Boxing Day Sales: My Picks

dicembre 26, 2013

sale picks
This Works Dream Believers Duo // Diptyque L'Ombre Dans L'Eau Eau De Toilette // Laura Mercier Petite Baked Eye Colour Bonbons Amethyst Trio // Laura Mercier Body & Bath Luxe Quartet Crème Brulée // Shu Uemura Takashi Murakami Collection S Curler // BareMinerals Perfect Ten READY Multi Face Palette // Stila Color Me Pretty Convertible Lip Cheek Palette
Early morning wake-up calls suck, especially during the Holidays but what wouldn't I do for some beauty bargains? Happy Boxing Day everyone! Let the sale begin...

As usual SpaceNK is the best place for amazing post-Christmas deals. With extremely limited stocks, early birds get the best ones of course and I was able to snatch some great sets early this morning - both for me and some upcoming birthdays -, but there're still some interesting bargains going on. This Works set are great value for money at regular price but during the sales they become absolutely irresistible. I picked one from the Sleep range for myself that now appears to be sold out but a similar duo is still going strong on the website: the Dream Believers Duo (was 20£ now 10£) features two pampering products to make falling asleep easy peasy even on the most stressful days. I'm a big fan of the Sleep Balm - also on sale on its own - and that Dream Cream sounds delightful as well.
It seemed rude not to indulge in some incredible Laura Mercier gift sets, especially when those super yummy fragrances are involved. The Laura Mercier Body & Bath Luxe Quartet Crème Brulèe (was £60 now £30) had my name written all over it, along with a couple of other kits that will make my beauty addicted friends extremely happy. Crème Brulèe is my favourite scent from the Bath & Body range but I'd be lying if I said it was easy to resist to the other fragrances in the sale section. This set includes 150g sizes (regulars are 300g) of the Honey Bath, Scrub and Body Soufflè along with a gorgeous scented candle that will send you straight to sniffer heaven. Purple lovers will adore the Petite Baked Eye Colour Bonbons Trio in Amethyst (was £20 now £10); I know I did. This charming mini-palette contains three wet-dry shadows perfect for day and night looks and it's hardly a bank breaker. It basically jumped in my cart on its own volition.
Finally I must have spent a good five minutes cursing the shipping restriction rules because I had to put the Diptyque L'Ombre Dans L'Eau EDT (was £68 now £34) back on its virtual shelf. I've never seen such a huge discount on these fragrances; I get teary-eyed just thinking about it. Sob.

Moving onto Beautybay, I made a little hit-and-run purchase when I saw the Stila Colour Me Pretty Convertible Lip Cheek Palette (was £19.68 now £15.86) in the middle of the sale bunch. Although it's not a massive save, it appears to be sold out everywhere else and since I had it in my Christmas wishlist I couldn't let the chance slip.
I also flipped through Feelunique very quickly this morning and the BareMinerals Perfect Ten READY Multi-Face Palette (was £39 now £29.25) ended up in my cart right away. I still haven't clicked the checkout button yet but I'm seriously contemplating the purchase. The shades are absolutely stunning and so utterly me I'll probably end up buying it by the end of the day.

Last but not least, Selfridges has gone all out with the sales this year. If you haven't purchased it full price before the Holidays like yours truly here did and therefore you're not currently mentally-kicking yourself in the shins, the Shu Uemura Takashi Murakami Collection S Curler (was £20 now £13) is definitely worth a look. More on it later on the blog but I'm seriously loving it for my stubborn outer lashes.

Hope you had a lovely Christmas and an even better Boxing Day sale shopping.
Did you manage to grab some amazing deals?

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On My Wishlist This Week #18

dicembre 05, 2013

Christmas wishlist
Stila Color Me Pretty Lip & Cheek Palette // Bumble & Bumble The Tousled Two Step Gift Set // Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil // Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish in Porchester Square // Wayne Goss Limited Edition Christmas Brush // Shu Uemura S Curler
001 Although I currently own enough cream blushes coming out of my eyeballs, the Stila Color Me Pretty Lip & Cheek Palette (£19.50) looks like a must have for any blush fiend, like yours truly here. I already dipped my paws in a couple of shades and I really love the moisturizing formula and the dewy, healthy glow it gives to the skin.

002 After years spent obsessing over perfectly smooth and straight locks, lately I've been enjoying a grungier, effortless look and lots and lots of volume. Of course it's not a serious big hair-talk if it doesn't involve Bumble & Bumble and two of their best-selling products: The Tousled Two Step Gift Set (£27) features the phenomenal Bb. Texture (starting from £10) and a special edition size of the Thickening Hairspray (from £7.50), another favourite of mine. A great value for money and two of the products I can't leave without in one gift set? I'm in!

003 Chilly weather and snowfalls in November set my dry skin-alarm off. Better suit up and include one of the Clarins Face Treatment Oils (£30) in my skincare routine. I have my eyes on the Blue Orchid one, specifically created to fix dehydrated skin and fight dullness and lack of radiance.

004 I seriously can't wait to put my mitts on the gel version of my favourite nail polish of all time. I've seen many rave reviews about how awesome the Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish (£14) in Porchester square is and frankly I'm curious to find out how one of the best polishes on the market has been improved.

005 If you read my previous post about my monthly favourites, you'll know how much I'm loving my Wayne Goss brushes. Just a few days ago the Limited Edition Christmas Brush (£50) popped up on Love-makeup, looking uber soft and oh so fluffy; it had me weak at the knees right away and I'm already dreaming to pet it like the softest kitten. I do have issues, I know.

006 Apparently the new Shu Uemura S curler (£20) isn't just the cutest curler on the market; it's also great to squeeze natural lashes into the fake ones so they look perfectly blended, and to curl even the shortest inner and outer lashes. And if the ultimate curl wasn't a good enough reason to lust, this super cute limited edition Takahashi Murakami charm shattered that bit of reluctance I may have had. I need it.

What's on your Christmas wishlist?

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November Favourites

dicembre 01, 2013

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette // Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser* // Wayne Goss Makeup Brushes 01, 02 & 03 // Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette The Golden Goddess // MAC Lipstick Plumful
Happy first of the month! We can officially start obsessing over Christmas - yay! -, which also reminds me I'm running awfully late on my gift shopping. Typical.
Anyways, the past month has brought some wicked beauty products to the table and here are my most played picks.

During the month of November I did the unthinkable: I put aside my beloved Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (£34) in Diffused, but only because I got my mitts on the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Wardrobe (£50). This swoon-inducing limited edition palette features three shades of the famous illuminating powders, plus a deluxe sample of the best-selling Veil Mineral Primer (£52), which is definitely worth a try. Dim Light is a neutral peachy beige that looks great dusted all over for an amazing glow; Incandescent Light is exclusive to this palette and it's a lovely pink-ish opalescent highlighter that gives a stunning fairy-dust glow to the cheek bones; Radiant Light is the most subtle and believable bronzer I've ever tried and warms up the complexion with a golden beige luminosity without actually adding too much colour. It's like a million dollars face all in one palette, so convenient and a great value for money. Gotta love such a pretty bargain!
Next up on the breath-stealers lineup is the Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette The Golden Goddess (£38), aka the one that blew me out of the water at first touch. The shades included within the palette are color-coded for fail-safe application and comprise a creamy pale gold, a taupey-grey shade that reminds me of MAC Satin taupe and Patina mixed together, and a sultry warm bronze, plus a pop shade made of antiqued-brass glittery goodness. The regular shades are unbelievably soft, buttery and so easy to blend. Both pigmentation and longevity deserve a praise on their own, and the '20s inspired brown and rose gold packaging is an absolute head-turner.
At 38£ it doesn't come cheap but it's worth every single penny. Actually, it's so amazing my finger could have accidentally slipped on the checkout button and I may have bought more.

At last, my lip color of choice at the moment is MAC Plumful (£15), an easy to wear plummy pink that goes pretty much with everything and adds a bit of a sultry, autumnal vibe to every look. I find the formula slightly different from the usual Lustre one, less glossy and a whit thicker, but just as comfortable. It lasts quite well and fades nicely to a dark pink stain.
On to skincare, at the end of October I went to the Caudalie store opening and I was gifted the Instant Foaming Cleanser (£13.50)* and I've been using it non stop ever since. I'm completely obsessed with this range and the sage and grapevine scent, which is refreshing and extremely pleasant to use on the skin. The light foam melts away any impurity and makeup residue, leaving the skin squeaky clean and uber soft, without any tightness or drying feeling. Even if I'm only half way through the bottle, I already know that it's a definite re-purchase.

I have three new brushes I've been testing out in the last few weeks and my love for them can't simply go unnoticed. They're all part of the Wayne Goss brush range, available esclusively on Love-makeup.co.uk and Beautylish for the US. Brush 01 (£30) is a blend of goat and synthetic fibers, which smooth on foundation effortlessly. Those bristles are absolutely brilliant for dry and sensitive skin because are extremely delicate and pack on a flawless coverage without bothering the skin underneath. Brush 02 (£25) and 03 (£20) are made of uber soft, luxurious squirrel hair. I don't believe in powdering the whole face and 02 is absolutely perfect for pinpoint powdering around the nose and under the eyes. The lightly tapered shape fits perfectly under the cheekbones for seamless contouring and is excellent to dust highlighter over the high points of the face and blush right on the apple of the cheek. 03 is hands down the best blending brush I own; it fits right in the crease and blends even the darkest shades to a pixel-perfect gradient in just a few swipes.
I'm extremely tempted to collect them all. Has anyone gone bankrupt over makeup brushes before?
What have you been loving last month?
*Press Sample

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Fab Five: Favourite Drugstore Concealers

novembre 27, 2013

Revlon Colorstay Concealer // Collection  Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer // Revlon Photoready Concealer // Bourjois Healthy Mix Radiance & Anti-fatigue Concealer // Bourjois Happy Light Ultra-covering Concealer
I don't usually venture down supermarket aisles for my makeup, especially when it comes down to foundations and concealers; sensitive skin and cheap products don't usually go well together and I should probably add that the typical drugstore shade range doesn't embrace ghostly-pale complexions like mine too often. However I do own some wallet-pleasing gems that I collected along the way, and some of them are definitely well loved and even part of my daily routine.
Stick concealers are not my first choice for my particular skin type - they tend to be quite drying and look heavy on me -, however they are perfect for oilier complexions and a great resource for bad skin days. The Revlon Photoready Concealer (£6.49)'s high coverage formula is thick and creamy, almost hard to blend but perfect for spot concealing. I wouldn't use it on larger areas or around the eyes because it still looks a bit too obvious for my liking and those who love a radiant finish should definitely look away, but it does the job and lasts very well throughout the day. Also from Revlon, the Colorstay Concealer (£6.99) is a good option for dry complexions and radiant skin lovers. It's quite luminous, therefore it could not be the smartest choice if you're looking to cover raised spots, but on the other hand is brilliant for the under-eyes and for scars and hyperpigmentation. The coverage is high enough to conceal even the most stubborn dark circles and as the name suggests it stays put for many hours without budging or looking dry and cakey.

Everyone and their grandmothers have probably heard of the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19). I gave in to the hype a few months ago and let me tell you, it was love at very first swipe. For such a light consistency, the pigmentation is really amazing. It blends well, lasts all day and is uber easy to build for the ultimate flawless coverage. I find it a little too dry to use for my dark circles but it does wonders on any blemish and discolouration and it has quickly become a staple of mine.
A great all-arounder, that works well on both imperfections and darkness under the eyes, is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer (£7.99). This is like a high-end concealer disguised inside a cheap packaging, with an extra fruit therapy boost to improve radiance and micro circulation. I'm totally in love with the fruit salad scent and the light-as-air texture. It blends seamlessly, providing great coverage and a super natural appearance, in a 'my skin but better' kind of way. The neutral yellow-ish undertones work well at counteracting redness and brightening as well.

Finally, the most recent addition to my concealer stash is a bit of a bitter sweet find. As the packaging states, the Bourjois Happy Light Ultra-covering Concealer (£8.99) delivers an amazing coverage which is medium to full, depending on the application method. Consistency is quite dense, almost waxy, and I find it's best applied with fingertips, to warm the product up and blend it more easily. It lasts a very long time and doesn't move around or build up into fine lines. It makes the skin look really soft and supple, with an inner radiance that looks very nice particularly in the under-eye area. I do like this concealer a lot; the problem is it only comes in two shades, 22 Beige Rose and 21 Ivoire, which is the lightest of the two and the one I picked up, assuming it would match my 51 Healthy Mix Foundation. Unfortunately it's a bit darker than that - it settles between 51 and 52, I'd say - and requires a lot of blending to look good on my lighter base. Bourjois really needs to work on the shade range, which is definitely not as good as the products themselves at this stage.

Have you tried any of these concealers? Do you have a favourite in the high-street range?

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Quick Reviews: Foundation Remix #5

novembre 11, 2013

foundation reviews4
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup // MAC Matchmaster Foundation Spf15 // Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation // YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum Foundation
001 I've wanted to try the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation (£25.50) for the longest time but I only got it sampled quite recently. It's nice and light, easy to blend and with buildable coverage. It sets to a stunning skin-like finish that is flawless indeed and lasts very well on my skin. I also really appreciate the spf30 PA+++ that makes it perfect for everyday use, especially during the warmer months due to the lightweight texture. Not only pros though. Upon closer inspection I noticed that the shade range runs very yellow - which may or may not be an issue for some - and the lightest shade is not so light after all. Shame, because I really liked it.

002 I had a little bit of a love/hate relationship with MAC Matchmaster Foundation (£27) for a while, until I figured out how to make it work for my skin. This foundation is best suited for combination and oily skins, but with the right prepping and a smart application it works well for dry complexions as well. It provides medium coverage with a demi-matte finish but what makes this foundation stand out is the lasting power. For such a light formula - compared to other MAC foundations - it lasts for ages on me and doesn't look cakey or too obvious. I like to apply it with a blending sponge (like the RT Miracle Sponge) to achieve a natural flawless finish and push it into the skin rather than buff it in to avoid skin flaking. The colour range is quite good, especially compared to the rest of MAC's selection: it's available in 14 shades with very soft undertones and a lot of neutral shades. I wear 1.0 which settles around a MAC N8/N10.

003 Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (£34.50) is my latest crush within the foundation department. Lovely luminous finish, silky texture and lightweight formula are only the first features that come to my mind when I try to describe this foundation. The constantly-improving shade range is marvelous, with light shades for pale ladies like me and a lot of in-between shades to please everyone. It photographs beautifully and looks simply amazing on the skin. No cons for this one, except maybe for the price tag but it's not bad enough to affect my devotion. Oh my, I fell and I fell hard. Next product on my to-try list is its powder counterpart, the Luminous Silk Powder (£31). Bankrupt but with beautiful skin at least, right? Right.

004 The YSL Youth Liberator Foundation (£34) is a gorgeous moisturizing base that sets to a satin, velvety look but still manages to look oh so glowy. I adore the lit-from-within luminosity and the uber healthy finish it has. Expensive skin in a bottle, that's it. And yes, the bottle itself is quite expensive but treatment makeup is always worth the splurge in my opinion. Coverage wise I'd say it settles around medium, definitely higher than what I anticipated. Lasting power is not outstanding but that's to be expected from a moisturizing base and it's nothing a light dust of setting powder can't fix. Price aside, the only downside I could find is the colour range: it's only available in 7 shades, with random beige, pink and golden undertones. I recommend getting a sample first but if there's a shade for you, you can sit with me and wait for a discount code. I'm splurging, ladies.

Have you tried any of these products? Any foundation I should absolutely try?
Do you have any request for the next quick reviews post?

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Faby The Desert Rose

novembre 10, 2013

Faby The Desert Rose £11/€13* // Faby Season's Greetins Shirley!! £11/€13*
I'm slowly working my way through the pile of new arrivals that recently joined my already overflowing nail polish box, and one I've been loving a lot lately is Faby The Desert Rose (£11)*, a creamy pinkish nude with a foundation feel to it.
I got a lot of use of it in the past months for my toes and hands as well. I started wearing it at the end of the summer for put-together but not too fancy toes as the weather was getting a little crazy and I couldn't wear open shoes too often; however I still wanted to be prepared for any last drag of summer and the cheap-resistant formula worked pretty well at that stage. Since it's slightly darker than my skin tone, it gives that refined 'mannequin' effect without actually looking weird or too artificial. I also find nude shades like this one particularly beautiful on short nails because they make fingers and nails appear longer, therefore has quickly become my go-to shade for work.

The Desert Rose is super creamy but doesn't apply streaky. The formula is long lasting and incredibly pigmented and the firm but flexible brush makes application absolutely fool-proof.

Here I wanted to dress it up a little bit for an even and I paired with an accent finger sprinkled with Faby Season's Greetins Shirley!! (£11)* - a clear base jam-packed with gold specks-. It's like golden tinsel in a bottle, perfect for the Holiday season.

Have you tried the Faby range yet? I've got a few other pretty shades to show you, so keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming nail posts.
*Press Sample

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October Favourites

novembre 03, 2013

Faby The Desert Rose Nail Laquer * // Nails Inc. Porchester Square Nail Polish // Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow // Clinique Chubby Stick For Eyes in Lavish Lilac * // Origins palnscription Anti-aging Concealer // Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation #02 // Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge // MAC RiRi Hearts Bad Girl Gone Good Powder Blush
Surprisingly, no skincare product made it to the cut this time - what a shocker -, but only because I've been using the same ol' stuff for pretty much all of October. However I've found some amazing makeup and nail gems in the last few weeks. Once again the key word is 'glowy'.

After hunting down the right shade for weeks I finally purchased the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (£34.50). It's a beautiful base with a light-as-air texture that provides medium coverage and has a fantastic satin skin-like finish. The name is quite spot on actually, as it leaves the skin soft and smooth like silk and it's luminous and glowy like healthy complexion. It's the kind of foundation you can apply sparingly only where needed because it blends seamlessly, melting with the skin. I like to apply it with a dense buffing brush to get the best out of the coverage or with my new blending sponge for an air-brushed finish. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£4.99) is such a great, affordable find and probably my favourite purchase of the month. The shape is simply brilliant. It's so great for a quick base because you can use it to apply everything: the flat side is perfect to pack on foundation and build up the coverage, while the pointy end reaches every hard-to-reach spot and pushes concealer right onto the blemishes; finally the rounded side diffuses and blends in cream blush and highlighter, and even powder, if you're feeling particularly lazy. I've always wanted to try the Beauty Blender but honestly, I'm so happy with this sponge I don't feel the need to splurge anymore.

For the eyes, the Origins Plantscription Anti-aging concealer (£17) has officially taken the place of NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer inside my heart and my makeup bag as well. The formula is superb: it's moisturizing but doesn't budge, crease or settle into fine lines. It gives great coverage, looks fresh all day long and, thanks to a hint of brightening salmon, corrects and conceals any blueness in just one swipe. I'm seriously impressed with this concealer.
Next up, the Clinique Chubby Stick For Eyes in 09 Lavish Lilac (£17)* is my go-to product for lazy makeup days, because I can simply slap it on without any need for a primer and blur it at the edges with my ring finger. It's a rich metallic lavender that really makes my eyes pop and it's easy to build up for the most effortless smokey look.

I feel like I've been talking about the MAC RiRi Hearts Bad Girl Gone Good Powder Blush (£20) fair too much lately but I haven't put it down since I bought it. Its satin finish gives a lovely healthy glow to the cheeks and the coppery peach shade instantly warms up the complexion. Also, because it's a little bit darker than my usual peaches, it gives definition and structure to my face as well. Another newbie that has earned a place in my everyday routine is the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow (£49). I'm not sure I can convey how awesome these powders are.  The Highlight side is a buttery-soft champagne beige that gives the most flattering candlelight glow to the cheekbones, whereas Sculpt is a neutral based bronzer with a barely-there shimmer running through it. Both blend so well with the skin and define without looking synthetic and artificial. I can't recommend this duo enough.

On to nails, I've fallen in love with nude shades all over again. I've been wearing Faby The Desert Rose (£11)* on my toes for almost two months in a row and I've been reaching for it for my hands as well lately. It's a simple yet sophisticated rose nude polish with an amazing formula and great wear, that looks stunning on its own or with a light dust of gold glitters on top. Another shade that has been gracing my paws recently is Nails Inc. Porchester Square (£11), an all time favourite of mine. I'd describe it as a pale mink with grey and lilac undertones. Every time I wear it I can't stop staring at my nails and it's one of the few shades I can wear many times in a row without getting bored. I really love this one.

Is there anything you've tried or you'd like to try in here?
*Press Sample
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On My Wishlist This Week #17

ottobre 30, 2013

wishlist18
Clarins The Essential Palette // Benefit Countdown To Love Advent Calendar // NARS One Night Stand Blush Palette // Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect Spf30
001 Clarins' rip-off of the famous Naked is a serious stunner. The Essential Palette (£35) features 10 mineral eyeshadows in satin, pearl and matte finishes. The shades are so me they had me weak at the knees the moment I laid eyes on the palette. The powders look buttery soft and quite pigmented, and I can't wait to swatch them all.

002 Christmas countdown has never looked more beautiful. Behind every door of the Benefit Countdown to Love (£65) is one of 24 deluxe surprises for you to try. This gorgeous calendar includes a selection of some of the brand's bestsellers - like Hoola, Dandelion and Coralista box o' powders, The Porefessional, Benetint and Posietint, Badgal Lash mascara and That Gal primer - and 3 little extra surprises for a very Benefit Christmas. I had so much fun with my Ciatè Mini Many Month last year and I'm really looking forward to trying out some of these products every day.

003 Another swoon-inducing palette from NARS. How could I ever resist? Two years ago I missed the Danmari one but the NARS One Night Stand Palette (£45) will be mine. Including 3 of the most famous shades - Orgasm and Deep Throat blushes and Laguna bronzer -, this palette also features 3 exclusive limited edition shades: Mistinguette and Goulue blushes and Devotee highlighting blush. Oh so pretty!

004 I'm still working my way through the sample I got at the counter, but the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Protect (£28) is on top of my to-buy list for my next visit to the mall. The newest addiction to the brand's primer line-up smooths the skin and makes foundation last longer while the slightly radiant finish blurs imperfections and provides a soft, luminous look. If the Oil-free primer and the Radiance one had a baby it would look like this. The extra spf30 PA+++ protection to shield the skin from UV rays makes it the ultimate primer.

What have you been lusting on this week?

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The Haul: A Little Bit Of MAC

ottobre 28, 2013

MAC Mineralize Concealer NC15 // MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Stormy Pink, Camel Coat & Perky //  MAC Lipstick in Plumful // MAC RiRi Hearts Powder Blush in Bad Girl Gone Good
I'm basically physically incapable of resisting a trip to MAC. I mean, no. I can't pass it up. 
So whenever someone asks if I'm up for a quickie to the closest store, I try to play it cool while I mentally fist-pump and get ready to pull out my wallet. Because one does not simply walk into MAC without buying anything. That would be plain rude. The day this haul happened I walked in with a couple of purchases in mind and, as it always happens, I marched out with four other things in my shopping bag. Bless.

I'm on the market for a liquid concealer to include in my pro kit and a couple of fellow makeup artists have recommended the MAC Mineralize Concealer (£16.50). This concealer in nice and light on the skin, with buildable coverage and a radiant finish that looks luminous and natural without actually highlighting imperfections. The formula is quite moisturizing and slightly filling, which means it works well on dry skins and mature ones as well. Also it looks like the shade range may run slightly lighter than usual, which is good for very fair complexions as sometimes NC15 is still a bit too dark. I'm still testing it out but so far I really like it.

Weirdly enough I didn't ended up buying any powder eyeshadow this time but I made up for it by picking up 3 of the newest MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots (£15). These are permanent so there was no hurry, however once I swatched them I couldn't simply leave them alone. I was already a fan of the basic ones but I really like this improved version and the color range is oh so pretty. I picked up Camel Coat, which I'd describe as a trench coat kind of shade rather than camel; anyways, it's a nice creamy beige, perfect to give definition to fair complexions, to neutralize any pigmentation on the lid or just as a base, for subtle smokey looks. Stormy Pink is a creamy mauve with a bit of a mushroom undertone, if that even makes sense. It's a very sophisticated shade and I can see it work wonderfully on its own or paired with plums and purples. At last, I grabbed Perky on a whim. I don't usually wear corals on my eyelids but there's something about this shade I can't quite put my finger on. It's just really pretty, I guess, especially if you like an effortless, bonne mine look like I do now and then. I dare to say it could even work as a blush but don't quote me on that.

I spoke about the MAC RiRi Hearts Powder Blush in Bad Girl Gone Good (£20) in my latest wishlist post and as you can tell I caved in and bought it. I'm so glad I did of course, it's just as pretty as I expected and then some. The packaging is the tackiest thing but the blush itself is worth a little cringing: it's a lovely coppery peach that gives the most amazing lit-from-within glow to my pale skin. It's limited edition and is selling out fast, even if not as fast as the rest of the collection, so there's still chance for you to find it somewhere.

Lastly, I back-2-MACed - don't you just love getting free lipsticks? I most certainly do - 6 empties for a lipstick I've had in my wishlist for the longest time. MAC Plumful (£15) is a medium pink with plum undertones, which gives that I-just-ate-a-handful-of-berries kind of look. Although the finish is sheer, it gives plenty of colour to the lips; the wear time is decent given the moisturizing formula and it fades evenly throughout the day. Plumful is a safe way to approach the berry lips trend without going too overboard but it's also a very pretty shade for any occasion and I think it would suit many skin tones.

Have you tried any of these products?

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The Event: Caudalie Grand Opening

ottobre 24, 2013

The only thing more exciting than one of your favourite brands opening a flagship store in town, is an invitation for said opening in the mail. Two days ago I popped along to the opening event for the first Caudalie spa boutique here in Milan and I have to tell you, it's one of the prettiest stores I've ever seen. I have a soft spot for country style with expensive details - such as white marble counters and washbasins - and I really like the cozy yet elegant set up. I feel it really represents the brand's style.
Anyways, I got the chance to dip my mitts in every jar and stick my sniffer in everything, and also try out pretty much the whole line with the help of the lovely Caudalie ladies. During the guided tour many products made it to my to-buy list, which now reads like this:
The whole cleansing line up caught up my attention almost immediately, for the sleek, clear acid green and white packaging but especially for the signature grape and salve scent, one of my favourite fragrances of all time. The Instant Foaming Cleanser (£13.50) came home with me right away and these guys here will follow suit in no time. I usually stay clear of tonics as I find them drying and quite harsh on my sensitive skin; however the Caudalie toner combines an alcohol-free formula with moisturizing ingredients, which make it suitable for all skin types but especially recommended for sensitive skins. I don't plan to put my trusty Bioderma aside anytime soon, but I'm always willing to try other micellar waters, especially if they smell heavenly like this one.
Nail And Hand Cream Miel De Vigne (£6)
When it comes to hand creams I'm a little hoarder and it'd be only fair to admit there are dozens of scraps scattered around my house, but I think I'll manage to find room for this one. The grease-free formula sinks in quickly, leaving no trace behind, except for an amazing vine honey scent, and leaves hands and cuticles soft and moisturized for hours.

Beauty Elixir Limited Edition (£32)
Many thinks this product is a bit of a faff and just a blogger obsession, but it goes beyond than that. This is one of those products you think you can leave without until you catch a whiff in the air and you're in love all over again. During the last year I went through at least 5 bottles of this wonderful mist, which gives an instant energy boost to the skin, sets and refreshes makeup and generally improves and tightens dull skin. Being a sucker for limited edition packaging there's no way I could miss the special L'Wren Scott design.

Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst-Quenching Serum (£26.10) and S.O.S. Moring Eye Rescue (£16.20)
To be honest the Thist-Quencing Serum would be a third time repurchase but that's a technicality. This milky serum got me through winter last year with no signs of my usual dry-as-the-desert skin issues. It calms redness and deeply hydrates the skin, for plumper and softer complexion. The fact I didn't have to fight against my signature dry patches only, is worth a lifetime repurchase. In store I was introduced to his trusty companion for eyes. Morning Rescue is an uber light cream that soothes sensitive eye-area while decongesting and plumping, for a fresher, well-rested look. And given my lack of sleep lately that sound quite appealing to me.

Are you swooning with me, ladies? Did any of these products made it to your wishlist as well?
What's your favourite Caudalie product?

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The Event: A Makeover With Laura Mercier

ottobre 21, 2013

Being oh so picky when it comes down to my skin and makeup, cosmetics counter makeovers aren't something I indulge in too often. However a few days ago I put my face in the hands of the lovely Sara at the Laura Mercier counter and I've enjoyed the experience so much I thought I'd share.

Sara began by removing my makeup and cleansing the skin with the Oil-free One Step Foaming Cleanser (£29), a delicate yet effective foam that gets rid of any makeup residue in just one swipe. She then applied a thin layer of Multi-Vitamin Serum (£60) for an instant brightening effect, then a bit of Tone Perfecting Creme (£77) to moisturize and even out any redness. Finally she applied one of my favourite products, the Foundation Primer Radiance (£28), to prep the skin for foundation, blur imperfections and add a boost of luminosity to my dry skin.

Moving onto makeup, Sara asked me a little about my Laura Mercier favourites and decided to use the Oil Free Supreme Foundation (£33), a medium coverage long-lasting base I got sampled quite a while ago but never got around buying. This base is extremely light and comfortable to wear, and not-at-all drying despite the oil-free formula. She got the most out of the coverage applying it with a dry sponge and pressing it into my skin for a flawless finish. To hide a few stubborn scars and blemishes she picked up one of her cult products, the Undercover Pot (£29), the ultimate travel-friendly product. Inside the compact, a tiny mirror, a concealer duo and a decent amount of translucent loose powder to set the look. The Secret Camouflage side was used to make any imperfection disappear, while the Secret Concealer side got rid of my under-eye shadows. Only a small amount was needed as this stuff is incredibly pigmented. Finally she set everything with a light dust of Universal Loose Powder (£29) and Secret Brightening Powder (£18.50), two of my all time favourite products. The Universal Loose Powder is a makeup artist favourite to set the base as it works well across all skin tones and types, while Secret Brightening stops the concealer from setting into fine lines and moving around, and brightens the under eye area as well. She also used a light swipe of a matte bronzer to bring back dimension to the face and a ginger blush to define the cheekbones without going too overboard.

Next up, Sara moved onto my brows, filling them with an angled brush dipped into the Brow Definer (£16.50) in Fair, perfect to fill in any gaps in an uber natural way. For the eyes she created a classical v-shaped smokey eye but with an interesting twist. I usually stay clear of blacks and dark greys in the crease as I feel they can make my eyes look smaller and deeper set, however Sara managed to define them and make them appear even bigger thanks to a clever product placement. Caviar Stick Eye Colour (£20.50) in Grey Pearl was used as a base, to create a smooth surface for the eyeshadow to stick to conceal any pigmentation on the lid. After blending a matte dark grey-ish brown in a 3 shape to define, Sara drew the skinniest line with one of the new Creme Eye Liners (£18.50). Noir is one of the blackest blacks I've seen in a while and the smooth, creamy texture allows for an extremely easy and fool proof application.
A quick coat of mascara on top and bottom lashes and we were finally ready for the lips. I was really excited to try one of the new Rouge Nouveau Weightless Lips (£20) which struck me immediately for the soft texture and incredible pigmentation. Sara chose Mod 103, a gorgeous warm red with opaque finish. Now that is the most comfortable matte formula I've ever tried and I'll be definitely going back for more once I've sorted out my lipstick collection to see which shades I'm missing.
At last, a tiny blob of Secret Finish (£23.50) made the base last all day without need for touch-ups.

The final look was something different from what I'm used to but flattering and easy to wear nonetheless.
A couple of purchases may have happened and a few brilliant products may have sneaked into my wishlist as well, including two of the amazing brushes of the range. Yes, you heard me. There's no such a thing as too many brushes.
What's your experience with counter makeovers?
Have you tried anything from the Laura Mercier range?

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The Makeup Bag Autumn Update

ottobre 12, 2013

NARS Blush Sin // Bourjois Cream Blush 04 Sweet Cherry // Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging  Concealer 01 Light // Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes 09 Lavish Lilac* // MAC Patina & Trax Eyeshadow Refills // MAC Matchmaster Foundation Spf15 1.0 // MAC Lipstick Syrup
This week I felt a strong need to switch my routine and adjust it to the season. I dived deep into my drawers and pulled out a few key products that will make me feel autumn-ready in no time.

As the weather gets colder I like to switch foundations and upgrade to higher coverage compared to the tinted moisturizers and light textures I reach for during the summer months. I still enjoy dewy and glowy finishes but lately I've been going down a different road entirely, simply because I'm having a hard time finding a foundation that matches my skin tone at the moment. MAC Matchmaster foundation (£27) in 1.0 is pretty much the perfect match for me but still requires a lot of skin prep to look good on my dry skin due to the oil free formula and the virtually matte finish. The medium coverage is perfect for this time of the year tho, when a bit of redness start creeping through my skin, and the formula is really long lasting, so I don't mind the layers of Laura Mercier Radiance Primer and MAC Fix+ I have to apply to make it suitable for me too much. I'm already looking for something more appropriate for my skin type of course but for now I'm making do.
You know how easily obsessed I am with beauty products and as of late it's been all about concealers. My most recent addiction is the Origins Plantscription Anti-aging Concealer (£17), which has quickly become one of my everyday staples. The uber moisturizing formula is crease proof and long lasting so there's no need to set it with powder and the instant wide-awake effect is simply brilliant. I love me some treatment makeup and this concealer is like a 10 hour beauty nap in a tube.

Onto the eye stuff, only a few days ago I got my hands on the Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes (£17)* in 09 Lavish Lilac and I've been using it loads ever since. I don't stray from my signature gold and bronze hues too easily but there's something about this mellow metallic plum that really stole my heart. It's so easy to apply and blend at the edges for a quick smokey look and lasts all day without budging. Now I see why everyone can't stop talking about these cream shadows. For a powder option I put together this duo with one of my favourite MAC Eyeshadows (£10), Patina, and one of the most neglected shades in my collection, Trax - a green-ish taupe shot through with pale gold sheen and pink-ish plum with shimmer respectively -. I love how these two shades blend into one another in a sultry yet sophisticated mix. I wear Patina all over the lid and then blend Trax in the crease and outer v, with a mix of both shades on the lower lash line for the perfect grungy smokey look.

The berry theme continues with NARS Sin Blush (£21.50), a frosted plum with gold shimmer running through it. I absolutely adore this shade and I always get back to it, cause it complements my complexion so well. It works nicely across many skin tones and gives a beautiful lit-from-within, healthy glow. It seems people tend to ignore it in favor of other more famous shades, probably because it looks a bit dark in the pan, but it's a real stunner and a great cheek color for fall and winter. Very similar to another popular NARS shade - Dolce Vita - is the Bourjois Cream Blush in 04 Sweet Cherry (£7.99), perfect for a gorgeous I-took-a-walk-in-the-snow kind of flush. I promise I'll stop talking about these blushes at some point but right now I can't put them down. Sweet Cherry is a red pink with an opaque finish, so easy to pat on the cheeks and go.

Lastly, even if my go-to shades for the cooler months are dark reds and deep berries, sometimes I still feel the need for something more subtle, especially if I'm wearing a smokey eye. MAC Lipstick in Syrup (£15) is a darker version of my lip shade, a medium pink with just a hint of plum. I picked it on a whim, after the worst of days, but it turns out my frustration has good taste for lip products after all. Like other Lustre lipsticks, it's glossy and moisturizing - such a relief for my dry lips - but lasts quite a long time on me and the color pay-off is nice and buildable.

Hope you liked taking a peek inside my makeup bag. Have you tried anything I mentioned?
Feel like there's something missing?
*PR sample
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On My Wishlist This Week #16

ottobre 06, 2013

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YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation // Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge // Bourjois Java Rice Powder // Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream // MAC Bad Girl Gone Bad Blush
001 You know how much I love trying out new foundations and with a soft spot for treatment makeup, the new YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation got my attention right away. I can't wait to give it a try; I only hope it won't be as heavily scented as other YSL products are.

002 I've been all over blender sponges lately and given my endless love for Real Techniques I couldn't let this one go unnoticed. Sam's such an enabler. I've been watching her tutorials on the RT channel in the past few days and I may or may not have clicked on the checkout button already.

003 Strictly speaking, I wouldn't say I need a new powder; however Bourjois is another of those brands I can't really resist to. Besides I don't think need has anything to do with cute illuminating powders in pretty vintage packaging, am I right? Let's hope it appears on Asos very soon, 'cause I've been stalking the website with alarming frequency lately and I feel like such a weirdo.

004 I've been watching Charlotte Tilbury and her work since way before she started a YT channel - after appearing in one of Lisa Eldridge's videos -, and her Magic cream felt like something almost mythologycal to me. Imagine my happiness when I found out it was going to be available for purchase. However 70£ are a little too much for a blind purchase but hopefully I'll be able to try out a sample very soon. Cross your fingers for me!

005 At first I dismissed the whole RiRi Love collection, because the packaging looks oh so cheap and a bit rubbish to me, and I couldn't see why I should spend extra money for a bunch a repackaged permanent products and only a few limited editions - also I'm quite sure the collection will go out of stock in a matter of seconds and I'm not a fan of race shopping -. However after reading Jessica's review of the Bad Girl Gone Good blush I had to rethink the whole thing. This shade looks so pretty on fair skin and I might actually try to get my hands on it.

What's on your wishlist this week?

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The Event: LUSH Christmas 2013 Preview

ottobre 04, 2013


Some of us can't decide what to have for lunch, like yours truly here, and some, like LUSH's little helpers, are already all geared up and ready for Christmas. A week ago I popped along to LUSH headquarters for a sneak peek at the upcoming Holiday collection and I got the chance to play with some of the amazing products that will go on sale in the next few hours.

LUSH's one is a-go-big-or-go-home kind of Christmas, with almost 40 wonderful gifts and tons of brand new product as well as some welcome returns. First of all one of my personal favourites, the uber popular Let the good times roll cleanser. If you haven't tried it last year, you missed all the fun, let me tell you. It's a fantastic cleanser, perfect for dry skin but everyone can use it really; and it smells like sweet popcorns and vanilla cake. If this doesn't make you want to pop into a store right away, I don't know what else will.
Another favourite of mine, the sweet and creamy almond-scented Snowcake soap, is making a comeback along with Golden wonder bath ballistic, a must have for glitter lovers and citrus scent fiends. Tangerine lovers will be happy to see Father Christmas bath ballistic back in store and the ones that love glitters and sweet scents will go crazy for Snow Fairy shower gel and its friends: the distinctive bubblegum scent will be also available as bubble bar - Candy Mountain and Magic Wand - and as glitter packed massage bar - Snow Fairy Sparkle -.
Among the new products my favourites are for sure the adorable Christmas Penguin bubble bar, which will fill your bath of a ton of soft light blue bubbles, and Secret Santa bath bomb that mimics the wonderful LUSH shop's scent.

Are you as excited for Christmas as I am now? See anything that tickles your fancy?

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Semptember Favourites

ottobre 01, 2013

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer spf 30/PA+++ // Caudalie Figue De Vigne Eau Fraiche* // Bourjois Cream Blush #02 Healthy Glow // KIKO Blender Sponge // Bourjois Color Boost Glossy Finish Lipstick in Red Sunrise & Orange Punch // MAC Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder in Nude On Board
September has been a very good month beauty wise. The weather has been lovely and I got to try some amazing products, a few of which made it to my shortlist along with an old guy that has been neglected for way too long.

Starting up with makeup I decided it was time to dust off my NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer spf30/PA+++ (£28) - well that was a mouthful - and see if I could make it work this time. When I firstly tried it, about a year ago or so, I wasn't overly impressed. What kept me on the fence about this product, besides the slight oxidation, is the finish, more on the verge of sweaty glow rather than healthy glow, which might enhance pores and imperfections. However lately I've been applying it with the KIKO Blender Sponge which somehow manages to tone down the glow, provides a radiant, flawless finish and makes building the coverage so much easier. The oxidation is still an issue unfortunately but I can make it work anyways now that I have a little color left from summer and I've been enjoying the extra-light texture a lot lately.

After raving so much about them in my previous review (here) I couldn't leave the Bourjois Cream Blushes (£7.99) out of my favourites. 02 Healthy Glow is the one I wore the most, simply because it's your typical goes-with-everything shade. Bourjois blushes are so easy to brush on and go and the formula is such a pleasure to work with. I'm in love, you guys!
Also from Bourjois I've been loving the Color Boost Glossy Lipstick Crayon (£7.99) in 01 Red Sunrise and 03 Orange Punch, a beautiful cherry red that makes my teeth look uber white and a pretty pink-ish orange respectively. I'm not sold on this whole pencil lipstick thing yet, however these Color Boosts got me after just one use: they're incredibly moisturizing and super comfortable to wear, easy to apply and touch-up on the go and the color wears off nicely throughout the day. I can't swear on the 10 hours wear but they hold their ground during regular meals and last quite a long time. They're great and definitely worth the hype and I'd love to see some dark shades for fall too.

Finally, I felt a little guilty adding a limited edition product to my favourites but the Temperature Rising collection didn't come out too long ago and there's still a chance for you to get your hands on it. MAC Nude On Board Pro Longwear Bronzing Powder (£22) is the perfect bronzer for fair ladies: it's a yellow based bronzer with no orange in sight, semi-sheer but easy to build and with just enough shimmer to give a natural bronze glow. I've used it loads in the past months and god knows I'm not a bronzer girl. Knowing how hard it is to find a nice bronzer that doesn't make porcelain complexions look dirty, I really hope to see this in the permanent range someday.

The fig-obsession saga continues with the newest addiction to my fragrance line up, the Caudalie Figue de Vigne Eau Fraiche* (£23.40). Caudalie approaches the scent in a more grown-up way - compared for instance to Diptyque's Philosykos that I featured in my latest monthly favourites -, with a muskier base and warm citrusy notes in the background that smell like summer in the Mediterranean sea and fig leaves. It's perfect for the warm season but it will also be a nice transition scent toward fall. Really lovely.

It's been a nice month, still a bit summer-ish, but I'm so glad we're finally moving into fall. I'm really excited for berry shades and sultry eyeshadow looks and I can't wait to take out boots, jumper and trench coats.
What have you been loving during the past month?

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Beauty S.O.S. - The Pick Me Up Facial

settembre 26, 2013

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask // Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-on For Puffy Eyes //Clarins Beauty Flash Balm // Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm // Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask
Yesterday I woke up feeling miserable, with a congested cold, and with of course an event to attend to in the evening. With so little time to fix things, triage is the way and after some rummaging in my skincare drawer and a quick sortie inside my kit, I put together this little rescue team.

When I'm sick my skin is the first to give in and can get really blotchy and dehydrated. Thankfully the night before I've been smart enough to slap on some Origins Dink Up Intensive Overnight Mask (£22) before bed and I was able to limit the damage. Drink Up is a great option to quick-fix dry, lackluster skin. As the name suggests it's a sleep-in mask; you apply it before bed, instead of your standard night skincare routine and forget about it till morning. Not only it does smell utterly delicious - which I understand, is not necessary but it's always a nice extra - but leaves the skin so plump and deeply moisturized and definitely much more manageable. I use it every time my skin feels a bit tight and rough or after particularly stressful days, just to be sure not to wake up in the morning looking awful.
Despite the intense hydration, my skin was still looking a bit grey and that's when the Bliss Triple Oxigen Instant Energizing Mask 10ml (£5.10) stepped in. It's a lovely instant fix mask that starts foaming on damp skin, and in less than 5 minutes brings out the glow, as well as cleaning up the pores to prevent breakouts. I love using this one in the morning; the light tingling sensation is really refreshing and truly energizing. After bringing some colour back to my cheeks, I then took care of my puffy eyes with a bit of Origins No Puffery Cooling Roll-on (£24). This product hasn't left my side since I bought it. As a contact wearer I get really itchy eyes and by the end of the day they can feel a bit sore. The metal rolling ball feels amazing on the under eye area and distributes a thin layer of product I then work into the skin with a few light pinches. The cooling effect is so soothing and the product works really well at both reducing puffiness and brightening dark circles. I've been using it like crazy lately.
I've also been reaching a lot for the NUXE Reve De Miel Lip Balm (£9.50) to moisturize my chapped lips and my nostrils as well. Since I've been blowing my nose every 10 seconds, I wanted to avoid redness and dry patches and so far I managed to keep both at bay.
Lastly, before putting my makeup on, I pulled out the heavy artillery. The Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (£29) is one of the most reliable products I own and I can't recommend it enough. It can be used as a facial mask but I like it best as a primer. I gently smooth a thin layer all over my face and dab what's left on my hands on my eyelids and under the eyes. It instantly adds a lot of luminosity and tightens the skin and of course helps foundation to stay put for longer. It's the classic million-dollar-skin product and lifts the skin like nothing else. Unfortunately it can only be used sparingly otherwise the skin could get used to it and the wow effect could disappear.

Makeup of course played a major role in my routine but as usual a great base makes all the difference in the world. What are the products you reach for when you want to look your best even on your worst days?

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The Event: Faby Eclectic Press Day

settembre 18, 2013


Something exciting coming your way in guise of a bunch of cute nail polish bottles!
A few days ago I attended the international Faby Line press day. I was expecting the usual 'here's-your-drink-have-a-tour-bye' event, instead I found myself sorrounded by enthusiastic people ready to answer all my questions and show me around.
I basically swooned all over the gorgeous shade selection and over the new Eclectic collection in particular. The collection features 12 brand new shades with a mix of creamy textures and iridescent finishes and a gorgeous topcoat jam-packed with golden specks, which might actually be my favourite of the bunch along with Cleo's talisman, a stunning olive green and brownish plum duo-chrome. But what about Marisol està caliente, a great metallic pumpkin orange, or A rhyme for Roxanne, a sultry burgundy polish that literally screams Fall? I couldn't pick one shade to save my life and unfortunately I missed my chance to get my nail polish applied by the Faby nail techs. However I got an awesome press bag with three pretty shades I couldn't wait to dip my paws into. I'll report on them very soon but let me give you a little spoiler: the pigmentation is absolutely jaw-dropping! Also I might have found my perfect mannequin polish. Watch this space, you guys!

Overall one of the best press events I've attended in a while. It's always nice to see so many passionate people that can't wait to show you their work and I'm looking forward to seeing what Faby Line has in store for the upcoming seasons. See anything that tickles your fancy?

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The Budget Buy: Bourjois Cream Blushes

settembre 12, 2013

 
Bourjois Cream Blush #01 Nude Velvet // #02 Healthy Glow // #03 Rose Tender // #04 Sweet Cherry
Isn't it beautiful when something purchased on a whim turns out to be amazing?
Despite having heard a lot of nice things about the latest Bourjois release, I was still on the fence about these beauties - I wasn't sure I could fit another cream blush in my stash to be completely honest - but when Asos put them on offer I knew it was time to take a leap of faith and I'm so glad I did. It turned out not only I did need one of these blushes in my life but actually I needed them all. Oh so naughty.

The Bourjois Little Round Pot Cream Blushes (£7.99) are a dream to work with: they blend so well, go on really nicely and are easily buildable for statement looks. The cream-to-powder finish reminds me of the NARS formula, only the texture here is creamier and less thick and for that so much easier to apply. The beautiful skin-like finish is extremely natural and flattering and the lasting power is really good, but most products tend to last a long time on me anyways, so I might not be the best judge in this case. They're best applied with a buffing brush or a blender sponge, but fingers will do all the same.
They're available in 4 pretty shades but I hope the range will include some brights in the future as well. Keep in mind I am as pale as living things can go and while these blushes look lovely on my porcelain skin they might get lost on deeper complexions.
Healthy Glow 02 is probably the most popular shade and the first one I picked. Is a pale coral that would suit most skin tones and as the name suggests gives a natural, healthy glow to the skin. Bonne mine look enthusiasts like me will love Nude Velvet 01 as much as I do: it's the most perfect nude blush with just the right amount of pink but verging slightly on the peach side. It's simple but so pretty nonetheless.
I usually stay clear of pale pinks as, save for a few exceptions, they tend to look a bit artificial on me and bring out the redness in my skin, however Rose Tender 03 is a great pick-me up pink, fresh and so cheering. It's a touch shimmery in the pan but the silver sparkles are pretty much undetectable on the cheeks.
Last but not least Sweet Cherry 04 is a medium reddish pink with a hint of plum, which provides a lovely Snow white flush. It might actually be my favourite of the bunch and I can tell is going to be a staple of mine for the cooler months to come.

Bourjois is quickly becoming one of the most exciting brands on the market, don't you think? Have you tried these blushes? What's your favourite shade?

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On my wishlist this week #15

agosto 19, 2013

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Le Blush Crème De Chanel Cream Blush // Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera and Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo // SEPHORA The Weekender // Estee Lauder Cheek Rush Gel Blush // Yankee Candle Salted Caramel Candle

001 I'm all over cream blushes at the moment and of course the latest Chanel release had me weak at the knees in a handful of seconds. Le Blush Crème De Chanel (27£) come in 6 gorgeous shades and I'm having a seriusly hard time picking up the prettiest one. Of course I don't need another blush, but since when has Chanel got anything to do with need anyways?

002 And of course when I've finally made up my mind about the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Riviera (23£) and slipped it in my cart for a future purchase, here comes another amazing release: a range of six nudes available in different intensities and undertones for perfect fit for everyone.
I love me some bright lips of course, but the fact I've never been able to find the right shade of nude to make me look sophisticated as opposite of dead, has been bugging me for years. So, excuse me, but I'll file the need to try at least one of the Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo (30$) under 'for science purposes'.

003 I've been lusting over the Laura Mercier Custom Artist Portfolio Home and Away (65£) for months now but I'm still a little unsure about it - shiny snake skin isn't really my thing and it looks a bit tacky to be honest -. I've been looking for a nice dupe and The Weekender by Sephora (38$) is the best alternative so far. It looks quite amazing actually and the quilted black case is a lot more professional. I'm afraid it might be a US exclusive but I'm absolutely determined to put my paws on it.

004 Wait, another blush? What a shocker! I understand I'm a little late on the Estee Lauder Pure Color Cheek Rush Gel Blushes (24£) bandwagon but the description reminds me a lot of the Clarins Eclat Minute ones - that where limited edition for Summer 2012 -, which by the way I'm still loving to pieces and rationing like a crazy person. Half jelly blush half stain sounds great for this time of the year when I'm all about natural flush and thin, long lasting textures.

005 My sweet tooth is showing I'm afraid. I've almost burned my way through my candle stash and it's nearly time to stock up again. Yankee's fall/winter scents are always so good and I can't wait to put my hands on this one in particular: can you imagine the gooey sweetness of burnt caramel with a whiff of sea salt to give it an edge? Better stop right here before the keyboard gets all sticky with drool.

What's on your wishlist this week?

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