Weekly Favourites #52

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekly Favourites

Oh today hits the year mark of weekly favourites, a full year!
I actually prefer weekly favourites over monthly round ups as I am quick prone to chopping and changing my make-up each week. Anyway here is what I have been enjoying recently...


I have mentioned this in the past but when the seasons change my sleeping pattern takes a knock, I struggle to drift off each night for around a fortnight at the most and then suddenly just like that things sort themselves out. Bizarre but to prevent my skin from behaving badly I rely on Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair and Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum. Basically not only does the Estee Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Serums replenish and repair the skin but they also plump and add a healthy glow to the skin. It is for that very reason the formula is often referred to as sleep in a bottle, I find that Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair is one of the few products that I can see results from the very first use and for that reason I can't be without it. I will be restocking later this month when I hit duty free.

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Do you ever rummage through your make-up stash and discover a foundation that you forgot you even owned? Terrible I know but it does happen! I have been rediscovering Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Foundation at the moment and have to say I am really enjoying it. My normally oily skin is a little dehydrated and the creamy formula seems to be helping not only to add a little moisture but also a light glow to my complexion. I would say this is a medium to full coverage foundation that is easy to build up and once set with a powder it not only stays put but looks fresh for around 8 hours.

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My go to blush is an old favourite of mine which I did have to replace only a few weeks ago MAC Mocha Blush. If you have not tried this I urge you to do so, it is a lesser known MAC blush but one I think everyone should own. A warm, matte medium toned pink that has a certain dusty quality that sculpts as well as adding a hint of colour. If you are in the market for a new MAC Blush but are undecided I urge you to give this a whirl!

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On my lips has mainly been MAC Coral Bliss Lipstick which is a bright yet surprisingly easy to wear coral.If you are a fan of MAC Ever Hip and curse the day that your tube ran out I would say that this is as close as MAC get when it comes to alternatives. My lips have been a little dry as of late so I have been keeping Lanolips 101 Ointment in Strawberry which is naturally scented so it isn't sweet or sickly in fragrance not that I care all that much as it leaves my lips nourished with each use.

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Lastly a shout out to Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream Intensive Moisturising Hand Treatment which is my go to hand cream. Nothing quickly nourishes my hands as quickly or as effectively as this hand cream. Pricey but oh so worth the splurge.

What have you been enjoying lately?

Lush Christmas 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Lush Christmas 2014

As promised here is a more detailed insight of Lush Christmas 2014, I will of course be purchasing the shower gels and soap etc when the products launch this coming October (4th).

Lush Christmas 2014

Lush Snow White Bath Bomb £3.30
A light apple fragranced bath bomb, the scent is soft and a firm favourite year after year.
I'm glad to see this fizzy treat back, even if it does turn the bath pink.

Lush Christmas 2014

Lush Cinders Bath Bomb £3.30
A slightly spicy bath bomb that contains popping candy, I believe it has been created to mimic the crackling of a fire. The scent is warm and very much a festive treat that will leave you both cleansed and suitable cosy afterwards.

Lush Christmas 2014


Lush The Christmas Hedgehog Bubble Bar £3.30
A soft and almost aromatic fragranced product - a blend of shea butter, cocoa butter, rose absolute and ylang ylang. I can imagine this to be the perfect bubble bath for those who find it difficult to relax in the evening.

Lush Christmas 2014

Lush Holly Go Lightly Bubble Bar £4.50
Talk about glitter central! A big figgy pudding shaped bubble bar that is scented with lime, patchouli and cinnamon, in my opinion this is the most traditionally scented product of the bunch. It almost reminds me of Christmas Cake.

Lush Christmas 2014

Lush Christmas Eve Bubble Bar £2.75
Let's face it so many of us can become a little rushed and dare I say it over excited around the festive period? If that sounds familiar then you may want to try out this gentle bubbling bath product which features notes of ylang ylang and jasmine absolute. I've heard many say it helps them nod off with ease.

Lush Christmas 2014

Lush Snow Angel £3.95
As I've said before this is a brand new concept, half bath bomb/half bath melt. Pretty clever, you have all the fun of the bath bomb yet the skin softening benefits of a bath melt due to the shea butter. This is gently scent with Rose but in all honesty it smells more floral than your typical rose bath product.

Lush Christmas 2014

Lush Light Star Bright Bath Melt £3.95
A super sparkly blend of cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut butter, oddly this has a buttery smell, mild and great for a festive yet moisturising bath.

Lush Christmas 2014

Gold Fun £5
A soft soft that can be used to create shapes and mould products all the while cleansing the body. You can also use it to create a light, bubble bath too. This has been fragranced with Honey I Washed the Kids, a creamy honey and vanilla scent.

Lush Christmas 2014

Lush Yog Nog Soap £3.40 per 100g
An egg nog scented soap dusted with cinnamon and nutmeg. Yes it is based on the famous drink which I have yet to try and smells oddly creamy and spicy at the same time. It is beautifully festive. This is a hand and body soap.

Lush Christmas 2014

Lush Snowcake Soap £3.40 per 100g
The marzipan scented festive soap returns and I can vouch it smells as great as it did last year. This is a hand and body soap.

As mentioned above the UK launch date online and in-store is October the 4th.

This post contains press samples.

My Little Box - September 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Little Box September 2014

I think sooner or later the beauty blogging world will be a wash with reviews of the new subscription box - My Little Box. Unlike traditional beauty boxes My Little Box incorporates a lifestyle element as well as offering well known and loved beauty products. For £14.95 a month it is a lovely service and great if you are utterly bored of all the other subscription boxes out there. I am about to share spoilers of this months contents which are all based on a Parisian theme so if you don't want to know what lies ahead I would suggest exiting this post now...

My Little Box September 2014
My Little Box September 2014

Lifestyle Elements:
A note pad which also explains in detail the beginnings and concept behind My Little Box.
Parisian stickers which you can use to decorate the notepad or of course anything at all you wish.
Laptop case, I say laptop case I think for most it will be more of a tablet case but it is pretty enough as well as being padded!

My Little Box September 2014
My Little Box September 2014

Beauty Elements:
NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi Usage Dry Oil (10ml) - a multi purpose dry oil that moisturises the hair and skin.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (30ml) - a really great primer that suits all skin types, it hydrates and smooths out the skin as well as mattifying. A great addition to any make-up bag.
My Little Beauty Stylo Lumiere - My Little Box's own beauty brand and this months box includes an illuminating pen that can be used anywhere on the face to brighten the skin.

A great little box wouldn't you agree? It isn't often that I look forward to subscription boxes landing on my door roll on October!

You can subscribe to My Little Box for £14.95 (this included p&p) here - link.

This post contains a press sample.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire Review

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire

Estee Lauder are killing it at the moment, there has not been a launch in which I have not enjoyed nor recommend. Crazy when a few years ago I would turn my nose up to the brand's offerings deeming them to be a Granny brand. No really! Now I know better and have a new palette that I want to share...

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire

The new Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palettes are divine, luxurious glossy, navy and gold accented casings that feature five beautiful eyeshadows all of which compliment one and other. Each Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palette contains a good sized mirror and two foam applicators which truth be told I could live without. Normally when a palette line launch the options are pretty limited with normally three or four colour ways provided? Well not the new Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palettes all in there is 8 various palettes to choose from all of which feature gentle pops of colour as well as suit all neutrals. If you have been on the look out for a great mini palette that will take you from day to night with ease and small enough to travel with (even on a daily basis) I am confident one of the 8 new palettes will suit your needs.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire

I was kindly gifted the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire (I have plans to purchase Infamous Sky in Duty Free) which of course contains five eyeshadows. As none of the shades are named I am afraid you will have to make do with my descriptions (sorry!). From left to right (top to bottom): a large pan of ivory which has a slight yellow undertone, my guess is that this is intended to be the highlight shade hence the size. It is shimmer based and slightly metallic but blends out beautifully with no pigmentation issues. Next we have a pale pink that again is yellow based and fairly neutral, this is satin in formula and the most chalky shade of the bunch. I do fear that on deep complexions this could look a little stark as it is quite as blendable as the other hues. Sitting beside this is a lilac toned mauve which is cool in tone. metallic in formula and super pigmented. This is followed by a slightly purple toned mid brown which again is metallic with great colour pay off and again a dream to blend. Rounding off the palette is a deep currant tone that is rich and duo chrome - in some lights it reflects electric purple. As with the last three shades this is shimmer based, beautiful pigmented and easy to blend out. I rather enjoy that each palette contains an almost unexpected pop of colour.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire

As I have went into detail about each shade above so I will spare you a repeat performance - what I will say is that four out of the shades are wonderfully pigmented, blend with ease and are not prone to product fall out. Yes the formulation is soft but not at all crumbly. The idea is that you have five shades to either wear as wash of colours or combine them to create a sculpted look. In terms of wear without a primer I find I can get around 6 hours of wear before my oily lids begin to crease, with a primer it is a case of the shades staying put until I decide to remove my eye make-up. All in all I am more than pleasantly surprised. Yes at £40 a palette it is far from cheap but if you select a palette (there is 8 shade selections to choose from) you know you will wear almost daily I do think it is worth every penny.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Currant Desire £40 via Selfridges - link.

This post contains a press sample.

Space.NK Shimmering Spice Candle 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Space.NK Shimmering Spice Candle 2014

For a good few years now Space.NK have released a festive candle - Space.NK Shimmering Spice Candle. Each time around the packaging has been different but the scent remains the same. I want to say Space.NK Shimmering Spice reminds me of Christmas but that is an utter lie even if my sister states that it reminds her of Christmas Cake! In my opinion it has the warmth and welcoming of a warm, cosy fire after a day of being out and about in the typical blustery British Winter weather.

So what exactly are the notes within the Space.NK Shimmering Spice Candle if  both my sister and the brand in question are labelling it as a"quintessential Christmas scent". Cinnamon, spice, orange and cedar to be precise. What exactly the "spice" (jings I do love a good quation or two) is I can't tell you but it isn't your typical, overbearing spice note - it is warming and more mellow than cinnamon which I can't detect at all. Rather the citrus note is a nice surprise which is warmed and dare I say matured with the addition of cedar. In my opinion the Space.NK Shimmering Spice Candle has a slightly boozy fragrance - like a rich cognac based punch? Tinges of fruit but overall spicy and with plenty of body (steady on this isn't a singles ad!). If you don't enjoy hearty scents that fill a room this won't be for you but if like myself you are the biggest spice fan this could be the perfect Autumn/Winter candle for you!

Now for the packaging, a dreamy purple outer that features outlines of intricate silver tree branches and little cut out circles to allow the candle light to shine out and form patterns within a room. I like that it isn't your typical Christmas design and although almost lilac in colour I do think most will agree it has been tastefully executed? I have plans to nestle it alongside last years and this years Diptyque festive launches for a pretty fireplace display...then again it is only September and I am getting entirely carried away!

Space.NK Shimmering Spice Candle 2014 £15-£30 via Space.NK.
This should launch this coming October.

This post contains a press sample. 

The Daily Beauty Report (19.09.14)

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Daily Beauty Report (19.09.14)

I have been trialling this and have to say so far so good and the price point is not to be sniffed at either! "Skincare brand Darphin has announced the launch of The Revitalizing Oil, a 98% natural three-in-one oil for face, body and hair. The product uses plant, flower and fruit extracts from around the world which adapt to the needs of the face, body and hair based on seasonal climate. The sensorial oils are a concentrated source of essential fatty acids including omega 3, 6 and 9, which help restore balance and strength to the skin's natural barriers. The product, which comprises notes of ylang-ylang, rosewood, jasmine and lavender, is designed to maintain and preserve optimal levels of hydration, while creating a natural glow for the face; protects the body from dryness, compensating for the loss of skin's cutaneous lipids; and protects hair from everyday environmental aggressors."This will launch sometime in the next few weeks and cost £24.

A little spooky and almost Halloween themed palette from MakeUp Revolution this coming October! "Cosmetic brand Makeup Revolution has announced the launch of Give Them Nightmares Salvation Palette, in time for Halloween. The 18 shade eyeshadow palette combines a mixture of deep green, purple, brown and black shades which are highly pigmented and easy to blend." This will cost £6 and launch in early October.

It is all happening this October, will a new launch from NARS in the pipeline too! "NARS Cosmetics has announced the launch of All Day Luminous Powder Foundation. The medium buildable foundation offers versatile coverage and shine control with broad-spectrum SPF 25/ PA+++ that lasts up to 12 hours. The brand's Light Reflecting Complex™ optimises light reflection to enhance skin's translucency while Luminosity Enhancing Technology, a blend of 17 amino acids, vitamin C derivative and marine fennel, promotes cell renewal and helps reduce the look of hyper pigmentation and wrinkles." It will cost £33.

At long last we have the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette launch date! "Cosmetic brand Urban Decay has announced the launch of Naked2 Basics eyeshadow palette. The shadows are cooler in tone than the original and complement the existing Naked 2 palette. Comprising five taupe-hued matte neutrals and one slight satin finish shade, shades include: Skimp (pale nude satin), Stark (nude pink), Frisk (warm grey), Primal (muted brown), Cover (muted brown) and Undone (smoky brown). The eyeshadows have a rich, buttery feel and are encased in a soft-touch case that has a suede-like feel and slight sheen. To coincide with the launch, the brand has also introduced Naked Basics Double-Ended Brush, two brushes in one to blend, smudge and line. The brush hair is made with a super-soft synthetic material derived from recycled PBT plastic bottles, so it’s cruelty-free and vegan. "Launching within the UK on October 1 £17.50 (brush) & £22 (palette).

The Ciate Advent calendar is back "Nail brand Ciaté has announced the launch of Mini Mani Manor, the brand's Christmas 2014 beauty calendar. The Mini Mani Manor comprises 17 of Ciaté's most popular shades, including: Mistress, Amazing Gracie and Cupcake Queen, five exclusive textured polishes, one exclusive full size Paint Pot and one set of festive nail transfers. The calendar is available in three different variations." This will launch in October and cost £49.

I am rather excited about this Olay launch, it sounds right up my alley! "Beauty brand Olay has announced the launch of Total Effects Pore Minimiser CC Cream, the latest all-in-one anti-ageing moisturiser. The product is designed to instantly improve the appearance of skin tone and minimise the look of pores; reducing glare while diffusing light reflecting off the skin to provide a sheer coverage. Olay Total Effects Pore Minimiser CC Cream contains the highest concentration of vitamin B3 (niacinamide) in the Olay Total Effects range, and contains the brand's patented Multi-Vitamin Complex: Vitaniacin™, proven to help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier, while penetrating the skin’s outer layers to fight the multiple signs of skin ageing." This will cost £14.99 and launch on the 1st of October.

Lush Christmas Gift Set Guide 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Lush Christmas Gift Set Guide 2014

Although I attended the press day back in July it did not cross my mind to take photos of the Lush Christmas Gifts - I have no idea why either. I was kindly sent home with The Nightingale Gift Set which I will share tomorrow. So yes basically I have no photos but do have all the official information which may be helpful for some?

Lush Christmas 2014 is split into three "imaginative areas":
Story Telling - Inspired by stories of Hans Christian Andersen, vibrant colours all the while telling their own traditional Christmas story.
City of Gold - Inspired by a visit to Beyond El Dorado at the British Museum, this collection symbolises opulence and decadence.
German Techno Nordic Pop - Inspired by Charles and the Chocolate Factory among other things - vibrant and fun.

Okay onto what is in-store:

Festive Knot Wraps - Holly and Ivy, Pudding, Shooting Star all 45x45cm £3.50 each
                                 - It's Christmas Deer, Fir Tree, Happy Holidays, Christmas Crackers, Snow                                             Angel all 70x70cm £3.25 each

Under £10
Poptastic - shoot for the stars bath bomb; cinders bath bomb £8
Little Snow Fairy - Pink Fun (100g), Snow Fairy Snow Gel (100g) £8.25
Golden Wonder - Gold Fun (100g), Golden Wonder Bath Bomb £8.25
Joy to the World - Dream Cream Body Lotion (45g), Snow Cake Soap (120g) £8.50
Secret Santa - Father Christmas Bath Bomb, Honey I Washed the Kids Soap (120g) £9.95

£10-£15
Festive Cheer - Hot Toddy Shower Gel (100g), Yog Nog Soap (120g) £10.95
Christmas Candy Box - Snow Fairy Shower Gel (100g), Candy Mountain Bubble Bar, Butterbear Bath Bomb, Rock Star (100g) £12.50
The Night Before Christmas - Father Christmas Bath Bomb, Twilight Bath Bomb, Christmas Eve Bubble Bar £13.25
Best Wishes - Hot Toddy Shower Gel (100g), Cinders Bath Bomb, Christmas Eve Bubble Bar £13.25
Snowtime! - Happy Hippy (100g), Baked Alaska Soap (120g), Snowman Shower Jelly £13.95
Shine - So White Shower Gel (100g), Gold Fun (100g), Reindeer Rock Soap (120g) £13.95
Home for Christmas - Yog Nog Soap (120g), The Olive Branch Shower Gel (100g), Dream Cream (45g) £14.50
Festive Friends - Butterbear Bath Bomb, The Christmas Hedgehog Bubble Bar, Dashing Santa Bath Bomb, The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar £14.95

£15-£20
Winter Garden - Rose Jam Shower Gel (100g), Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (45g), Sultana of Soap (100g), Helping Hands Hand Cream (trial size). £18.50
It's Magic - Dragon's Egg Bath Bomb, Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb, Magic Wand Bubble Bar, Northern Lights Bath Bomb.  £18.50
Cosy Christmas - Hot Toddy Shower Gel (100g),  Snowman Shower Jelly, Celebrate Body Lotion, Snowcake Soap (120g) £18.95
Rudolph - Yog Nog Soap (120g), Golden Wonder Bath Bomb, Snowman Shower Jelly, Dashing Santa Bath Bomb £19.95
Merry Christmas - Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb, Cinders Bath Bomb, Father Christmas Bath Bomb, Golden Wonder Bath Bomb, Christmas Eve Bubble Bar £19.95
Elves Workshop - Drummers Drumming Bubble Bar, The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar, Butterbear Bath Bomb, Golden Wonder Bath Bomb £19.95

£20-£30
Snow Fairy - Snow Fairy Shower Gel (100g), Magic Wand Bubble Bar, Snow Fairy Sparkle, Godmother Soap (120g) £21.95
Star of Wonder - Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb, Snow Fairy Shower Gel (100g), Candy Mountain Bubble Bar, Sparkler Bath Bomb, Sparkle Star Light Star Bath Melt £25.95
Happy Christmas - So White Shower Gel (100g), Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub, Baked Alaska Soap, Santa's Lip Scrub, Million Dollar Moisturiser (sample size). £24.95
Festive Funtimes - Green Fun, Red Fun, Gold Fun, Snowman Fun Kit, Snowman Shower Jelly, Whoosh Shower Jelly £24.50
Jolly Holidays - Each Peach Massage Bar, Karma Soap (120g), Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub (75g), Hot Toddy Shower Gel (100g), Mint Tooth Tabs £25.95
Jingle Bells - Drummers Drumming Bubble Bar, Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb, Golden Wonder Bath Bomb, The Christmas Hedgehog Bubble Bar, Magic Wand Bubble Bar, Mini Comforter Bar £28.50
Whoop! - Drummers Drumming Bubble Bar, Fizzbanger Bath Bomb, Brightside Bubble Bar, Whoosh Shower Jelly, Avobath Bath Bomb, Northern Lights £28.50
Little Ro's Flowers - Ro's Argan Body Moisturiser (45g), Rose Jam Shower Gel (100g), Tender is the Night Massage Bar, Vanilla Deelight (100g), Honey I Washed the Kids Soap (120g), Gorgeous (trial size) £29.95

£30-£40
First Snow - First Snow Dusting Powder, Shimmy Shimmy Massage Bar, Snow Fairy Shower Gel (100g), Bubblegum Lip Scrub, Rock Star Soap (120g), Baked Alaska Soap (120g), Snowman Fun Kit £32.50
Seasons Greetings - Holly Go Lightly Bubble Bar, Hot Toddy Shower Gel (100g), Mycelium Soap (120g), Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb, Hottie Massage Bar, Cinders Bath Bomb, Karam Soap (120g) £33.95
Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Dashing Santa Bath Bomb, Reindeer Rock Star (120g), Golden Wonder Bath Bomb, Holly Go Lightly Bubble Bar, Snow Angel Bath Melt, Snowman Shower Jelly, So White Shower Gel (100g), Butterbear Bath Bomb £33.95
Christmas Bathtime Favourites - Golden Wonder Bath Bomb, So White Bath Bomb, Father Christmas Bath Bomb, Cinders Bath Bomb, Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb, Avobath Bath Bomb, Think Pink Bath Bomb, Butterbear Bath Bomb, Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb, Dragon's Egg Bath Bomb £36.95

£40 and above
Deck the Halls - Tender is the Night Massage Bar, Rose Jam Shower Gel (100g), Snow Fairy Shower Gel (100g) Candy Mountain Bubble Bar, Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb, Think Pink Bath Bomb, Santa Lip Scrub, Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie, Helping Hands (trial size) Million Dollar Moisturiser (trial size), The Comforter Bubble Bar, Rock Star Soap (100g) £49.95
12 Days of Christmas - Karma Soap (120g), The Olive Branch Shower Gel (100g), Cinders Bath Bomb, Golden Wonder Bath Bomb, Snow Angel Bath Melt, Hot Toddy Shower Gel (100g), Dashing Santa Bath Bomb, Honey I Washed the Kids, Celebrate Body Lotion, Holly Go Lightly Bubble Bar, Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb, Star Light Star Bright Bath Melt £49.95
Merry and Bright - Red Fun, Green Fun, Baked Alaska Soap (120g), Magnificent Soap (120g), Olive Shower Gel (100g), Snowman Shower Jelly, Happy Hippy Shower Gel (100g), Fresh Mint Toothy Tabs, Celebrate Body Lotion, Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub, Dirty Shower Gel (100g), D'Fluff Shaving Soap.
The Nightingale - Ceridwyn's Cauldron Bath Melt, Star Light Star Bright Bath Melt, Sakura Bath Bomb, Christmas Eve Bubble Bar, Snow Angel Bath Melt, Sunnyside Bubble Bar, Snowcake Soap (120g), Yog Nog Soap (100g), Twilight Bath Bomb, Blue Skies Bubble Bar, Gold Fun, The Christmas Hedgehog Bubble Bar, Holly Go Lightly Bubble Bar, Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb, So White Bath Bomb, Cinders Bath Bomb, A French Kiss Bath Melt, Rose Jam Bubbleroon £79.95
White Christmas - Baked Alaska Soap (120g), Reindeer Soap (120g), Snowman Shower Jelly, Dirty Shower Gel (100g), Fair Trade Foot Lotion, King of Skin Body Butter, Snowman Fun Kit, Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub, Sandstone Soap (120g), D'Fluff Shaving Soap, Ice Blue Soap (120g), Fresh Mint Toothy Tabs, Lip Service, Big Shampoo (75g), Veganese Conditioner (100g), Million Dollar Moisturiser (sample). £75.95
All I Want for Christmas - African Paradise Body Conditioner (45g), Gold FUN, Peace Massage Bar, Karma Soap (120g), Gorgeous Moisturiser (sample), Sex Bomb Bath Bomb, Twilight Shower Gel (100g), Christmas Eve Bubble Bar, Ro's Aragn Body Conditioner, Honey Trap Lip Balm, Sultana of Soap (100g), Fairly Traded Honey Shampoo, American Cream Conditioner, Cinders Bath Bomb, Silky Underwear Dusting Powder, Golden Wonder Bath Bomb, Buffy Body Butter, Snow Angel Bath Melt.
WOW - Dashing Santa Bath Bomb, Butterbear Bath Bomb, Golden Wonder Bath Bomb, Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb, Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb, Snowcake Soap (120g), Snow Angel Bath Melt, Melting Snowman Bath Melt, Starlight Starbright Bath Melt, The Christmas Hedgehog Bubble Bar, Drummers Drumming Bubble Bar, Holly Go Lightly Bubble Bar, Christmas Eve Bubble Bar, Candy Mountain Bubble Bar, The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar, Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar, Gold Fun, Snowman Fun, Hot Toddy Shower Gel (100g), So White Shower Gel (100g), Rose Jam Shower Gel (100g), Snow Fairy Shower Gel (100g), Snowman Shower Jelly, Celebrate Hand and Body Lotion, Santa Baby Lip Tint, Santa's Lip Scrub, First Snow Dusting Powder, Snowfairy Sparkle, Northern Lights Bath Bomb, Sparkler Bath Bomb, Micellium Soap (120g), £155

All of the above will go online and in-store on the 4th of October and are of course limited edition.

No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighters Review

Friday, September 19, 2014

No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighters

Now let me begin by saying I am a huge fan of Benefit's Watts Up Highlighter but at certain times my skin doesn't feel the same way, my reward for shimmering cheekbones can be a good few blemishes for my bother. What can I say my skin is a fickle mistress. While in Boots I noticed the No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighters and couldn't help but think they looked somewhat familiar to Benefit Watts Up only a little cheaper and in more shade options.

No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighters
No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighters

To look at the No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighters you would be forgiven for thinking they are another chubby lip pencil (I'd imagine Clinique will eventually launch Chubby Highlighters). Twist up, stubby, cream pencils that are a dream to apply and completely portable which is always a bonus. As you can see from my photos they are a little delicate (yep I've broken one already) so do be careful and don't whatever you do wind the product up to full capacity just to see what is inside. Well you can but don't blame me when it snaps off...you have been warned! Oh look at me being all strict.

No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighters
No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighters
No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighters
No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighters

At the moment the No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighters come in two shades: highlighter which is a soft pearlescent pink and the bronzing highlighter which is a light, slightly golden tan shade. I would liken the No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighter to Benefit Highbeam Highlighter in colour and No.7 Instant Radiance Bronzing Highlighter is more akin to Benefit's Watts Up Highlighter in colour. Do not let the bronzing description put you off - it is not orange or deep in colour and will look great on the vast majority of skin tones.

No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighters
No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighters
No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighters

The No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighters are a cream based formula but they do glide on to the skin with such ease, cooling as they go that you'd be forgiven for assuming they are a gel. One quick swipe is all it takes, a little blending (I recommend using your fingers) and you have a subtle dose of radiance that gently catches the light. Having enlarged pores I am a little wary of all highlighting products but I can happily say that this does not settle into my pores, fine lines nor does it cling to dry areas of the skin. Rather it adds a little light and luminosity to the face with is utterly flattering. More importantly for me it does not cause my skin to break out.Despite being cream based my oily skin does not reduce the wear time of either shade, on average I can achieve 10 hours of wear with ease.
Half the price of a similar product yet you get more for your money? I think I know what I'd rather own.

No.7 Instant Radiance Highlighter £9.95 - link, No.7 Instant Radiance Bronzing Highlighter - link

Clarins FEED 10 - A Gift with Purpose

Friday, September 19, 2014

Clarins FEED 10 A Gift with Purpose

Gifts with purchases are always a lovely bonus but this month Clarins have went above and beyond this month and for a really worthy cause. As many will know and agree Clarins have worked to create a more beautiful future and loyal to the brands humanitarian values Clarins have teamed up with FEED projects to help end childhood hunger. Like I said very worthy.

Clarins FEED 10 A Gift with Purpose
Clarins FEED 10 A Gift with Purpose

From the 21st of September until the 4th of October with the purchase of any two Clarins products (one must be skincare) you will receive a Clarins FEED 10 pouch. Each pouch contains five iconic Clarins products: Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask (30ml), Clarins Relax Bath and Shower Concentrate (100ml), Clarins Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream (15ml), Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion (100ml) and Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream (30ml). All of which of course come in the red canvas FEED 10 Clarins pouch.

As you can see the contents are great and the cause behind the entire gift even more so.
If ever there was a time to treat yourself to a Clarins product or two it is now.

This post contains a press sample, I did however donate $10 to FEED 10 this morning which you can do here - link.

The Daily Beauty Report (18.09.14)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Daily Beauty Report (18.09.14)

Here is what is happening in the beauty world at the moment...

Swedish cosmetic company Oriflame has announced the launch of new products to its Giordani Gold collection. New Luminous Cream Eyeshadow is a gel-cream formulation available in five shades. Featuring its own specially designed brush, the product offers a lustrous, shimmery finish with intense pigmentation. The new CC Cream SPF35provides anti-ageing skincare benefits for better skin; offering a light-weight formula that's easily absorbed in two shades. Concealing the tell-tale signs of ageing, from fine lines to age spots, pigmentation and visible pores, the CC cream contains UVA/UVB filters and a high SPF OF 35 for protection against the sun’s damaging effects. Also launching is the Luscious Volume Mascara, containing a smooth formula that instantly plumps lashes without weighing them down. Containing a Lash Enhancing System to nourish and prevent fallout, the cross-fibre brush mascara is infused with advanced volume spheres to boost the lashes and panthenol and vitamin E to condition lashes. Joining the three other new products, the brand has unveiled Miss Giordani Eau de Parfum, a new delicate fruity fragrance. The scent comprises top notes of white grapefruit, Calabrian bergamot, fleshy mango sherbet, and green ivy, with heart notes of neroli flower, white peony, freesia, and red Pondicherry pepper; and base notes of sandalwood, vanilla, raspberry musk, and patchouli. This will launch on the 26th September.

Calling all Downton Abbey fans! "Marks & Spencer Beauty has announced the launch of a newDownton Abbey beauty collection for winter 2014. The new eight piece range will include soaps, hand creams, body lotions and scented candles; packed in soft shades of rose pink, vintage blue and spring green with the signature Downton Abbey crest. Highlights of the collection include: Teacup Candle, Hand Cream Collection, Bath Elixir, Travel Collection, Signature Soaps and Bathing Collection. The launch will coincide with the return of the period drama's fifth series and available in over 300 M&S stores as well as online. " This will launch on the 9th of October.

An all matte MAC collection is pencilled in for October which will include lipsticks, blushes and lip pencils. Full shade line up is as follows:
Lipsticks
Living Legend - plum (Limited Edition)
Styled in Sepia - mid-tone beige (Limited Edition)
Heroine - violet (Re-promote)
Damn Glamorous - bright pink red (Limited Edition)
Pander Me – soft peach (Limited Edition)
Nouvelle Vogue - light pink (Limited Edition)
Fashion Revival - raspberry (Limited Edition)
La Vie En Rouge - orange coral (Limited Edition)

Pro Longwear Lip Pencils
Absolutely It - burgundy (Re-promote)
Trust in Red - bright red (Re-promote)
Etcetera - beige (Re-promote)
Staunchly Stylish - pink/beige (Re-promote)
Bespoken For - dark plum
Fashion Boost - bright purple 

Pro Longwear Blushes
Make You Mine - mid tone salmon (Permanent)
I’m a Lover - dusty pink (Permanent)
Fleeting Romance - dusty coral (Permanent)

Skin care and a candle? "Sarah Chapman Skinesis has announced the launch of Overnight Facial Candle, in association with Candle Chandler Rachel Vosper. Handmade in London and produced using the finest raw materials, the candle features the same scent as the brand's Overnight Facial, comprising a blend of jasmine, frangipani, rose and tuberose. Overnight Facial Candle is encased within a heavyweight glass jar containing décor neutral cream coloured natural beeswax, which delivers 35 hours of burn time." This will launch on the 1st of November and cost £35

An October launch for OPI Holiday 2014! "Nail brand OPI has announced the launch of its 2014 Christmas Collection, comprising a number of gift sets. The collection comprises:Gwen Stefani for OPI Mini Holiday Stars Kit, which includes an assortment of burgundy and purple, along with classic and shimmer-packed red shades; Gwen Stefani for OPI Rollin’ In Cashmere Nail Effects Trio, comprising special effects glitter and nail lacquer in three exclusive new shades: Rollin' in Cashmere (gold), Snow Globetrotter (rainbow flakes) and Comet in the Sky (glitter black); Coca-Cola and OPI Bearest of Them All, a limited edition shade from a collaboration with Coco-Cola, featuring white hearts floating in red and white glitter, as well as a small cuddly bear; Coca-Cola and OPI Trio, featuring three shades: Coco-Cola Red (red), Turn on the Haute Light (shimmery silver) and A Grape Affair (inspired by Fanta Grape); OPI Plaid About You, including four colours and free case, as well as the treatment product Start-to-finish, providing nails with protection and a glossy finish; and OPI Trend on Ten, 10 nail polishes with two five packs of favourite OPI minis, from from soft pink, white and silver to heavily-pigmented red, coral and burgundy."

Yesterday via Twitter Urban Decay confirmed that the Urban Decay Vice Palette 3 will launch here in the UK early November.

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Palette Review

Thursday, September 18, 2014

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Palette Review

I apologise that this review is a little late given that the MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Palette has sold out online but I have found it on Debenhams with a good stock level and felt it was a case of now or never. There is very few ready made MAC palettes that I truly adore but MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow quad has quickly become my everyday staple palette. Oddly it isn't what you'd deem a typical neutral shade selection and yet totally wearable.

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Palette Review
MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Palette Review

There's not really much to say about the packaging as with all MAC packaging the bulk is constructed from plastic which makes it durable and long lasting - not to mention easy to wipe clean. The only thing I dislike about ready made MAC quads (colour selection aside) is that the shades are not easily removed meaning you can not chop and change shades within your existing MAC eyeshadow collection. On the plus side any MAC ready made eyeshadow quad does work out cheaper than purchasing four individual MAC eyeshadows and a separate MAC palette as a heads up.

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Palette Review
MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Palette Review

Anyway back to the shades within the MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Palette - four cool toned eyeshadows, two of which are oddly green toned and the others mauve/purple. As someone who tends to stockpile neutral eyeshadows this is not a typical purchase for me and yet I can not stop reaching for it. Soft, muted pops of colour that blend with ease and have a certain Autumnal vibe. The shades are as follows: My Fantasy (veluxe pearl) - a soft, light golden olive that is bizarrely cool in tone. Fall in Lust (frost) - a light, purple tinged mauve with a strong cool grey undertone. Rising Passions (velvet) - a golden glitter based deep green, a great smoky eye shade and lastly Dance in the Dark (matte) - an almost black deepest purple. Personally I like to blend Fall in Lust all over my eye lid and define using Dance in the Dark, it really compliments my blue/grey eyes and blonde hair. The green combo has been my go to for evening wear too. Like I said not my typical shade selection but surprisingly wearable.

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Palette Review
MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Palette Review

All of the shadows within the MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Palette are well pigmented which can be improved upon if teamed with a primer or applied wet. They are well formulated so that there is next to no product fall out despite their slightly dry texture. In terms of wear I find that as with all MAC eyeshadows on my oily lids they stay put for around 5 hours before creasing but with a primer they stay firmly in place until I decide to remove them. Although not one for green or purple eye make up in general I really rate the MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Palette and would recommend it to all who want to add a little pop of colour into their make-up bag. It is also a great palette for beginners. 

MAC A Novel Romance Eyeshadow Palette £30 via Debenhams - link.