Monday, 29 September 2014

Selfridges Enchanted Spells Beauty Advent Calendar 2014



You know Christmas is coming when Selfridges announces the forthcoming launch of its super popular beauty advent calendar!



The Enchanted Spells Calendar is packed full of a range of gorgeous, luxury products from cult brands including Lancôme, Yves Saint Laurent, Kiehl’s and Viktor and Rolf to name but a few.



Available from this Thursday, the Enchanted Spells Advent Calendar will set you back £85- expensive I know, but it would make an amazing early crimbo present for any beauty lover!

Sign up now HERE to be the first to know when it’s available online.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector



I’m probably really late the this party, but I’ve recently discovered and fallen head over heels in love with Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector.

It has the shine of a gloss, the nourishing loveliness of a balm and a delicate hint of natural colour to make your lips look totally beautiful.




Available in 6 subtle shades, I am already on a mission to own them all!

I love the pretty tube which is coloured to reflect the shade within, topped with the signature Clarins gold lid.

Gently squeeze the tube to release the product which is dispensed onto a soft, fluffy tip, a genius idea if you ask me! 




Not only does it feel lovely and soft when applied to my lips but it means you avoid the slippage you may otherwise encounter with plastic application tips.

The gel itself is silky smooth and light in texture, smells amazing and is sheer in colour. The product pictured is Shade 1, Rose Shimmer.




It offers a lovely high shine but without even a hint of stickiness often associated with lip glosses, which I hate.

While delicate in tone, it has just enough colour to be worn alone, or applied over the top of another lip shade to add shine and moisture.




It’s just so pretty and it tastes really yummy too!

You can collect your Lip Perfector’s now and each one costs £18.

The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Eye Concentrate



Drops Of Youth Eye Concentrate is the fab new anti ageing eye product from The Body Shop.

This latest eye innovation follows the launch of the best selling, award winning Drops of Youth Concentrate and claims to smooth the appearance of bags, lines and fatigue.




The eye concentrate is enriched with the stem cells of a rare flower called Edelweiss, which offers potent renewal properties to support your skins renewal for smoother, younger looking skin.

Well, I couldn’t think of a better person to test it on than myself, given that with a nearly 9 month old I am pretty much always sporting monster eye bags, lines and am constantly fatigued!




The Product itself is encased within a roller ball applicator, popular with many eye products.

To dispense the product you need to press the roller ball pump down, but you may need to do this quite firmly. 




The concentrate then covers the ball, at which point you can apply it to your eye area, ideally in a figure of 8 motion, before gently patting over it to ensure it is absorbed into your skin.

I liked the cooling, relaxing feeling of the roller ball over my skin and the fact that I wasn’t overwhelmed with too much product being dispensed.





The concentrate was light, silky and absorbed quickly into my skin.

I used this day and night for a week and after 7 days I’d definitely say that I could see a reduction in the darkness of my eye bags and my eye area did look less tired.




I didn’t notice any difference with my lines, sadly, but I was pleasantly surprised to see any difference to be honest as the majority of eye products I’ve tried seem to do very little other than nourish the area.

The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Eye Concentrate is available now and costs £18.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Lady Gaga Eau de Gaga



Eau de Gaga is the second, hotly anticipated fragrance from Lady Gaga.

Like the lady herself, this fragrance, this unique fragrance couldn’t be more different from her first, Fame.




Eau de Gaga is described as ‘an extremely sexy and arousing smell for all genders’. Yep, that’s right. It’s a unisex fragrance.

I’ve never been that convinced about unisex fragrances, and this fragrance is no different. 




In one way, I really like it, in another, it just reminds me of something my hubby would wear and I find that rather confusing!

 I found the packaging and bottle very masculine, with it’s with black, sharp, rectangular bottle and silver face. It definitely doesn’t scream feminine or girly.




My initial reaction when I first smelt it was that it smelt like a men’s fragrance.
 
It has that certain woody,masculine, musky smell that I associate with the type of fragrance my hubby wears, but once I’d  adjusted to it, I could smell the fresh lime and florals coming through.




Notes of white violet blend with the lime and woody tones to create what I would describe as a confusing experience for me!

 I like it, but I can’t decide if that’s because I want to wear it, or I want my man to!




I do love that Gaga has decided to create such a unique fragrance, it’s so in sync with her personality it’s untrue and if definitely one to try, if only out of curiosity.

Eau de Gaga is available now and costs £32 for 50ml.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Benefit Majorette Booster Blush



Majorette is the newest addition to the Benefit blush collection!

Unlike Benefit’s cult Box O’Powder range, Majorette is a stunning, creamy booster blush.





Designed to be worn either alone or under one of their box o’powders, this blush gives you the opportunity to create a huge range of different looks.




The cream to powder formula is gorgeous and the colour is divine. The cream melts into your skin and blends perfectly, allowing you to create a strong or more subtle look, depending on what you’re after. 




While it may look a rather strong peach in its packaging, when applied to your skin it takes on a more pinky -peach shade, which flatters even my milky white skin tone.


Majorette


I don’t normally rate cream blushes due to my oily complexion, but I didn’t even experience a hint of greasiness with Majorette as it transformed into a soft, shine free powder finish pretty much instantly.


Now I realise that this has no bearing whatsoever on how well this blush works, but I need to point out that it smells incredible! I haven’t be able to put my finger on the exact scent, but to me it smells like orange sherbert, which was most pleasant!


Majorette with Hervana


So, having tried it alone, given that Majorette can be used under your regular Benefit blush, I tried it with Hervana.

 You know what, It actually looked pretty and seemed to give the Hervana blush a bit more ‘pop’, making it bolder and more of a statement.




 You can get your own Majorette blush now from Benefit and it costs £23.50.