Tuesday, 8 July 2014

MAC Cosmetics Maleficent Collection

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Inspired by the iconic Disney villain and bringing an element of the mysterious and the magnificent to a new limited edition makeup launch, MAC introduces the Maleficent collection with some wickedly gorgeous packaging and sensuous shades for the eyes, lips and nails. Admired for her evil elegance and hardened heart, Maleficent has inspired a dark, sultry collection of limited edition products from MAC which will tempt and captivate the darkest of sorceresses.

The Maleficent collection, launched earlier last month, features a trio of lips products to define, line and colour the most perfectly devilish red lips, a brow crayon, liquid eyeliner, a sculpting and beauty powder, a wonderfully complimentary eyeshadow quad and three rich nail lacquers. The lipstick, "True Love's Kiss" is a clean bright red with an amplified finish and fine ruby shimmer throughout. The colour is fairly similar to MAC's Russian Red but the velvety texture when applied gives the lips a slight sheen and glossiness, very different to Russian Red's definite matte finish. For matching, fiery red talons, MAC has launched "Flaming Red" nail lacquer which is a true blood red with a lovely glossy finish. The shade has a touch of old hollywood glamour and is pretty much perfect after two coats.

Finally, and probably the most exciting part of the collection for any limited edition package hoarder, is the eyeshadow quad comprising of "Ground Brown" (dirty deep brown, matte) "Concrete" (muted taupe brown, satin) "Carbon" (intense black, matte) and "Goldmine" (intense gold with shimmer, frost). All shades are permanent from the MAC eyeshadow line but I know some people will love to have this quad in their collection and all the shadows work really nicely together. Goldmine is a frosty metallic shimmer that works perfectly in the corner of your eye or as a lower lash colour to really brighten and lift your eye makeup. Carbon is one of those classic MAC shadows that everyone needs in their collection and Concrete is a really interesting taupe, grey-ish shade that is great to use all over the lid or in the crease to define and deepen the finished look.

Did you treat yourself to anything from the MAC Maleficent collection?

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Saturday, 5 July 2014

Vivienne Westwood + Melissa Lady Dragon Gold Bow heels

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So...the obsession continues. Fourth pair in and I still cannot get enough of these plastic fantastic heels from Vivienne Westwood for Melissa. That Barbie doll-sweet smell, the colourful bows and hearts, the surprisingly comfy fit - the is no denying that they are a love/hate kind of piece but I love love love them. My latest acquisition came from the fortunate discovery of the Office sale last week although I think Selfridges online have some of the older styles on sale too at the moment. These gold bow lady dragon heels won my heart over the moment I saw them and I instantly thought, could these be my wedding shoes? Only time will tell (two weeks to be precise) but they will certainly be getting a lot of love nonetheless and are welcome additions to my slightly-overflowing shoe collection now!

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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner

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"Never ask a girl with winged eyeliner why she's late!" This saying couldn't be more apt for me as I often find myself whittling away painstaking minutes trying to perfect my eyeliner and getting those tricky flicks identical and smudge-free. With some many different types of eyeliners around it is sometimes a little overwhelming to know where to start; should you opt for the gel, liquid or the old school kohl pencil and why will one eye always look better than the other? One of my favourite liners to create a fun flick is YSL's False Lash Effect Liquid liner although the infamous Bobbi Brown gel liner is pretty darn good as well.

This week Benefit Cosmetics have released a new innovative eyeliner that is set to be the newest beauty breakthrough, helping make the notoriously tricky task of lining your eyes that little bit easier. They're Real! push-up liner is a lash-hugging gel liner in a twist up pen form. The gel formula is waterproof and smudge proof that won't dry or flake and has an innovative AccuFlex tip that gets ridiculously close to your lash line to make the process of perfecting that perfect flick a whole lot simpler. After a few twists of the pen the gel begins to appear from the top of the slanted rubber nib and you are ready to start lining. The formula was smooth and it did glide on nicely without too much tugging or pulling of the skin - although it does dry very quickly so any mistakes made have to be rectified quickly otherwise it could get a bit messy! The colour really is blacker than black and the fine, angled nib makes it really easy to create that lovely clean flick. I certainly did find it a lot easier to use than many other liquid or gel liners I've used and the soft tip does sit nicely right along your lash line to give you a very precise application. Definitely one to check out if you are in the market for a new eyeliner but you will need a very heavy duty makeup remover to wash it off at the end of the day! Available online and on counters now for £18.50.

Have you tried the new push-up liner from Benefit?

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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Soap & Glory Orangeasm Range

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I think it is fair to say that I always have one or two Soap & Glory products on the go either on my shower shelf or in my skincare cupboard (those Body Butters are never-ending!) and I really love the silkiness of their body washes and their Scrubatomic face polish is pretty fab too! The latest release from this fun beauty brand is the Orangeasm range comprising of a zesty-fresh body wash, a super rich body butter and an energising body fragrance. As the name would suggest, these new products are heavily scented with a rush citrus and zing to give you a heavenly zesty treat for your skin.

The body wash is wonderfully revitalising to really wake you up in the morning helped along with the addition of the spicy Ginseng and the fruity scent of fresh green mandarin, Sicilian lemon and sweet orange peel oils. It foams up on the skin perfectly and leaves it feeling soft and pampered as you leave the shower. The body butter is quite full on and decadent so you only need a little bit to save your skin from being too overpowered with the scent of oranges. It is packed full of Shea butter and Mango milk so is a real treat and does completely soften and indulge your skin, swiftly combating any dry patches and rough areas. I would find this too heavy to apply in the morning as a daytime moisturiser so save this for an evening pampering session so I can wake up to silky, glowing skin before heading to the shower. Finally we have a Super Tonic fragrance which is an light, effervescent body mist and probably my favourite product from this trio of new releases. The fresh green mandarin, cool mint, sweet orange and Sicilian lemon oils make the most perfect refreshing fruity cocktail of scents and once spritzed onto the skin, gives you a wonderfully awakening fragrance with a sweet zesty-ness that is perfect for Summer days.

The new Orangeasm range from Soap & Glory is currently on 3 for 2 offer at Boots in you fancy adding a citrus kick to your bath time routine. Have you tried these new arrivals from Soap & Glory?

ps: Thank you all so much for your kind comments about my new layout and design. It was all down to the technical brilliance of Phil from Pipdig who loves HTMLs a little too much! If you are looking for a blog revamp then I would definitely recommend Phil - he is pretty awesome.

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NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Goddess

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When it comes to eyeshadow I always find myself gravitating towards bronze/golden shimmery shades. I never like to wear anything too heavy on my eyes in favour for a brighter lip so I find myself reaching for my Naked palettes and MAC shades such as All that Glitters and Mythology time and time again. I have a plethora of different powder shadows but when it comes to eye shadow pencils, my collection is a little depleted. I love the ease and precision of using a pencil to shade the eyelids and since I picked up and loved the By Terry Ombre Blackstar eye crayon, I decided I needed to add a few more pencils to my collection.
The NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Goddess is a beautiful pink-champagne shade that is smooth and creamy to apply without any pulling or tugging of the eye area. It glides on nicely but does need some blending in with a soft brush or your finger to avoid major creasing which I found a bit disappointing. The crayons are a great portable additional to your makeup bag for easy touchups during the day and can be used to line, shade or simply highlight the eye by placing this shimmery colour in the corner of your eye to give them a soft glow. Due to their tendencies to crease I prefer to use this crayon to either highlight, line my lower lash line or as a base for another shadow over the top - MAC's All That Glitters for example works perfectly and creates a gorgeous, golden shimmer.

Have you tried any of the NARS soft touch shadow pencils?


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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Jo Malone Tuberose Angelica Limited Edition Cologne

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I have sniffed and sampled my fair share of Jo Malone fragrance over the past few years of beauty blogging and never fail to be inspired and excited by each and every new scent and limited edition bottle they release. Whether it be floral, wood, fruity or just a bit curious (Earl Grey and Cucumber, I'm looking at you!) there is rarely a scent or candle that I don't really like from this exquisitely British brand. That said, I think their latest limited edition release - Tuberose Angelica, might be more of an acquired taste with its heady concoction of the voluptuous tuberose, the green spice of Angelica and the sumptuous warmth of amberwood. It is rich, decadent and powerful - a far cry from my usual floral or fruity fancies.

The tuberose, a sensual flower that only blooms at night, is extremely intoxicating and takes the lead in this scent, giving the overall fragrance a dark, captivating allure that would be best suited for an evening time spritz in preparation for an intimate soiree with your lover perhaps! Despite this scent not being my favourite, you cannot deny the limited edition packaging is beautiful, presented in a precious bottle inspired by the delicate, intricate fretwork of Jali screens. The fragrance also lends itself perfectly to be combined with a softer, fresher fragrance from the Jo Malone family to give the scent a whole new dimension. Paired with English Pear and Freesia the fragrance becomes a lot lighter with a feminine kick of white florals and fruitiness.

Jo Malone's limited edition Tuberose Angelica cologne is available online and in stores. Does this intense fragrance appeal to you?

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Scalloped sleeves

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This weekend the sun shone and it was blissful. I decided to wear my new playsuit* from Warehouse and take a stroll along the country lanes and fields with Rob and admire the beautiful surroundings where our wedding will take place in just under four weeks time! I adore this new Warehouse white scalloped playsuit with its light woven material, culotte style shorts and pretty scalloped sleeves and mid section. it is lovely and loose and wonderfully flattering whether worn with wedges or heels for a night out or sandals and a floral crown for the upcoming festival season. I opted for my aqua blue wedges from New Look and an old statement necklace from Accessorize and loved how the pops of colour worked against the neutral piece. And the greatest thing about this playsuit is that the top section is a separate part so can be removed and paired with skinny jeans or cute denim shorts for a whole new look! Perfect.

Have you been enjoying the sunshine this weekend? Have you bought anything recently from Warehouse?

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