Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Stella McCartney POP fragrance

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Bright, modern, unique and irreverent. A celebration of individuality and adventure. This pretty much sums up the new Summer 2016 fragrance launch from Stella McCartney, from its metallic, playful bottle to its multi-faceted scent.

Stella's philosophy is that fragrances and cosmetics should enhance each woman's unique, inner beauty, not distract or overpower it. POP is a liberation from a one-size-fits-all mould and offers us a unique and bold scent for the Summer. What I really like about this new Eau de Parfum is that it is a step away from those clichéd, super-sweet, fruity Summer perfumes. It does have the vibrancy of floral tuberose but is layered with sandalwood to create a woody undertone. The bright, crisp tuberose still shines through but the fact you then get a hit of the unexpected sandalwood makes this scent unique and a more mature statement to wear.

The bottle itself is a combination of bold yet balanced attitudes with the arrangement of minimalist shapes and the explosive metallic pink cap. The whole appearance is chic yet a little bit frivolous at the same time and is a beautiful Summertime scent if you are looking for something a little bit different.

The new Stella McCartney POP fragrance is available online now (from £42 - £74).
*this post contains samples gifted for review purposes
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Monday, 25 July 2016

Lola James Harper Fragrance Stories

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The Lola James Harper story is rather a lovely one. A group of friends, artists and family have all joined together to share their love of the creative world through a variety of eclectic outlets. They write and play music together, take photos, print tee shirts, make films and document their trips and travels through a range of fragrances and candles. These scents have been inspired by places they have visited and people they have met around the globe. In their own words, " This is all about places and people we love, about fragrances and pics we cherish...about what makes us feel good..."

Many of the photos and influences come from Paris (where Rami Mekdach, the brand's founder is from) and West-Coast America. Their photography from these places conjure up a laid-back image of wanderlust; travelling free along the open road. Hands in the air. Crystal blue sparkling pools. Sunsets and leafy palms. I adore the idea of each fragrance being inspired by a place, experience or person they've met such as The Vinyl Store Rue des Dames, The Red Garden at Tata & Jeddo, The Guitare Shop on Denmark Street or The First Morning of Spring. It creates a romanticised image of travelling around the world, enjoying coffee, listening to old vinyls, walking in the rain and generally, being inspired.

This stylish brand not only delivers some stunning fragrances, to spritz or ignite, but wraps it all up in some gorgeous looking packaging. I love the fact that the scents and the packaging remains quite unisex and is simple in colour and design, nothing detracting away from the inspiration behind the fragrance. I have recently been spritzing No.2 The Music Studio on Trufo Street which is a music recording studio in Paris where they all worked on their albums. It is filled with oak beams and oriental percussion instruments, giving us a blend of cashmere, rose and musk.

The candle, No. 7 The Rainy Days in the Lake District has been inspired by this evergreen land with its menacing grey sky and huge open fields. It is the ideal place to nest away for a few days, watch the rain lash down outside whilst you cosy up and write a novel, or song lyrics in their case. This candle is a fresh, comforting combination of Myrrh, Labdanum and Ylang. It is the perfect candle to light on a cold, miserable English afternoon in Autumn!

The complete Lola James Harper fragrance and candle range is available from Selfridges, starting at £34.
*this post contains samples gifted for review purposes
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Sunday, 24 July 2016

The Brant Brothers X MAC Collection

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New York socialites and the offspring of famous supermodel parent Stephanie Seymour, Peter and Harry Brant can often be found posing for pictures at Naomi Campbell's birthday party and out and about on the street of Manhattan. These young bon vivants from the Big Apple are the current toast of the fashion scene so it is little wonder that they have recently collaborated with the beauty giants, MAC Cosmetics, to launch a unisex makeup range.

This new makeup collection from the Brant Brothers gives us a modern selection of products for the face, brows, eyes and lips and comes encased in striking matte and glossy packaging with the guys' signatures scrawled across. Some of the key, limited edition products to note are the Pro Longwear Lipstain Markers, the Fluidline Brow Gel Creme and a range of online exclusive skincare products. The Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator and the Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel both sound very intriguing!

The Eyeshadow Palette X 4:4 Pillars is a great mix of taupe and neutral brown shades along with a cult favourite - Carbon, an intense matte black. Alongside Carbon there is Mother's Milk (a soft matte satin beige), Sandstone (a soft matte taupe) and Mystery (a muted plum-brown in a deluxe pearl finish). This new collection also features three new Eye Kohls in Smolder (intense black), Paragon Pearl (champagne gold) and El Dorado (bold gold) pictured above. Finally, one of the most exciting new, limited edition products to launch with this range is the Pro Sculpting Cream Duo which contains a light white highlighting cream and a taupe, neutral shade to contour and define those cheekbones!

The Brant Brothers makeup line will be available at all MAC free standing stores and online from August 2016.
*this post contains samples gifted for review purposes
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Saturday, 23 July 2016

The Estée Edit Collection from Estée Lauder

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At first glance, this new collection is a far cry from the luxurious-looking, gold laden packaging of Estée Lauder's most recognisable products. In fact, you would be forgiven for not realising that this is actually The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder, the new makeup range that has had the beauty industry excitedly awaiting its arrival. Think Estée Lauder's younger, edgier sister! This new collection has a colossal 82 pieces, mostly makeup with a smidgen of skincare thrown in there too. Fronted by Kendall Jenner and beauty influencer Irene Kim, this youthful-looking range, from the Estée Lauder powerhouse, is aimed at a younger generation of beauty junkies with a more purse-friendly price tag and less decadent packaging. It is tailored for a social media generation with its mix of new revolutionary beauty products, intelligent formulas and clever inventions. As you can imagine it is quite an overwhelming collection with 82 new products but I have a little selection from the range to share with you on here to help shed some light on why this might be the most exciting launch of 2016 so far.

Lipsticks first and there are two separate formulas - the Barest Lip Color and Mattified Lipstick. The Barest Lip Colors are very Kendall-esque and feature a selection of wearable nudes with a gorgeous creamy, light, hydrating texture. The Mattified Lipsticks are brighter, bolder, more intense with a matte-like finish. They still feel incredibly comfortable and smooth on the lips though.

For the eyes we have The Edit Eyeshadow Palette, inspired by Kendall and Irene themselves, and focusses on girl-on-the-go sensibility and seamless makeup application. A mixture of light and dark shades are combined with a selection of neutrals and pops of purple to give this palette the versatility to take you from day to night. It is wearable yet fun and the shadows themselves have a lovely consistency and brilliant colour payoff.

A selection of powder compacts for your complexion feature in this new range. The Flash Photo Powder is a translucent, sheer powder created with blue light-reflecting pigments for a luminous complexion in any light. Perfect for those selfies! There is also the Barest Blush in four different shades which gives you a natural flush of colour with a subtle shimmer to highlight and define your cheeks.

The Flash Illuminator is your number one pick for gorgeous glowy skin. This balm, rich with the moisture magnet ingredient Hyaluronic Acid, glides beautifully onto the skin to help add luminosity and a healthy glow. It isn't sticky at all which means it can either be worn alone or mixed in with your foundation for a more sheer yet glowing coverage.

The Edgiest Kohl Shadowsticks come in an array of shades and is the ultimate shadow and liner, all in one. It is precise enough to be used as a liner or buildable enough to give you an all over colour on your lids. It has a smooth, intense texture and finish and lasts a good length of time without creasing or smudging. It is a great multi-tasking product to pop in your makeup bag. Speaking of eyeliners we also have the Blackest Liner which has a felt-tip like nip for a dramatic, even and precise line or flick. It is extremely pigmented and delivers a jet black, matte finish that wont smudge or fade during the day. It is one of the easiest liners I've used for a while to perfect that cat-eye look!

Finally, bang on trend, we have the Barest Contour Lip Liners, available in six neutral shades. I love a lip liner and these new editions are great! The automatic pencil has a twist up tip that offers a precise, fine tip and soft, smooth texture. The liner glides on beautifully without pulling at the skin and can be used to line your lips or all over as a base or individual lip colour. The formula prevents your lipstick from feathering or bleeding and they can also be used to help create the hot trend of ombre lips.

The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder is out now and is exclusively available from Selfridges.
*this post contains samples gifted for review purposes
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Friday, 22 July 2016

Clarins Beauty in Bloom Limited Edition Collection

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What do you get if you take a selection of Clarins' hero products and give them a floral twist? Say hello to Beauty in Bloom - Clarins' new launch that gives us the chance to indulge our makeup collection with some pretty packaging whilst stocking up on some of Clarins' most coveted products.

This limited edition collection comprises of a Hand and Nail Treatment Cream Trio (£25), three florally-adorned Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors (£18) and a Daily Energiser Lovely Lip Balm (£16). The Hand and Nail Treatment kit is presented in a beautiful, leaf printed pouch and contains the cult beauty product in three new fragrances - orange leaf, white tea leaf and fig leaf. If you need some intensive care for your hands then this treatment cream is a lovely remedy for dry, sore hands and cuticles.

Did you know that every 36 seconds, a Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector is sold worldwide? Possibly one of my favourite beauty products...ever, these gorgeous lip products have been given a flowery revamp and now come in three, limited edition shades - pink, orange and red shimmer. Not a gloss, nor a lipstick, they are creamy and smooth and luscious to wear and nourish the lips also with a formula of Shea butter and wild mango butter. Oh and they smell like vanilla cupcakes. Yum!

Finally Clarins have launched a new lip balm to nourish and protect our lips against the Summer heat. It contains organic cocoa butter and Shea oil to moisturise and repair, as well as redcurrant extract to leave lips feelings smoother and fuller-looking. It contains a clever pigment that reacts to the pH of your lips to bring out their natural colour - giving you a bespoke, rosy pout. The packaging is so pretty and guarantees you wont lose this lip balm at the bottom of your handbag. Plus it has a sweet, peach fragrance. Lovely!

The new Beauty in Bloom collection is now available on counters and online. Which Summer essential have you got your eye on?
*this post contains samples gifted for review purposes
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Tanya Burr Matte Lip - The Soft Luxe Collection

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The latest launch from Tanya Burr Cosmetics is a beautiful, trend led collection, perfect for the Summer with its soft, pastel and neutral tones for the eyes, lips and nails. Along with two new Eye Palettes and three, matte finish nail polishes, this new collection boasts three stunning lip colours that offer a gorgeous cashmere effect matte finish on the lips.

The Soft Luxe Matte Lips (£5.99) have a dreamy, creamy texture that applies quite loosely on to the lips, however they quickly dry down to a matte consistency that feels comfortable to wear all day. The colour payoff is top notch and really gives your makeup a punchy pop of colour to complete a fresh, summery look. From top to bottom we have Martha Moo, Puppy Paws and Rhubarb & Custard. Martha Moo is perfectly on trend if you fancy experimenting with a 90s muted brown but my favourite has to be Rhubarb & Custard. It is such a gorgeous coral-pink shade and would be perfect to pack in your holiday makeup bag for those beachy evenings away.

The Tanya Burr Cosmetics Soft Luxe Collection is now available from Superdrug and Feel Unique.
*this post contains samples gifted for review purposes
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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Jo Malone Peony & Moss Charity Candle

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This year's charity candle from Jo Malone London celebrates a verdant and delicate mixture of Peony and Moss. If you love the soft floral aroma of peonies then I urge you to give this new candle a sniff! A note of cassis is crisp over the sweet scent of peonies combined with a warm, earthy base of moss. It is a comforting, familiar scent that would smell beautiful if lit on a balmy Summer's night, with the windows flung over and a cold drink poured. It is fresh and natural and looks stunning placed on your coffee table with its gorgeous packaging.

For every candle sold, Jo Malone London will make a donation directly to their charity partners who support people living with mental ill health through the cultivation and care of therapeutic gardens around the world. It is such a wonderful concept as each garden is a place to recover, grow and reconnect with the community. A peaceful, safe haven for rehabilitation. I am a great believer that a dose of fresh air can do wonders for your mood and state of mind so these garden projects give sufferers the chance to be outdoors, soak up all the goodness of being in a garden whilst learning new skills in horticulture.

Available now online, the Peony & Moss Charity Candle is £44 and sees 75% of sales donated to the garden charities.
*this post contains samples gifted for review purposes
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