Currently on my radar #2.

luglio 11, 2016


001 Lorac have gone and done it again with the absolutely dreamy Pro Palette 3 ($44). The handy palette houses 8 matte shades and 8 sparkly one-wash wonders with a lovely mix of neutral transition shades and perky mauve goodness. Lorac eyeshadows are truly top-notch - pigmented, buttery soft and easy to work with - and this palette looks perfect for creating a multitude of day-to-evening makeup looks, as well as transitioning into the colder months. Need.

002 Anything that promises to give the perfect glow to the skin is bound to make an appearance on this pages at some point and in my experience nobody does natural luminosity better than Hourglass. Available in 3 shades, the Hourglass Ambient Light Correcting Primers (£36) looks like a real must have: the oil-free formula promises to soften the appearance of pores, fine lines and imperfections, neutralize discoloration and deliver a boost of luminosity to dull complexion. I like.

003 L'Oreal had me at '24 hour glow'. That's it. Sold. If you've been around long enough, you know I just can't shut up about the Infallible 24h Mat Foundation (£8.99) and as expected the promise of a super long lasting yet hydrating and glowy variation had me weak at the knees in about two seconds straight. If it's half as good as the mat number, I need the Infallible Pro-Glow in my life yesterday.

004 Charlotte Tilbury and my wishlist have a very special relationship - every new release of hers goes straight into the to-buy list, no questions asked. And if said release is, let's say, a dozen gorgeous lip shades I'm ready to grab a hammer and smash my piggy bank. With 12 brand new shades plus 4 best sellers from the original collection in a rainbow of reds, violets and 90's nudes, there's really something for everyone in the Hot Lips (£23) range - and with 2£ per sale going to charity for good measure the temptation is too great. Forgive me, father...

005 Speaking of lipsticks, Mrs. Tilbury is not the only one that makes my heart sing. I first caught sight of the Burberry Full Kisses (£24) on the brand's youtube channel a few months back and I haven't stopped thinking about them since. It feels like these were made with me in mind: creamy and hydrating yet long lasting, fully opaque in just one swipe and with a great mix of nudes and bold shades to choose from - including swoon-worthy Military red and Oxblood. I'll take one in every shade, thank you very much.

What do have your eye on at the minute?

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Latest loves: June.

luglio 04, 2016


Today I bring you my June favourites - it feels like forever since I've put together a post like this. Last month has been a good one beauty wise, so expect a great mix of first-time mentioned bits and lovely new discoveries, with amazing tools, skincare musts and a teeth grinding-pricey palette that is worth every penny.

I'll kick this off with skincare and a little confession: spf is a secret obsession of mine - I never leave the house without it, no matter the weather or the season, since my skin gets really sensitive in the sun and burns quite easily. The Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence spf50PA++++ (£11) is pretty much everything I've been looking for in a sunscreen: because it's a water-based product, it sinks in really quickly and doesn't leave a greasy residue on the skin. It also keeps my face hydrated all day and of course it works really well underneath makeup. A must-have for the warmer months
Another product that everyone should have in his cabinet and purse is the Bioderma Hydrabio Eau de Soin (£9), an anti UV mist with spf30PA++ that moisturizes, protects from sun damage and prevents skin aging. The mist is lightweight, super fine and can be used even on top of makeup as a finishing spray, and it's ideal to top up your sunscreen on the go during the day. Brilliant!

Moving onto tools, I've recently picked up a few new bits and bobs on Cult beauty and one of the items I was really excited to try is the Beautyblender Beauty Blusher (£14). Size wise, it sits right in the middle between the original sponge that sometimes can be too big for detailed work, and the Micro minis that for me are too small and awkward to hold. This grey egg is the perfect size to blend concealer and setting powder under the eyes in just a few bounces and it allows lots of control and precision when it comes to patting in blushes and highlighters. Love it!
The fabulous Surratt Relevee Lash Curler (£22) deserves a quick shout out as well. This dreamy tool ticks all the boxes: its rounded shape hugs my lash line perfectly reducing the risk of pinching to a minimum, it gives a really close curl crimping the lashes right at the roots without bending them to awkward angles, and opens really wide to catch every single hair. Plus, it's black with a fancy matte finish, and it doesn't get any prettier than this.

On to makeup at last, I'm big on bold lips right now and the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (£19) in Damned has been getting a lot of love from me lately. Everything about this lip product, from the deep berry shade to the way it lasts through the day makes me happy. I have a few of these pencils and they're all amazing.
The gorgeous Tom Ford Eye Colour Quad Nude Dip (£64), which is basically the heart eyes emoji in palette form, is all I've been using on my eyes lately. The combination of creamy champagne, golden pink, grey mauve and chocolate brown might not be the most unique but is right up my street and absolutely perfect for both day and evening looks. All four shades are beautifully pigmented, blend and layer easily and give a fabulous expensive finish to the lids. I really can't fault this palette. It's pricey but so worth it!
Last on my list is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop (£32). Even on natural makeup days I can't say no to a good helping of highlighter and this Becca number looks ridiculously pretty on the skin, especially when paired with a quick sweep of bronzer. Forget the lit-from-within subtle glow, this highlighter surely makes an impact, and I'm obsessed!

What have you been loving lately?

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New In Garnier Shower treats.

giugno 16, 2016


Hello, my name is Beatrice and I'm a self-confessed shower gel hoarder on the mend. For ages I've been guilty of constantly purchasing new ones and shamelessly beginning fresh bottles, leaving behind a trail of sad looking, half-empty left overs. That was until I decided as a New Year resolution to put myself on a bath products ban and work my way through the pitiful, dusty pile and de-clutter my cabinet before it got out of hand. As it turns out, my timing was absolutely perfect and when I heard that Garnier was about to release a new range of heavenly scented shower gels, my freshly de-cluttered shower shelf and I were ready to give them a whirl.

Garnier have just launched a bunch of exciting additions to the Ultimate blends body line, in the form of 6 shower gels and two moisturizers, enriched with natural, cold-pressed ingredients to fulfill different skin needs. They all leave a delicate lingering scent on the skin and leave it silky soft and hydrated in no time, although I can assure you'll be tempted to make your shower last forever with these.

The shower gels have a dreamy, gentle formula that works up a nice lather and lightly cleanses without stripping or leaving the skin feeling tight or itchy. Scent wise, the selection is seriously fabulous and picking up just one favourite is going to be tough business.
Marvelous Oils* is the one I've been constantly reaching for in the morning to kick start the day, as the stunning mix of camellia extract and argan oil feels incredibly energizing and turns your shower into aromatherapy heaven - this one is highly recommended after yoga or a workout.
The one that feels the most unisex of the bunch is Mythic Olive* with its musky notes and lots of olive oil to nourish and repair the skin. This fragrance is truly beautiful and unlike anything I've ever smelt before; it's a walk in an olive groove on a sunny day. I adore it.
If you have a sweet tooth, you'll love the Honey Treasure* number, it's so creamy and delicious, and smells like a jar of peaches soaked in honey. It's unbelievably yummy, trust me on this one.
Finally, my personal favourite is Delicate Oat* - I really can't resist the combination of almond, vanilla and oat milk. This feels wonderful on my sensitive skin and it's perfect in the evening, right before bed.
A lemon and elder flower option that sounds lovely, and one enriched with rose oils complete the lineup.

The oat range is supposed to be the dehydrated skin hero, and the two moisturizing options for sure don't disappoint. The Ultra Blends Delicate Oat Soothing Balm (£5.99)* is a multi-purpose gem that makes quick work of rough patches on elbows, knees and heels. I feel like this will be amazing during the colder months, when my skin gets uber flakey and dry, but it's also a good one to use now before fake tanning, to keep everything streak free. The Soothing Hydrating Lotion (£4.49)* is equally effective but with a slightly lighter texture. This one has been living on my night stand for the past two weeks, as a little goes a long way and sinks in quickly, so it's the perfect last step to keep my limbs soft and moisturized before jumping into bed.

Have you tried the Ultimate Blends range before? What's your favourite scent?
*Press Samples
**Post in collaboration with Garnier Italy


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