Saturday, 25 May 2013
The Enchantment Home Candle* £42
available from Neom Organics
Just when you thought NEOM couldn't possibly top their latest home candle, Contentment, which satisfies you with spicy ginger and sweet blackcurrant, they release this little beauty and the tables are quickly turned! The new Enchantment home candle from Neom Organics is just delightful in every possible way, aesthetically with its alternative white glass and wooden lid, and inspirationally with its gorgeous floral fragrance. Enchantment takes you on a Spring time walk through fields of bluebells. The sunny bouquet is also laced with Corn Kernel, sweet Guaiacwood and Rose giving the overall fragrance a slightly rich, woody tone and saves it from being too sweet or flowery. I don't think I will ever tire of raving about NEOM candles and this latest triumph from the range has pride of place on my coffee table, adding a breath of freshness and sunniness to the room.
What are you thoughts of NEOM candles? Will you be treating yourself to this new addition?
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
My dress - Gorgeous Couture
Every now and again a particular email falls into your inbox and makes it near impossible not to let out a little squeal and click reply immediately. This very situation happened a few weeks ago when MAC Cosmetics invited me along to the Corinthia Hotel for a serious A list pamper session before heading off to the BAFTAs, complete with a red carpet entrance and dinner at Balthazar, concluded by a late night ticket to the after party. There were so many highlights from the day it is hard to compress them all down into one post, but rubbing shoulders (literally) with Matt le Blanc and walking down the red carpet feet in front of Alan Carr are definitely worth a mention!
Following my hair appointment with the Mark Hill team I headed to the MAC suite to have my makeup done for the occasion. I don't know about you but I am always a bit fearful about entrusting someone else with my makeup. I like the security of doing my own makeup the way I like it so very rarely indulge in makeovers and can find the whole experience a bit daunting. However after two minutes chatting with my MAC makeup artist Charlie, I knew I had nothing to worry about. She understood exactly the type of look I usually go for but pepped it up a bit with the addition of some lashes, eyeliner on the waterline (a rarity for me) and a glossy lip. I really liked the finished look, and felt it all tied in perfectly with the hair and the dress, so I thought I would give you a quick run down of the products she used. Several of them have already winged their way onto my wishlist, in particular Pearl cream colour base which is a gorgeous, gorgeous highlighter!
Face & Body foundation, Select Cover-up, Mineralize Skinfinish, Melba powder blush, Pearl cream colour base to highlight cheeks and brows.
Eyes and lips:
Mulch eyeshadow, Dipdown fluidline, false lashes (sorry, can't remember which number!) Lovelorn lipstick, Partial to Pink Cremesheen Glass lipgloss. All products available online.
What do you think of the finished look and did you tune into the BAFTAs last week?
Monday, 20 May 2013
New shades for May!
Clarins Lip Perfectors* available online, £17
Described as a 'delicious treat for your lips', the Clarins lip perfectors are a gorgeous gel-like consistency that have more substance than your average lipgloss and a bold colour payoff much like your favourite lipstick. The "3D radiance" pigment optically smoothes your lips to create a natural, gloss finish whilst the extracts of shea butter and mango soften and protect against unsightly chapped or dry skin. These are one of my favourite go-to lip products of the moment, not only because the sponge applicator makes them so quick and easy to apply, but they smell sweet-toffee-sauce-amazing and really do work well as a lip treatment or balm throughout the day. Each shade can be worn alone as a lustrous wash of colour or can be apply over a brighter, matte lipstick to add a gloss and shine to your lips. Without doubt, my favourite lip perfector from this trio is 05. Candy Shimmer but if you love your nude, barely-there lips then 04. Petal Shimmer is definitely the one for you! It works a treat over MAC's Myth lipstick.
Have you tried the Clarins lip perfectors?
Sunday, 19 May 2013
Blazer - H&M
Crop top - Primark
Jeans - Topshop MOM jeans
Necklace - H&M
Shoes - Primark
Bag - H&M
So after confessing my love for Topshop's Jamie jeans not so long ago and accumulating more pairs of jeans in two weeks than I have owned in two years, there is now a new kid on the block! MOM jeans from Topshop are my latest love and I am so happy that I convinced myself to try them on. I'm not going to lie - on the hanger these jeans do not look great. Baggy, high-waisted with tapered legs, they look a little odd and very 90s. But once I have slipped on a pair of bleach acid MOMs, I was in love. They are probably the 'coolest' jeans I have ever owned and work so well with heels as well as a pair of Converse for a sports luxe feel. I wore mine quite long in this outfit but I think the idea is that you can turn them up a bit too to give them a new cropped-style, perfect for pumps or plimsols in the Summer. So my message to you; don't judge a pair of jeans on the hanger. Give them a try, you might just be surprised! I was.
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Limited Edition Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms from Clarins, £18
The days when a lipstick was just a lipstick are well and truly over and now we are inundated with numerous gloss-balm-lipstick type hybrids that offer you a multitude of benefits in one. Clarins have recently launched four instant smooth crystal lip balms that promise the colour of a lipstick, the transparency of a gloss and the comfort of a balm, all in one, snazzily-presented tube. The new collection is made up of a zesty mandarin orange, a rich plum, a rosy pink and berry purple all with a rich blend of gelled oils and high-tech polymers allowing the colour to glide on beautifully and hydrate the lips with a glossy, lustrous sheen. The main lipstick colour is at the heart of the bullet, surrounded by the translucent lip balm that sheers out the shade and gives your lips a veil of colour and high-shine finish.
Crystal Rose (05) on the left is a gorgeous rosy, almost cherry pink, lipstick and Crystal Berry (08) is a deep, rich purple with subtle blue flecks that makes your teeth look marvellously white! I love love love these lipsticks - the consistency is amazing and gives you a shot of colour with a luminous finish without the stickiness you tend to get with glosses and some balms. Not to mention that they smell incredibly...edible, like a fruity sweet icy lolly. Definitely worth a
Have you tried the new Crystal Lip Balms?
Thursday, 9 May 2013
Cut out shoulder dress* - Glamorous
Lipstick - Bourjois Rouge Edition No.6 Rose Coquette
available exclusively online - £7.99
What do you get when you take twelve legendary eyeshadows from Sleek's previously renowned i-divines and place them all together in a brand new palette? Let me introduce you to the Showstoppers palette which offers an eclectic mix of hues and finishes including five matte shades, six shimmers and one daring, sparkly number. If you have ever gawped in awe at the vast array of i-divines from Sleek and wondered where to start, then this may be the palette for you. For me, it seems to encompass all the key shadows I would reach for on a daily basis with a good range of neutrals, copper-tones and metallics, all with a typically good pigmentation that is expected with Sleek's palettes.
For my simple eye look above I first used 'Sparkle', a creamy, iridescent beige all over my lid. I then took 'Me, Myself and Eye', the palette's supreme off-white highlighter, and place it through my brow bone and in the corner of my eye. Finally I blended 'Au Natural', a shimmery deep purple, into the outer corner and through the crease. I particularly love this final colour as well as 'Sunset', a rusty, bronzed-brown, and think they are great at giving your eye makeup some definition and colour without being too heavy or glittery.
Will you be stopping by online to purchase this Showstoppers palette?
Sunday, 5 May 2013
Bourjois Rendez-vous à Paris So Laque Glossy nail enamel collection*
£5.99 available from Boots
Right on cue as we are all reaching for our soft fabrics and summer pastels, Bourjois have launched an adorable range of So Laque nail enamels in an array of pretty, fresh shades. The formula of these polishes is utterly beautiful - opaque in two coats and with a glossy, gel-like finish that means you don't even need a top coat. I've got my grubby mitts on four of the shades to show you today.
My absolute favourite is 04. Amande Defilé which is described as a minty green with fluorescent accents. It is a milky, pastel green which is ever so similar to Essie's Mint Candy Apple. 06. Adora-bleu is a stunning bleached blue that definitely has the greatest colour pay-off out of these shades. 07. Coton Sur Ton forms the base of my floral accent nails and is an easy, soft washed-out pink that gives your nails a natural finish. Finally 08. Peach and Love is a lovely harmony of peach and peach tones and makes a great, sandal-worthy pedicure colour.
Applying all these delicious pastel shades made me feel ridiculously spring-like so I added a floral design to my manicure by using my simple technique demonstrated in this post. I used the same polishes here for the darker pink roses and green leaves as I did in my original post, but particularly loved how this designed look on a lighter base.
Have you tried any of these new polishes from Bourjois?