gin, Chambord, blueberry and lemon with a raspberry float, it was beautiful. I felt like I was a bit under dressed for the evening, as girls wearing body con Missguided dresses and heels were gliding about. In my jeans and Pretty Little Thing waterfall jacket, I was smart casual but I wished I had on something a bit more glamorous. I did wear my gorgeous Morezi watch from STORM London, so at least I had a touch of glamour. It’s quite a statement watch so it did get people talking and the rose gold and white colours of the watch fitted perfectly with my blush pink and black colour palette.

I’ve had the chance to get to know Missguided Babe Power over the last few weeks and I’ve found that it’s been in my handbag quite a lot lately. It is quite amazing how scents can smell so different, as at the event I was really overpowered by it. Whether it was to do with the amount of scent lingering in the air throughout the venue, but I found it to be really sickly sweet. It was a totally different story when my perfume arrived to my home. The unique drinks can bottle really stands out, and I love how you press the ring pull down to dispense the scent. At home and in a neutral environment, Babe Power was a lot different than I remembered.

Missguided Babe Power Eau de Parfum

Missguided Babe Power Eau de Parfum

Missguided Babe Power Eau de Parfum

On the first spray, the top notes are really vibrant, sweet yet with a tartness. A mix of crisp apple, pineapple and pink pepper combined with grapefruit zest, sour cherry and rhubarb makes me think of tropical summers. The heart of orange blossom, peony and jasmine change the fragrance quite dramatically before it dries down into a vanilla candy floss, with a seductive musk and amber finish. It’s quite a young scent, but the dry down on me is somewhat grown up and a bit mysterious. I’ve received some lovely compliments upon wearing Babe Power and even my Mum likes it and she hates anything with vanilla.

I’m also very impressed with the price point of £28 at both Missguided and The Fragrance Shop, for an 80ml bottle of perfume. It’s such good value.

For a day to day perfume that will make you feel like a million dollars, that won’t cost the earth, I think that Missguided Babe Power should be a staple in your perfume wardrobe.

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It was only a couple of weeks ago that I had to hold my hands up and admit that I was wrong about a product. I just didn’t get on with it at first, yet the second time around I was astounded to find out that it has been one of the best cleansing products that I have used in a long time. I’m talking about the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and it has been a bathroom shelf staple and a product I’ve been using every single time I’ve taken my makeup off. Since then, I’ve been trying out a new product, the Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturiser as well as the Clinique BIY Pigment Drops. It’s funny, as I’ve never been drawn to Clinique as a skincare brand before, but I am absolutely loving it at the moment.

The Clinique Pep-Start range is a capsule collection of products designed to make life easy with multi-tasking skincare to prep your skin and pep you up before you leave the house. The Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturiser is a double whammy of a product in that it can be used solely as a moisturiser, or worn as a primer. As as moisturiser, it’s oil free which is perfect for my skin, and although it looks to be quite thick in the pot, it’s actually a very lightweight gel- mousse texture that gives a lot of hydration. It’s a bit like a filter in a pot and it blurs the skin out beautifully to fill in pores and fine lines, which makes its ideal as a primer as well.

Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur and BIY Drops

Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur and BIY Drops

Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur and BIY Drops

Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur and BIY Drops

This is where it starts to get exciting for me. A moisturiser that I can use during the day, over the top of makeup? Yes, it’s true! The texture is so fine and light that a quick pat on dry areas instantly hydrates but doesn’t make makeup move around the face nor does it leave skin feeling greasy or slippy, with the oil free formula. It almost reminds me of the abilities of the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector but in a different form.

As a primer, with it’s instant filter effect, it makes no make up days even easier, as well as helping to hold onto foundation if worn over the top. After discovering the Clinique BIY Pigment Drops, it’s turned the HydroBlur into a huge game changer. First of all, the BIY Drops are available in 13 shades and the process is easy. One drop into your favourite moisturiser, gives a sheer coverage like a BB cream. Two drops deepens the colour whilst three drops turn your moisturiser into a flawless, full-coverage foundation. The pigment drops also hold onto whatever formulation your moisturiser is, so a matte moisturiser will be a matte foundation and a dewy moisturiser will give a more radiant glow.

With the incredibly random weather that we’ve been having and ultra high temperatures, the Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturiser and Clinique BIY Pigment Drops have been an absolute god send. My skin has had the coverage of a medium foundation, so imperfections have been covered beautifully whilst my skin has been packed full of moisture, without feeling caked. I’m so happy to have found this combination as I have more no make up days than make up days at the moment, but I still like my skin to be looking somewhat presentable, and a touch of moisturiser has literally changed the way that I view things,

Whilst having a look at what I can try next from Clinique, I noticed that the Clinique website has five free samples with every order, and one of those samples is the mini HydroBlur. I’m very tempted to treat myself just so I can have a pot to keep in my handbag for daytime touch ups. Who would have thought that just two products could change my entire outlook on a brand. I’m amazed.

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As soon as I feel like I have got back on top of my skincare and started using all that I had, I remember that I have another few products stashed away. I literally am swimming in skincare. I like to really try out a brand by trying them out for several weeks and as I have had to totally strip away my acids and more intensive products, it’s been great to start using them again. I did speak about some of skincare favourites, and how I’ve been slowly and carefully increasing the concentrations of vitamins and acids. One brand that I truly adore and have been totally rubbish at getting the information out to you is Merumaya. Not only does it have a lovely story behind it, but it makes some incredible products that I have loved since the first use.

Rather than me reliving the story behind the launch of the brand, I do urge you to have a read of Maleka’s story. It’s very heart warming and proof that the Happily Ever After does exist and you can work towards making your dreams come true. Maleka’s philosophy behind Merumaya is to help women have confidence in their skin, and that beauty has no age. Confident and striving for equality, we can pay it forward with a compliment and support others. A truly beautiful mentality and one that personally has taken me a long time to grasp.

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Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum

I’ve been using four products from the Merumaya range and with the exception of the serum, they are all slightly more intensive in terms of containing active ingredients. Starting off with one of my all time favourite products, and there is literally a smidgen of this left in the tube, the Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum has been part of my skincare faves for couple of years now. I have had numerous sample sizes of this before I got the full size and I’m going to have to get another very soon. The serum is unlike other serums in consistency with it being more of a gel like cream than a water based liquid. As soon as the serum hits your skin, you can feel it sink it immediately whilst the silken formula makes my skin feel the smoothest it’s ever been. I personally like to use this prior to make up application as it helps my foundation glide on and stay on. It plumps and hydrates and evens out skin tone and leaves a radiance that looks so healthy. It’s an absolute hero product and a definite recommendation from me.

When it comes to exfoliating toners, I always fall back to the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Toner as well as Pixi Glow Tonic. I love the addition of an AHA in my skincare routine to help take away dead skin cells. It’s a very good ingredient for me, as it doesn’t have any kind of adverse reaction, or leaves me with redness. I have been using the Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner whilst my Clarins has ran out, and to be quite honest, I’m not sure that I will be rushing out to buy Clarins whilst I have this. It’s so gentle that I can use it several times a week and I’ve found that it helps control the oil on my skin. It’s a perfect pairing with the Iconic Youth Serum and I find that just those two are just enough for an evening skin routine most nights.

Merumaya Retinol Resurfacing

Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner

Merumaya Lip Line Repair Treatment

Although I have had experience with Retinol products, I have kind of avoided them as they do strip your skin back so much so that extra care must be taken with wearing SPF. Wearing SPF isn’t a problem, but the fact that I was in so many different destinations with work, with very hot temperatures, I was always worried about my skin. Since being at home, it’s enabled me to try new products so I have been really excited to try the Merumaya Retinol Resurfacing Treatment. Gentle yet effective, I’ve found that using this cream compared to using retinol in serum form has been a totally different experience. I did see some after effects of dryness and redness after the first couple of uses, but after persevering, that settled down. I don’t think it’s to do with the product itself, but more so of having an different product added into my very basic routine. Retinol isn’t a product that I use all the time and it’s one that I do forget about as my skin is in such good condition right now but I do like to use it at nighttime every now and again.

A product that I have loved and think has been one of the best things that has happened to my face is the Merumaya Lip Line Restoration Treatment. I have the worst dry lips, and there is nothing that will sort them out. I could scrub them daily and apply liberal amounts of balm, salve or ointment and the following day they will still be suffering with dry and flaky skin. The Lip Line Restoration Treatment is designed to tighten and smooth the lip line, making it more effective when wearing lipstick so lips don’t bleed. I don’t really have that issue so I can’t really pass comment on if it has helped, but I have noticed the biggest difference in how my lips feel and look. The dry skin still turns up but it’s a lot less and only in the centre of my lips now. I also feel like my lips have been plumped up yet don’t feel like they’re covered in a wet, slippy balm. It’s quite honestly been my best find of this year and I think I need to stock up. Oh, when that day comes that my lips do not have any dry patches at all will be the best day.

If you want to try a brand that has a beautiful story to it, with products that work and are made in Britain, I think Merumaya would be right up your street. Please do check it out, and let me know what has caught your eye.

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How many years have I spent shipping Kat Von D makeup back from the United States and into the loving arms of my Mum. Actually, can you believe that my Mum was the first out of us both to own a Studded Kiss Lipstick and the Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette. Isn’t she fabulous? The one thing that she has avoided getting is the Lock It Foundation as it’s really difficult to match up especially when a brand thinks so well about different shade ranges. Luckily, Debenhams does sell Kat Von D both online and now in selected stores including my home town of Manchester. I popped in on launch day to see the new counter in full swing, as well as see what items I really couldn’t live without.

The counter space in Debenhams Manchester is actually quite big compared to other brands in the beauty hall. As expected, it’s black, glossy and gothic with every product in the line on display. I was so tempted between the Alchemist palette, which is so beautiful but it’s so teeny and I don’t really need another highlighter palette. I still will get it eventually because I’m an addict and there are worse things to be addicted to. Rather than get yet another highlighter, I got yet another liquid lipstick because I definitely needed one of those. I swatched about four of five shades and Berlin was the one I kept going back to. It’s that beautiful warm rose that looks almost a pink coral on my skin and I couldn’t imagine my life without it.

Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in Berlin

Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in Berlin

Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in Berlin

Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in Berlin

Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in Berlin

Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in Berlin

Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in Berlin

Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in Berlin

Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in Berlin

The official blurb does say that Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in Berlin is a warm rose; a medium to dark pinky red with an ultra matte finish. It does remind me a little of MAC Impassioned, but obviously with a hell of a lot longer staying power. Now, I do wear a lot of liquid lipsticks and I do favour the Anastasia Beverly Hills lipsticks but the Kat Von D ones are definitely a good contender. Whilst they both have their pro’s and con’s, the only negative I find with the Kat Von D liquid lipsticks is that they get very messy when wet. Not great in this weather when all you want to do is swig water. However, I can live with that because I’m not precious. I just adore Berlin. It’s that perfect juicy lip colour for summer. Love, love, love!

If you are in Manchester, please do pop in and see the girls on the counter of Kat Von D. They’re all so lovely and they will match you up to your hearts desire. I think I’m definitely due a match up of the Lock It foundation although just from looking I predict 53 Neutral. I will let you know if I’m right!

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When I was first venturing out into makeup ( I was around 12), I vividly remember reading an article on Poppy King in Blush or Sugar magazine. An Australian entrepreneur who started her very line of opaque lipsticks when she was just eighteen years old. My memory is quite sketchy but I recall her creating a lipstick with either Boots No7 or Seventeen and it was Poppy Red. It was the best lipstick I’d ever owned; creamy, vibrant and opaque and it gave the most perfect red lip. I think I managed to hold on to it until I was around 17 or so. Out of nowhere, Poppy King disappeared off the scene until 2006 when her new line Lipstick Queen launched into Space NK.

Lipstick Queen Morning Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Morning Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Morning Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Morning Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Morning Sunshine Lipstick

Lipstick Queen Morning Sunshine Lipstick

Over the last few years of Lipstick Queen, we have seen the introduction of the colour changing lipsticks such as cult classic Hello Sailor and more recently Frog Princess. The latest innovation in colour changing is the Lipstick Queen Morning Sunshine, a yellow based lipstick that has got everybody talking on my Instagram. I think that most people have been shocked to see a yellow lipstick and haven’t been sure who would wear yellow, without realising that it has a magical formula where it reacts with the heat of your skin to turn into a semi sheer coral glossy stain.

The first time I tried Lipstick Queen Morning Sunshine I was obsessed. I was in Space NK and we were having a play around with the new makeup, as you do, and we decided to give it a try. As soon as the colour hit my lips, I could see the change almost instantly. It fully develops to the most perfect coral shade around five minutes and it stays put for ages. It does stain on the lips and the gloss does disappear after a few hours, but I do prefer the less glossy and more intensified colour that it develops into. The coral is not like any lipstick that I have or can put my finger on and I think because it develops with your skin, it’s quite a unique shade and would look different on everyone.

For my own personal chemistry, I find that Morning Sunshine is a medium to dark pink coral with warm tones and a glossy sheer finish, but I would definitely look at trying it to see just what shade it turns out on yourself. It’s fun, and different and it looks super cute in its sleek blue packaging, and although you would find me usually wearing a mate liquid lipstick, I think I have shocked myself by reaching for Lipstick Queen Morning Sunshine as much as I have. I may need to purchase a back up soon.

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Apparently, we could be on track to see some nice weather in the next few weeks. I will believe it when I see it of course, as the UK is known for it’s promise of clear blue skies when in fact it’s a torrential downpour and a grey sky. Having to take matters into my own hands to keep my natural skin from turning translucent, I’ve been grabbing as many opportunities as I can to sit outside on my balcony, in the sunshine with some of my fail safe sun products. To give the UK it’s dues, it has been quite nice on the days between the rain. The temperatures have reached to about 25 degrees on some days, and I took full advantage. Setting up camp, I took a good book, a chilled beverage and my Zhuzh! Tanning products to have a day of relaxation and acceleration.

Getting the Perfect Tan with Zhuzh! Ideal World Tan accelerator

Getting the Perfect Tan with Zhuzh!

Getting the Perfect Tan with Zhuzh!

I’ve managed to get through many a bottle of the Zhuzh! Tan Accelerator since I discovered it. Unlike any other product that I have used before, the Zhuzh! Tan Accelerator isn’t actually fake tan. It’s a light spritzing spray that sinks into your skin to work with your natural melanin to boost the tanning process. As it doesn’t contain any SPF, it’s worthwhile using your personal preference of SPF with it. I find it to be perfect for the UK weather, so when I’m wandering around with the dog or hanging washing out, or whilst spending time on my balcony. It’s quite funny because whilst I’ve used it in the last few weeks, I have noticed that over the course of the next few days after being in the sun, my skin looks noticeably darker. I am rather lucky that I tan really easily and rarely burn so I would much rather use Zhuzh! Tan Accelerator whenever I can in the UK.

For a more gradual tan, I’ve been using the Zhuzh! The Best of Both Tans Gradual Self Tan and Tan Accelerator. It’s an incredibly moisturising gradual tan, that I actually quite like using as just as moisturiser because it leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth and then as if by magic, a few days later I have a hint of bronze that it even and without streaks. As the Tan Accelerator within the Shea butter laden cream works with the melanin, you can develop your own tan with a hint of gradual tan to help start you off. Great if you’re taking it on holiday so you can kick start your holiday colour.

Getting the Perfect Tan with Zhuzh!

Getting the Perfect Tan with Zhuzh!

Once my tan has got to that perfect level of bronzed goddess, I want it to stay as long as possible. There are two options to help this; staying in the sun or using the Zhuzh! Tan Lock and Saver spray. Staying in the sun isn’t always an option so having an easy fine oil spray to hand is the best thing for my skin. The oil is delightful to use; it’s fine, sinks into the skin easily and makes dull and dry skin a thing of the past. Even without a tan, it’s a perfect post shower and bath treat to keep moisture locked in. The best thing of all, is that when used with a tanning product is that it helps not only prolong the tan, but helps it fade out easily with no unsightly patches.

I have a new found love for quenching my skin at the moment. In fact, when I look at my dressing table I have at least five different sprays that I can see. As it has been slightly warmer than normal, I have found that my skin needs all the help it can get throughout the day to feel refreshed and for a boost of hydration. The Zhuzh! Cool Zhuzh! Spritz is designed to be used over your face and body when your skin is feeling hot. The Aloe Vera and Menthol blend instantly soothes and calms down skin without any tingling, giving an instant and much needed refreshment.

It’s no wonder that the Zhuzh! range is one of the best selling ranges on Ideal World. If you do buy any product from Zhuzh! I totally recommend the Tan Accelerator as it really is one of the best tanning products that I have ever used. Also on Ideal World, there are some great multi save offers with double and triple packs, as well as multi-packs of the various products.

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One of my favourite trends of all time is coloured mascara. Now, hear me out here because I know that some people think that its quite a scary or very dated look but I feel that a hint of colour can change a look so dramatically. I always wear black mascara, and maybe every now and again I’ll wear the Perricone MD Brown mascara but generally it’s a carbon black, heavy lash for me. Sometimes a look just needs a flash of vibrancy that is quite subtle but makes a statement and I feel that a coloured mascara does just the job. As the trend has rolled back in this summer, there are plenty of mascaras to choose from at the moment, from high street to high end. I’ve chosen some great colours, which I think you will love, and maybe help you step out of your comfort zone.

For the Love of Colour - Coloured Mascaras

For the Love of Colour - Coloured Mascaras L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Teal Mascara

For the Love of Colour - Coloured Mascaras L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Teal Mascara

This summer has seen the launch of the new L’Oreal Miss Baby Roll range of mascaras which includes shades such as a classic black, as well as colours such as Indigo, Lilac and Teal. As part of the introductory offer at Boots, a L’Oreal Miss Baby Roll mascara was on three for two, and had a free eye mask as part of the deal. My Mum got the Indigo whilst I got the Teal. I’ve always found the L’Oreal mascaras to be of exceptional quality and value, and have spent the last decade wearing the L’Oreal Million Lashes. The Miss Baby Roll Mega Volume Lash has a very unique twisted comb applicator that grips onto each lash and coats from base to tip, whilst volumising and extending. It’s another great mascara from L’Oreal so I may have to pick up the black. And maybe the Lilac.

From MAC, the Work It Out collection brought to us 16 brand new shades of the In Extreme Dimension Mascaras with some amazing colours. In a limited edition packaging, the In Extreme Dimension formulation is still the same as before; extreme volume and a great curl. In fact, this formulation is one of my Mums favourite mascaras, and she has continuously repurchased the black waterproof version since it came out. Really pushing myself out of the comfort zone, the two colours that I have picked are Energized; a vibrant, bright yellow and Cool Down; a bright purple. With festival season fast approaching, I thought that Energized would be a great colour for some alternative looks whilst the bright purple is a more wearable shade for the daytime. They really are a great mascara, with the plastic comb applicator holding the right amount of products with no overloading of the product onto the lash. I really do like just how much volume I can get on my lashes just from one coat of mascara.

For the Love of Colour - Coloured Mascaras MAC In Extreme Dimension Work It OUt Cool Down

For the Love of Colour - Coloured Mascaras MAC In Extreme Dimension Work It OUt Energized

For the Love of Colour - Coloured Mascaras MAC In Extreme Dimension Work It OUt Cool Down Energized

For the Love of Colour - Coloured Mascaras Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Peacock Think Ink All ABout Yves

For the Love of Colour - Coloured Mascaras Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Peacock Think Ink All ABout Yves

For the Love of Colour - Coloured Mascaras Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Peacock Think Ink All ABout Yves

For the Love of Colour - Coloured Mascaras Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Peacock Think Ink All ABout Yves

Marc Jacobs Beauty* is fast becoming my guilty pleasure. I’ve always loved the brand and although I don’t have loads of it, I’m starting to build up quite a collection. Enough for me to start thinking that I need to rearrange my Muji drawers to display it all. This Spring saw the launch of the Marc Beauty’s new face of the brand Kaia Gerber and two new products; the New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick and the O!Mega Lash Volumising Mascara Shade Extensions. With the love of coloured mascara, these have arrived at just the right time. The O!Mega Lash Volumising Mascara still retains the same formulation which is designed for volume and curl, with the same unique double brush applicator where one brush separates lashes whilst the other gives mega volume. The three shades All About Yves, Think Ink and Peacock are a lot more easy to wear if you don’t want to make such an impact. The colours are captivating but more subtle than the ones featured from other brands. Not only that but I’ve found them to be the best ones for lower lash wear as they are totally smudge proof.

It’s been quite refreshing as of late to change my eye makeup look. It’s not often where I get to wear a full face of makeup and most of the time, I actually don’t want to so it’s nice to add some mascara and give a subtle pop of colour. I can’t wait to start trying out some festival looks with festival season fast approaching us. I may have to do a full on face of festival glam for the blog! What do you think?

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I have one man in my life. One man who is always there for me, the one I can rely on to make me laugh and dry my tears, the one who has played two roles in my life; that of a Grandad as well as being a Father figure. My Grandad Geoff is quite simply the best person in the entire world. In fact, I think everyone needs a Grandad or Dad like Geoff. A retired mechanic, he’s hands on and likes to fix things. He’s taught us well, from putting up wallpaper to changing the oil and water in a car. He’s the maker of the best Sunday dinners and he makes a cracking cup of tea. He has a collection of some of the best flat caps I’ve ever seen. He has big strong hands that give the best cuddles and the best thing of all… he’s my Pops. It’s only right that with Father’s Day coming up that he deserves a treat and I know how much he loves his aftershaves. In fact, when I gave him these he said ‘Oh, I’ve still not finished my Chanel Number 9!’ He’s such a joker.

Fathers Day at Fragrance Direct Gucci Guilty Absolute Hugo Boss The Scent CK One

Fathers Day at Fragrance Direct Gucci Guilty Absolute Hugo Boss The Scent CK One

Three new fragrances, one for day time, one for night time and one for special occasions all from the home of discounted scents Fragrance Direct. It’s still my go to website for fragrance and now beauty, and with great savings as well as free delivery over £20, it’s a no brainer. Starting with a classic daytime scent, and one which can also be worn by my Nanna, the CK One Unisex 200ml bottle is just £24.50. CK One is definitely a classic scent and I remember going wild for it myself when it first launched in the 90s. Top notes of citrusy lemon, mandarin orange, pineapple, papaya, bergamot and cardomom with middle notes of nutmeg, violet, orris root, jasmine, rose and Lily of the Valley, whilst base notes are heavier sandalwood, amber, musk and cedar. Its a true classic fragrance that is loved by everybody.

Fathers Day at Fragrance Direct Gucci Guilty Absolute Hugo Boss The Scent CK One

Fathers Day at Fragrance Direct Gucci Guilty Absolute Hugo Boss The Scent CK One

Fathers Day at Fragrance Direct Gucci Guilty Absolute Hugo Boss The Scent CK One

Fathers Day at Fragrance Direct Gucci Guilty Absolute Hugo Boss The Scent CK One

I fell in love with Hugo Boss The Scent For Her when it was released towards the latter end of 2016, so I had to choose the male version for Grandad. Hugo Boss The Scent For Him is absolutely gorgeous. A blend of Ginger, Bergamot and citrus with a heart of Maninka fruit and lavender that warms into base notes of wood, vetiver and leather. It’s very distinctive, very heady and a smooth and alluring finish.

Brand new for 2017, the Gucci Guilty Absolute is the newest edition of Gucci Guilty family. When I first smelt it, my first thought was just how incredibly masculine it was. It’s so masculine that it evokes memories of my childhood, and the warmth that comes from it is just charming. It’s a very strong scent that opens up with leather before the heart notes of patchouli and Cypress come out. The base notes of wood and vetiver give it the warm strength that I find really appealing. It’s a real mans scent if you would. Probably one of the nicest Gucci scents for men that I’ve smelt in a long time.

This Fathers Day is going to be a very special one and I’m looking forward to spending the whole day with my Pops. What are you doing for Father’s Day?

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Oh, I am a sucker for pretty packaging and even more of a sucker when two of my favourite brands combine to create one of the cutest collaborations ever. The Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Collection is exclusive to Debenhams and is made up of Ultimate Eye Collection Set, the Cheek and Lip Makeup Bag set and the Better Together Mascara and Liner Kit, all in the kitschest packaging. A complete blend of Jerrod Blandino and Kat Von D, the Better Together collection is the perfect blend of stylish goth and pastel pink. Too cute for words, and very irresistible.

Starting off with the Better Together Cheek and Lip Makeup Bag set, this little set is a perfect way to try deluxe samples of both brands top selling products but in exclusive shades. The makeup bag is double sided and features a cartoon picture of Jerrod Blandino’s dog, Clover printed on a pink glittery heart. On the reverse, Kat’s cat, Piaf in a matte black, gothic style. Inside the makeup bag, for Too Faced is a deluxe sample of the Candlelight Highlighting Powder in Rosy Glow as well as an exclusive shade of the Love Flush Blush in So Happy Together. After using the Candlelight Highlighting powder, I can safely say that I need a full sized one as the sheer golden glow is just beautiful. The Love Flush blush in the peony pink shade with a slight iridescent sheen is also gorgeous and I hope that they do release this in a full size soon.

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Collection

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Collection

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Collection

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Collection

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Collection

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Collection

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Collection

Too Faced x Kat Von D Better Together Collection

For the Kat Von D exclusives, she’s taken care of the lip products and I honestly do believe that this is what Kat Von D does best. Although I don’t actually own that many of her products (yet), and my Mum was the first out of us both to get a Studded Kiss Lipstick, I’m being converted to the liquid lipstick range and I am seriously impressed. The exclusive shades in the Better Together Makeup Bag come in the form of Studded Kiss Lipstick in Muse; a shimmering nude, and Everlasting Lipstick in XO; a matte oxblood. Personally I wouldn’t have said that XO was a matte oxblood, but more of a deep raspberry pink that is so beautiful, and a bugger to get hold of in full size. Muse has been living in my makeup bag for day time top ups and is quite versatile from day to night.

For a great way to try the best selling Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, the Better Together Duo Set is such a great idea. I’ve been wearing the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara for a long time now so it’s always handy to have a deluxe sample back up to keep in my handbag. What I was most excited about was the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. Everyone raves about it, and I was so looking forward to giving it a shot. It has such a good nib that is just stiff enough but also flexible enough that it practically draws a cat eye wing for you. I am definitely going to be getting a full size soon.

Have you tried any of these products? What do you think? Is there anything from Too Faced or Kat Von D that you think I can’t live without?

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