Thursday, 30 June 2016

'Thursday Tittle Tattle', is a Hope, Freedom, Love blog series that has quickly become home to some of my popular posts. The series is dedicated to breaking news of the beauty world. From time-to-time, Thursday’s blog post will be dedicated to news featuring; beauty and lifestyle news, events, discounts, and even a bit of fashion news thrown in too! This is my favourite time of year in the beauty world, as the focus has moved to summer. This week we’re talking about eco-friendly nail polish, a pretty new collection from Models Own and a new fragrance from YSL. Keep reading for the latest beauty news that has caught my eye this week.



Eco Friendly Nail Polish from Ciate
Here's something completely different for you! The new 'Pure Pots' from Ciate are made with an eco-friendly formula! The formula is made of up to 24% natural-origin ingredients including potato, corn, wheat and manioc and with no toxic baddies. The formula is improved by adding rare Pistacia Resin Oil, which has been proven to heal and strengthen nails. There is also Rose Stem Cell Complex, which nourishes the nails. The new line up features a base coat, top coat and five of Ciate's pretty best-selling shades. Shop the new collection here

A new fragrance from YSL
The brand new scent is named 'Mon Paris' and it's inspired by an 'intense love affair'. It's aim is to urge you to seize the moment, to make the most out of every second, to fall in love with out thinking twice. The Mon Paris perfume is a new expression of love today, inspired by the city of lovers, Paris. The perfume has fruity top notes, a floral heart and a musky base. YSL describe the perfume to be "spell-binding and head-spinning". The notes include Pear, Datura Orchid, White Flowers, Patchouli and White Musk. It's packaged in a gorgeous bottle, which is finished in black lavaliere and rock leather. You can shop the new fragrance from Escentual here

Illamasqua SALE
Right now, Illamasqua are having an amazing summer sale, where you can save up to 50% off the RRP of lots of lovely makeup. The sale isn't just all the old boring products either, there are lots of new releases included! You can pick up the Brow Fluid, Powder Blusher Duos and even the fabulous Vital Palette at bargain prices! Shop the full sale here

New face masks from Vichy
Face masks are having a bit of a 'moment', lots of brands are launching new formulations that they hope will rock our socks over the coming months. The ones that really caught my eye though are the new collection from Vichy. The new face mask collection from Vichy features three masks, designed to help your skin, whatever your concern. The new collection is innovative, creating a range of masks that offer high performance solutions. Naturally, each mask has been created with the famous Vichy Thermal Mineralizing Water. The new masks include the Vichy Quenching Mineral Mask, the Vichy Pore Purifying Clay Mask and the Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask.

Models Own Soft Pop Collection
If you're a big fan of the Models Own Hypergel collection, you'll be pleased to hear that they've added five new pastel/neon shades for the summertime. There is everything you could ever need, from gorgeous mint green, to a bright yellow, to a deep purple hue. The new collection is priced at £4.99 and is available to buy now from the Models Own website

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint Bronzing Fluid
Today Liz Earle is launching their brand new Sheer Skin Tint Bronzing Fluid. It's designed to be worn alone or paired with the Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint, if you need for greater coverage. Much like the original Sheer Skin Tint, the Sheer Skin Tint Bronzing Fluid, offers you a radiant formula, which has been infused with lots of lovely skincare ingredients and supercharged botanicals. The product is buildable, meaning that you can give yourself a subtle glow, or work the formula to a more substantial tan. The new Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint Bronzing Fluid is priced at £24.50.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Remember when I fell in love with the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator? Well I'm back with another product from Laura Geller's Baked Gelato line, but this time it's a very pretty blusher. The Baked Gelato Vivid Swirl Blush line from Laura Geller echoes the Illuminator lineup in every way. They come packaged in the sweet white box, the compact is black with a clear lid that lets the beauty of the blusher shine through. There's just something about that swirl on the top that makes my heart melt. It's so simple but I think it's just so sweet - the best bit is that the embossing does not disappear as you use it either! 






The formula of the Baked Gelato Vivid Swirl Blush is very similar to the illuminators too. They have a cream-to powder formula which just feels buttery and soft to the touch. The blushers come in four different shades and there is something for everyone. From pretty peach shades, to dark berry hues. Here I have 'Rosewater', which is a lovely bright pink shade with a rose hue. As I mentioned, the texture of these are very soft and smooth, yet in the pan they are really quite dense. Which really allows you to load up your brush with the pigmentation you desire. I tend to use my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush with these, as you need the dense brush to pick up the pigment and blend out the colour. The colour is buildable and it has some subtle shimmer running through the colour to add a bit of a highlight to the cheeks. 

I simply dab this colour on to the apple of my cheeks, brushing the colour up my cheekbones to add a bit of a contoured finish. The Baked Gelato Vivid Swirl Blush really adds that heavenly spring/summer blush glow to your cheeks. I've got my eye on the shade 'Plumberry' next, which is a deep berry pink. You can pick up the Baked Gelato Vivid Swirl Blush for £21 from Escentual.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

In 2014 All About The Eyes Palette by Little Mix took me completely by surprise. I never thought a palette that retails for £3.19 could blow me away - but it did! Last year Collection added three new palettes to their lineup, dubbed the Eyes Uncovered palettes. Together they offered everything you need to create a neutral eye, or something a little more smokey. Fast forward another year and there are now six palettes in the Eyes Uncovered lineup. The latest being 'Nude Rose' which offers a blend of pink and purple hues, perfect for us green-eyed girls! Naturally I had to try one and see how they compared to the one I originally fell in love with.


The Eyes Uncovered palette lineup all come with six pretty eyeshadow shades. They are packaged in a black matte box, which is made of cardboard. There is a clear window on the front which lets the colours show through and you just flip up the lid to access the colours. The front is finished with some pretty gold lettering, which definitely makes it feel like something from a higher end brand. In times gone by, the high street brands have often made packaging which is more garish so that it stands out on the shelves. I'm glad that brands are now keeping it more simple, as I think the sleek black packaging offers something for everyone.

The palette is designed to give you a whole eyeshadow look in one palette. You start by blending the first shade all over the lid, then you add definition with the medium shades to the crease and the centre of the eyelid. For more impact you can then get the darker shades and work them into the outer corner towards the center of the lid. You can even use the darker shades as an eyeliner and along the lower lash line. You can they add the lightest shade to the inner corner and under your brow bone for a quick highlight.

As with the older palettes, the quality of these eyeshadows is really commendable. They are really pigmented and they apply beautifully to the lid. You do get a reasonable amount of fallout, which is pretty common with high street brands. You can obviously get away with it more on the lighter shades, but when you're working with the dark purple, you need to do a bit of clean up with your concealer brush. The eyeshadows don't feel chalky and they are easy to apply and blend. They even last all day when paired with a primer!

I think if you're a bit of an established beauty addict, you're likely to have palettes you'll love more than this. However, for £3.99 you really can't go wrong; it's a great palette to experiment with, or to travel with if you're scared about your more expensive palettes getting broken. All-in-all, whether you're a makeup newcomer or an established beauty addict, this is for you! You can pick one up from Superdrug here





Monday, 27 June 2016

My favourite part of traveling with work, is the shopping during the trip, which somehow seems acceptable. After going to lots of different airports, I can honestly say we are spoilt by World Duty Free here in the UK. I've been to some pretty big airports in other countries, where the shopping opportunities just don't compare. I always find that World Duty Free have a really good selection of products (all available at the fabulous tax-free prices) but also some gorgeous travel exclusives, which you can't get anywhere else. It was really hard to hide my excitement when this box of goodies arrived at my door, it was filled to the brim with some of World Duty Free's new and exciting products. Let's take a look inside and see if I can inspire your future shopping trips.


I always check out the L'Oreal stand at Heathrow T5, as they have an amazing selection of products. My favourite products are usually the little gift boxes that they put together, they offer great value for money, but also make good gifts too! The Festival Fun Gift Box* gives you everything you need to create a pretty festival look. The gift set comes in a sleek white box, which includes a picture of the look on one side and a picture of the contents on the other. Inside the box you get a really pretty pink pouch, which I'm going to be putting in my handbag! Inside the pouch you get the Mega Volume Miss Hippie Mascara, the Infallible Eyeliner in Black and the Infallible Mega Gloss in a pretty pink colour.




Fragrance has always been the 'popular' item to pick up in the airport, the notoriously expensive perfumes are eagerly snapped up at tax-free prices. Whilst I'm personally unlikely to pick up a full-sized bottle of perfume, I love the little sets of minis. I'm always drawn to the mini perfume sets by Marc Jacobs and Hugo Boss, but I've never considered Calvin Klein. The Calvin Klein Mini Set* features five perfumes, which are all individually boxed and packaged in replicas of their full sized bottles. It makes them perfect for travel, but also great for little gifts too!



Moving on to high end makeup, we have YSL. The airport is a great way to test and try lots of the latest beauty products, I love that you can see lots of different brands all in one place. Of course you can also get a significant saving on the normal retail price. The first YSL product I was sent to try is the Couture Palette* in the shade Lumieres Majorelle. It's definitely not the normal shade combinations I'd go for, but it features lots of blue hues which ooze summer. The packaging is absolutely stunning too, it feels luxurious before you even open the box. The second product is this stunning Night Escape Nail Polish* from the brand new Summer Couture Collection. The Night Escape polish is inspired by the night sky, with lots of sparkles, captured in a deep metallic blue. YSL say that the polish has a lasting formula protects nails from chipping and cracking. 

I think I've saved the most exciting product to last, the Lancome Juicy Shaker*! These new products from Lancome have had a lot of hype but it's well deserved. You simply shake the cute cocktail shaped bottle, to blend the bi phased formula and then dab the beautiful lip gloss on to your lips. They make your lips look plump, whilst nourishing the lips with sweet almond oil, omega 3 and cranberry oil. I have the shade Berry Tale, which is a gorgeous and natural link hue. It's a dream to apply and the colour is natural enough, even for a lipstick-hater like me!




So there you have it, some beautiful and exciting makeup products which are all available tax-free from World Duty Free, at all of the wonderful UK airports. If you've been on holiday recently, I'd love to hear about anything you bought in the airport. If you're going away soon, I'd love to hear about the shopping you have planned. Why not leave me a comment below? If you're planning a trip, you can actually shop before you travel! You simply select your favourite products on the World Duty Free website and pick them up at the airport

Friday, 24 June 2016

I really feel like Sigma Beauty needs no introduction in the beauty world. The brand was only founded in 2009 and they’ve quickly become a huge online international success. In December 2012, Sigma Beauty opened their first ever store, today over 250 retailers share in their success in over 70 countries. They sell an incredible range of makeup brushes, which I feel most people have heard of, but I did not realise that they stocked makeup too! I’ve recently been testing lots of products and I’ll be sharing my thoughts in the coming weeks. Today I’m here to share three brushes I’ve been testing and share my thoughts.



The Sigma Beauty brush collection is huge, in fact there are over 130 different product combinations on their website. The first brush I’ve been testing is the 3DHD Kabuki Brush* is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. It’s designed to be a multi-purpose make up applicator, designed and engineered to fit in all the contours of your face. You can see in the picture that it’s cut in a very interesting shape and it is densely packed together. This makes it perfect for liquid, cream and powder, the brush glides around your nose, eyes and cheeks to create a finish without ‘edges’.

The second brush I’ve been testing is the E38 Diffused Crease Brush*, which you can probably tell is Sigma’s version of a MAC 217. It’s a fluffy brush that has been cut so it is round and domed. It’s created with powder products in mind, which makes it fantastic at blending eyeshadow. It fits perfectly into the crease and lets you blend with ease.

The last brush I’ve been testing is the E54 Medium Sweeper Brush* has become my favourite brush for packing on eyeshadow. It’s a wide dense brush, which means it’s really easy to put on your base shades. It’s quite small in size, which means you can be very precise and exact with your application. It’s a great brush to use if you’re in a rush in the morning! It works really well with powder products, but it’s also designed for cream products too.

All of the Sigma Beauty brushes are available in five different colour ways, they are made with SigmaTech® Fibers and they are cruelty free. Sigma Beauty’s signature ‘Sigmax’ fibres are naturally antibacterial and are hypoallergenic. What is really interesting is that they also come with a free two-year warranty on brushes! Which means that in the likely event that you receive a defective product, Sigma will give you a replacement. You can shop the brushes on the Sigma Beauty website and I’m going to be back with more Sigma Beauty reviews very soon!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

'Thursday Tittle Tattle', is a Hope, Freedom, Love blog series that has quickly become home to some of my popular posts. The series is dedicated to breaking news of the beauty world. From time-to-time, Thursday’s blog post will be dedicated to news featuring; beauty and lifestyle news, events, discounts, and even a bit of fashion news thrown in too! This is my favourite time of year in the beauty world, as the focus has moved to spring. This week we’re talking about some stunning new palettes and a super cute new LUNA mini. Keep reading for the latest beauty news that has caught my eye this week.





New Glow Kit from Anastasia Beverley Hills
I already have one Glow Kit from ABH and now they've gone and released a new shade. It was hard to pick between two sets, let alone three! The palettes contain four highlighters which contain four stunning highlighter shades. The brand new ‘Sun Dipped’ palette includes ‘Bronzed’ (warm amber with a copper-bronze fleck), ‘Tourmaline’ (warm taupe with a rose gold finish), ‘Moonstone’ (radiant quartz with a pearl finish) and ‘Summer’ (luminous sand with a white gold shimmer). Sun Dipped retails for £39 and you can pick it from Cult BeautyI'm still trying to convince myself I don't need it... 

bareMinerals Nature of Nudes eyeshadow palette
I'm always looking for the next eyeshadow palette and this week I'm obsessed with this badboy from bareMinerals. The Nature of Nudes Palette features 14 shades to give you the perfect everyday eyeshadow palette. There is an assortment of neutral colours, which bareMinerals say are well pigmented, for easy and intense colour. Shimmer and matte eyeshadows are included and bareMinerals say they blends seamlessly and lasts for up to 12 hours. The palette retails for £35 and you can pick it up from Escentual

FOREO partners with GreenWave and SEA LIFE Trust
The new LUNA mini 2 Save the Sea Special Edition facial cleansing brush will support ocean conservation efforts. Due to the tremendous success of the 2015 campaign, FOREO is excited to announce a Save the Sea “2.0” campaign for 2016 featuring the LUNA mini 2. The sea, the beach and water are all-encompassing when it comes to summer – these are natural gifts that FOREO believes are worth preserving and fighting for. To celebrate the collaboration, the brush has been given a aquamarine makeover, exclusively featuring a family of two white turtles. The LUNA mini 2 promises clearer, brighter and healthier-looking skin in just 3 days. Its deep, yet gentle routine feels like a mini-facial with every use, as pores are cleansed of blemish-causing impurities. The LUNA mini 2 Save the Sea Special Edition will be available for £99 at foreo.com from July 1, 2016.

The Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palette from Stila now available
I’m obsessed with the new Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palettes from Stila. The palettes are a collection of chic eye and cheek palettes with shades curated by pro makeup artists to complement your skintone. The easy-to-use palettes are filled with neutral, one-swipe eye and cheek colours. They house five eye shadows and two blushes in matte, shimmer, and pearl finishes. They’re customizable to create the look or looks you want. They are available from Cult Beauty for £28 each. There is also a brand new Correct & Conceal palette which comes in a beautiful marbled palette. The palette has everything you need to help neutralize imperfections and brighten dull skin tones. There are five sheer to medium cream colour correctors and two tinted setting powders. This palette is also available from Cult Beauty for £32. The products have shot to the top of my wish list, I need to try them!


Benefit Brow Collection available NOW
The full brow collection brow includes 13 products in lots of different shades. The new brow collection also has been repackaged in shiny silver packaging. The new Benefit Brow Collection features: Gimme Brow, Goof Proof Pencil, Precisely My Brow Pencil, Brow Zings, BrowVo! Conditioning Primer, Ka-Brow!3D BrowTones, Ready, Set, Brow!, High Brow, High Brow Glow, Grooming Tweezer & Brush, Angled Brow Brush & Spoolie and the All Purpose Sharpener. I’ve been testing the Goof Proof Pencil and I’m loving it so far!

Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat
Producers of my favourite top coat, Seche, have just announced their Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat. The new top coat is designed to be fast drying, whilst giving you the effect of a glossy gel manicure, without LEDs. When you're finished with your manicure, simply remove the top coat with
 any acetone or non-acetone nail polish remover. Pick up the new Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat at superdrug.com, priced at £9.99.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

It's really rare that I jump on a foundation hype, but there was something about the Nude Magique Cushion Foundation that I could not ignore. The whole beauty world has been raving about this cushion foundation (and it's high end sister) and I just needed to test it for myself. I'm here to tell you whether you should believe the hype (although the title has probably already given you a hint)...





The 
Nude Magique Cushion Foundation takes everything we know about traditional foundation and turns it on his head. The liquid revolutionary foundation features a cushion, which is drenched in the foundation. The Nude Magique Cushion Foundation comes packaged in a beautiful metallic purple compact, you flip the lid to find a sponge and then you lift the second lid to reveal the cushion. L'oreal recommend taking the sponge inside the compact and tapping the foundation onto the skin. As with most freebie brushes and sponges, I much preferred applying the foundation with my brush collection.

What is really nice about this foundation, is that the coverage really is buildable, take a little bit on a brush for a sheer luminous finish, or apply extra layers for a medium coverage. The foundation blends into skin really nicely, giving your skin a luminous glow, it looks incredibly natural and pretty. It does not seperate on my skin and it lasts really really too. 

The Nude Magique Cushion Foundation is available in seven different shades, which are currently all quite light, so I hope they widen up the shades in the near future. The formulation is fragrance free and it is enriched with SPF 25, which gives you a little bit of protection if you happen to be caught in the sun! It's currently unknown how long this new formulation will last, but L'oreal do say that you can remove the cushion from the compact and flip over to the reverse side for more product. The Nude Magique Cushion Foundation is available now, priced at £14.99



Tuesday, 21 June 2016

If you spotted the Hourglass Modernist Exposure palette in my June Favourites, you might be pleased to see that I’m back to give you the full low down on this beautiful palette. This is one of those times where you really want something, but you resist for months, before eventually caving. I held off buying this palette for a lot of reasons. First of all, it’s really quite pricey, it retails for £55 for a palette that is actually fairly small. Secondly, it gets some really mixed reviews, I happen to be a huge Hourglass fan and I couldn’t bare the idea of being disappointed by a really expensive product.




However the damage was eventually done, as Space NK had one of their special discount codes and I had some points to spend – so the £55 palette become a lot cheaper. Luckily, I’m not sat here kicking myself about wasting my money; instead I’m kicking myself that I did not go out and buy this palette sooner! The palette comes packaged in the usual, irresistible Hourglass packaging, it feels luxurious from the moment it arrives at your door. After the fast unboxing process, a pretty palette greets you and you lift the lid to reveal a large mirror, plus five beautiful eyeshadows.

The Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes come in seven different shade combinations. So no matter what your eyeshadow preferences are, you’re bound to find something you love. I opted for the shade ‘Exposure’, which of course houses five beautiful shades that all follow a purple hue theme. I’m aware that the shades all being in one pan divides the beauty fans of the world, but I’m personally in awe. I truly think it looks beautiful and the seamless colour transitions fill me with eyeshadow inspiration. 

Lets talk about the important stuff - the formulation! The eyeshadows are created using a multi-press compression technique, which creates that beautiful wave effect in the palette. The five eyeshadows in my palette are richly pigmented; they give some serious colour pay off, without fallout on your brush or skin. The shades vary in formulation, some are matte, some are pearlescent and some are shimmer, yet they all perform impeccably. You can use each of the shades on their own, or you can mix and create an array of eye looks.

You cannot deny that this palette is pricey, but I personally think it’s worth every penny. I know that I’m going to be adding some of the other shade combinations to my wish list ASAP! You can pick up the Hourglass Exposure Eyeshadow Palette from John Lewis for £55.
 
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