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Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection

Two great things to kick off a bank holiday Monday: a new and limited edition Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, and a wonderful QVC exclusive skincare offer. If you are looking to top up your Liz Earle stash, or finally try some of the brands cult products, then you need to make the most of the Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection (£46 at pre-launch and then £76 going forward - the combined value is £113).

Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection
Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection

The Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection offers four, full sized, Liz Earle skin treats, alongside an eye mask and of course a cleansing cloth too. Think of this as all you need to establish a great yet simple skincare routine, from cleansing, moisturising and even a toner to boot.

Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection
Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection

Let's begin with the new Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser release, a new lease of life is bestowed upon the cult classic via the medium of fragrance. This time around we are treated to a delicate symphony of neroli pure essential oil and the white blossom of the bitter orange tree. I am told the idea behind the new scent was to evoke a spa-like serenity with every use. I have to wholeheartedly agree; there is a certain luxurious yet professional quality to this fragrance edition - it is calming, clean and uplifting all at the same time.

Casting aside the new scent, Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is a skincare staple for a good reason - the gentle cream based cleanser, efficiently removes all traces of dirt, grime, make-up and more without stripping even the most delicate of skin types. The thicker than average, cocoa butter based texture, provides plenty of slip to deeply massage the skin - couple that with the natural exfoliation properties of a muslin cloth and you have an at-home facial at your fingertips with each and every cleanse.

Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection
Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection
Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection

The other items within the Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection include: 

- Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic; a soothing toning lotion that refreshes and brightens the skin using ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Cucumber and Vitamin E. A great everyday product that can be used morning and night; in the summer months I recommend popping this liquid in your fridge for an extra refreshing skin pick-me-up.

- Liz Earle Instant Brightening Eye Cream; again a thicker than average texture that instantly hydrates and brightens the eye area calling upon ingredients such as: Horse Chestnut Flower, Borage Oil and Echinacea. Much like all the products within this line up, you can use this both morning and evening - as a side note, if you have particularly dry skin, this works wonderfully under make-up too.

- Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser; another great multi-tasker and yet again perhaps a slightly more richer formula than some will be used to is The Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser. This cream is unscented to cater to all skin types and contains a slew of luxurious ingredients including: Omega-3, Cranberry and Rosehip oils. If you are a fan of cream-come-moisturiser style primers this slots wonderfully into such category, all the whilst being a wonderful standalone facial moisturiser for all occasions and routines.

You can find the Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection via QVC for £45.96 at pre-launch price, afterwards it will be £76 - link.

Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection

Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection

Two great things to kick off a bank holiday Monday: a new and limited edition Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, and a wonderful QVC exclusive skincare offer. If you are looking to top up your Liz Earle stash, or finally try some of the brands cult products, then you need to make the most of the Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection (£46 at pre-launch and then £76 going forward - the combined value is £113).

Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection
Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection

The Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection offers four, full sized, Liz Earle skin treats, alongside an eye mask and of course a cleansing cloth too. Think of this as all you need to establish a great yet simple skincare routine, from cleansing, moisturising and even a toner to boot.

Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection
Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection

Let's begin with the new Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser release, a new lease of life is bestowed upon the cult classic via the medium of fragrance. This time around we are treated to a delicate symphony of neroli pure essential oil and the white blossom of the bitter orange tree. I am told the idea behind the new scent was to evoke a spa-like serenity with every use. I have to wholeheartedly agree; there is a certain luxurious yet professional quality to this fragrance edition - it is calming, clean and uplifting all at the same time.

Casting aside the new scent, Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish is a skincare staple for a good reason - the gentle cream based cleanser, efficiently removes all traces of dirt, grime, make-up and more without stripping even the most delicate of skin types. The thicker than average, cocoa butter based texture, provides plenty of slip to deeply massage the skin - couple that with the natural exfoliation properties of a muslin cloth and you have an at-home facial at your fingertips with each and every cleanse.

Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection
Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection
Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection

The other items within the Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection include: 

- Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic; a soothing toning lotion that refreshes and brightens the skin using ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Cucumber and Vitamin E. A great everyday product that can be used morning and night; in the summer months I recommend popping this liquid in your fridge for an extra refreshing skin pick-me-up.

- Liz Earle Instant Brightening Eye Cream; again a thicker than average texture that instantly hydrates and brightens the eye area calling upon ingredients such as: Horse Chestnut Flower, Borage Oil and Echinacea. Much like all the products within this line up, you can use this both morning and evening - as a side note, if you have particularly dry skin, this works wonderfully under make-up too.

- Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser; another great multi-tasker and yet again perhaps a slightly more richer formula than some will be used to is The Liz Earle Superskin Moisturiser. This cream is unscented to cater to all skin types and contains a slew of luxurious ingredients including: Omega-3, Cranberry and Rosehip oils. If you are a fan of cream-come-moisturiser style primers this slots wonderfully into such category, all the whilst being a wonderful standalone facial moisturiser for all occasions and routines.

You can find the Liz Earle Brighten & Boost Superskin Facial Collection via QVC for £45.96 at pre-launch price, afterwards it will be £76 - link.
Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation

- Sponsored Content - Over the years I have found myself gravitating towards lighter formulations particularly in regards to base products, I've grew intolerable to heavy textures and loathe my skin feeling masked in product and yet as I am plagued by problematic skin, I don't always feel entirely comfortable stepping out into the world bare-faced or with just a slick of tinted moisturiser on my side.  If like myself you don't want to compromise on quality nor coverage when it comes to foundation, the beauty brand you should be turning towards is Annabelle Minerals; beautifully formulated, wonderfully priced and an incredible shade range with warm, cool and neutral shades alike.

Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation Review

Gone are the days when all a foundation had to offer was a hint of tint, thankfully now we have access to products such as Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation that not only effortlessly covers skin imperfections such as redness, discolouration and light scarring; as well as providing SPF30. However with continued use it can reduce sebum secretion by up to 30% as well as reducing the visibility of pores by up to 34% too - a dream for anyone with very oily skin such as myself. I personally believe that anything we apply to our skin daily - and wear for hours - should provide benefits beyond simply masking it in coloured pigment. Make-up should now boast skincare like qualities as standard and that is exactly what Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation delivers and more.

Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation Review
Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation Review

Speaking of shades, Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation comes in no less than 22 shades with tones carefully created and selected to suit fair, light, medium and deep skintones with options for olive, warm, cool and neutral undertones too. There is a shade for most and you can of course mix several tones together should you wish to create your own custom match.

Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation Review

Initially switching to a product such as Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation can be daunting, no doubt you have several questions such as how do you apply such a product and what should you expect from a powder foundation? Well let me put your mind at ease...

Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation Review

Applying Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation couldn't be easier, simply prime your face as you would normally and then using your face brush of choice (there's lots to chose from here), buff into the skin using large, round, sweeping motions. I personally find it is best to start with a little product and then gradually build in layers, that way you can hyper focus on the areas of your complexion that require it most. The beauty of a product such as Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation is that you can skip setting powder meaning you save time, money and effort - not to mention it wears far better than any standalone liquid product I have tested.

Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation Review
Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation Review


For me the real test of any base product is how well it covers and stays put on my oily and blemish prone skin. The answer in regards to Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation is really well. As previously mentioned I do apply this is layers meaning I have complete control of coverage levels, allowing me to easily blur my imperfections such as blemishes and acne scarring. As this is a powder product, it is very easy to create a diffused appearance and as such you can have the best of both worlds: high coverage levels with a very natural finish.

Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation Review

Now for why you really came here, how did this little pot help to change my skin over the last few months? Simply it lived up to all that it claimed to do and more, my skin has gradually became less oily and as there is less sebum on my face, in turn there has been less breakouts - and all without drying out my complexion. I can't quite vouch for the reduction in pore appearance, other than when the product is on my skin that is, but as my pores have always been really large, this doesn't come as surprise. I also find Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation far easier to remove which in turn means I don't have to further aggravate my problematic skin come the removal stage with harsh cleansers.

You can find the entire range of Annabelle Minerals cosmetics here, the Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation costs £11.90/10g - link.
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Mineral Foundation that Improved My Acne Prone Skin

Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation

- Sponsored Content - Over the years I have found myself gravitating towards lighter formulations particularly in regards to base products, I've grew intolerable to heavy textures and loathe my skin feeling masked in product and yet as I am plagued by problematic skin, I don't always feel entirely comfortable stepping out into the world bare-faced or with just a slick of tinted moisturiser on my side.  If like myself you don't want to compromise on quality nor coverage when it comes to foundation, the beauty brand you should be turning towards is Annabelle Minerals; beautifully formulated, wonderfully priced and an incredible shade range with warm, cool and neutral shades alike.

Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation Review

Gone are the days when all a foundation had to offer was a hint of tint, thankfully now we have access to products such as Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation that not only effortlessly covers skin imperfections such as redness, discolouration and light scarring; as well as providing SPF30. However with continued use it can reduce sebum secretion by up to 30% as well as reducing the visibility of pores by up to 34% too - a dream for anyone with very oily skin such as myself. I personally believe that anything we apply to our skin daily - and wear for hours - should provide benefits beyond simply masking it in coloured pigment. Make-up should now boast skincare like qualities as standard and that is exactly what Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation delivers and more.

Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation Review
Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation Review

Speaking of shades, Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation comes in no less than 22 shades with tones carefully created and selected to suit fair, light, medium and deep skintones with options for olive, warm, cool and neutral undertones too. There is a shade for most and you can of course mix several tones together should you wish to create your own custom match.

Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation Review

Initially switching to a product such as Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation can be daunting, no doubt you have several questions such as how do you apply such a product and what should you expect from a powder foundation? Well let me put your mind at ease...

Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation Review

Applying Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation couldn't be easier, simply prime your face as you would normally and then using your face brush of choice (there's lots to chose from here), buff into the skin using large, round, sweeping motions. I personally find it is best to start with a little product and then gradually build in layers, that way you can hyper focus on the areas of your complexion that require it most. The beauty of a product such as Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation is that you can skip setting powder meaning you save time, money and effort - not to mention it wears far better than any standalone liquid product I have tested.

Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation Review
Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation Review


For me the real test of any base product is how well it covers and stays put on my oily and blemish prone skin. The answer in regards to Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation is really well. As previously mentioned I do apply this is layers meaning I have complete control of coverage levels, allowing me to easily blur my imperfections such as blemishes and acne scarring. As this is a powder product, it is very easy to create a diffused appearance and as such you can have the best of both worlds: high coverage levels with a very natural finish.

Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation Review

Now for why you really came here, how did this little pot help to change my skin over the last few months? Simply it lived up to all that it claimed to do and more, my skin has gradually became less oily and as there is less sebum on my face, in turn there has been less breakouts - and all without drying out my complexion. I can't quite vouch for the reduction in pore appearance, other than when the product is on my skin that is, but as my pores have always been really large, this doesn't come as surprise. I also find Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation far easier to remove which in turn means I don't have to further aggravate my problematic skin come the removal stage with harsh cleansers.

You can find the entire range of Annabelle Minerals cosmetics here, the Annabelle Minerals Coverage Mineral Foundation costs £11.90/10g - link.
Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review

Let me ask you this: is a bathroom really a room of sheer joy, if it doesn't contain at least one Soap & Glory product? Making it even easier to fully enjoy the signature scents that we have come to know and love from the brand is the new and rather ingenious, Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars.

Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review
Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review

Now for the record, Soap & Glory are not marketing the Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars as zero waste, nor sustainable for that matter but if you are trying to cut back on plastic bottles, then this could be an option as they are a solid product and as such, require very minimal packaging. The solid bar format also frees up extra space within the shower, and as they offer the benefit of more than one product, it of course goes without saying that they are ideal for travel due to zero leaks and again their dual purposes.

At the moment, there are three Soap & Glory Soap of Dreams Multi-Tasking Bars to chose from:

Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review
Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review
Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review

Soap & Glory Multi-Tasking Bar Soap, Call of the Fruity (£5): A punchy, citrus scented bath and body bar that is enriched with Argan Oil, Vitamin E to moisturise as you cleanse the skin. To gently exfoliate the body, the bar also contains walnut shell powder to buff away dead skin without being harsh or irritating.

Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review
Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review

Soap & Glory Multi-Tasking Bar Soap, Original Pink (£5): This super moisturising bar is scented with the luxurious and floral Original Pink fragrance, which I know most will be familiar with (think rose and all things pink if not). Although this bar may not exfoliate the skin, it deeply nourishes and moisturises even the driest of bodies with a powerful blend of Argan and Rosehip Oils. If like myself you are a tad lackadaisical in regards to applying body lotion, then this is the product you've been waiting for.

Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review
Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review

Soap & Glory Multi-Tasking Bar Soap, Mist You Madly (£5): this is another bar that has been created to both cleanse and moisturise in one swift move; the main difference from this and the Original Pink Bar is the fragrance (this is more of a powdery floral) and the main source of skin nourishment (shea butter this time around). In my opinion this is the choice for those that prefer delicate fragrances and an altogether more creamy, indulgent body wash.

Personally I think this is a great addition to to the already expansive Soap & Glory core product line up and I'm hopeful that this could be the start of more "packaging-free" items, perhaps solid hair care could be next!

As a heads up all three are currently on offer for £3.33 (normally £5) each via Boots - link.

Soap and Glory Enter The World of "Packaging Free" Products

Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review

Let me ask you this: is a bathroom really a room of sheer joy, if it doesn't contain at least one Soap & Glory product? Making it even easier to fully enjoy the signature scents that we have come to know and love from the brand is the new and rather ingenious, Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars.

Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review
Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review

Now for the record, Soap & Glory are not marketing the Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars as zero waste, nor sustainable for that matter but if you are trying to cut back on plastic bottles, then this could be an option as they are a solid product and as such, require very minimal packaging. The solid bar format also frees up extra space within the shower, and as they offer the benefit of more than one product, it of course goes without saying that they are ideal for travel due to zero leaks and again their dual purposes.

At the moment, there are three Soap & Glory Soap of Dreams Multi-Tasking Bars to chose from:

Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review
Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review
Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review

Soap & Glory Multi-Tasking Bar Soap, Call of the Fruity (£5): A punchy, citrus scented bath and body bar that is enriched with Argan Oil, Vitamin E to moisturise as you cleanse the skin. To gently exfoliate the body, the bar also contains walnut shell powder to buff away dead skin without being harsh or irritating.

Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review
Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review

Soap & Glory Multi-Tasking Bar Soap, Original Pink (£5): This super moisturising bar is scented with the luxurious and floral Original Pink fragrance, which I know most will be familiar with (think rose and all things pink if not). Although this bar may not exfoliate the skin, it deeply nourishes and moisturises even the driest of bodies with a powerful blend of Argan and Rosehip Oils. If like myself you are a tad lackadaisical in regards to applying body lotion, then this is the product you've been waiting for.

Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review
Soap and Glory Soap of Dreams, Multi-Tasking Body Bars Review

Soap & Glory Multi-Tasking Bar Soap, Mist You Madly (£5): this is another bar that has been created to both cleanse and moisturise in one swift move; the main difference from this and the Original Pink Bar is the fragrance (this is more of a powdery floral) and the main source of skin nourishment (shea butter this time around). In my opinion this is the choice for those that prefer delicate fragrances and an altogether more creamy, indulgent body wash.

Personally I think this is a great addition to to the already expansive Soap & Glory core product line up and I'm hopeful that this could be the start of more "packaging-free" items, perhaps solid hair care could be next!

As a heads up all three are currently on offer for £3.33 (normally £5) each via Boots - link.
Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum Review

One word I could happily never hear let alone use again (can we also add unprecedented to that list) - millennial but in this instance please bear with me...

I like to think that I am well versed in all things fragrant, I have been around the block and back again trying every brand I can get my hands on, and yet there is the one elusive perfume house in which I have never really gelled with - Chanel.

Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum Review

On paper, I more than understand the fascination; a chic French fashion empire, with an equally as coveted beauty and fragrance line. In which each item is more sophisticated than the last, universally recognised as the final say in all that is tasteful and yet I find Chanel fragrances just a tad too stuffy for my less than discerning nose.

Sure I like the occasional whiff of Chanel Chance but I am in no immediate hurry to add it to my collection, all this rang true for every Chanel scent until I tested Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum - the fragrance us slightly, picky Millennials (sorry but we are all in this together) have been waiting for.

Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum Review

Brand identity is so important, as such I can imagine that Chanel with never knowingly stray too far from their typical, classic, clean lines when designing perfume bottles. I like that despite being fairly understated in design that Chanel fragrances are instantly recognisable and will continue to do for many years to come. Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum gently nestles in-between Coco Chanel and the aforementioned Chanel Chance: it shares the same rectangle shape we associate with the classic fragrance line and borrows the almost oversized and bold aesthetic that is associate with the more youthful Chance fragrance, bridging the gap of youth and maturity in both approach and scent. Clever as I imagine that is exactly who the core intended audience happens to be too - yep us Millennial once again.

Rather interestingly the concept of Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum is based around an imaginary flower with plenty of sparkling notes of mandarin, grapefruit, blackcurrant and orange blossom. As you can imagine it is both floral and bold, not to mention fairly strong which I personally find to be the case amongst the majority of Chanel fragrances. What I will say is that this is unlike any other scent from the brand, it has a bright, youthfulness and ease that not even Chanel Chance could properly capture; it is easy to wear and has a certain clean, refreshing quality that I can't quite put my finger on. Admittedly it is a tad heavy in terms of the gardenia note but it does quickly dissipate, leaving behind the most welcoming and suit-all floral trail. Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum is one of those rare scents that can be teamed with the easiest of outfits and still feel luxurious, or paired with an evening dress to elevate your mood - it does it all and with ease. Think of it as the new modern, little black dress; it has a place in everyone's wardrobe and life.

If ever you have wanted to love Chanel fragrances but couldn't get on board with the heavy notes, Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum is the game changer - the rule breaker that will welcome a whole new legion of fans into the realm of Chanel fragrance.

Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum £73.10 - £100.30 - link.


The Chanel Fragrance for Millennials

Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum Review

One word I could happily never hear let alone use again (can we also add unprecedented to that list) - millennial but in this instance please bear with me...

I like to think that I am well versed in all things fragrant, I have been around the block and back again trying every brand I can get my hands on, and yet there is the one elusive perfume house in which I have never really gelled with - Chanel.

Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum Review

On paper, I more than understand the fascination; a chic French fashion empire, with an equally as coveted beauty and fragrance line. In which each item is more sophisticated than the last, universally recognised as the final say in all that is tasteful and yet I find Chanel fragrances just a tad too stuffy for my less than discerning nose.

Sure I like the occasional whiff of Chanel Chance but I am in no immediate hurry to add it to my collection, all this rang true for every Chanel scent until I tested Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum - the fragrance us slightly, picky Millennials (sorry but we are all in this together) have been waiting for.

Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum Review

Brand identity is so important, as such I can imagine that Chanel with never knowingly stray too far from their typical, classic, clean lines when designing perfume bottles. I like that despite being fairly understated in design that Chanel fragrances are instantly recognisable and will continue to do for many years to come. Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum gently nestles in-between Coco Chanel and the aforementioned Chanel Chance: it shares the same rectangle shape we associate with the classic fragrance line and borrows the almost oversized and bold aesthetic that is associate with the more youthful Chance fragrance, bridging the gap of youth and maturity in both approach and scent. Clever as I imagine that is exactly who the core intended audience happens to be too - yep us Millennial once again.

Rather interestingly the concept of Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum is based around an imaginary flower with plenty of sparkling notes of mandarin, grapefruit, blackcurrant and orange blossom. As you can imagine it is both floral and bold, not to mention fairly strong which I personally find to be the case amongst the majority of Chanel fragrances. What I will say is that this is unlike any other scent from the brand, it has a bright, youthfulness and ease that not even Chanel Chance could properly capture; it is easy to wear and has a certain clean, refreshing quality that I can't quite put my finger on. Admittedly it is a tad heavy in terms of the gardenia note but it does quickly dissipate, leaving behind the most welcoming and suit-all floral trail. Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum is one of those rare scents that can be teamed with the easiest of outfits and still feel luxurious, or paired with an evening dress to elevate your mood - it does it all and with ease. Think of it as the new modern, little black dress; it has a place in everyone's wardrobe and life.

If ever you have wanted to love Chanel fragrances but couldn't get on board with the heavy notes, Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum is the game changer - the rule breaker that will welcome a whole new legion of fans into the realm of Chanel fragrance.

Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum £73.10 - £100.30 - link.


MAC Makers Barbie Lipstick UK @Barbiestyle Review Swatches

A now lifelong make-up obsession, beauty blogging and a career can all be defined and traced back to one lipstick...

The very first MAC collection I ever invested in was Barbie Loves MAC, and by invested, I mean I skipped class and queued up outside, before the counter opened to get my hands on a few items. The rest as they say is history.

MAC Makers Barbie Lipstick UK @Barbiestyle Review Swatches

If you are new to the world of MAC beauty launches, the frenzied response that used to go hand-in-hand with certain product drops may have bypassed you. However as little as six years ago, certain MAC launches would result in near blind panic amongst the beauty community - I'm talking queues outside an hour before the store would open, servers crashing and even waiting lists.

The most memorable of said launches has to be the Rihanna Riri Woo lipstick; the hype leading up to the product being released was astronomical and as such the demand for the velvet-red lipstick was through the roof. I was so worried that I wouldn't get a tube to call my own,  I rescheduled a dental appointment just so I could stay at home and click refresh until I hit the checkout stage. Sad but an oh so true beauty moment in time and although I look back on said times fondly, I'm glad I'm no longer nearly as obsessive nor frivolous.

MAC Makers Barbie Lipstick UK @Barbiestyle Review Swatches
MAC Makers Barbie Lipstick UK @Barbiestyle Review Swatches

Sure I may no longer set alarms on my phone to snag the latest MAC launch but in some instances I will forever be nostalgic for certain items, especially those with the Barbie branding. Recently MAC have been teaming up with certain creators and icons to create various collections of lipsticks to form the MAC Maker range. One said name this time around was Barbie; the original influencer and I believe as a nod to her 61st birthday - I was beyond excited to see this all over Instagram but the kicker was this shade wouldn't be coming to the UK. 

In the past, I would've panicked and probably succumbed to a quick scour of eBay and risking not only paying over the odds but also a counterfeit product. Fortunately Fae kindly offered to order me a tube and send it over from Germany (full disclosure: I paid and this was before Covid-19) so I could relive the joy and excitement of Barbie Loves MAC all over again without jeopardising my education.

MAC Makers Barbie Lipstick UK @Barbiestyle Review Swatches
MAC Makers Barbie Lipstick UK @Barbiestyle Review Swatches

A quick look at MAC Maker/Barbie, the official shade name is @BarbieStyle and it seems I'm not the only one who has grown up around these parts. Gone is the shocking pink we all know and love from the brand and in it's place is a dusky, muted rose that is perfect for everyday wear, it couldn't be more up my street if it tried. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly @BarbieStyle is a matte formula but a soft one at that, it is not at all drying nor flat in appearance. Along with wearing it continuously, I will treasure this golden encased lipstick for as long as I can...or at least until it expires.

MAC Makers Barbie Lipstick UK @Barbiestyle Review Swatches

So friends and readers alike, that is the tale of how my MAC obsession began with one Barbie inspired collection and then snowballed into a monthly expense and later a beauty blog. Maybe make-up should come with a warning sticker after all?

What was your first (if ever) MAC purchase?

Isn't it funny how we treat this brand as a coming of age milestone and yet others don't get the same treatment nor tinge of nostalgia. I'd be hard pushed to tell you what my first Maybelline purchase was...

  • Wednesday, April 08, 2020

The MAC Collection That Began It All

MAC Makers Barbie Lipstick UK @Barbiestyle Review Swatches

A now lifelong make-up obsession, beauty blogging and a career can all be defined and traced back to one lipstick...

The very first MAC collection I ever invested in was Barbie Loves MAC, and by invested, I mean I skipped class and queued up outside, before the counter opened to get my hands on a few items. The rest as they say is history.

MAC Makers Barbie Lipstick UK @Barbiestyle Review Swatches

If you are new to the world of MAC beauty launches, the frenzied response that used to go hand-in-hand with certain product drops may have bypassed you. However as little as six years ago, certain MAC launches would result in near blind panic amongst the beauty community - I'm talking queues outside an hour before the store would open, servers crashing and even waiting lists.

The most memorable of said launches has to be the Rihanna Riri Woo lipstick; the hype leading up to the product being released was astronomical and as such the demand for the velvet-red lipstick was through the roof. I was so worried that I wouldn't get a tube to call my own,  I rescheduled a dental appointment just so I could stay at home and click refresh until I hit the checkout stage. Sad but an oh so true beauty moment in time and although I look back on said times fondly, I'm glad I'm no longer nearly as obsessive nor frivolous.

MAC Makers Barbie Lipstick UK @Barbiestyle Review Swatches
MAC Makers Barbie Lipstick UK @Barbiestyle Review Swatches

Sure I may no longer set alarms on my phone to snag the latest MAC launch but in some instances I will forever be nostalgic for certain items, especially those with the Barbie branding. Recently MAC have been teaming up with certain creators and icons to create various collections of lipsticks to form the MAC Maker range. One said name this time around was Barbie; the original influencer and I believe as a nod to her 61st birthday - I was beyond excited to see this all over Instagram but the kicker was this shade wouldn't be coming to the UK. 

In the past, I would've panicked and probably succumbed to a quick scour of eBay and risking not only paying over the odds but also a counterfeit product. Fortunately Fae kindly offered to order me a tube and send it over from Germany (full disclosure: I paid and this was before Covid-19) so I could relive the joy and excitement of Barbie Loves MAC all over again without jeopardising my education.

MAC Makers Barbie Lipstick UK @Barbiestyle Review Swatches
MAC Makers Barbie Lipstick UK @Barbiestyle Review Swatches

A quick look at MAC Maker/Barbie, the official shade name is @BarbieStyle and it seems I'm not the only one who has grown up around these parts. Gone is the shocking pink we all know and love from the brand and in it's place is a dusky, muted rose that is perfect for everyday wear, it couldn't be more up my street if it tried. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly @BarbieStyle is a matte formula but a soft one at that, it is not at all drying nor flat in appearance. Along with wearing it continuously, I will treasure this golden encased lipstick for as long as I can...or at least until it expires.

MAC Makers Barbie Lipstick UK @Barbiestyle Review Swatches

So friends and readers alike, that is the tale of how my MAC obsession began with one Barbie inspired collection and then snowballed into a monthly expense and later a beauty blog. Maybe make-up should come with a warning sticker after all?

What was your first (if ever) MAC purchase?

Isn't it funny how we treat this brand as a coming of age milestone and yet others don't get the same treatment nor tinge of nostalgia. I'd be hard pushed to tell you what my first Maybelline purchase was...

Bourjois Leaves the UK

And just like that another brand bites the dust...

After months of speculation - and of course the near-empty counters that have not escaped notice - it has been confirmed that Bourjois are pulling out of the UK. The news actually broke a few weeks ago but given all that is currently unfolding, I can't say it fully resonated until I had a little spare time to finally de-clutter my beauty stash.

I'd like to pretend that the news came as a surprise but with next to no launches in the last 12 months, limited media coverage and no social updates, it was evident that for Bourjois that the UK was no longer a priority for whatever reason.

Bourjois Leaves the UK

We can speculate why or how Bourjois have come to the decision to withdraw from the UK; I'd imagine the uncertainty of Brexit fuelled marketplace played some part, but how much of a deciding factor that happened to be is anyone's guess. In a fast paced environment such as the beauty industry, with new companies all but appearing overnight, as brand you can't afford to fall by the wayside; out of sight, out of mind and that's exactly how the eventual end of Bourjois in the UK came to be.

Bourjois Leaves the UK

Despite a huge array of truly wonderful and iconic products - the burnt-rose scented, round pots of blush, the sweet chocolate bronzer and easily one of my favourite foundations ever, Bourjois Healthy Mix - it did somewhat feel that Bourjois never truly had their pulse on what the average consumer in 2019 wanted nor needed for that matter. For instance, despite a huge demand for matte liquid lipsticks, the brand released their collection at least two years behind even the smallest of UK players and as such were eclipsed when we all moved onto whatever the next big beauty trend happened to be.

Bourjois Leaves the UK

Bourjois were known for many things but a diverse range of shades for skin tones was not one of them and therein lies one of the many problems the brand encountered. As a beauty company you can't be all the things to all of the people but in 2020, a wide range of complexion tones is the bare bones of customer expectations and rightly so. To go further, we live in a time in which it's all but expected that personal products are cruelty-free and when push came to shove, Bourjois couldn't offer neither of these demands and faded further into the background of an already crowded marketplace.

Bourjois Leaves the UK

On a personal note, Bourjois was one of the first brands that I not only worked with as a beauty blogger but purchased as a young teen too. Naturally I'm nostalgic and will miss seeing the once iconic, little round pots all neatly displayed in the likes of Boots. More than that, I am disappointed that another great, yet affordable brand will be disappearing from the UK high street and with it taking an array of once staple products. Rather unfortunately, I do anticipate that this may be the fate that bestows a few other once household beauty giants too. 

Bourjois Leaves the UK

In the coming months and years, as we further become entangled in the web of social media and the fast trends that dominate not only our make-up bags but day-to-day lives, I hope to see real changes; brands selected for what they offer rather than what they look like. I don't care what large influencer name is currently pushing them with an affiliate code, rather I want to know does it get the job done and is it a brand with good core values.

Bourjois although not perfect, did offer great quality make-up that was safe to use and did not come with a side order of drama - how many current beauty brands can you say offer the same thing?




  • Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Farewell Bourjois!

Bourjois Leaves the UK

And just like that another brand bites the dust...

After months of speculation - and of course the near-empty counters that have not escaped notice - it has been confirmed that Bourjois are pulling out of the UK. The news actually broke a few weeks ago but given all that is currently unfolding, I can't say it fully resonated until I had a little spare time to finally de-clutter my beauty stash.

I'd like to pretend that the news came as a surprise but with next to no launches in the last 12 months, limited media coverage and no social updates, it was evident that for Bourjois that the UK was no longer a priority for whatever reason.

Bourjois Leaves the UK

We can speculate why or how Bourjois have come to the decision to withdraw from the UK; I'd imagine the uncertainty of Brexit fuelled marketplace played some part, but how much of a deciding factor that happened to be is anyone's guess. In a fast paced environment such as the beauty industry, with new companies all but appearing overnight, as brand you can't afford to fall by the wayside; out of sight, out of mind and that's exactly how the eventual end of Bourjois in the UK came to be.

Bourjois Leaves the UK

Despite a huge array of truly wonderful and iconic products - the burnt-rose scented, round pots of blush, the sweet chocolate bronzer and easily one of my favourite foundations ever, Bourjois Healthy Mix - it did somewhat feel that Bourjois never truly had their pulse on what the average consumer in 2019 wanted nor needed for that matter. For instance, despite a huge demand for matte liquid lipsticks, the brand released their collection at least two years behind even the smallest of UK players and as such were eclipsed when we all moved onto whatever the next big beauty trend happened to be.

Bourjois Leaves the UK

Bourjois were known for many things but a diverse range of shades for skin tones was not one of them and therein lies one of the many problems the brand encountered. As a beauty company you can't be all the things to all of the people but in 2020, a wide range of complexion tones is the bare bones of customer expectations and rightly so. To go further, we live in a time in which it's all but expected that personal products are cruelty-free and when push came to shove, Bourjois couldn't offer neither of these demands and faded further into the background of an already crowded marketplace.

Bourjois Leaves the UK

On a personal note, Bourjois was one of the first brands that I not only worked with as a beauty blogger but purchased as a young teen too. Naturally I'm nostalgic and will miss seeing the once iconic, little round pots all neatly displayed in the likes of Boots. More than that, I am disappointed that another great, yet affordable brand will be disappearing from the UK high street and with it taking an array of once staple products. Rather unfortunately, I do anticipate that this may be the fate that bestows a few other once household beauty giants too. 

Bourjois Leaves the UK

In the coming months and years, as we further become entangled in the web of social media and the fast trends that dominate not only our make-up bags but day-to-day lives, I hope to see real changes; brands selected for what they offer rather than what they look like. I don't care what large influencer name is currently pushing them with an affiliate code, rather I want to know does it get the job done and is it a brand with good core values.

Bourjois although not perfect, did offer great quality make-up that was safe to use and did not come with a side order of drama - how many current beauty brands can you say offer the same thing?




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