Sunday, 14 September 2014

YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush lips and cheeks soft matte colours

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Is it a blush, is it a lipstick or is it a gloss? In fact, it is all three - introducing Yves Saint Laurent's new, multipurpose products in all their pretty, golden packaged glory. YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush Lips and Cheeks stains are the ultimate double player for your lips and cheeks with an incredibly light, air-whipped formula allowing easy application to kiss your cheeks and blush your lips with the prettiest of colours. Available in a range of 12 playful shades, everyone is bound to find a colour to suit them, available on counters and online from YSL Beauty (£27 each).

I have recently been testing out two of the new YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush stains, 01. Fuchsia Desinvolte (left) and 03. Rose Libre (right) which give you a lovely bright fuchsia pink or a softer, rose pink tint to your cheeks and lips. These products have a really clever formula which makes them so perfect as both a lip and cheek stain with a gorgeous velvet texture that dries to a semi-matte finish on your lips yet remains luminous and long-wearing on the cheeks. The consistency on the lips reminds me a little of Bourjois' Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks. Initially the colour looks a little scary when applied to the cheeks but with just a few dots and some delicate blending you can sheer out or build up the intensity as much as you like. And the patented 'hidden pearl' applicator is pretty fab at making the cream formula glide neatly onto your lips with overloading them with too much product. For those of you who love a good 2-in-1, multifunctional product for easy, on the go makeup then these Kiss & Blush lips and cheeks stains are absolutely perfect - I already have my eye on a few other shades for my collection,  Coral Affranchi and Pink Hedoniste in particular!

Have you tried these?

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Kérastase Discipline Hair Range

If you excuse the shocking root growth which urgently needs some attention and the ratty ends that need a good chop, my hair is actually feeling in really good condition at the moment and I have a few key products to thank for this. I have recently been using a new range from Kérastase - the Discipline collection which promises to create fluidity and shine, protect the hair from humidity whilst also strengthening and nourishing your locks from root to tip. For my hair which is always prone to a Monica-in-Barbados frizz reaction whenever faced with the tiniest bit of humidity, this range sounded absolutely perfect and I was excited to give it a go.

The Kérastase Discipline range comprises of a Bain Fluidealiste (shampoo £17), Fondant Fluidealiste (conditioner £20) and a Maskeratine (luxurious hair masque £27.50) all available from Rush online and local Rush salons. After using this range for a few days I did instantly notice how much more controllable and tame my unruly mane was, making it easier to comb through after my shower and the way it lay flatter and felt softer after I had blow-dried it. The conditioner and hair masque are definitely the star products here and I love treating my hair to an overnight treatment with the masque once a week for deep down nourishment and damage repair thanks to the high concentration of nourishing lipid agents in the conditioner. The masque works superbly well on thick, unruly, chemical treated hair by texturising your hair fibres and adding a huge dose of unprecedented suppleness whilst smelling particularly lovely! Sometimes once I have blow-dried and straightened my hair it feels incredibly dry and lacks some shine or lustre but I think this range has really helped restore some of that shine and radiance that is sometimes so hard to achieve with blonde hair. I would definitely recommend the Kérastase Discipline range if your locks are after a bit of love and nourishment and in need of some help to fight the frizz!

Have you tried this new range? What haircare products are you loving at the moment?

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

YSL Couture 5-Color Eyeshadow Palette in 7. Parisienne

Oh Yves Saint Laurent, you have done it again! The lure of the pretty golden packaging has struck again with the release of a selection of new eyeshadow palettes, all containing five unique and flattering colours inspired by a different fashion collection from the House of Yves Saint Laurent. With eleven new palettes in an array of fun and subtle shades, they are the perfect one-stop product for an instant, glamorous smokey eye - comprising of a base colour, highlight colour and then three complimentary shades to colour and contour the eye. All new Couture palettes are available online and on counters (£39.50 each).

I have been testing out Palette No.7 Parisienne which is one of my favourite selection of shades from the whole collection. The texture of these shadows is silky and long-wearing, nicely pigmented with a pearly finish without being too sparkly. The new formula of these YSL palettes has been developed to be crease-proof and easy to blend whilst feeling lightweight yet stable on the lids. Parisienne is a lovely selection of hues including a pearly white highlight shade, a golden-taupe base colour and then three plummy-pink shadows which look so pretty blended into the crease or brush lightly along the lower lash line. The intensity of these shadows are not ultra pigmented but do offer a medium colour-payoff and do feel incredibly soft and comfortable on application. I am a big fan of shimmery eyes so I love the luxe finish of these eyeshadows and love the fact you have an array of shades to highlight and sculpt as well as taking your look easily from day to night.

Have you tried any of these new Couture palettes from YSL?

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

My wedding feature on Love My Dress

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From the moment I got engaged, I was instantly caught up in the whirlwind and excitement of wedding planning. Wedding blogs were my new reading material on my lunch breaks and I was forever on the search for new inspiration and creative ideas to bring our homemade wedding dream to life. I defy any bride-to-be not to have downloaded the Pinterest app within two weeks of getting engaged and I spent many an evening compiling secret wedding boards online of my perfect dress and the prettiest of bridesmaids bouquets. The likes of Rock My Wedding, Whimsical Wonderland Weddings and Love My Dress were my top clicks when pining for a bit of inspiration or just fancied losing myself in a real wedding story for ten minutes and I completely revelled in the always gorgeous imagery, lovely ideas, little details and the words of wisdom from the brides themselves. I remember saying to my photographer last year that it was my dream to have my own wedding featured on one of these amazing blogs...and today my dream came true!

Today Annabel over on Love My Dress blogged about our little wedding and I couldn't be happier to have our happy, homemade day featured on her gorgeous site. Described as a delightful, handmade, pastel Summer wedding, I think our day has been summed up perfectly. Seeing all our lovely photos compiled in this post taking the readers along for the journey, from the morning's makeup to the last dance and that pink sunset, completely brought back all our happy memories and I just hope that maybe my feature could inspire some other brides-to-be out there who are in the process of planning their special day. If you were wondering just how much bunting we made, why I chose my dress, what pair of Vivienne Westwood shoes I finally decided to wear or what we danced to for our first dance then you can find all the details here! Thank you again to Annabel for featuring my wedding and I really hope you all pop over and give it a little read - grab and cuppa and enjoy!

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#GetNaked with Herbal Essences

So earlier this year we had the no makeup selfie trend which caused a frenzy across social media channels and encouraged us all to embrace our natural beauty by paring down our usual made-up look. Now it is time to cast aside the hair straighteners and heated rollers and love our naked, au natural hair - waves, curls, kinks and all. Treat yourself to those extra ten minutes in bed and let your bare hair flow! Herbal Essences are launching the #GetNaked initiative and calling out to all you girls to get involved by taking a naked hair selfie and tweeting @_HerbalEssences showing off your un-styled tresses using the hashtag #GetNaked. If you enter the competition then you could be in with a chance of winning £2,000 of shopping vouchers. Herbal Essences have just released this fun video highlighting the "Naked Truth about Dating" - a comical take on all the pampering and preening and the little fibs we tell ourselves in the hope for the perfect date but actually...let loose, embrace your curls, order the pasta and your night might be a whole lot happier!

The Herbal Essences Clearly Naked range has been created specifically to cleanse and condition the hair without weighing it down - packed full of all the good-hair essentials but free from any parabens, silicones or dyes. The formula promises soft and luscious hair with an irresistible aroma of fresh mint, grapefruit and white tea and has a product to suit all your hair needs whether it be volume, moisture or intense shine. The Herbal Essences Clearly Naked hair range is out now available from chemists and supermarkets nationwide - so, do you dare to bare?

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Harlow Red

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Everyone loves a good multi-purpose beauty product and these new Art Sticks from Bobbi Brown could be the next time-saving must-have we are all adding to our beauty stash. These chunky crayons caused much excitement when they were released overseas and now they are coming to the UK and are set to be received with equal excitement.

Coming soon to Bobbi Brown online and currently exclusively available from Selfridges (£19), the Art Sticks come in eight lush new shades from you daring reds and bright fuchsias to a dusky pink and deep wine shade. These super-sized pencils are a lipstick meets lip liner for those people who want a 2 in 1 colour in an on-the-go package. The creamy formula is a perfect blend of emollients and shea butter for a smooth texture that glides nicely onto the lips and leaves you with a soft sheen finish. The formula is moisturising enough to act well as a lipstick that feels comfortable on the lips yet is defining and long-wearing enough to stand up well as a lip liner too. The staying power of these Art Sticks is really commendable and it lasted a good few hours without any smudge or bleeding round the edges. I like to apply this lip colour straight from the crayon but you could use a lip brush if you wanted a more exact application. The pencil comes with a handy jumbo sharpener as well to help keep the art stick as pointed and precise as possible. I am looking forward to trying a few more shades from this new lip launch and have my eye on "Electric Pink" and "Dusky Pink" particularly.

Are you excited to check out these new Art Sticks from Bobbi Brown?

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Clarins HydraQuench Tinted Moisturiser

Tinted moisturisers are always a great option for the warmer summer months and those days when you just want a quick, easy and light base without any fuss. I find myself reaching for tinted moisturisers when I am just at home or running errands and want a light coverage whilst giving my skin a little bit of love along the way.

Clarins HydraQuench Tinted Moisturiser SP15 (£30) available in stores and online promises hydration, radiance and beauty with an ultra-fine, melt in texture and hydrating formula. It has a satin-like finish and is best applied, I found, with fingers to help the liquid melt into your skin. The formula is wonderfully lightweight and suitable for all skin types but I think it would definitely suit dryer skin best due to its active ingredients of Hyaluronic acid and Katafray bark extract which restore the skin's natural radiance and gives it a healthy glow. Hyaluronic acid gives the skin a more plumped texture and helps restore the moisture levels so is a great addition in any skincare product. This tinted moisturiser is definitely more of a tint to even out skin tone rather than a product to give you a lot of coverage and concealment. It is a lovely option to use on those good-skin days and preps the skin beautifully if you then wished to use some concealer and powder on top for a more flawless finish. As well as having SPF15 to protect the skin against UV rays, this tinted moisturiser contains radiance boosting pearls which capture the light and gives your complexion a glowing, radiant finish.

HydraQuench Tinted Moisturiser comes in seven different shades and I had 00 Porcelain (top) and 01 Sand (bottom) to try. The formulas look quite heavy and pigmented when first dispensed but the moment you start smoothing them into the skin they sheer out to just give you a light wash of colour and a brighter complexion.

Have you tried this tinted moisturiser from Clarins?

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