Monday, 24 June 2013

NOTD: Models Own Blooming Pink with Barry M Pink Sapphire Glitter

I have a nice cheerful mani to share with you, this is Models Own Blooming Pink topped with Barry M Pink Sapphire Glitter polish.

I applied two coats of Models Own Blooming Pink which had a very nice, easy to apply formula. Then followed by two coats of Barry M Pink Sapphire Glitter which was a little hard to get to apply evenly. Two coats did the trick and the result was this shimmery, glittery pretty pink mani.

Both polishes are permanent, so easy to find and are both very cheap, Models Own polishes cost £5 each and Barry M glitter polishes cost £2.99 each, but there's usually some sort of an offer on these either at Boots or Superdrug.

See more pictures after the jump!

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Want It! Christian Dior Mystic Metallics Collection for Fall 2013

It seems that the weather in the UK has decided that it's already autumn, so it's very appropriate for me to continue showing you the upcoming fall collections. Today I have the Dior one to tell you about. It's called Mystic Metallics and it features 2 beautiful eyeshadow palettes as well as some new mono eyeshadows called Diorshow Fusion Mono which I suspect is Dior's take on Chanel's Illusion D'Ombres, cream eyeshadows with a bouncy texture.

There are also some new nail polishes including a green magnetic one (a little late to the game, but I personally do like magnetic nail polishes, they're the lazy way to create cool nail art), and 13 new shades of Diorblush. You can find the entire collection details over at Totally Blond.

See lots more pictures after the jump!

Friday, 21 June 2013

Want It! Lancome L'Absolu Desir Collection for Fall 2013

Lancome are always coming out some gorgeous limited edition blushes and the fall collection is no different. Just look at that pretty powder! The rest of the collection is also nice, although I think I have enough lipsticks for the next 10 years, so I will probably skip them. There are also 3 nail polishes in the collection, but I think thopse are permanent shades. Kate Winslet is looking gorgeous in the promo pictures, very sophisticated and classy.

The collection is launching in August 2013.

See more pictures after the jump!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Want It! Guerlain Voilette de Madame Collection for Fall 2013

Hello! Yes, I'm still alive. Sorry I've been MIA, I've had a very busy last few weeks and I've also seem to have gone off make up and blogging. I'm sure I will get my mojo back eventually, but until then, I'm afraid posts will be few and far between. Sorry.

For now I have images and details of Guerlain's upcoming fall collection named Voilette de Madame. A very classy, feminine and elegant collection with strong colours, absolutely beautiful. The star item is a stunning Blush G and there are some beautiful new Rouge G lipsticks and Gloss D'Enfer glosses, and a whole lot of new 2 colour eyeshadow palettes that are permanent additions to the line.

The collection is due out in August and these are the details:

Guerlain 4-Colours Blush – New & Limited Edition

Lipstick Rouge G – Limited Edition

#860 Madame Batifole – bright fuchsia
#861 Madame Flirte – pink red
#862 Madame Reve – deep pink

Lip Gloss D’Enfer- New Shades

#860 Madame Batifole – shimmery fuchsia
#861 Madame Flirte – shimmery red
#863 Madame Fascine – deep plum

Nail Lacquer – New Shade

#860 Madame Batifole – fuchsia

L’Ecrin 2 Couleurs Eyeshadow – New

#01 Two Rock
#02 Two Stylish
#03 Two Extravagant
#04 Two Gossip
#05 Two Candy
#06 Two Parisian
#07 Two Lovely
#08 Two Spicy

Eye Pencil

#01 Black Jack
#02 Jackie Brown
#03 Deep Purple
#04 Katy Navy
#05 Amber Silver

See lots more pictures after the jump!

Monday, 3 June 2013

Want It! Chantecaille Wild Horses Palette for Fall 2013

You know me, show me a pretty palette and I'm all over it. So of course I want to get my hands on Chantecaille's newest palette for the fall/autumn, called Wild Horses. As ever, 5% of proceeds will go to charity, this time to the Humane Society to help their efforts in conserving the land on which the animals roam.

Included in the range is the Wild Horses Palette, £74 containing a quad of warm, neutral eyeshadows, with a chestnut golden brown, creamy beige, a dusky flush of pink and a strong black which can also be used as a liner. With a slight shimmer, a super creamy powder texture and effortless blending qualities, it's all you need to evoke a sunset-inspired look for next season. The pretty casing is also a keeper - a refillable compact that you can use again and again. - See more details at Get The Gloss!

Available from September 2013 in Space NK, Harrods, Fenwick Bond Street and Liberty.

See more pictures after the jump!

Monday, 20 May 2013

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadows Review and Swatches

When I heard about Urban Decay releasing some new, very sparkly eyeshadows, I of course had to check them out. They came out in 7 shades and I picked up 4 (for now?). I got Glitter Rock, Intergalactic, Stargazer and Zodiac.

This is the description on the Debenhams website: "Urban Decay launches Moondust Eyeshadow, a dazzling innovation in eyeshadow with a super-refined and incredibly sophisticated feel. Forget EVERYTHING you know about glitter eyeshadow. Moondust is like NO OTHER shadow. There's not a speck of chunky "teen glitter" be found in these babies. Microfine bits of iridescent sparkle collide with intense, dreamy hues and lush 3-D metallics - for an effect that's out of this world. And while some traditional sparkly shadows tend to look cheap, Moondust has a really luxe, upscale vibe and a gorgeous, diamond-like effect." These are definitely very sparkly. They are also pretty pigmented, so you actually get a lot of colour as well as a lot of sparkle. Initially they reminded me of the Stardust eyeshadows, but these are a lot more intense, both in colour and also in sparkle.

These eyeshadows are not only very sparkly, but they're also duochrome, some more than others, in particular Stargazer which has a gorgeous green duochrome to it. Zodiac is my favourite of the 4, it is amazingly intense and is full of green, blue and gold sparkles. I found Glitter Rock and Intergalactic quite similar on the eyes, although they swatched more differently, but Stargazer and Zodiac gave a great contrasting look.

Urban Decay recommends you apply these using your fingers, I swatched them with my fingers, but I prefer applying eyeshadows on my eyes with brushes for precision. These eyeshadows can be used dry or wet for more intensity. I haven't tried them wet yet. As for glitter fallout, there was surprisingly little, I mostly only had some during application and blending. Once I cleaned it up, I didn't notice much glitter fallout. I would say that if you didn't like glitter, you'd probably wouldn't want to go anywhere near these anyway since they are so sparkly. But they definitely didn't spread all over my face. I didn't notice any creasing either (I used them over Too Faced Shadows Insurance) and they looked vibrant all through the day. 

These eyeshadows come in the usual round Urban Decay eyeshadow compacts and by the looks of them can probably be depotted and put into their new palettes (which I don't like one bit, but anyway). You get 1.5 g of product for £14. Urban Decay is stocked in Debenhams and House of Fraser, and they are currently on sale at BeautyBay (£12.46 each), although Zodiac isn't in stock.

See more pictures including swatches and a look I did using Stargazer and Zodiac after the jump!

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Blue Ribbon - Review and Swatches

I have another shade of Stila Smudge Stick to show you called Blue Ribbon. The name is a bit misleading because, well, it's not really blue. I'd say it's probably more of a steel blue, but definitely what I was expecting. Regardless, it's a nice colour.

Otherwise it's basically the same product as the other Smudge Sticks I have reviewed before (click here for my review). It is one of the more shimmery shades, but it's not glittery as such.

It has the same lovely, soft, easy to apply formula and it's long lasting, although I've never tested whether it's actually waterproof. It comes in the same twist up pen as the other Smudge Sticks and you still only get 0.28 g for £13.

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Friday, 17 May 2013

Mac Tropical Taboo Mineralize Collection for Summer 2013 Promo Pictures!

Finally we have promo pictures of the upcoming Mac Tropical Taboo collection. I was loving it before I saw the pictures, but I'm loving it even more so!

Due to be released in July in the US (and I'm guessing August in the UK), here are the collection details:

Mineralize Lipsticks

  • Lady at Play – Mid-tone cool tangerine
  • Divine Choice – Mid-tone cool pink cream
  • Midnight Mambo – Intense violet
  • Luxe Naturale – Light beige cream
  • Glamour Era – Mid-tone warm brown frost

Cremesheen Glass
  • Calypso Beat –Pale neutral pink
  • Fever Isle – Bright red coral
  • Japanese Spring – Pale mid-tone pink
  • Narcissus – Mid-tone eggplant

Lip Pencil
  • Hip ‘n’ Happy – Mid-tone blue pink
  • Have to Have It – Soft warm beige
  • Heroine – Bright purple
  • Ablaze – Bright apricot

Mineralize Skinfinish
  • Adored – Coral with light beige pearlized pigments
  • Rio – Bronze with bright pink pearlized pigments
  • Lust – Pale pink with cranberry pearlized pigments
  • Soft ‘n Gentle (permanent) – Gilded peach bronze
  • Gold Deposit (permanent) – Soft reflective golden bronze

Mineralize Blush
  • Sweet Samba –Dark pink with tan pearlized pigments
  • Exotic Ember – Orange with bronze pearlized pigments
  • Simmer – Burnt rose with peach/gold pearlized pigments

Mineralize Eyeshadow
  • Dare to Bare – Light cream with gold pearlized pigments
  • Carribean – Rose with pink and red pearlized pigments
  • Cha-Cha-Cha – Deep blue green with green pearlized pigments
  • Time to Tango – Lavendar with silver pearlized pigments
  • Bossa Blue – Royal blue with brown pearlized pigments
  • Tropica – Silver blue with purple pearlize pigments

Kohl Power Eye Pencil
  • Feline – Rich Black
  • Orpheus – Intense black with gold pearlized pigments

  • 187 Brush – Duo fibre face brush
  • 159 Brush – Duo fibre face brush
  • 287 Brush – Duo fibre eyeshadow brush

In Extreme Dimension Lash
  • Black
See lots more promo and individual product pictures after the jump!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

NOTD: Sephora Midnight Crawl

Firstly, I apologise about the lack of posts, or quality posts more like. I'm not too sure why, but I've been less interested in blogging and make up in general lately (although still really into nail polishes), so that's why I haven't been posting quite so often. I have a good few things to review, but I never seem to get around to it. I've also acquired a social life and have been going out 2 nights a week (or more!), so that probably doesn't help.

For now I only have a nail post, this one is Sephora's Midnight Crawl polish, a grey/purple/green duochrome similar to Wet n Wild Gray's Anatomy, but more purple and a bit more duochrome.

The formula was good, the brush in particular is fantastic and so easy to use, and it took 3 coats for the colour you see in the pictures. Sadly it did start chipping within 24 hours, so that's not great, but neither is it unusual for me.

The bottle is tiny, you get just 5 ml, but then it only costs €4.90 (just under £4), so can't argue with that. I ordered mine from the French Sephora by the way.

See more pictures after the jump!

Thursday, 9 May 2013

My Mac Art Of The Eye, Fashion Sets and Temperature Rising Collection Haul and Swatches

Okay, here's the last installment of my Mac haul posts. This one is actually a very small haul, despite Mac releasing so many collections in May. I was really only interested in the Extra Dimension products, but decided to pick up a few bits and bobs from other collections too.

I got Banafsaji eyeshadow from Art Of The Eye, Embrace Me eyeshadow from Fashion Sets and Caliente lipstick from Temperature Rising. I haven't actually worn the eyeshadows yet, but both swatched very nicely, they are both smooth and pigmented. I have worn Caliente lipstick and have included a lipswatch picture at the end of this post. Caliente is a dazzle lipstick (you might remember them from a few years ago), but it's actually not too gritty at all. Yes, it is sparkly and glittery, but the glitter particles are very small and the lipstick feels quite smooth on the lips. It's a lovely purpley bronze colour and I think it's great for summer.

All of these products are limited edition, but I think they are still available, if not online, check your counter (except for the Art Of The Eye collection which is a Mac website exclusive I believe). The eyeshadows cost £12 for 1.5 g and the lipstick is £15.50 for 3 g (which is £1.50 than usual because of the matte brown packaging - which is admittedly quite nice).

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

My Mac In Extra Dimension Haul and Swatches - Eyeshadows

Here's part 3 of my epic Mac In Extra Dimension haul, the eyeshadows. I only bought 4 out of 6 as the silver one really didn't interest me and I'm pretty sure I have a very similar one to the mauve one. These four, or in particular 3, are quite a different story.

Dimensional Blue is nice, but it doesn't have the same duochrome effect as the other three. Triple Impact has gorgeous purple sheen to it, Zestful has green and Opalesse has pink duochrome. They look stunning swatched on my arm. Admittedly they are quite sheer and don't show up half as well on the eyes, but they still give a soft, ethereal effect and I'm thinking they might really pop over a black base (haven't tried them yet though). They have a creamy, soft texture like that I would expect from these, so I'm happy with them.

You get a measly 2 g for £16.50. Although they are limited edition, they are all still available, so for once I could actually review/post about something from Mac that didn't sell out in 2 seconds.

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Monday, 6 May 2013

My Mac In Extra Dimension Haul and Swatches - Blushes

Another post about my Mac In Extra Dimension haul, this time it's the blushes. While I'm not doing an in depth review, I have included the swatches for you to see. All of these have now sold out on the Mac website, but are still available from Debenhams and House of Fraser among others.

Although I'm not doing a proper review, I have to add that I'm not too happy about these blushes, they swatched badly and don't seem to apply much better with a brush either. I haven't tried them all yet, but the ones I've tried hardly showed up on me and those were the brighter ones! They don't have that soft, cream-like texture as the skinfinishes, which I guess is good on one hand, especially if you don't like metallic looking cheeks, but also not that great on the other hand.

Anyway, these cost £19 for 6.5 g and are all limited edition.

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Sunday, 5 May 2013

My Mac In Extra Dimension Haul and Swatches - Skinfinishes

Finally, the day had come when I could get my hands on the new Mac collection, In Extra Dimension. And here's what I got, first up the skinfinishes. I haven't used them yet, but I have swatched them, so I'll include the swatch pictures as well. I decided to do it this way in case they sell out quickly, at least you can see the swatches.

Midnight is "helping"

So I got all 3 skinfinishes, all of them have 2 shades in them, so technically 6 shades.You get 9 g for £21.50.

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Friday, 3 May 2013

My Recent Nail Polish Hauls Part 2

This is the second part of my nail polish hauls, you can see the first part here. I'm also expecting another large Enchanted Polish order to arrive, but this is all for now. I'm going to concentrate on showing you my newest make up purchases, I actually have bought some make up for a change!

Llarowe order

See more pictures after the jump!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Vault Now Available!

Just a heads up, the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Vault is now available exclusive on the Debenhams website. Apparently there are only 40 of them available in the UK, so if you want it, grab it now!

It costs £240 and you can order it from here.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder Duo - Review and Swatches

I'm embarassed to admit how long I've had this product for and still never got around to reviewing it. I bought this in May last year, photographed it, swatched it, maybe even wore it, but never managed to write up a review. Not sure why. Anyway, I am doing it now, so never mind.

Too Faced Candlelight Glow Highlighting Powder is a split pan powder, one side being white gold, the other very light pink. When swatched, the pink side is slightly pinker, but to be honest, the difference is barely noticable. This is the description I copied from BeautyBay:

"Too Faced Candlelight Glow is a luxurious highlighting powder duo which warms and brightens the complexion for instant radiance. Inspired by Too Faced’s original Absolutely Invisible Powder Candlelight this new formula offers a more intense luminosity and a more ethereal glow. Photolite Technology filters, fractures and diffuses harsh lighting to create an enchanting, youthful glow and preventing skin from looking washed out or chalky. With a duo of multi-use shades the pressed powder formula is easy to apply for a quick all over glow. The sheer golden powder warms the skin tone whilst the gilded rose shade brightens and illuminates the complexion. Use each shade alone to target specific areas or swirl together for instant radiance."

It is different from the original Candlelight powder in that this seems to be a more pressed, creamier version (the original one kicks up a lot of dust when you swirl your brush in it). It's not a cream product, mind, it's still definitely powder, just a lot less powdery. Colourwise it's pretty much the same, like I said, I struggle to see the difference between the white gold and the pink halves. It is also very similar to Nars Albatross highlighter, so if you own that or the original Candlelight powder, I don't think you need this as well. I got it because it's so pretty and I'm a sucker for pretty powders. It does give a nice glow and it's certainly not shimmery, so if you're looking for a subtle highlighter, this may be for you.

You get 10 g of product and it costs £25. You can find it at Boots and BeautyBay, and other online retailers. I don't think this is a limited edition product since I bought it nearly a year ago.  

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Monday, 29 April 2013

My Recent Nail Polish Hauls Part 1

As you'll have noticed, make up reviews have been few and far between on the blog lately. I managed to do just 4 of them in the last 3 weeks. I don't know why, I'm just not that drawn to make up at the moment, and what little I've bought I hardly had time to photograph, swatch and test out. However, I have been buying nail polish like it's going out of fashion (I have long given up on my nail polish no-buy as you might've suspected). Over the past couple of years I have discovered many great brands and have been spending my time looking online, stalking launches and getting excited about lovely colours. So I thought, I might as well show you all my lovely nail polish hauls. Enjoy!

Layla holo polishes

As the title says, this is part 1, there were just too many pictures to fit into one post. Part 2 coming soon!

See more pictures after the jump!

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Scent Of The Month / Stash Highlight: Yves Saint Laurent Paris Eau de Printemps

This is a slightly different Scent Of The Month post as I'm going to show you more than one perfume. Yves Saint Laurent Paris was my first proper grown-up perfume, I always wanted one and my then boyfriend got it for me for Christmas when I was 18. So for over half of my life now I have loved and regularly used it. Every year YSL also release a limited edition springtime, lighter version of Paris. The original scent isn't exactly heavy, but the springtime one is even more suitable for warmer months.

As I am utterly rubbish at describing scents, I've copied the description of the original Paris EDP/EDT from the YSL website: "At the heart of this tribute to the city of love, the delicate rose reveals a profound and enchanting personality. Fresh and subtle, the top notes of Violet, Bergamot and Orange blossom flirt with tenderness and happiness. The intense floral middle note reveals all the splendour of Rosa Centifolia and Iris, warmed by woody and sensual base notes of Sandalwood, Amber and Vanilla."

As you can see, I have 7 different bottles of Paris Eau de Printemps, including the newest 30-year-anniversary one (second from top left corner of the picture above) called Premieres Roses (the name has been used in several years, but the bottles/boxes all have different designs, although I can't be certain whether the fragrances are the same as well).

They are actually really affordable at £30 and you get a massive 125 ml for your money, which means that it's not possible to use up during one season. That is why I still have so many unused ones, but I can't not buy them because they are just so lovely.

Do you have an all time favourite fragrance? Please share in the comments!

See another picture after the jump!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Periwinkle - Review and Swatches

I feel really bad now reviewing this eyeliner because I've just looked on the Stila website and it's sold out now, and I believe this was a limited edition. But I've taken the pictures, so I might as well write up the review, right?

This shade was part of the Stila spring collection, but it's basically the same product as the other Smudge Sticks I have reviewed before (click here for my review). The shade is called Periwinkle and that's exactly what it is, a periwinkle blue shade (it is more purple in real life, but my camera refuses to pick up purples properly). This one isn't shimmery/glittery like some of the other shades, so that may be a plus for those who don't like glittery eyeliners. I don't mind either way and it's a gorgeous colour, so I'm happy.

It has the same lovely, soft, easy to apply formula and it's long lasting, although I've never tested whether it's actually waterproof. It comes in the same twist up pen as the other Smudge Sticks and you still only get 0.28 g for £13.

As I said, this is a limited edition shade, but I have just checked an it's still in stock on the BeautyBay website and you may be able to find it from other retailers too. It's a lovely, springlike colour, so well worth picking up.

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Laura Mercier Folklore Collection Illuminating Eye Colour in Sun Glow, Fire Glow and Earth Glow

I already told you about this collection and now I can show you the eyeshadows I got which is basically all 3 of them! They are called Illuminating Eye Colours and they are pretty much exactly the same thing as these eyeshadows that came out last winter. Probably best if you read my previous review by clicking on the link because they are very very similar to last year's release.

Colourwise these new shades are warmer, more bronzy, summery shades. I've compared them to last years' colours and found that Fire Glow was more coppery/orangey than Gilded Rosegold, Sun Glow is more orange than Gilded Moonlight and Earth Glow is a much warmer brown shade than Gilded Bronze. The new shades also seem less metallic than the previous ones, but they still have plenty of sheen to them. No glitter and no fallout, and the formula is just as lovely, smooth and long lasting as last year's ones.

I would love it if Laura Mercier released these eyeshadows in more colours (I'm thinking of blues, greens, purples, pinks) as so far they've only done more earthy, natural colours which are nice, but I also love bright colours! These new 3 shades are perfect for the summer though, I've paired them up with Urban Decay 24/7 eyeshadow pencil in Clash which is a crazy bright turquoise shade and really makes the look pop.

These eyeshadows cost £18.50 which is actually £1.50 less than last year's ones and you still get 2.5 g for your money. I bought mine from House of Fraser, but Space NK also stocks them and on their website last year's Gilded Moonlight is still available!

See more pictures including swatches and a look I did with these eyeshadows after the jump!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Kiko Super Colour Eyeliner in 105 Jade Green

On a recent trip to Westfield I popped into the Kiko store and noticed their colourful liquid eyeliners. I picked up 105 jade Green, a colour I hadn't owned yet despite having loads of liquid eyeliners (mainly MUFE and Stila, but also other brands).

This is what Kiko say about the eyeliner: "Coloured Liquid Eyeliner in a water-resistant formula. Its water and polymer based formula creates a film of extra-brilliant no-transfer colour with great coverage. The light and gliding texture dries quickly adhering perfectly to eyelids, without fading or flaking. The innovative, cone-shaped applicator in soft felt makes application very comfortable, simple and perfectly measured, for a line that can go from thin to thick. Its special long-handled design ensures maximum control of application for lines that are always flawless. Exceptional by itself or on top of eyeshadow, eye pencil or classic eyeliner, Super Colour Eyeliner is available in 14 vibrant shades."

I'd say I agree with most of it, except that there is nothing innovative about the applicator as it's exactly the same as the above mentioned brands' applicators. Now that's not a bad thing, just nothing new. The formula is a little bit runny, watery for my liking and it takes a few goes to build up the colour and as a result it does take a little longer to dry, but once it's dry, it's going nowhere. However it comes off easily with oil based remover and unlike some other liquid eyeliners it dissolves rather than flakes off. Shade 105 Jade green is an almost duochromey light green shade with some yellow and blue shimmer to it depending on how the light hits it. Very pretty colour.

You get 1.7 ml for currently £3.90 (normally £6.90) which is a hell of a lot cheaper than MUFE and Stila, although I do feel that the formula isn't quite comparable, so I guess that's about alright.You can order it from Kiko's website (which I don't recommend due to a previous bad experience) or buy from a Kiko store in Westfield Stratford or Shepherd Bush.

See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

Saturday, 20 April 2013

NOTD: Marks & Spencer Autograph Ultimate Wear Nail Colour in City Grey

This is a rather pretty subtle but not boring in the slightest nail polish from Marks & Spencer. It's a lovely soft grey with pink shimmer that is very hard to capture, it looked much prettier in real life - as usual.

I did 3 coats and unfortunately managed to mess up my middle finger nail, and couldn't be bothered to start again, so that's why it doesn't look that great in the pictures. It also shows up the terrible state my nails are in (peeling, thin), especially on my index finger. All in all, not the best advert for this polish, but it was actually very nice. Very office/work friendly, but not dull in the slightest.

The formula was good and it didn't chip on me until day 2 which is good in my books. It's pretty cheap as well at £6. You get 11 ml which is a good size. I also bought this in Purple Rain which is a gorgeous sparkling berry colour, but I haven't used it yet.

See more pictures after the jump!

Friday, 19 April 2013

Want It! Too Faced Hello Sunshine Collection for Summer 2013

There's another summer collection that has tickled my fancy this year and it's the Too Faced summer collection. I especially love those cute little heart shaped bronzing pearls.

Herer are the collection details:

Sweetheart Beads Radiant Glow Face Powder – New & Limited Edition

Catch the light with buildable color and a hint of shimmer. Inspired by nature’s most flattering pink and golden-light at dusk, these multi-colored heart pearls blend to impart a lit-from-within radiance.

Summer Eye 2013 Summer Sexy Shadow Collection – New & Limited Edition

A hand-picked collection of nine exclusive resort-inspired eye shadows will be your temptation to take a vacation. Like all Too Faced palettes we’ve included a show-and-tell centerfold we call a Glamour Guide to give you instructions and a start on creating three Summer Eyes looks.

The palette features 9 shades: Seashell, Plumeria, Cocoa Beach, Peach Fuzz, Coral Crush, Chocolate Sun, Sunbeam, Mermaid, Toasted Coconut.

Sweet Sun Shine Lip Gloss – New

Watermelon Ice – pink
Papaya Slushie – coral
Mocha Freeze – bronze

Endless Summer 16 Hour Long-Wear Bronzer – New

All good things don’t have to end. Get a lit-from-within bronzed glow that lasts 16-hours or more courtesy of our exclusive “Double Bond” formula that combines staying power technology with long wear pigments. It’s a bronzer that works harder than you play.

Bronzed & Poreless Pore Perfecting Bronzer – New

Create radiant-looking skin with all-over natural warmth. Bronzed & Poreless is infused with the same pore-banishing and skin smoothing properties that made our original Primed & Poreless famous—with an added warm matte bronze finish. It’s the must-have little black dress of bronzers.

Sunny Bunny Natural Bronzer – New

Our most popular, dual-toned bronzer is a silky combination of a rich, goldenbronze and a classic bronze with a touch of pink undertone to achieveyear round bronzed perfection that mimics a natural tan without any of the orangey ick!

Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer – New

Bronzing has never been so delicious. Our chocolate-scented, shimmer-free, matte bronzer is perfect for contouring and creating an all-over deep tan using real antioxidant-rich cocoa powder. It’s all the tan without the twinkle.

Medium/ Deep
Light/ Medium

Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer – New

Four complementary shades are combined in this skin-perfecting bronzer to banish redness and rudiness, correct imperfections and add an all-over faux glow.

Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer – New

Ourlovely little leopard bronzer combines gorgeous shades of goldenbronzes, gilded pinks and neutral fawns to brighten skin and create aglorious all over glow that will have you looking sun-kissed any time ofthe year.

Beach Bunny Bronzer – New

Our deep, illuminating bronzing powder is a silky combination of four rich, sun-kissed bronzers and shimmers that create a perfect, deep summertime tan anywhere, any time of the year.

See lots more pictures after the jump!

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee in Heat Wave Review and Swatches

Finally, a product review! I bought this highlighter on my pre-birthday shopping trip during the school holiday, but only just got around to swatching it and wearing it. This highlighter is part of the Estee Lauder summer collection and is already out in House of Fraser, and will be coming to other retailers at the end of April.

Once again it's the new powder gelee formula and once again Estee Lauder got it so right. The formula is very similar to Mac's Extra Dimension Skinfinishes, very smooth and creamy with high frosty shine. Heat Wave is a gorgeous light gold colour, it gives a really nice sheen, but it's not glittery at all. Colourwise it is pretty much identical to Mac Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish. Swatched heavily there is a very slight difference, but once blended out, you really can't tell which is which. The powder comes with a sponge applicator, but I prefer to use a brush to apply and blend it with.

The powder costs £30 and you get 6 g which is 1.5 g more than previous colours of the same formula, but the compact is again the same as the regular Estee Lauder blush compact. It is smaller than Mac skinfinishes and more expensive, so if you bought Whisper of Gilt, you don't need this as well (unless you really want a back up). This is a limited edition product and these gelee powders sell out very quickly, so get yours while you can. Exclusively available at  House of Fraser until the end of April when it will be realeased nationwide at Debenhams, Boots and other retailers with Estee Lauder counters and online from all of the above plus the Estee Lauder website.

See more pictures after the jump!

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Giveaway Winner!

A big thank you to all of you who entered my giveaway which has now ended. I have the pleasure of announcing the winner:

Entry no. 233 Holly S.

Congratulations Holly! Be sure to e-mail me with your postal address, so I can send your prize to you asap!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

NOTD: Sally Hansen Nail Prisms in Ruby Diamond (Holographic)

Although school has now started, I've still been very busy trying to sort out my house, but it's all done now, so finally I will have some time to take pictures and swatch my new purchases (although there aren't that many actually), and also go shopping this week. But for now, I have a quick nail polish post for you.

Oh and don't forget to enter my GIVEAWAY, it ends at midnight (UK time) tonight!

So this is Sally Hansen Nail Prisms nail polish in Ruby Diamond which is a bright fuchsia pink holographic polish. It took 3 coats for this coverage, the polish was very runny and also slow drying. I used a top coat between the second and third coat not to dull the holo effect, but still try and make it last longer. I had a tiny chip in the first 24 hours and a few more chips the following day. Still, it was very pretty while it lasted.

I believe Sally Hansen Nail Prisms aren't available in the shops anymore, in fact in the UK they never were, but there are quite a lot of them on eBay which is where I got all mine from. The prices vary depending on the shades, but I managed to grab mine for around £6-7 each.

See more pictures after the jump!

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Want It! Mac Tropical Taboo Mineralize Collection for Summer 2013

I was so excited to find out about Mac's upcoming mineralize collection, I had to share the news with you straight away! I love mineralize products and this collection has a lot of new goodies for me to look forward to.I'm mostly interested in the mineralize skinfinishes, blushes and eyeshadows, but there are also some mineralize lipsticks, cremesheen glasses, lip pencils and other goodies included in this collection.

Not actual promo picture

Due to be released in July in the US (and I'm guessing August in the UK), here are the collection details:

Mineralize Lipsticks
  • Lady at Play – Mid-tone cool tangerine
  • Divine Choice – Mid-tone cool pink cream
  • Midnight Mambo –Intense violet
  • Luxe Naturale – Light beige cream
  • Glamour Era – Mid-tone warm brown frost

Cremesheen Glass
  • Calypso Beat –Pale neutral pink
  • Fever Isle – Bright red coral
  • Japanese Spring - Pale mid-tone pink
  • Narcissus – Mid-tone eggplant

Lip Pencil
  • Hip ‘n’ Happy – Mid-tone blue pink
  • Have to Have It – Soft warm beige
  • Heroine – Bright purple
  • Ablaze – Bright apricot

Mineralize Skinfinish
  • Adored – Coral with light beige pearlized pigments
  • Rio – Bronze with bright pink pearlized pigments
  • Lust – Pale pink with cranberry pearlized pigments
  • Soft ‘n Gentle (permanent) – Gilded peach bronze
  • Gold Deposit (permanent) – Soft reflective golden bronze

Mineralize Blush
  • Sweet Samba –Dark pink with tan pearlized pigments
  • Exotic Ember – Orange with bronze pearlized pigments
  • Simmer- Burnt rose with peach/gold pearlized pigments

Mineralize Eyeshadow
  • Dare to Bare – Light cream with gold pearlized pigments
  • Carribean –Rose with pink and red pearlized pigments
  • Cha-Cha-Cha – Deep blue green with green pearlized pigments
  • Time to Tango- Lavendar with silver pearlized pigments
  • Bossa Blue – Royal blue with brown pearlized pigments
  • Tropica - Silver blue with purple pearlize pigments

Kohl Power Eye Pencil
  • Feline – Rich Black
  • Orpheus – Intense black with gold pearlized pigments

  • 187 Brush – Duo fibre face brush
  • 159 Brush - Duo fibre face brush
  • 287 Brush - Duo fibre eyeshadow brush

In Extreme Dimension Lash
  • Black

Credit goes to Maneater Makeup

    Friday, 12 April 2013

    How To Wear Coloured Eyeliner?

    When the news about the Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil Vault emerged, I read a few comments from people saying they don't normally wear coloured eyeliner because they don't know how to. So I thoght I'd put together a little post to show you a few ideas on how to wear coloured eyeliner. All pictures are clickable and will take you to the post they were originally posted in, so you can also see full face pictures.

    I'd say there are 3 ways of using coloured eyeliner. One is to make an otherwise simple look pop. In the picture above I used black and beige eyeshadows, so I added a purple eyeliner on my bottom lashline to make it pop. In the picture below I used a gold eyeshadow and added purple eyeliner on both the top lashline (liquid) and the bottom lashline (pencil).

    See more pictures and ideas on how to wear coloured eyeliner after the jump!

    Thursday, 11 April 2013

    NOTD: Nails Inc Shepherds Market

    I believe this was a limited edition colour, I bought it as part of a set in TKMaxx, so not sure, but it's not on the Nails Inc website. Shepherds Market is a silver glitter polish with lots of multicoloured glitter. The glitter in it is very fine, and the coverage is very good, the pictures show two coats.

    The formula was nice and easy to apply. It did show up the imperfections on my nails and sadly chipped within the first 24 hours, so I wasn't pleased with that. It was fairly easy to remove at least.

    Nails Inc polishes cost £11 and you get 10 ml for your money. I find the quality variable, some are nice, some aren't that nice. To be honest, I don't think they're worth £11, so I try to buy them in sets in TKMaxx instead. They do have some lovely colours though.

    See more pictures after the jump!

    Tuesday, 9 April 2013

    NOTD: Eye Candy Colour Flip Nail Polish in Regally Yours

    Another quick NOTD post. Normal service will resume next week. Today I have Eye Candy Colour Flip Nail Polish in Regally Yours to show you. In the bottle this looks duochrome, but on the nails it's pretty much just a slightly purpley blue. It's a pretty colour, but it doesn't flip anywhere.

    I used 2 coats, the formula was lovely and it dried quickly. Really shame about the lack of duochrome as it's actually a pretty nice polish. It did chip rather quickly though, I had 2 small chips by the end of the first day and a lot more the second day.

    I bought it from Sainsbury's, it cost £8 and you get 12 ml for your money. It's an okay polish, pretty colour, but don't expect the duochrome you see in the bottle.

    See more pictures after the jump!

    Monday, 8 April 2013

    NOTD: Sally Hansen Fire Opal Nail Glaze in Flame Opal

    This week is the second week of the Easter school holidays and I haven't had any time to take any photos of new products, in fact I haven't actually bought much make up lately. I've mainly been focusing on nail polish (yes, I know I was supposed to be on a nail polish no-buy, but that didn't happen). So while I take time off of testing and reviewing new products, I thought I might as well try and get through my long back log of nail polish pictures. Normal service will resume next week.

    Today I have Sally Hansen Fire Opal Nail Glaze in Flame Opal to show you. I really love Sally Hansen Nail Prisms for their amazing duochrome quality and when I heard about the Nail Glazes, I thought I'd ought to try them. Just like the Nail Prisms, these are also very sheer and look best when applied on top of a black polish (by Barry M). The Nail Glaze was terribly runny and took 3 coats for a good enough coverage. It was nowhere near as duochrome as I expected it to be. Also it took forever to dry. And when I say forever, I mean it!

    I applied it around 9 pm and it was still soft the following day, it never really dried down properly despite using a quick drying topcoat. As a result I ended up with a very messed up middle finger nail, the polish basically got scrunched up when I was getting ready for bed. Really not great. The only one positive quality of the polish was that it didn't chip on me for 2 days (which is a big thing for me).

    These Sally Hansen polishes aren't available in the UK, I bought mine on eBay for a few dollars.

    See more pictures after the jump!

    Sunday, 7 April 2013

    NOTD: Nails Inc Park Lane and OPI Purple With A Purpose

    There are two things I love very much are combined in this mani: purple and glitter. I wore Nails Inc Park Lande over OPI Purple With A Purpose. I did 2 coats of the OPI polish and then one coat of the Nails Inc glitter polish on top.

    To be honest, you probably can't even see the OPI polish because Nails Inc Park Lane has a fantastic coverage in just one coat! Although in the pictures it looks like the base polish is peeping through, but it's not really, just how the light falls on my nails.

    Both formulas were lovely and I had very minimal chipping in the first 48 hours. The glitter polish was surprisingly easy to remove, so that was a bonus.

    Both of these polishes are permanent, I believe, so you should be able to find them quite easily. I think they both cost £11 each, the Nails Inc being 10 ml and the OPI 15 ml.

    The colours in the pictures are not at all accurate, so I included some I took with my phone camera, which are worse quality, but the colours are much truer to life.

    See lots of pictures after the jump!

    Friday, 5 April 2013

    Guerlain Rose Aux Joues Blush Duo 06 Red Hot Swatches and Review

    This is the last one of the (not so) new Guerlain Blush Duos that I've finally managed to get my hands on. After reviewing all the other shades I didn't feel like paying full price for this, so waited until I could find it much cheaper on eBay. I have to say though I'm actually pretty happy with this shade.

    Red Hot is made up of 2 shades, a reddish brown shade and a lighter coral-red. Both of them have a satin finish, no shimmer to speak of, but they do give a nice sheen. I have worn them separately as blushes, but you can also use the darker shade to contour and the lighter shade as a blush. The beauty of this is that you can do whatever you like.

    Both of them have okay pigmentation, I find that they apply better than they swatch (I use my fingers to swatch usually). I didn't have to be too careful not to overdo them, but they can be layered, so they will work well for darker skintones.

    These blushes cost £32.50 and you get 6 g of product which is not huge. I probably wouldn't pay full price for any of them, although they are nice, but I feel there are better blushes around for a lot less money.

    If you have missed my reviews of the other shades, you can check them out here: Peach Boy, Over Rose, Pink Punk, Chic Pink and Golden High.

    See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

    Wednesday, 3 April 2013

    Make Up Is Art: Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder

    This post isn't a review, it's just merely a series of pictures. I just haven't got the heart to touch this gorgeous work of art. But just look at it, isn't it beautiful?

    I don't know if this powder is available in the UK at all (I asked in Selfridges a while ago, but they didn't know anything about it), this was sent to me from the US. It costs $80 and is still available from It is a limited edition.

    See lots more pictures after the jump!

    Tuesday, 2 April 2013

    Thanks A Million! Giveaway

    I find it very hard to believe, but it's true, my blog has been visited a million times! I started writing it nearly 4 years ago, then took a break and restarted it almost exactly 3 years ago. I have written nearly 900 posts and received over 2000 comments from my lovely readers.

    What I'm trying to say here is thank you for being with me and to celebrate 1,000,000 pageviews I've put together a little giveaway. One reader will win the goodies in the picture below.

    You do not have to be a follower to enter and the giveaway is open internationally. Terms and conditions can be found in the Rafflecopter widget below, and only entries through the widget will be accepted. Good luck!

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    Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Cherry Tart - Review and Swatches

    Okay, this is the last one I promise (for now anyway). Also, I want to apologise to my British readers in advance as this shade is actually not available in the UK. You can still get it from eBay, so if you like the look of it, read on to find out more.

    The shade is called Cherry Tart and it's a shimmery pinky red colour. It's really gorgeous and definitely one of my favourite shades from the entire Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter line. It's semi opaque, but can be built up to a nice coverage. It lasts for the same amount of time as the other shades, usually around 2 hours. Again, the formula isn't as moisturising as you'd hope, but I find it comfortable to wear and it's definitely not drying.

    I bought this on eBay from a UK seller for £6.95 (which is actually cheaper than the retail price of these over here) and free UK postage. I received it within a few days, so I can happily recommend the seller. You can find the listing here.

    See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

    Monday, 1 April 2013

    NOTD: Color Club Hot Couture over Oh My Gosh Electric Pink

    Today's manicure is a lovely springtime one (although I actually did it back in November), it's very appropriate for Easter, even though the weather in the UK resembles more Christmas than anything else. It was 2.8 degrees at 9 am this morning. Brr!

    I used Oh My GOSH Electric Pink polish as a base and then applied Color Club Hot Couture glitter top coat on top. The result: bright pink sparkly nails! Lovely.

    Both polishes has a good formula, not too thick, not too runny. Hot Couture has a very good glitter coverage, you don't need to fish around for glitter. I only had a couple of tiny chips after the first day, but after 2 days I had loads of chipping and peeling. Still, it was very pretty while it lasted.

    I bought Hot Couture as part of a set from TKMaxx and Electric Pink from Superdrug.

    See more pictures after the jump!

    Sunday, 31 March 2013

    Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter New Shades Part 2 - Review and Swatches

    The other day I showed you 3 of the new Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter shades and today I have the other 3 to tell you about. As I said in my other post, I didn't buy Brown Sugar because I'm not a brown lipstick person, so I won't be showing you that one. The ones I have in this review are Pink Lemonade, Sugar Plum and Red Velvet.

    I ordered these shades unseen because none of my local Boots seemed to stock them, and I was a bit worried about how Pink Lemonade would look on me as it is a very light pink shade. Turns out it's actually pretty okay, mainly because it's not very opaque, so it mostly just looks like a glossy light pink sheen on my lips. Brown Sugar is a nice, slightly sheer mauve colour and Red Velvet is a burgundy red. It isn't massively opaque, but as it's a darker colour, it is the most pigmented of them all. I don't need these lip butters to be very pigmented as I like to just throw them on when I'm exercising or just at home, instead of wearing lipstick or lipgloss.

    As I've said before, I don't find these lip butters very moisturising, but they're comfortable to wear. They need reaaplying after 2 hours or so and don't last through eating at all. They are pretty much scent and taste free which I love.

    Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters cost £7.99 each, but there's often a 3 for 2 deal on them, which is currently on in Boots. 

    See more pictures including swatches after the jump! 

    Saturday, 30 March 2013

    Want It! Laura Mercier Folklore Collection for Summer 2013

    I like the look of the upcoming Laura Mercier summer collection, especially the Illuminating Eye Colours. I have 4 of the previous ones (as in all 4), if you want to read about them, click here. The new colours seem quite similar, but may well be different enough to buy. The texture of these eyeshadows is really lovely, similar to the Mac Extra Dimension shades, but even better.

    I also like the look of the lip crayons and the baked blush bronze.

    Here are the collection details:

    Illuminating Eye Colour

    Eye colour with a multi-dimensional, luminous pearl finish with a soft, bouncy texture for excellent colour pay-off and a smooth, even application.
    • Fire Glow – copper shimmer
    • Sun Glow – gold with shimmer
    • Earth Glow – deep brown

    Lip Crayon

    A smooth lip colour that provides pure, long-wearing colour to lips in three on-trend shades for summer. With a convenient purse-friendly package, Lip Crayon never needs sharpening, making it perfect for travel and touch-ups on the go.
    • Folklore – fuchsia
    • Maya Sun – orange pink
    • Burnt Clay – deep brown

    Baked Blush Bronze

    Laura Mercier Baked Blush Bronze is a baked powder with five complimentary shades that together provide the perfect, natural colour for cheeks and face. Each tile is hand-mixed with a unique design.

    Creme Eye Liner 

    An ultra-smooth, water-proof creamy eye liner that applies with the ease and smooth silky finish of a gel and the precision of a liquid liner. Smudge and transfer-resistant, this long-wearing formula goes on “foolproof” with the Laura Mercier Angled Eye Liner Brush.

    • Canard – teal
    • Cobalt – vivid midtone blue

    Faux Lash Mascara

    • Sierra Brown – chocolate brown
    • Black – black

    Long Lash Mascara

    • Bleu – true cobalt

    Angled Eye Liner Brush

    Specifically designed by Laura Mericer to work with the Crème Eye Liner, the Angled Eye Liner Brush uses high quality synthetic fibers in a narrow, exact point with a thin profile that creates the most precise looks.

    Body Bronzing Makeup

    Available for a limited time, Laura Mercier Body Bronzing Makeup instantly reveals healthy, radiant, bronzed skin without long-term commitment.

    See more pictures after the jump!

    Friday, 29 March 2013

    Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter New Shades Part 1 - Review and Swatches

    I'm supposed to be on a lipstick no buy, but I decided to make an exception to Revlon lip butters because I really like them and very often reach for them, especially on days when I'm not wearing full face make up but still want some colour on my lips.

    Revlon have released 7 new shades this spring and I've bought 6. I passed on Brown Sugar because I'm not a brown lipstick person. In this post I've got Juicy Papaya, Wild Watermelon and Sorbet to show you. Juicy Papaya is a sheer orange-coral shade, Wild Watermelon is pinky red and Sorbet is bright pink. I find Wild Watermelon and Sorbet to be a lot more pigmented than Juicy Papaya, but I also really like it as it's such a lovely shade, so the sheerness doesn't bother me. All 3 shades last on me for 1-2 hours depending on whether I drink and what I do while wearing them.

    While I don't find these lip butters terribly moisturising, they are very comfortable to wear. I often use them if I go running or to the pool as they don't look to full on, but still give my lips some colour. I also like using them at the weekend when I'm not wearing full face make up or not planning on leaving the house. I don't usually wear lipstick at home, but these are just the right products for me on these occasions.

    I love it that Revlon lip butters don't have that hideous chemical smell some drugstore/high street lipsticks have (Maybelline I'm looking at you!), which is another reason why I make an exception for them.

    Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters cost £7.99 each, but there's often a 3 for 2 deal on them, which is currently on in Boots. 

    See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

    Thursday, 28 March 2013

    Chantecaille Save The Sharks Palette Review and Swatches

    Here it is, the newest Chantecaille palette, this time it's in aid of sharks. Probably not the species we think of when we hear about endangered animals, but according to Chantecaille, up to 73 million sharks are killed every year for their fins. As with every special edition palette, Chantecaille donated a percentage of proceeds to the relevant charities. This time 5% of proceeds from the Save The Sharks Palette will be donated to the BLOOM Association to ban unregulated shark fin trade.

    The palette features 3 eye colours and a cheek colour, all of them made up of two colours (there's no overspray here!). Great White, the highlighter is a sandy beige with a white fin in the middle, Grey Reef is a glistening sandy grey with a lighter brown fin in the middle and Black Tip is a deep ocean blue with a black fin in the middle. Also includes Sea Anemone Cheek Shade, a golden coral color that is universally flattering on all skin tones, inspired by the underwater gardens of the tropical seas.

    Despite reading not very positive reviews about the palette, I'm actually very happy with it. The eyeshadows aren't particularly unique, but they are nice colours, and they are smooth as butter. I did have some blending issues with the darker colours, but nothing major. The blush is my absolute favourite of the whole palette, it's a gorgeous coral shade, very pigmented and easy to use. It also has a light pink highlighter fin in the middle, but it's too small to use alone with a blush brush so I just mix the two shades together usually. The highlighter could be used with an eyeshadow brush though.

    The palette costs $83 (approx. £55) in the US and £75 in the UK (I'll never understand why Chantecaille is so much more expensive in the UK), but I luckily managed to get mine for £40 on eBay. I'm very happy with it at that price, but I'm not prepared to pay the full UK retail price for Chantecaille products. Available from Space NK, Harrods, Liberty, Harvey Nichols.

    See more pictures including swatches and a look I did with this palette after the jump!

    Wednesday, 27 March 2013

    Want It! Mac In Extra Dimension Collection April 2013 *WITH PROMO PICTURES*

    I now have the promo pictures for Mac's upcoming In Extra Dimension collection, due in April in the US and May in the UK. The collection contains extra dimension eyeshadows, blushes and skinfinishes, all made from the same gelee powder as the previous two collections' products as well as Estee Lauder's gelee powder products.

    Here are the collection details:

    Extra Dimension Skinfinish
    Double Definition - Soft shimmery gold / Patina bronze
    Shape The Future - Pastel pink with iridescence / Soft brick with shimmer
    Definitely Defined - Silvery pink / Soft rose with shimmer

    Extra Dimension Eyeshadow
    Zestful - Pale iridescent lime
    Extra Silver - True silver
    Dimensional Blue - Frosty blue
    Opalesse - Opalescent white with pink pearlized pigments
    Triple Impact - Opalescent lavender with violet pearlized pigment
    Smoky Mauve - Mid-tone mauve

    Extra Dimension Blush
    Flaming Chic - Bright blue pink
    Bareness - Rosy beige pink
    At Dusk - Mid-tone rose pink
    Fiery Impact - Burnt red bronze
    Blazing Haute - Mid-tone peach

    128 Brush - Split Fibre Cheek Brush

    235 Brush - Split Fibre All Over Eye Brush

    See more pictures after the jump!

    Tuesday, 26 March 2013

    NOTD: Mavala Sparkling Violet

    Mavala Sparkling Violet is a gorgeous multicoloured (magenta, teal, gold) glitter top coat. It has I thought it might be opaque enough to wear on its own, but after 5 coats (which is what you see in the pictures) I gave up. It should definitely be worn as a top coat!

    It is very pretty though, as well as quick drying and long lasting. It lasted on me for 3 days with minimal chipping (no chipping at all in the first 24 hours) which is pretty much my record.

    Mavala polishes cost £4 for 5 ml, so they are very affordable and as the bottles are so small, you actually have a chance of finishing them. The 5 coats I used for this pretty much got through a third of the bottle! I got mine from BeautyBay.

    See more pictures after the jump!

    Monday, 25 March 2013

    Want It! Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil Vault *UPDATED WITH SHADE NAMES!*

    Okay, so I don't even know if this is coming out in the UK, but I really really hope so! It contains 40 full size 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils, including permanent, previously released and new shades, and will retail for $295 (guessing £200 - £220). It will launch in the US on Tuesday, 26th March.

    Here's the list of shades available in the Vault:

    • Perversion Blackest black matte (Existing Shade)
    • Zero Zealous black cream (Existing Shade)
    • Smoke Deepest grey matte (New)
    • Uzi Dark gunmetal shimmer with silver micro-sparkle (Previously Exclusive, Revamped)
    • Oil Slick Black shimmer with silver micro-sparkle (Existing Shade)
    • Underground Metallic taupe shimmer (Existing Shade)
    • Mushroom Metallic taupe-pewter shimmer (Previously Exclusive)
    • Smog Copper shimmer (Previously Exclusive)
    • Roach Deep copper brown shimmer (New)
    • Bourbon Brown shimmer with gold micro-sparkle (Existing Shade)
    • Hustle Metallic brown shimmer (Previously Exclusive)
    • Whiskey Rich brown matte (Previously Exclusive)
    • Corrupt Dark metallic reddish brown shimmer with silver micro-sparkle (Previously Exclusive)
    • Demolition Deep brown matte (Existing Shade)
    • Desperation Deep taupe/gray matte (New)
    • Scorch Bronze shimmer with silver micro-sparkle (New)
    • Goldmine Gold shimmer with gold micro-sparkle (New)
    • Loaded Dark green shimmer (New)
    • Freak Bright green shimmer (New)
    • Invasion Deepest dark green matte (New)
    • Mildew Deep metallic green shimmer (Existing Shade)
    • Stash Dark metallic green/gold shimmer (Existing Shade)
    • Junkie Metallic teal shimmer with gold micro-sparkle (Previously Exclusive)
    • Mainline Deep green/blue matte (Previously Exclusive)
    • Deep End Bright metallic peacock shimmer (Previously Exclusive)
    • Electric Bright metallic aquamarine shimmer with silver micro-sparkle (Existing Shade)
    • LSD Navy shimmer with bright turquoise micro-sparkle (Previously Exclusive)
    • Sabbath Deep navy matte (Previously Exclusive)
    • Abyss Bright metallic blue shimmer with blue micro-sparkle (New)
    • Chaos Vibrant cobalt blue matte with slight floating pearl (New)
    • Ether Pale smoky gray shimmer with violet and fuchsia micro-sparkle (New)
    • Delinquent Dark purple shimmer with light purple micro-sparkle (Previously Exclusive)
    • Vice Pearly red eggplant shimmer (New)
    • Psychedelic Sister Bright purple cream (Previously Exclusive)
    • Rockstar Darkest eggplant shimmer (Existing Shade)
    • Empire Dark eggplant matte (Previously Exclusive)
    • Asphyxia Vibrant pink/purple duotone with tonal and blue micro-sparkle (Previously Exclusive)
    • Woodstock Sparkly hot pink shimmer with silver sparkle (Existing Shade)
    • Yeyo Metallic white shimmer (Existing Shade)
    • Cuff Metallic silver shimmer with silver micro-sparkle (New)
    Also, according to Temptalia, these 40 shades will be the permanent line up of 24/7 eye pencils going forward which means that any shade not on the list from the existing permanent line up will be discontinued. So if you love any of those shades, better back them up now!

    Want It! L'Ete Papillon de Chanel Collection Summer 2013

    Another summer collection that's caught my eye is the upcoming Chanel collection, L'Ete Papillon de Chanel. I love butterflies, so anything with them in their pictures is usually a winner for me. The first ever Guerlain collection I bought from was the Midnight Butterfly collection (holiday 2008).

    This collection is rather unusual, it features a lot of coloured mascaras, cream eyeshadow sticks and several bright nail polishes. I think it's a brilliant summer collection, I love blue, teal and green for summer, as well as coral and yellow. I'm not entirely sure if I'll get many things from this collection, it all depends on the quality of the cream eyeshadow sticks, but the blue and teal nail polishes will definitely come home with me.

    Here are the details of the collection:
    • Inimitable Waterproof Mascara 
      • Black
      • Zest 
      • Limelight
      • Aqua Blue 
      • Blue Note
    • Le Vernis 
      • Lilis 
      • Azure 
      • Bel-Argus
    • Levres Scintillantes 
      • Zephyr 
      • Envolee 
      • Eden
    • Rouge Coco Shine 
      • Idylle 
      • Pygmalion
    • Stylo Eyeshadow 
      • Moon River 
      • Cool Gold 
      • Pink Lagoon 
      • Jade Shore 
      • Blue Ray 
      • Black Stream
    • Stylo Yeux Waterproof in True Blue
    See lots more pictures after the jump!

    Sunday, 24 March 2013

    Want It! Dior Birds of Paradise Collection for Summer 2013

    I have to admit, I haven't been buying much make up lately, mostly been buying nail polish instead. The spring collections, except for a few, didn't really catch my eye, but having been looking at details of the upcoming summer collections, I've already got a long wishlist.

    Today I want to show you the Dior summer collection called Birds of Paradise, full of very colourful, gorgeous, very summery products. The promo pictures are just beautiful, very eye catching.

    I'm pretty sure I will want to get the eyeshadow quint used in the promo pictures and the Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duos look gorgeous too. I'm also eyeing up the metallic green polish (comes as a duo with the mint green one) and those Jelly Lip Pens look very promising too. There is also a waterproof liner that I don't seem to be able to find info on that looks gorgeous! What do you think?

    Here are the details of the collection:
    • Diorskin Nude Tan BB Cream
    • Diorskin Nude Tan Paradise Duo 
      • Coral Glow 
      • Pink Glow
    • Dior 5 Couleur Eyeshadow Palette  
      • #434 Peacock 
      • #374 Blue Lagoon
    • DiorShow Mono Eyeshadow in #273 Parati
    • 1 Couleur Eye Gloss 
      • #740 Zenith 
      • #530 Golden Sand
    • Lip Maximizer Collagen Activ in #001 Pink
    • Jelly Lip Pen 
      • #516 Copacabana 
      • #476 Ilhabela
      • #636 Carioca
      • #656 Gaia
    • Dior Addict Lipstick 
      • #771 Passionnee 
      • #751 Exotique 
      • #471 Flamingo 
      • #431 On The Beach
    • Dior Vernis Duo 
      • Bahia (green and fuchsia) 
      • Samba (metallic green and mint)
    See lots more pictures after the jump!

    Friday, 22 March 2013

    Scent Of The Month: Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette

    I picked up this perfume almost 2 years ago in Florida when I visited Bath & Body Works. I can't believe it's taken me this long to use, but I'm very happy I've finally opened it. To me spring means cherry blossoms and I absolutely love cherry blossom scents.

    As I'm absolutely rubbish at describing scents, I've copied this from the interweb:

    "Transport yourself to the floral gardens of Japan with the Japanese Cherry Blossom. This amazing women's eau de toilette contains top notes of Asian pear, Fuji Apple, and Ume Plum. The heart notes of Japanese Cherry Blossom, Butterfly Lily, Kyoto Rose, Mimosa Petals, and Hedione of this Bath & Body Works perfume leave you refreshed and enlivened. This women's eau de toilette finishes with base notes of Vanilla Rice, Imperial Amber, Silk Musk, Cinnamon Incense, Himalayan Cedar Wood, and Creamy Sandalwood. This sensuous Bath & Body Works perfume has a high concentration of fragrance oils and comes in a pretty bottle accentuated by a flowery design. Spray Japanese Cherry Blossom onto your pulse points and feel the fragrance spread throughout the room."

    Now to be honest with you I have no idea what most of the flowers and fruits mentioned are or what they smell like, but I can tell you that this is a lovely fruity floral fragrance. It lasts very well on me. I also bought the body lotion/shimmer gel and shimmery body spray, so I can layer them and make the scent even longer lasting.

    I remember there was a 3 for 2 offer at the time and this EDT cost $29.50 for 75 ml. It's still available from Bath & Body Works, but it seems to be in a different bottle.

    See one more picture after the jump!

    Thursday, 21 March 2013

    Sleek Make Up Aqua Collection Mirrored Pink Blush Review and Swatches

    Gah, I've been so busy these past few days, I've hardly been home, so that's why I haven't been posting much. I'm gonna quickly write this post up and then go to bed, I'm knackered. I know this is just a hobby, but I feel bad about not being able to blog. Hopefully next week will be a bit calmer.

    The other day I showed you the eyeshadow palette from the Sleek Make Up Aqua Collection and today I've got the blush called Mirrored Pink. The blush comes in the same style cardboard box as the palette, and the compact itself is the regular black Sleek compact with the full size mirror in the lid.

    Mirrored Pink is a frosty, slightly cool blue pink shade with fine gold shimmer, can't actually think of what other blush to compare it to. It's really nicely pigmented and smooth, not too powdery, and it wears very well. It is a bit frosty and it's quite easy to overdo, but it is a lovely blush. I have been using it for the past few days and it's very easy to wear. I did enclose a picture at the end of this post, but I wasn't wearing much else in the way of make up as I'd been to the pool, so excuse my disshivelled look please!

    My only niggle about this product, and this might just be my compact, but I find it very hard to open it, so instead of trying to force it open with my nails, I'm now using a pair of nail scissors to pop the lid open. Shouldn't be necessary, but it could be a one off. At least it closes securily!

    The blush costs £4.49 and you get a whopping 8 g, so it's still a brilliant bargain and it is really lovely. It's limited edition and is available from Superdrug and the Sleek Make Up website.

    See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

    Tuesday, 19 March 2013

    Sleek Make Up Aqua Collection Lagoon Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

    Nowadays Sleek Make Up eyeshadows are pretty much the only drugstore eyeshadows I buy (yes, I've turned into a make up snob). They are still great value for money and their quality is up there with Mac, Inglot, etc. eyeshadows. So as you can imagine, I was very happy to get my hands on the new limited edition Aqua collection, and in particular Lagoon eyeshadow palette (I will review Mirrored Pink blush another time).

    The palette comes in a gorgeous cardboard sleeve, but inside the sleeve it's the usual matte black palette with a full size mirror in the lid, 12 eyeshadows and a double ended applicator. The eyeshadows come in a good variety of shades, you get yellow, green, teal, blue, coral, pink, the lot. Some (most) are shimmery/frosty and there are 3 matte ones too. They swatched very nicely, with the exeption of the matte ones which swatched okay, but actually all of them applied, blended and stayed really well on my eyelids.

    I have done a few nice looks with this, although I still haven't used the bright coral shade (which I guess would also make a nice blush, if only the pans were bigger) and the black one. There isn't an obvious highlighter shade in it (the white one is too frosty for highlighting, better in the inner corner/tearduct area), but if your collection is even a quarter of mine, I'm sure you will own a highlighter shade to use with it.

    All in all I'm very pleased with the palette and other than my usual compaints (put the shade names on the palette somewhere rather than the see through protective sheet, get rid of the applicator, stop putting the price up by a quid every year) it's a really nice one to have. I find some of my Sleek palettes a little hard to use due to the colour selection, but this one is really great, provided of course that you like bright colours. Other than the light purple and the rosy pink shadow, everything is pretty bright and loud in here!

    The palette costs £7.99 for 13.2 g of eyeshadows. I bought mine from the Superdrug website, but haven't actually seen this on the shelves, also this doesn't seem to be on the Sleek website at the moment.

    I'll leave yo with a picture of Paws, out gorgeous big cat who decided to "help" when I wanted to photograph the palette and blush! 

    See more pictures including swatches after the jump!

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