Sunday, 30 October 2011
The two eyeshadows are French Vanilla (Deluxe size £18) which is a slightly warm toned vanilla and Soft Grey (£12) true medium grey.
Both of the shadows have a matte formula. The texture is really smooth, applies evenly with good pigment and blends with ease.
The collection also includes the Brush 62 Fan (£28), its flat, with an arched shape.
It feels lightweight and gently against the skin. I think this brush is genius, it applies a light dusting of product, never over done, its also great for precision cheekbone highlighting and for applying a whisper of powder to set my under eye concealer.
For size comparison here is the brush against the medium compact
The Bronzer in Golden (£22) is limited edition. Its very smooth, has good pigment and applies really well.
As I am very pale there are very few bronzers I can wear so I was surprised this worked for me. I think application with the fan brush helped as it applies a sheer veil of colour. The shade is a medium gently shimmered bronze with a golden glow. It doesn't go on with any red or orange tones like a lot of bronzers do. It works to give definition and a healthy natural glow, I also really like it applied to the eyes in the crease.
Swatches below: French Vanilla, Soft Grey, Golden Bronzer, Golden Bronzer blended in.
The light wasn't so good today so I'll try and get some eye look pictures up for you soon.
The collection also includes a SPF 15 lipstick in shade Mulberry, a Beauty Booster SPF 15 Lip Gloss and a Beauty Booster SPF 15 Lip Balm. I really want to get the Mulberry lipstick, its not currently on the Selfridges website to buy separately so I'll keep my eye out for it, of course while perusing the website I had to console myself and buy a few other Trish McEvoy goodies instead so I'll be showing you those soon.
Trish McEvoy are available online from selfridges.com
Disclosure: I was sent these items for free.
Saturday, 29 October 2011
Is your makeup doing a disappearing act in the middle of day? Keep your makeup fresh and glowing all day long with Skindinavia Makeup Finishing Spray. Prime Beauty is giving away two, enter now!
Everyday Beauty reviewed Glazed Lips L301, the final red in the "Ellis Red" trio.
Beauty, Bacon and Bunnies warns us it's getting cold outside and soon the holidays will be upon us. Always in the know, Joey brings us Part 1 the Holiday 2011 Limited Edition Collections.
Paula, from Older Girl Beauty, talks about her new site "It's Just Lipstick", where she and Meredith, from Retrodiva's Beauty, discuss makeup & trends in their own irreverent way in their weekly podcast & Spreecast.
Modesty Brown shares her small but perfectly formed collection of NARS eyeshadow duos. Well, perfectly formed if you're a fan of taupe!
Have you found the L’Oreal Paris Project Runway displays yet? Beauty Info Zone wants to you to see some of the gorgeous Watchful Owl products available. They are worth a search.
Can pale people wear gold lipstick? Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed sadly finds out that the answer to that is "no" but feel free to come and mock her anyhow!
Have you had a chance to try any Kiehl's products yet? If not (or even if you're already a fan!), stop by Lipstick Musings to enter the giveaway for a Kiehl's "Favorites" Kit. It's got something for everyone!
Visionary beauty takes a look at the Perle delight of the Guerlain ombre-eclat-4-shade palette in Les Perles.
Juicy! Juicy! Juicy! See what gorgeous Rouge Bunny Rouge lipstick has Perilously Pale drooling.
London Makeup Girl has a weakness for Chantecaille Lip Chics, and succumbed to one of the new shades from the Autumn collection. Have a look at it on her here: Chantecaille Calla Lily Lip Chic applied.
Looking for great quality professional brushes at a good price? You might be interested in Kim Professional Makeup Brushes. Pammy Blogs Beauty scopes them out!
Friday, 28 October 2011
The Luminous Cheek Colour (£29) has a smooth texture, however its not got a soft/creamy feel like some brands, I'd actually say it feels on the dryer side and as a result of this I found the colour tended to grab onto my dry skin and I do have to blend more than normal. The colour is a warmed pink rose and it is very pigmented, I apply this very lightly.
The finish is not shimmery, nor does it seem completely matte, it just gives a flush with a hint of a glow. I'd say the wear is average.
Swatched below:Swiped on the left, blended on the right
Whilst I really like the shade it hasn't made me crave any more D&G blushers as I do prefer the texture/application of my By Terry and Rouge Bunny Rouge blushers. I guess this falls under the nice to have but not a must have category.
I bought this from Harrods.com
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Although I know people who are gluten intolerant I assumed the symptoms were just of a digestive nature. The blog mentions that skin symptoms could be things like "redness, dryness, itching and rashes". After reading this I started doing some searches and a lot of people link a direct correlation to gluten in their diet to ill effects on their skin. A lot of the skin symptoms seem close to what I get, especially unexplained sensitivities.
Given that the skin cycle is meant to be 28 days I have decided to go gluten free for at least a month to see what, if any benefit it brings me.
So this is where it begins.
One thing I can say is that cutting out gluten in your diet is expensive, not only do the items cost that bit extra but I have made a lot of bad buys ( I have tried 5 different brands of bread in the run up to this test and all have been terrible).
From doing my searches quite a lot of people seemed to find a benefit with changing their skincare to gluten free as well so I followed suit and have changed completely over to the Pai range.
I have read a lot of positives from going gluten free; feeling more healthy, less tired, clearer skin and losing weight. I'll be back in about a months time to let you know how it goes.
All the items in the photos I bought myself.
Sunday, 23 October 2011
The palette contains a light baby pink, white, silver and a smoky grape.
I had a bit of hesitation when I initially saw this at the counter as I thought it would go on overly frosty and the three lighter colours would just be too light so that they looked stark.
I have been proved wrong, instead of a frost I would say the look is shimmery and luminous and the silver and grape have enough colour to give definition.
I think this is a beautiful palette and Guerlain are really up there for me in terms of eye shadows; smooth, good pigment and they just blend so well I really don't have to work with them at all to get the look I want.
I bought this from Debenhams
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Friday, 21 October 2011
or slightly more graduated,
Hopefully you can see the colours, sunlight is fleeting and these were the most realistic I could get.
I bought the palette from Selfridges.com, my original review is here
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Nordland is a smoky deep taupe purple, it has a satin finish base and tiny micro glitter.
Lonely Splendor is a slightly warm taupe, it has a satin finish (shadows are £14.50 each).
The eyeshadows feel smooth although I wouldn't say they have that creamy, soft texture like brands such as Rouge Bunny Rouge. They have a good level of pigmentation and application colour is reflective of how they look in the pan. They blend nicely and I noticed they had little fall out compare to a lot of other brands. Worn with a base these last all day. These colours aren't necessarily going to set your world on fire but they are great basics that you'll no doubt find yourself reaching for often.
The next two products are part of a GWP ( currently still available from lookfantastic its worth £32.50 but is free when you buy any 2 products from Sue Devitt).
Eye Intensifer Pencil in Laos (£18) is a deep bronze/brown with a slightly shimmered/metallic finish.
It has very good pigmentation, applies smoothly and is not dry nor overlay creamy. As the tip is quite large I use this as a shadow rather than a liner.
Eye Rollerball Eyeshadow in Bambari (£14.50) is a very shimmery/glittery warm gold/beige.
Its a loose powder contained in a tube with a roller ball applicator. It glides on with no tugging and the colour is buidable. Its extremely easy and quick to use and I didn't experience any fall out. It does require a primer to get it to last the day.
Swatches of all products:
I'm really pleased with all the items and I will be looking into getting more from the brand.
I bought the shadows from lookfantastic.com
Sunday, 16 October 2011
As I was buying online haven't not seen the product I was initially drawn to my usual pinky/rose natural shades, however my lovely blogger friend Lakshmi recommended the shade #250 Desirable (£24) for me, its not a shade I would have normally gone for as it looks so very brown in the tube, however Lakshmi is always good at recommending things for me so I trusted her opinion.
This shade is stunning,whilst there is brown/nude tones there it also has a bit of rose, its just a beautiful glossy neutral with a bit of warmth and an extra shiny finish.
Its a pleasure to apply this beautifully smooth,creamy and moisturising lightweight formula.I'd say wear is average.
For me I say this is a product that does deliver what its meant to as it does give the look of a gloss with the benefits of a lipstick texture (not heavy sticky or tacky)
This is scented.
I bought this from Harrods
Saturday, 15 October 2011
Beauty, Bacon, Bunnies investigates the Real Techniques Starter brush set to see how it compares to other brands. Find out what she discovered.
Beauty Crazed loves the Maybelline fall collection so much they feel compelled to share it – come visit them for a chance to win it!
Beauty Info Zone has a one of a kind giveaway from Dan Read Cosmetics. The winner will have a phone consultation with Dan Read who will help her pick out a customized look to win from his brand. You’ll want to check this one out.
At Everyday Beauty, Zuzu’s Petals was surprised by how much she liked Alima Pure’s loose mineral eyeshadows.
This week, Shannon at Lipstick Musings finally got around to checking out one of the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre shadows in #86, Ebloui. Better late than never, right? See what she thought and take a look at her EOTD!
This week, London Makeup Girl decided that rules are made to be broken and used sparkle everywhere with Kose Addiction. See how it turned out here: Kose Addiction Sparkly Face.
Makeup Merriment shares three new treasures from Le Metier de Beaute that are sure to make you blush!
Modesty Brown talks about her makeup hoarding habits and set herself a weekly challenge to get those neglected items back in circulation.
My Beauty Bunny is giving away a cooling Polar Pillow ($99 value)!
It’s time for Monthly Favorites again! Check out what made Pammy Blogs Beauty’s list for September 2011 Star Products.
Perilously Pale has been seduced by the stunning, natural beauty of this Edward Bess Highlighter .
Styrch at Pretty in Dayton indulges in Chanel once again and is not dissapointed.
The leaves are changing color, the air is crisp and Prime Beauty tells us about her 5 must-have beauty products are for fall…..so far.
Visionary Beauty has a look at the mostly matte, bold Vol. 6 Neo-Classic eye palette from Hourglass.
Have you heard about the Halloween Mega Beauty Blogger Giveaway? If you haven’t you are missing out on the chance to win a $500 e gift card to Sephora. Several of our Beauty Spotlight Team members are participants in this so visit one of their blogs to enter: Beauty Info Zone, Makeup Merriment, My Beauty Bunny and Prime Beauty.
Friday, 14 October 2011
The Natural Beauty Eye Shadow Palette (£19.50) took centre stage on the Fall/New products display. Once home I googled it and apparently it is not a new product at all but part of the 2010 Autumn collection, this doesn't sit well for me as I don't want to be thinking I am buying something that is new/on trend when its actually an old release.
It contains 13 small eyeshadows. Predominately neutrals with an orange thrown in, it mixes mattes and shimmers.
Whilst some of the shadows are lacking in pigment and a bit dry, the formula is definitely better compare to that in the travel palettes. The shades are very wearable and you can really get a lot of looks from this.
Overall, for the price, I think this is a really versatile and useful palette to have. One gripe I do have is that the packaging is rather flimsy, I don't know how well the plastic see through lid will hold up so I keep my stored separately so that nothing is against it.
I also bought the new brighten & correct concealer (£18).
It features the same swirl appearance of some of their foundation/primers. Whilst this is advertised more for under the eyes, I really like this mixed in with my foundation. It gives another notch of concealment and a subtle brightening/illuminating effect. It feels lightweight, non drying and is quite buildable without going cakey.
Its a good colour match (I have this in the lightest shade called fair). Swatched below L-R: Touche Eclat shade 2, Stila Fair, Diorskin Nude 001 ivory
I really like this and will be buying another when I have used this up.
Finally I got the cool lip gloss trio (£10).
I'm not a fan of sticky, tacky glosses (which these are) but I have always really liked the colours, high shine and long wear of the lip glazes and for this great price I thought it would do not harm to add these to my collection.
The trio consists of Grapefruit (cool pink with a touch of brightness), Seashell (pinky beige), Raisin (rosy plum). All contain a bit of shimmer and are scented.
Swatches L-R: Grapefruit, Raisin, Seashell.
I bought all these from Boots