Thursday, 20 November 2014

Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation

This new foundation product from Max Factor promises radiance for a modern "lit from within" look with a simple pump of the unique swirled formula. Caroline Barnes, Max Factor's Makeup Artist describes the Skin Luminizer Foundation as the perfect compromise between natural looking skin and good coverage with the foundation concealing imperfections whilst leaving the complexion beautifully natural. The innovative swirled formula is packed with subtle skin luminizers that give the skin a luminous finish with added skincare benefits. The pearl pigments brighten skin tone for an instant yet subtle glow while the foundation offers a medium coverage to help even out your complexion and correct imperfections. As well as acting as a great base product, the Skin Luminizer Foundation offers hydration through the VitaNiacin complex including vitamins B3 and E which replenishes skins natural moisture balance.

Max Factor's Skin Luminizer Foundation* (£11.99) is available from Boots and comes in six various shades from fairly pale to warm and bronzed. I was at first a bit dubious about this product as I am not the biggest fan of dewy foundations and prefer to add luminosity and radiance through highlighting powders and creams after I have applied my foundation. However I was pleasantly surprised by the subtleness of this foundation and pleased to see that it wasn't heavily ladened with glitter or shimmer. The coverage is a lot lighter than I expected and is a little closer to a tinted moisturiser than a heavier foundation but it certainly adds a natural glow to the skin and cover imperfections well. I really like using this product when I want a easy, light base to even out my complexion and give my skin a quick pick-me-up! I lightly powdered over the foundation above with MAC's Mineralise Skinfinish powder and I was good to go after a quick slick of Bourjois' Pink Pong Rouge Velvet lipstick and lashings of mascara!

Have you tried this new swirled foundation from Max Factor?
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Monday, 17 November 2014

Ebay Shop The World Collections

autumn image
"Inspiration is all around you, and whatever inspires you can be found on eBay."

You may remember that earlier this year I worked alongside that very well-known online auction site to create my very own eBay collections. I researched and put together a variety of storyboards inspired by a number of my favourite things - much like your average Pinterest board but with direct links to the items on eBay, allowing your wish list become reality within a simple few clicks. The world of eBay can be a bit overwhelming so I though the ideas of these individual collections was a genius way to make your online browsing a whole lot easier and for you to update your wardrobe or makeover your home a fun, interactive experience.

I am now excited to announce that eBay have recently launched a simple campaign called "Shop the World" which hopes to demonstrate to shoppers that whatever inspires them can be found on eBay and that inspiration is all around you. With over 800 million listings worldwide, whether it is a new Winter wardrobe or those last few Christmas stocking fillers, eBay have got it covered! I have been invited to share in this new campaign and take an iconic moment, such a late afternoon Autumn walk, and turn it into a 'shoppable' moment on eBay and share my inspirations and must-have items with you all - just as we all turn our thoughts to writing those Christmas shopping lists!

I simply love this image of burnt umber, golden and rich brown fallen leaves begging to be crunched underfoot and walked through whilst you breathe in the crisp, November air. I love being outdoors, whether it is walking, running or just taking in the scenery and enjoying the scent of bonfires in the distance, and though I would create a collection of all your outdoor winter essentials to keep you warm and prepared for those November leafy walks. You can take a look at and follow my November Shop The World collection right here, and the great news is that you can get involved too. As part of this new campaign eBay is offering one of my readers a £20 eBay voucher - all you need to do is follow my collection to be in with a chance of winning this so please do pop over to my collection if you fancy getting some inspiration and winning this eBay voucher. Next month I will also be sharing with you my December, festive-inpsired collection which I hope will give you lots of fun and novel ideas for Christmas present shopping so stay tuned for that!

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Caudalie Vine Body Butter Luxury Set

With only five odd weeks now until Christmas Day, I have no doubt that many of you are slowing turning your thoughts to present time and will be starting to write out your festive shopping lists. When it comes to gift sets, there are certain brands that treat us every year with great collections of beauty must-haves and this season Caudalie have a few lovely, luxury gift sets, from cleansing, moisturising, revitalising and indulging, which will sit perfectly under the tree this Christmas.

The Vine Body Butter Luxury Set (£22) available online is a real delight for the skin with a trio of treats to moisture and pamper yourself this season. It is an essential kit to quench your body, lips and hands with a delicate scent and natural formula with no parabens, mineral oils or animal ingredients. First up is the Vine Body Butter which nourishes and repairs the skin. It is a gorgeously thick, buttery consistency rich in grape and shea butters which helps keep skin supple and comfortable and relieves any dry areas. It also works perfectly as an after-sun product so is a great addition to your beauty table during Winter and Summer. Next up is the hand and nail cream which is an absolute must during the colder months to help keep your hands moisturised, smooth and nourished. Made from orange pulp, almond powder and rosewater it is a luxuriously treatment that quickly sinks in without leaving a greasy film on your skin, great for when you are on the go. It has a very faint sweet, zesty scent and has become a staple in my handbag over the past few weeks to keep my cuticles and hands soft and hydrated. Finally there is the Caudalie lip conditioner described as a nourishing, anti-ageing product which repairs damaged lips after each application. It contains a light vanilla scent with anti-oxidant properties to deliver nutrition and protection all day long. It really soothes and softens my lips and banishes any dryness whilst protecting them from the cold bite of the Winter months. It definitely is a lip-salve-lip-saver!

What do you think of this luxury gift set from Caudalie? Which of their other collections have caught your eye?
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Monday, 10 November 2014

Illamasqua Multi Facet Palette in Aura

Last month Illamasqua launched their Facets Collection which celebrates beauty in all its dimensions.   It takes you on a creative journey throughout the season with alternate sides to the same story, portraying the many sides and moods of the individual. The stars of this new collection are the two limited edition Multi Facet palettes which include a stunning selection of eye and cheek colours to create a range of looks for any occasion and have the addition of a cream highlighter, cream pigment to contour and an eye brow cake as well as a powder blush and four complimentary eyeshadow shades. Alex Box, Illamasqua's Creative Director, describes these new multi-functional products as the palettes of possibilities and I was very keen to give them a whirl.

The Multi Facet Palette* in Aura (above) is available online for £45 and is housed is a sleek, black compact with a handy mirror and double ended angled and blending brush. It contains eight of Illamasqua's "must-have" shades to create a variety of looks for your cheeks and eyes. For the cheeks there is Powder Blusher in Tremble, Gleam highlighter in Aurora and Cream Pigment in Hollow to contour. Then there is the Eyebrow Cake in Thunder to define and colour your brows to perfection. Finally there are four beautiful eyeshadow shades in Vision, Servant, Feint and Machine to add a base  to your lid, then to colour, define and line your eyes. I love the fact that this palette contains a mixture of cream and powder products and has all bases covered including a product for your brows and to add radiance to your makeup as well as a pigment to fake those cheekbones perfectly! It really is the perfect item to pop in your makeup bag for a weekend away or when you really don't want to pack a plethora of different palettes and products - simply throw in a foundation, mascara and your favourite lippie and you are good to go!

Have you seen anything from the Illamasqua Facets Collection that has taken your fancy?

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Clarins The Essentials Eye Make Up Palette

It's that time of year again when the beauty brands go all sparkly and festive and release a plethora of eyeshadow palettes to delight and enchant our eyes during the Christmas season. I love a good Christmas eyeshadow palette and couldn't have been more excited when I heard that Clarins were releasing another limited edition palette for the second year in a row.

The Essentials Eye Make Up Palette* (£35) is available online and is the perfect, lightweight addition to your makeup to take you from desk to dance floor in a instant with a flurry of sparkly and shimmering shadows. There are ten wearable eye shadows in a harmonious collection of colours from sultry greys, mocha browns, pearly whites and that gorgeous gold shade! There is a variety of finishes from matte, satin and pearl so this palette is incredibly versatile and can be used day or night for a selection of different subtle and party time looks. Theses mineral powder shadows can be used wet or dry to vary the intensity and all have a silky-smooth, long-lasting formula which is easily blended out for a pretty, defined finish. For the look above I took the second shade in from the left all over my lid and then blended the taupe-brown shade, second from right, through my crease. To finish I pressed the gold glitter shade onto my lids with my fingertips which is the best method to achieve minimal fallout and a super-sparkly finish. I also ran a little bit of the gold through my lower lash line with the handy little brush applicator included in the palette. For my lips I whipped out one of my favourite lip colours of the moment - Bourjois's Rouge Edition Velvet in Pink Pong. The perfect lip to pair with my golden eyes.

Do you like the look of this limited edition Clarins palette?

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Friday, 7 November 2014

DKNY My NY Eau de Parfum

Over time, the DKNY fragrance line has definitely become synonymous with those iconic apple-shaped perfume bottles filled with a juicy-coloured fragrance and a fruity scent to match. However their most recent release has taken on a slightly new image yet still in keeping with their dressing-table-pleasing look with a heart shaped bottle topped with a skyline-inspired cap. Inspired by the people of New York - full of energy, confident and powerful. Rita Ora is the face of this new My NY campaign and described the fragrance as "a celebration of New York City, which is unlike anywhere else in the world. I love the idea of being part of a campaign that captures the spirit of New York and the stories of the women here, passionate about their dreams".

DKNY's MYNY Eau De Parfum* (from £36.50) is an energetic, stylish fragrance with an underlying floral tone to it. The top notes of raspberries, galbanum and accents of pink pepper give this perfume a sweet scent laced with the warming heart notes of Egyptian Jasmine, Freesia, Vanilla and musk. This combination makes this new perfume lively, modern and really pretty to spritz day or night. It seems a slightly more 'mature' scent compared to their iconic DKNY Be Delicious range and has been one of more favourite fragrances to reach for over the last couple of months.

Have you tried this new DKNY perfume?

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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow and Liner

You can tell we are edging our way ever closer to the festive season as the makeup brands start releasing a whole host of shimmery and glitter-infused products to get us ready for the party season. Bobbi Brown are no exception and have launched their new Long Wear Gel Sparkle which gives us a modern, sparkly twist on their iconic Long Wear Gel Eyeliner which is a little pot of magic that I know is adored by many, many beauty fans. These five new pots of metallic gel are the perfect two-in-one liner and shadow hybrid which instantly adds high-impact and glamour to you eyes, whether you chose to line and define or smudge and smoke for a chic, sexy look.

Bobbi Brown's new Long Wear Gel Sparkle* (£20) are such fun, versatile products to use and make such a unique, gorgeous alternative to the traditional glitter-laden Christmas eyeshadow palette that most brands opt to bring out around this time of year. Each pot contains an intense blend of pearl-infused pigment which gives you a vibrant yet buildable shade for your eyes with a kaleidoscope-like finish of shimmery shadow. The beauty of these Gel Sparkle Liner and Shadows is that you can use them all over your eyelids by using a small shadow brush like the Bobbi Brown Cream Smudge-Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush and stroking and layering the colour onto your lids for the desired effect. Alternatively, for a sheerer finish, you can use your fingertips to blend in which is what I opted for above. The other option is to use the finer end of the retractable brush and line your eyes top or bottom for an intense hint of colour and shimmer. The formula is extremely smooth and easy to work with but it does dry quite quickly once applied so you do need to work swiftly. Once in place these gel sparkles really don't budge and last well without budging or creasing during the day. What I love most about this new Gel Sparkle Liner and Shadow pots is that they don't have to be perfectly applied and honestly look best when smudge and smoked onto the eyelid with a slightly care-free manner!

The five shades are, from left to right, 01. Night Sky, 02. Thunderstorm 04. Sunlit Bronze 05. Smokey Topaz 06. Midnight Forest. I used Sunlit Bronze all over my lids and then lined the bottom lashes with a mixture of Smokey Topaz and Midnight Forest which is such a gorgeous, emerald green, I think it could be my favourite! All these Gel Sparkles are available from the Bobbi Brown website as well as exclusively from House of Fraser. Do you think these will make it onto your Christmas list this Winter?

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