Wednesday, 28 September 2016

I know that some people are bored of hearing about contouring, but I'm still obsessed with the whole trend. Especially as now contouring products are everywhere, meaning that you can really play with the trend at every budget. As much as I love my high end beauty products, I really enjoy buying and testing alternative products from the high street. I really do love treating myself to some of the more extravagant products on the market, but sometimes you want a bargain product, which doesn't cost the earth. Enter the Sculpting Palette from Rimmel London, a perfect contouring solution for under £7.

This product has actually been out on the market for a little while, but I completely forgot it existed! The Sculpting Palette is currently available in two different shade combinations (however they are named #002 and #003, which probably means that at least #001 will appear in the future). The aim of the palette is to give you everything you need for sculpting, in one handy little palette. The Sculpting Palette is quite a small compact, it's a rectangle shape finished with rounded corners. The base of the compact is black, the lid is finished with gold and it has three clear windows which lets the powders shine through. As I mentioned, the palette really is quite small, but Rimmel have managed to squeeze in three different powders and the palette is still easy to use and navigate. 

You've probably guessed by now, but in the palette there is a highlighter, a bronzer and a blusher. Rimmel say that the colours have been designed to blend with your natural skin tone for an effortless contoured finish. You can see by my swatches below that the colours are actually very subtle, they are not strongly pigmented, which makes it a great palette for beginners or for on-the-go application when you can't necessarily fix mistakes. The bronzer and the blusher have a matte finish, whilst the highlighter has some pretty shimmer running through it. 

I've been loving chucking this palette in my handbag for when I need a quick touch-up after work. You can pick up the Sculpting Palette from Boots now, priced at £6.99

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

If you're a regular reader here on Hope, Freedom, Love you'll have heard of DECIEM, as they are one of my favourite beauty brands. However, if you're new here or if you’ve simply not heard of DECIEM, you have some serious catching up to do! I've never hidden my love with DECIEM, an umbrella beauty brand, who own a whole suite of impressive companies. Whether you want haircare, skincare, supplements or even hair removal products; they have you covered. Their latest innovation is from NIOD, DECIEM skincare brand which focuses on non-invasive skincare treatments. The Superoxide Dismutase Saccharide Mist* (know as SDSM for short) is their first treatment mist. As with all NIOD products, the name of this mist feels pretty scary (my boyfriend has questioned me about it at least 5 times). However, when you work your way through all the science, the goal of SDSM is quite simple. 

Whilst you might be tempted to class this as a toner, DECIEM insist that this is a dermal treatment mist and should not be classified mistakenly. It's a mist that aims to act as a fundamental daily force against oxidative stress, water loss and inflammation. DECIEM explain that stress, water loss and inflammation are three main pillars that deteriorate the skin, contributing to the loss of visible skin quality over time. As with a lot of DECIEM products, the science behind SDSM is quite complex. However, in simple terms this mist is all about protecting our skin against pollution and other environmental stress. Using the mist regularly can protect your skin from inflammation and environmental stresses, whilst keeping your skin hydrated. 

DECIEM chose to package SDSM in a huge 240ml bottle, encouraging users of the product to use it frequently and to be generous with every application. Using the product is very simple, just spritz it onto your face and body as desired. Ideally you should apply the mist in the morning and at night after cleansing the skin, but before other treatments. As with all products of this nature, it's quite hard to test the long lasting effects. However, what I can say is that my skin loves this product and it feels noticeably more hydrated with every use. You can pick up SDSM from the DECIEM website here, priced at £34. 

Monday, 26 September 2016

It was really exciting when I received my invitation from Maybelline to London Fashion Week. I've never been to London Fashion Week and I was really excited to experience what it's like. We were invited down to their suite and given the low down on the makeup trends for Spring/Summer next year. Their makeup artist showed us two different looks for the season, including how to create the perfect red lip with the Vivid Matte lipsticks.

The Vivid Matte Liquid Lipsticks* were the official lip colour of London Fashion Week and they were getting a lot of attention in their suite! The Vivid Matte collection features eight different shades, meaning that the collection includes every shade a girl needs. There are pretty nudes, daring reds and perfect plums for Autumn. I've swatched every beautiful shade for you below. From top to bottom we have; Nude Flush (05), Nude Thrill (50), Berry Boost (40), Orange Shot (25), Rebel Red (35), Electric Pink (15) and Possessed Plum (45). There is one additional shade not swatched here, which is Coral Courage (20), a lovely Coral Pink.

They are packaged in a pretty rectangle tube and they have a handy doe foot applicator, which makes application dreamy. You can tell by the swatches above that these lipsticks are super pigmented, which helps you to achieve a high impact colour. The Vivid Matte formulation is all about achieving beautiful colour, with a vivid matte finish, but without creating dry, flakey lips. The colours are so vibrant on the lips and leave the lips feeling moisturised. The formula allows you to use these lipsticks in three different ways. For a classic matte finish swipe off the excess on the wand and apply sparingly to the lips. If you want to have a more stained look, apply and then dab the lips with a tissue. For a more vivid, shiny look apply generously. 

The Maybelline Vivid Matte collection is available now, retailing at £6.99 a shade here. However, Maybelline were kind enough to gift me a second set of the Vivid Matte Collection, which I've decided to give away to you guys! To get your hands on them you just need to follow the instructions below, make sure you read the T&C's below the widget! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and conditions! The giveaway prize consists of 8 shades of the Vivid Matte lipsticks (shades 05, 50, 40, 20, 25, 35, 15 and 45).The giveaway will be running until October 3rd and you can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. To be eligible to win you must be following my blog via Bloglovin. There are additional entries if you follow via Twitter and Instagram, or tweet about the competition. Worldwide entry is permitted.The prize was gifted to me and Maybelline agreed to me using these lovely products in a giveaway. 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Eyeko is an award-winning makeup brand, specialising in my eye makeup products. It was started in 1999 by makeup veterans, Max and Nina Leykind, with the aim to re-invent the mascara market. They came up with the idea of creating "zero-waste squeeze tubes" which would later become iconic in the makeup industry. They wanted to create a wardrobe of formulas and brushes, which would offer easy application but also give instant results. 

For me, Eyeko is just one of those brands that has sat in my beauty stash for ages and I've just never tested it. I've had Eyeko in tons of different beauty boxes, but they always seem to be eyeliners, which just isn't "my thing". So when the Eyeko Magic Mascara landed in my collection, it went straight to my dressing table for testing.

The Eyeko Black Magic Mascara offers you the chance to "transform your lashes". The mascara aims to be the
 "ultimate mascara" with a formula that creates volume, curl and drama with an extreme black finish. The mascara comes packaged in the iconic squeezy tube that I mentioned earlier, paired with a curved brush. Eyeko call the brush "the curvaceous helix brush" designing it for full lash contact.

I have to be honest and say that the first time I used this mascara, I was really disappointed. I actually went to delete it my pictures of it as I just didn't think I wanted to review it. However, something compelled me to try it a second time and I fell in love. The first time I used it I just found it watery and far too thin, which meant it did not create any volume or drama. I'm not sure if it just needed some air in the tube, because every time since, it has been performing completely different.

The brush makes the mascara really really to apply, it really hugs the lash line, catching every single hair as you apply the mascara. The brush itself is actually quite small, which means I tend to get the mascara all over my eyelid, so I do need to do a little cleaning up before I can leave the house. The formula of the mascara is really nice, it's lifts, curls and volumises my lashes. It doesn't clump and it doesn't seem to crumble off my lashes during the day. It's also water-resistant which means you don't end up with panda eyes if the April Showers pay a visit! The formula is also created with keratin and shea butter, to create a blend which offers long-term lash care.

All-in-all I'm pretty impressed and I'm really glad I gave the mascara a second chance. It retails for £17.50 and you can pick it up from M&S here.

Thursday, 22 September 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'm talking about lots of Autumn/Winter launches, including a new makeup range from Tanya Burr, a Christmas collection from Ciate and the new lip product from By Terry.

New Autumn collection from Tanya Burr

Tanya Burr is at it again and I actually think this is my favourite collection from her so far. The whole line up is totally on-point, it's covered in gorgeous rose gold packaging and there's something for everyone. The new collection features three cheek illuminators (which look a lot like the cheek sticks from Charlotte Tilbury), a body illuminator, a face illuminator, six lipsticks and a new midnight blue eyeshadow palette. It's due for launch next month from Superdrug and Feel Unique. 

Christmas collaboration between Chloe Morello and Ciate
I'm literally obsessed with this new launch from Ciate! Chloe Morello (a beauty YouTuber) has joined with Ciaté London to bring you her ultimate beauty must-haves in this limited edition collection! The collection retails for £45 and it includes the most gorgeous eyeshadow palette, a lip velvet, a mascara and a makeup pouch. The Pretty, Fun & Fearless Palette featuring a mix of best-selling Ciaté London shares as well as a selection of shadows carefully curated by Chloe herself. You can buy the collection right now here

VINCENT LONGO launches at Cult Beauty
Until last week I'd never even heard of Vincent Longo and I'm already obsessed! They are a brand well know for luxury formulas that perform at such a high level. One look at the range on Cult Beauty and you'll see that the colours are beautiful and totally on trend. They are a brand that have cult status in the beauty industry, with makeup artists and actors swearing by their products. Check out the range now on Cult Beauty.

New Click Sticks from By Terry
The new Rouge Expert Click Stick Lipsticks from By Terry are getting a lot of traction in the beauty community! The new product comes in By Terry's beautiful packaging and it's shaped like a lot of the brow products on the market. The formula is a lip pencil and lipstick all in one, which By Terry says feels like a lip balm on the skin, hydrating the lips with every application. There are 25 new velvety matte shades from nudes and pinks to reds, oranges and plums. The "click" name comes from the handy push button control. These will be available until 15 October exclusive to Space NK and nationwide thereafter.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

When Chris bought me home a Fresh skincare set from Sephora I was honestly thrilled! I’ve heard so much about Fresh recently and I’ve wanted to try something from this lovely brand. The Soy Face Cleanser is designed to be the perfect all-rounder, it’s perfect for lots of different skin types. So whether you have normal, oily, combination, dry or sensitive skin, you can keep reading as this one is for you! 

The Soy Face cleanser is a best seller from Fresh and it’s their “do-it-all” cleanser and makeup remover. It’s designed to remove makeup and impurities without damaging or stripping the skin. As the name suggests, it’s formulated with soy proteins, which is packed with amino acids, which help support elasticity in the skin. The Soy Face Cleanser actually dates back to 1999 - I didn’t even know Fresh had been around that long! It was a product of the soy buzz that took the world by storm in the early nineties. Soy was taking the world by storm, it was in health stores and in recipes, yet Fresh was determined to bring it into skincare. The Soy Collection was actually Fresh’s first product in the skincare world and it’s still incredibly popular today.

The cleanser comes packaged in a handy white tube, finished with very simply brown and black lettering. The cleanser itself is white and it’s quite a thick texture, which has a gel formulation. I did not know what to expect from this cleanser, but I have to say that I’m really impressed. The cleanser is really gentle, as you apply it to the skin it honestly feels so natural and simple. It has a very slight scent and it leaves the skin feeling very soft and clean. The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser removes makeup with ease and leaves a very nourished skin behind. The soy in the cleanser is complemented by Rosewater, which helps to calm and balance the skin. There is also cucumber extracts in the cleanser, which help to soothe the skin. So all-in-all you’re left with a skin that looks smooth, healthy and free of impurities.

The Soy Face Cleanser is great for when your skin is misbehaving and you want to reset your routine to start again. I’ve been enjoying taking this with me when I travel and I think it’s a good cleanser to have in your beauty arsenal. It’s formulated without Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates. It retails at £30 for 150ml, which actually makes it quite pricey, but it’s one to add to your wish list for any upcoming birthdays.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Strobing is taking over the world at the moment, it really is something that is growing with popularity by the minute. Literally all the beauty brands are getting in on the action this season and beauty fans are inundated with choice. When there's so much choice it's really hard to choose what to buy, which explains why I've probably added 10 new strobing products to my collection in just a few weeks. I'm not normally a fan in a brands copying other brands ideas, but sometimes there's a product you just can't ignore. 

The Strobe Highlighter Powder by Makeup Revolution might look familiar to you, as they are very similar to the new highlighters by Laura Mercier. The difference is that these cost just £3, whereas the Laura Mercier highlighters are £32. The Strobe Highlighter from Makeup Revolution comes in three different shades and they are actually all very similar. I picked up Moon Glow and Radiant Lights, to be honest it's almost impossible to tell them apart, I really don't need both in my collection.

The Strobe Highlighter Powder comes packaged in a black compact, with a clear lid which lets the beauty of the highlighter shine through. I will say that the compact feels very sturdy and secure, however I gifted one of these to my sister and it shattered on the way home in the car. The powder is finished with a wave like pattern which is embossed into the powder. As you'd expect from Makeup Revolution these powders are really pigmented, one dab of my brush in the compact is enough product for my whole face (and I like a lot of highlighter). The powder adds a beautiful glow to the skin and it looks beautiful when it catches the light. 

When it comes to Strobing, I really think it's worth investing in some of the high end products. Purely as I think highlighting powders will be in fashion forever, so it's a great way to invest your money. However if you're strapped for cash, these powders from Makeup Revolution are beautiful, well worth spending your pocket money on. You can pick up the Strobe Highlighter Powder from TAM Beauty now

Monday, 19 September 2016

Benefit's Gimme Brow is a firm favourite in my beauty routine, I basically use it every single day. As you probably know, the Benefit Brow Collection was recently given a bit of a makeover, so it seemed like the right time to give it a new review!

I firmly remembering buying Gimme Brow, as I bought it as soon as it launched here in the UK. Back then that was a pretty big deal for me, as I was just entering the world of high end beauty. I really did not have many high end products in my collection, so spending £18 on a brow gel took some convincing. That being said, it was getting some serious hype in the bloggersphere and so I was pretty certain it was worth the pennies. Fast forward nearly two years and Benefit's Gimme Brow is a firm favourite in my collection. It's safe to say it was worth the hype and I never looked back.

If you're not in the loop Gimme Brow is a tinted brow gel, which has won it's fair share of awards since it's launch! The gel contains tiny microfibres, which are used to recreate natural looking brows, whether you're applying to your eyebrows or to your skin.

What I really love about Benefit's Gimme Brow, is it's tiny little wand. I've tried lots of different brow wands in my time, but I find this one the easiest to navigate. The wand has little bristles which mimic the hairs in your brows to give you a natural finish. As you brush the want through your brows, it adds some really good colour and definition to even the lightest brows. I always use Gimme Brow as the final step in my routine, I use a spoolie to brush out my brows, fill them with my eyebrow pencil, brush them again and then set them with Gimme Brow. 

Benefit Cosmetics say that the formula of Gimme Brow hasn't changed with the rebrand and as far as I can tell this is true! It's been given a total facelift, swapping the brow tube for this snazzy metallic finish. The new packaging is definitely more bulky than before, which is a bit of a pain when your traveling. However, the new handle is definitely easier to hold and makes the product easier to work with.

Benefit's Gimme Brow is available in three different shades and it's available at Boots, priced at £18.50

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