Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Benefit Posie Balm & Lolli Balm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balms

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I am a self-confessed lip balm hoarder. They seem to be everywhere whether they are lurking in the bottom of my handbag or makeup bags, tossed aside in my bedside drawer or filling up my desk space at work. High end or impulse drugstore purchases, it doesn't really matter, I just love lip balm and feel oddly secure when I know I have a few close at hand! Tinted lip balms are great for those who want all the skin-softening qualities of your average lip balm with the added prettiness of a sheer wash of colour and this is why Benefit's Posie and Lolli Balms have recently become two new additions to my ever-growing lip balm army!

Posie Balm and Lolli Balm (£14.50 each) from Benefit Cosmetics are the loveliest looking lip products I have seen for a long time. Presented in Benefit's typical sherbet-sweet, girlie packaging they make an adorable addition to your makeup collection and work well at giving your lips an injection of hydrating and soothing properties whilst delivering a very subtle gloss of colour. Both these lip balms have a very light formula which glides on easily and keeps your lips supple and nourished throughout the day. The balms are packed full of mango butter and sodium hyaluronate which moisturises the skin and gives your lips a slight plumping effect. Posie Balm is a pretty, poppy-pink tinted balm which enhances your lips natural colour and kisses them with a soft, delicate sheen. Lolli Balm is described as a candy-orchid hue and delivers a sheer wash of a sweet, flirty lilac shade. If you fancied using these but wanted a brighter pop of colour then they work wonderfully applied over the top of Lolli-tint or Posie-tint cheek & lip stains too.

Do you share my love for lip balms? Which one is your favourite?

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Illamasqua Virgin Lipstick

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The very British makeup brand, Illamasqua, have taken to the skies with the very British airways company, Virgin Atlantic, to bring us a sensationally sophisticated new red lipstick in their beautiful, satin rich Glamore finish. To celebrate Virgin Atlantic's 30th birthday and the recent redesign of their infamous scarlet uniforms, Illamasqua has been welcomed on board and are now the proud makeup brand for the cabin crew, enhancing the renowned glamour and style that Virgin Atlantic so effortlessly exudes.

Illamasqua have created Virgin lipstick (£18.50) in their new Glamore formula which gives you a long-lasting, satin finish with an intense shock of colour. I love, love this creamy formula and am so happy to see a bright injection of colour to the range following on from the gorgeous collection of Glamore Nude lipsticks launched earlier this year. Virgin lipstick has been created to perfectly match the stylish, pantone red image that Virgin Atlantic is so widely recognised for and paired with softly defined eyes and brows with subtle contouring, it gives the staff their truly iconic hot-red lip look. This shade of red is just the right side of cherry-red with blue undertones meaning it will compliment all skin tones and make your teeth look beautifully white and gleaming. The consistency is smooth and comfortable to wear and won't dry on your lips or become patchy which is ideal for Virgin Atlantic cabin crew and staff who are too busy serving G&Ts at 10,000 feet to check their makeup every five minutes! This classy red is seriously lovely and oozes elegance and sophistication so I couldn't think of a better brand partnership that with Virgin Atlantic to celebrate their big three-O. I will definitely be sporting this lipstick a lot over the imminent party season but think I will need to invest in the perfect complimentary lip liner to get that polished finish - Illamasqua recommend using their lip pencil in Lust.

Also, if you are a big fan of Illamasqua and love watching the magic of makeup in motion then this weekend is the Illamasqua Distinction in Makeup Artistry Awards which will see professionals, students and amateurs alike showcasing their skills on stage in front of a formidable judging panel - Alex Box, Julian Kynaston and Spob O'Brien. It sounds like an amazing experience and I just wish I could make it but if you fancy popping along then you can read more about it on the Illamasqua website and purchase your tickets here.

What do you think of the new Illamasqua Virgin lipstick?

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Monday, 29 September 2014

Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balms

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Imagine glowing, rosy cheeks with the swipe of a stick. Well Clinique has got it sorted with their new Chubby Stick Cheer Colour Balm, all the prettiness and ease of a cream blush in a convenient, portable stick-crayon form. Clinique have really mastered makeup on the go for women everywhere with their Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balms and the Chubby Stick Eye Shadow Tints for Eyes, all perfect for quick, fuss-free makeup on the move with no mirror required. With the eyes and lips covered Clinique has turned their attention to the cheeks and launched four new chunky cheek colour balms which offer a sheer, creamy shade to give you a perfectly rosy look for all skin tones.

Clinique's Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm (£19) are 100% fragrance free, allergy tested and are the ultimate blush without the brush. The dome-shaped design glides smoothly and effortlessly onto the apples of your cheeks, depositing a long-wearing formula with a glowing but not sticky finish. The consistency is silky and fairly sheer on the skin but is easily built up to an intense and gives a lovely finish without being too drying or cakey at all. A combination of Lecithin, Squalane and a healthy dose of vitamin E gives the formula its non-drying properties whilst keeping it water, sweat and humidity-resistant. Available in four shades; 01. Amp'd Up Apple, 02. Robust Rhubarb, 03. Roly Poly Rosy and 04. Plumped Up Peony, these colour sticks are easily swivelled up and blended out onto the cheeks either with a beauty sponge, foundation brush or simply the warmth of your fingertips (my preferred way to apply these balms). My favourite shade has to be Robust Rhubarb which is the prettiest coral-pink shade but I think Plumped Up Peony will be the perfect Autumn Winter cheek colour paired with some berry lips and smokey eyes.

Have you tried these new cheek balms? Which is your favourite shade?

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Zoella Beauty Launch

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Possibly one of the most hotly anticipated beauty launches of the year is finally here and I am really excited to share with you all the details from this new range and all the fun and frivolities from the beauty launch itself. I challenge anyone not to be aware of our little Zoe. I hear girls all the time confessing that she was their inspiration to start writing a beauty blog or giving YouTube a go and I have to admit that I am no exception. Zoella was my introduction into this crazy beauty blogging world. Whilst mindlessly googling beauty reviews one day Zoe's online world popped up in front of me and the rest, they say, is history. From Zoe's blog I continued to discover more and more inspirational sites and it was there and then that I knew this was something I wanted to do too. Five years on, nearly a 1,000 posts down and lots of lovely readers later I am so thankful that I stubbled upon Zoe's blog and have watched her grow over the years with such happiness and interest. She now may be an internet sensation but she is still very much the same girl that I met at an Eyeko event for the first time nearly five years ago, unchanged and completely lovely, and it is for that reason that I know so many people admire her and this new launch will undoubtedly be a huge success.

So onto the launch party which was a fabulous night and had Zoella written all over it with a pastel-studded sweets table, a ceiling of pink balloons, a tin bath tub filled to the brim with rose petals and huge art deco mirrors and shabby chic dressers in every corner. I felt I was entering Zoe's own bedroom! We danced, we ate too many macarons and had a good nosey at all the new products that make up this new Zoella Beauty range and I think there will be something that everyone will love.

Zoe's debut beauty collection focuses on a fun and relaxing bath time experience to help you unwind and drift away from life's stresses and strains and indulge in a little me-time. As a sufferer of anxiety, Zoe was very keen to develop a range that would help aid the mind as well as the body and take users to a paradise of serenity and relaxation. I didn't know what to expect from the new Zoella Beauty range but I think this is such a perfect idea and suits Zoe perfectly. The collection consists of a fragranced candle smelling sweetly of creamy vanilla, soft florals and white wood accents, a creamy body lotion enriched with shea butter and vitamin E for an indulgent treat for the skin, a fizz bar to add a bubbly, fragrant splash to your bath time, a bath soak & shower cream laced with aloe extracts to soften and ease your skin and worries, a fragranced body mist enriched with wild strawberry and grapefruit for a fresh, feminine spritz and two gorgeous makeup bags/pencil cases which are just adorable and have already been added to my handbag with all my daily makeup essentials. I adore the soft, spotty packaging, so fun and girlie, and the price points means most girls can go out and treat themselves to one or two items without breaking the bank. I have no doubt that this is just the beginning of the Zoella Beauty story and wish our Zoe every ounce of luck with it all.

You can get your hands on the Zoella Beauty collection online at Feel Unique and also online and in Superdrug stores as of tomorrow!

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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Revlon ColorBurst Crayon Matte Balms

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Earlier this year Revlon launched a new, reinvented version of their highly popular Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stains containing ten new shades with a creamy-matte texture and satin finish. I always favour matte lips over uber glossy lips every time so I was really excited to try these crayons when they first came out and have recently received a few more to add to my collection! The Revlon Colorbourst Matte Balms have a velvety formula with an intense shot of colour whilst giving your lips a dose of hydration and moisturisation. These matte balms are infused with a Triple Butter Complex which means you get the best of both worlds - a gorgeous slick of bold colour as well as a balm-like feel on the lips which makes them extremely comfortable and flattering to wear. Matte yet not drying at all. They are fragranced with a pretty peppermint scent and have a handy little twist up section at the bottom of the crayon so there is no need for a sharpener with these lip pencils.

The Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm (£5.99) line up features a rainbow of shades from your natural nudes, fancy fuchsias, show-stopping reds and sultry purples so there is bound to be a shade to suit everyone. I have been trying out two of their crayons recently and love the near-matte finish and creamy consistency. Firstly I have 230. Complex which is a gorgeous mix of peach and brown giving you a unique nude that is very complimentary and not too light or concealer-like on your lips. The second shade is 235. Mischievous is a really fun orange shade and one that I fell completely in love with. It is bright and punchy and a great colour if you want to try something a little different from your classic pinks and reds. I love the ease and convenience of these Matte Balms and feel the colour lasts well of your lips and never dries them out. They are currently available from Superdrug in their 3 for 2 offer so it is the perfect excuse to stock up. Which shade do you fancy trying?

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

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First came the Clinique Chubby Stick giving you a bold slick of colour and a glossy pout with a hydrating and moisturising finish for the perfect on-trend lip treatment. After that came a wave of various chunky crayon-style lip products all in various shades and finishes. Now Clinique has released four new Chubby Sticks to make up their newly introduced Baby Tint range which gives you a teeny bit of colour with a hefty helping of moisture. This exciting thing about these new lip colours that they are customised to your skin to give you a unique and personalised colour to help bring out your lips' natural tone. The new Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms (£17) work with a woman's natural chemistry and blossoms once on the lips to give a revitalised look with a sheer wash of colour that will appear differently on everyone.

These Chubby Stick Baby Tints are so fun and playful and give you the most full, fresh pout with a pretty glossy finish which doesn't feel sticky or heavy at all. Each product is infused with Vitamin C, Shea butter, mango seed butter and Jojoba seed oil which deliver a gorgeous surge of moisture to the lips, keeping them soft and supple throughout the day. The packaging is sweet and perfect for on the go with a crayon-like applicator to transfer the colour neatly onto your lips and with a little twist up at the bottom of the barrel for when you start to run low. I think if you are after a new lip balm that will give you a very natural, soft wash of colour with a hefty helping of lip-loving moisturisation then these are definitely worth checking out. My personal favourite shade is 03. Budding Blossom. Which do you like the look of?
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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Michael Kors White Eau De Parfum

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"White...a timeless hue. Always chic. Always luxurious. Always Michael Kors. Tuberose, sweet freesia and musk combine to create the ultimate expression of sheer glamour all year round."

As we slowly enter into the crisp season of Autumn surrounded by golden leaves and smokey bonfires, it is time to switch up my perfume and reach for something a little deeper, a little warmer on the senses. Michael Kors' newest release, White Eau de Parfum, ticks all the right boxes and is the perfect transitional scent from Summer to Winter encased in a luxe, white bottle with the familiar golden writing. Michael Kors White is a gorgeous mixture of freesia, tuberose and musk giving it a delicate floral scent laced with a musky, comforting tone. I am not usually a massive fan of musky fragrances, finding them too heavy and overpowering, but with this one it is subtle enough to remain wearable day or night and instantly gives you a warm, powdery aroma. It is really quite beautiful and cocoons you in a cosy scent which would be perfect to accompany you on crisp, chilly Autumn walks, snuggled up in chunky knitwear and sweet mittens.

Have you had a sniff of this new fragrance from Michael Kors?

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