Thursday, 20 October 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 week I have two advent calendars, a pretty collection from MAC and the ESPA Christmas Collection, keep reading! 

Liz Earle Advent Calendar available exclusively at Boots
There are a lot of diehard Liz Earle fans out there and they are going mad for the new Christmas Advent Calendar - The Botanist’s Cabinet. Inside the box you will get; the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (150ml), 2 Pure Muslin Cloths, the Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic (50ml), the Deep Cleansing Mask (15ml), 2 Sponges, the Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask (15ml), the Brightening Treatment Mask (15ml), the Superskin Concentrate for Night (2ml) and the Botanist’s Recipe Guide. The Botanist’s Cabinet is available exclusively at Boots, available here for £35

Mariah Carey for MAC
I'm told that this is the second collection between Mariah Carey and MAC, I must have been under a rock last time! The spoilers have been released and this new collection is right up my street! Thanks to beauty goddess Trendmood, we now know that there are four new lipsticks, a Lipglass called 'Butterfly Bling', Extra Dimension Skin Finish in 'My Mini', an Eyeshadow Palette with four beautiful shades called 'It's Everything', a powder blush in 'You've Got My Feeling', a lip pencil called 'So Dramatique', some eyelashes, a face brush and an eyeshadow brush.

ESPA Christmas Collection 
This year ESPA are trying something different and they've ditched the famous purple boxes! The 2016 Wonder of ESPA Christmas Collection is available now and it features some gorgeous items! New for this year they have a stunning Restorative Ceramic
Diffuser and the spicy-yet-sweet Winter Pine Candle. If you want all the glow, you need the glow-bestowing Body Shimmer Collection, and the Lip Tint Trio is perfect for anyone who is mad about lip colour! While the Sleep Therapy Collection is the perfect kit to leave you in a blissful slumber. Shop the whole ESPA Christmas collection here

One of my favourite skincare brands are celebrating their fourth birthday this week with an amazing free gift. Their free birthday gift with purchase is bigger and better than last year! Inside the gift there is £26 worth of products AND a preview of their new Youth Preservation Moisturiser SPF20 before it is even for sale. Now if you want this gift you need to be quick as it ends TOMORROW, all you have to do is spend £25 on the MERUMAYA website. 

Molton Brown joins the Advent madness
Molton Brown is one of those brands that feels like real luxury to me, one of those that I only treat myself to on special occasions. This year Molton Brown have joined the advent calendar madness, allowing you count down to Christmas with one of the best bath/body brands on the planet. Inside the box you will find; Ylang-Ylang Body Wash (50ml) Nourishing Body Lotion (50ml), Comforting Body Polisher (50g) and Mini Candle (30g). You'll also find the Orange & Bergamot Hand Wash (100ml) Coco & Sandalwood Body Wash (50ml), Black Peppercorn Body Wash (50ml), Indian Cress Purifying Shampoo, (50ml), Mer-Rouge Deep Conditioner (50g), Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise Bath & Shower Gel (50ml), Festive Frankincense & Allspice Fine Liquid Hand Wash (100ml), Tobacco Absolute Bath & Shower Gel (50ml) and the Delicious Rhubarb & Rose Bath & Shower Gel (50ml). From the Gingerlily line you'll find the Body Wash (50ml), Nourishing Body Lotion (50ml), Caressing Body Polisher (50ml) and the Gingerlily Candles (30g). From the Pink Pepperpod line you'll find the Body Wash (50ml), Nourishing Body Lotion (50ml), Pampering Body Polisher (50ml) and the Mini Candle (30g). Finally there is the Alba White Truffle Hand Exfoliator (40ml) and Truffle Hand Treatment (40ml) and a Vintage 2016 with Elderflower Festive Bauble (75ml). You can buy the Molton Brown Calendar here for £150!

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Hourglass is one of my favourite brands and like any beauty obsessive, that is one bold claim. I love that everything feels so luxurious and the products just never disappoint. If there is one "must have" palette of the moment, it has to be this one. The Ambient Lighting Edit is a limited edition palette for Christmas 2016 and it's already causing quite a stir. 

The Ambient Lighting Edit is a collection of gorgeous ambient lighting palettes, designed to give you everything you need for a flattering glowing complexion. As with all the ambient lighting products, these powders are designed to emulate the power of "magic hour". Magic hour is well known in the photography world, as it's when the sun is setting and it creates a very soft light, which is beautiful on the complexion and creates beautiful photography. What's fantastic for an Hourglass fan like me, is that every shade in this palette is brand new, so there are no duplicates in my collection. Inside the palette there is bronzer, blusher, highlighter and a pretty setting powder. 

Surreal Light is the large powder on the left side of the palette. It's a sheer nude powder, which is specifically designed to give the glow of magic hour. It's a pigmented powder, but Hannah (one of the Space NK pro artists) told the group that most skintones can make use of the shade. Surreal Bronze Light, is the bottom left shade in the quad, it is a neutral tan shade, perfect for adding warmth to the skin and subtle contouring. Of course every palette needs a highlighter and the Surreal Strobe Light powder is here to fill the gap. It's a stunning peach highlighter and it's beautiful on the cheekbones.

Moving onto blusher shades we have Surreal Glow, which is the top left shade in the quad. Hourglass describe this shade as a "pale peony pink" and it's been mixed with the Surreal Light powder for a subtle glow. The second shade is the Surreal Effect, which sits on the top righthand side of the quad. You can see by the pictures that this is a bright pink shade, with a peach hue running through it. 

Of course, what makes this palette even better, is the fact it's finished in beautiful marble-effect plastic. It's so damn instagrammable and it's utterly beautiful in every picture. When I ordered this palette I was worried that it would be really big and bulky, but it's actually a really nice size. I wouldn't think twice about chucking this in my handbag or in my travel makeup bag. It's a truly gorgeous palette that I know that I'll never want to leave my side. You can buy this palette right now from SpaceNK for £69, don't hang around, this won't be around for long.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

In October every year, the world goes pink to raise money and awareness for an important cause. I think most people are aware, but incase you missed all the memos, October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Companies all over the world flock to release a whole range of products, especially made for Breast Cancer Awareness initiatives. What's really exciting is that beauty companies don't miss out on the action! Companies big and small flock to release special products, where each sale gives a donation to Breast Cancer charities. It's a great way to treat yourself to something new, but to also make a donation to something that really matters! If you're still looking for something to treat yourself to, keep reading to hear about this lovely set from Morgan Taylor. 

Morgan Taylor have been in the UK now for three years, available from lots of retailers, thanks to exclusive distributors Louella Belle. The brand was founded by nail genius' Danny Haile and David Daniel, they named the brand after their two daughters. Morgan Taylor have been featured on Hope, Freedom, Love quite a few times recently. I'm forever impressed with their clever pretty collections and seasonal edits.

Their latest brainwave is especially for Breast Cancer Awareness month and as a nail obsessive, I can't think of a better way to raise awareness of the important cause. The Fight Like A Lady* set is beautifully packaged, with four pretty mini (5ml) polishes. The shades include Adorned In Diamonds (a pink glitter), I’m Charmed (a pale creamy pink), Look At You Pink-Achu! (a bubblegum pink) and All Dolled Up (a hot fuchsia pink).

As with all Morgan Taylor polishes, the colours are extremely pigmented, dry quickly and last well on the nails. The collection is available right now, priced at £16.50.10% of sales will be donated to the Future Dreams Charity which raises money for women and families living with breast cancer.

Monday, 17 October 2016

When it comes to highlighting palettes, there is wide range of options available, from the high street right up to high end. Highlighters are one the products that I like to invest in, so I never want to compromise on quality or pigmentation. For this reason, I often avoid cheaper palettes, for the fear that I’ll feel disappointed. Sleek Makeup have now released several highlighter palettes (including a limited edition one for Halloween) each boasting different colours and formulations. I’m pleased to say that I’ve been testing this beauty and I only have good things to say. Keep reading!

The Sleek Makeup Precious Metals Palette* has actually been available for a couple of years. However, it has recently had its packaging refreshed, so it matches all the others in the line-up. It arrives in a beautifully metallic compact, which is slightly reflective and finished with the Sleek logo. Sleek Makeup prides themselves on creating makeup for every skintone, so they are proud to say that this palette is truly versatile.

Inside the Precious Metals palette there are four products; three of them are soft cream formulas and one of them is a pretty powder. They are incredibly pigmented; you really only need a light touch to achieve an impressive finish on the skin. Each of the highlighters either has a metallic or iridescent finish, so they really look quite impressive on the skin. The Precious Metals Palette is as the name suggests, a highlighter palette inspired by four different metals. On the top left we have Platinum, top right is Royal Gold, bottom left is Renaissance Gold and then bottom right is Antique Bronze.

The best thing about this palette is that it offers beautiful shades and formulations, which also work well as muiti-tasking products. You can use the products on the cheeks, but also on the brow bone, as eyeshadows and in the inner corners of the eye. You could even use a larger foundation brush and apply the products to the décolletage or arms/legs for that extra radiance. I’ve swatched all the shades for you below, as you can see they really are beautiful shades. I’m quite sad that I snubbed this palette for such a long time, it’s an incredible product that is well worth it’s £9.99 price tag.

Friday, 14 October 2016

This new Baking & Strobing Brush Collection from Sigma couldn’t be more on trend right now. The full collection features five new and unique brushes which are perfect for people who want to try the strobing or baking trend. Each brush is designed to be used with cream, liquid or powder – so you can apply, blend, set or highlight the skin. The range has been created with the idea of replacing your Beauty Blender or other makeup sponge. As the fibres in the brushes are designed to stop makeup absorption, which is what encourages bacteria to grow in our brushes.

I’ve been testing two of the new brushes for a while now, as I featured them in my Autumn Edit, where I earmarked them as two fantastic brushes for achieving pretty, glowing skin. The first of the brushes I’ve been using is the F89 Bake Kabuki* - as you can see by the pictures it’s a densely packed kabuki brush, which has a flat edge at the top of the brush.  Sigma Beauty designed this brush to press on your setting powder, but it’s actually a great brush for applying contour or foundation. You can use the flat edge to get close around your eyes, or to really define your cheekbones.

The second brush I’ve been testing is the F42 Strobing Fan*, I’ve actually used a fan brush in my makeup routine for a long time, so I was really excited to add a new one to my collection. The Strobing Fan is actually a fairly small brush, which means you can get really close under your eyes and around your nose. What’s different about this fan brush is that it’s actually designed for highlighter, so it applies it flawlessly an blends it over the skin. What I love about this brush is that it’s has a lot more hairs than a lot of my other fan brushes. It means that you can be a bit more precise with your application, which makes it fantastic for highlighter, powder or finishing powders.  It’s also really fluffy, which makes it a dream to use – a lot other fan brushes can be a bit scratchy!

As with most brushes, each of the brushes has been designed with a specific use in mind, but they are totally multifunctional and you can use them in any way you wish. As I mentioned before, there are actually three other brushes in this collection; the F06 Powder Sweep, the F79 Concealer Blend Kabuki and the P80Bake Precision. You can buy each of the products separately or buy the full sethere for $89.

Thursday, 13 October 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 week I have two beautiful eyeshadow palettes and two advent calanders, plus more... keep reading! 

The M&S Advent Calendar is back! 
You may remember the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar from last year and it's back again. All you have to do is spend £35 in M&S Beauty, Clothing and Home (excluding furniture) and you can then purchase the M&S Beauty Advent Calendar for just £35. M&S say that the calendar is worth £250 and each day contains a festive treat to pamper skin, style hair and nourish nails. They are one of the few brands that reveal every thing that is inside, here is the full list; Alpha H Liquid Gold, Autograph All in one Nail Colour in Cranberry, Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm with Vitamin E & Peppermint, Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner in Black, Filorga Time Filler, Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream, Josh Wood Radiant Shine Hair Treatment Oil, Leighton Denny Mini Crystal Nail File, Look Good Feel Better Mini Powder Brush, Nails Inc Gel One Coat Nail Polish in Piccadilly Court, Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Hand Cream, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm, Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, Pixi Brow Tamer, Pur Minerals Correcting Primer Prep & Perfect, REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream, Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Body Cream, Rodial Super Acids X-treme Acid Rush Peel, Rosie for Autograph Lip Glossy in Supermodel Shine, Shay & Blue Atropa Belladonna Natural Spray Fragrance, Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream, Studio 10 Miracle Effect Priming Serum and the Ultrasun Face SPF 30. It will be available from November 10th.

Jouer's Essential 12 Colour Matte & Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette
I know there are several eyeshadow fans who are going to be swooning over this baby. As much as I love bold colours, sometimes a neutral palette has everything you need! The Jouer Essential 12 Colour Matte & Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette is pitched as "the perfect way to seamlessly transition from your desk to dancefloor" and I completely agree. Shop the brand new Jouer palette here

Paul & Joe Beauté AW16 collection
You may have spotted the Paul & Joe Beauté AW16 collection in my Autumn Edit, but I really wanted to mention it here. Paul & Joe have released some gorgeous products for AW16 and you need to see them to appreciate how pretty there are. There is a new Eyebrow Powder Duo, Waterproof Eyebrow Liners, Eyebrow Pens, Limited Edition Paul & Joe Lipsticks, plus a range of Lipstick Cases (£7), some shades of the Paul & Joe Cheek Colour, some beautiful trio Eye Colour sets and finally a Paul & Joe Hand Cream. 

Illamasqua Demise Palette
As I love a good eyeshadow palette, I thought there was no harm in featuring two! The new Illamasqua 'Demise' palette seems to have everything I need for the perfect travel palette. Inside the classic black packaging there is a combination of four highly pigmented eyeshadows, in both matt and shimmer tones. The shades include 'Gimp' (a black blue), Interitus (burgandy), Wilt (red gold) and finally Lost (white gold). The palette is new and available now here, for £34.

The YOU Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
YOU Beauty were one of the first brands to create a beauty advent calendar. I remember a few years back when Ciate Nails and YOU Beauty were the only kids on the block. This year the calendar is worth over £270, featuring 24 luxury beauty products. It's packed with premium skincare, make-up, nail and hair treats from lots of brands including; The White Company, Bee Good, Miller Harris, Moroccanoil and many more. Shop the YOU Beauty calendar here for £69.95.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

I've wanted to try ZOEVA makeup for longer than I can remember, so I was delighted to feature the Pink Spectrum Blush Palette* in my Autumn Edit this year. Blusher is something that scares me a little, it's funny how I'll drench myself in highlighter, but blusher is something I'm still a little sketchy with. Nevertheless, it's a product that I'm starting to experiment more and more with. The Pink Spectrum Blush Palette is exactly what the name suggests - a palette filled with pink blushers which have something from each end of the spectrum.

The Pink Spectrum Blush Palette arrives in the most classic black cardboard packaging, it's protected by a secondary black sleeve which is printed with rose gold lettering. It really is something that just made me feel a little weak at the knees. The excitement doesn't end with the packaging, as when you lift the lid you're greeted by four beautiful blusher shades. As I already mentioned, the colours in this palette range from light pink hues, to intense pink finishes. Each of the ZOEVA shades are named by a number/letter combination, so inside the palette we have; PK010 (apricot pink nude), PK020 (pale powder pink/peachy beige), PK030 (muted rose/mauve) and PK040 (deep pink).

The colours inside the palette are really pigmented, you don't need a lot on your brush to get a lovely flush of colour on the cheeks. Both the matte shades and shimmer powders both blend beautifully, giving you that natural pop of colour for any makeup look. The formulas are enriched with Vitamin E and are created without parabens, mineral oils, perfume and phthalates. 

Above you can see all the shades swatched on my arm - from top to bottom we have; PK030 (muted rose/mauve), PK040 (deep pink) PK010 (apricot pink nude) and PK020 (pale powder pink/peachy beige). ZOEVA describe the palette as the "ultimate essential for a natural-looking, radiant complexion" and I do not disagree. It's such a versatile palette that I'm not sure I could live without it now. It's going to be a palette that travels the world with me, as it's that perfect size and weight for my makeup bag. The best bit is that the palette only costs £15 - it's an absolute BARGAIN! 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

I talk a lot on Hope, Freedom, Love about the rise of the high street stores and how it’s changing the face of the makeup industry. I’m a lover high end beauty that you can really indulge in, but sometimes you want or need a beauty bargain. It’s absolutely fantastic that you can into Superdrug or Boots and walk out with a handful fantastic makeup products for under £20. Now the supermarkets want a piece of the action and they want to be taken seriously! I first saw this range in my local supermarket and I feel super lucky to have a selection of products to share with you. 

The lineup of the Sainsbury’s Boutique collection has everything you could ever want. There’s smokey eyeshadow palettes, there are lipsticks, nail polishes and blushers. Each item comes packaged in sleek black matte packaging, finished with the Sainsbury’s Boutique logo. 

The eyeshadow palettes are available in two different colour combinations and each feature four shades. My palette is called ‘Putting Two And Two Together*’ and features four beautiful neutral shades, which all have individual names. ‘Worth Its Salt’ is top left and it’s a lovely matte cream, top right we have ‘In A Nutshell’ which is pretty orange-brown. Bottom left we have ‘Nudge Nudge Wink Wink’ which is a lovely grey and finally bottom right we have ‘A Nod Is As Good As A Wink’ which is a chocolate brown. The colours in the palette are lightly pigmented and blend nicely. 

On top of the eyeshadow palettes, you can get your hands on a variety of different single eyeshadows in different formulations. I have ‘Forty Winks*’ which is a stunning shimmer taupe and ‘Nudge Nudge Wink Wink*’ which eagle eyes will notice is the same shade as the palette. I personally found that the individual eyeshadows are more pigmented than the eyeshadow palette, especially the shimmer hues. 

If eyeshadow doesn’t take your fancy you might like the lipsticks, which are really creamy and lovely shades. ‘Bed Of Roses*’ is a pretty pink hue and ‘In The Buff*' is a traditional nude. The last product that I’ve been testing is a blusher shade called ‘Halcyon Days*’. I think this is by far the most pigmented product from everything I tried. It’s a lovely peach blusher and it has some gold glitter running through it, so pretty!  

Above I've swatched everything for you so you can compare the shades. From top to bottom we have; the Halcyon blusher, In The Buff lipstick, Bed of Roses lipstick, Forty Winks eyeshadow, Nudge Nudge Wink Wink eyeshadow and finally In A Nutshell eyeshadow. As you would expect, the Sainbury’s Boutique range is incredibly cheap, with all products costing less than £10. Check out the lineup when you’re next in your local store!
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