Friday, 22 July 2016

I've been in love with the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in the shade Ballerina, since it landed in my collection in Autumn. It's everything a highlighter should be and I'm not sure I could live without it! Today's chunk of good news is that the Baked Gelato Illuminator lineup has doubled in size, with two new gorgeous shades!

Laura Geller used to be one of those brands that nobody could get hold of! You'd have to beg your American friend to send you some products and pay hideous customs fees, or just learn to cope. Laura Geller is now readily available in lots of places here in the UK, namely Cult Beauty and Escentual. This means that Laura Geller's products can be part of our growing collections, without any pain or stress. 

I've spoken before about my love for Laura Geller's Gelato lineup, I'll be honest, everytime I look at the blushers or the highlighters, my heart skips a beat. They are just the most simple design idea, with the stunning swirl is made to mimic the swirl of Gelato, but they are beautiful and make me dream about eating ice cream at the beach.

Laura Geller’s Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator has been given a lift for the spring/summer season. Adding two beautiful sun-friendly shades, for that subtle glowing from within highlight. The two new shades are Charming Pink* (which is a pale pink-silver shade) and Peach Glow* (a warm peach-apricot hue), designed to add natural radiance back into the skin. The highlighter comes in a little compact, which is black on the bottom with a clear lid that lets the beauty shine through. The texture of the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator is buttery and it blends on the skin effortlessly. The highlighters have some very small glitter pieces, which just add to the glow and sheen, without being overloaded with glitter and shimmer. 

I always find these highlighters impossible to swatch, as the effect is so subtle and pretty, but it's a great way to add a little oomph throughout these warmer months. You can pick up all four shades of the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator from Cult Beauty, retailing at £21 each. 

Thursday, 21 July 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 a new beauty box from QVC Beauty and some exciting new skincare launches!

QVC to launch beauty box
The most exciting news I saw this week was from the team at QVC. They've announced that they are launching their new beauty box. The box is called Tili, which stands for; Try it, Love it. The first box will include a whole of exciting brands; Alpha H, Elemis, Essie, Vita Liberata, Nexus, bareMinerals and Becca. The products inside the box include; Essie Ballet Slippers Nail Polish, Nexxus Shampoo and Conditioner, Vita Librata Phenomenal Mousse, Alpha H Liquid gold, Elemis Smart Cleanse Micellar Water, BareMinerals Skincare Skinlongevity Vital power and the Becca Backlight Priming Filter.All the products in the box will be available in luxury sizes. The box isn't available yet, but mark July 22nd in your calander, as that's when it will be available! It will be available exclusively at, retailing for £20, it's worth £62.17!!

Roger & Gellet announce new line inspired by Green Tea
I'm always excited for a new Roger & Gallet launch and this one will not disappoint! Thé Vert (Green Tea) collection from Roger & Gallet is this summers UK launch and it will be exclusive to House of Fraser. It's inspired by Mount Fuji at sunrise, inspired by the delicacy and harmony of Japanese tradition. It's created with distilled natural precious essences. The new range will include a Green Tea Eau Fraiche Fragrance in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml. It will also include the Perfumed Soaps, Nourishing Body Lotion and Relaxing Shower Gel. Some of the items are already available online here

New high street skincare line focussed on hydration from Neutrogena
If we're not talking about face masks, it all seems to be about hydration at the moment. The Hydro Boost Neutrogena has already been out in the USA for a while, but it's now made it's way to the UK. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost lineup aims to give lightweight and intense hydration. The collection includes five new products including; the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser, the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream Moisturiser, the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Cleanser, the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Micellar Water and the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleansing Wipes.

Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion
News of a new REN product dropped last week and it's launching in September. The latest formulation from the skincare brand is the Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion. It's designed to give you plump, smooth skin instantly, whilst having anti-aging and anti-dehydration properties for the long term too! The new product is designed for all different skin types. It has a special special water-lock technology, which helps water circulate the skin. It also uses peptide to help the skin reach optimum moisture levels.

Giorgio Armani launch Matte Eye Tints
The innovative Eye Tint formula debuted at the Giorgio Armani Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 show last year.  However, Giorgio Armani have just released a new range of matte shades. The matte shades are designed to be a set of smokey nude hues, perfect for all different skin types. If you're not familiar with the Eye Tint formula, they are a line of long-lasting, intensely pigmented, cream eyeshadows. There are six new shades available, which Selfridges say "blend seamlessly into skin..composed of aqueous ingredients and pure pigments for extreme colour intensity". Pick them up from Selfridges now, priced at £27 each

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

ESPA are one of my all-time favourite brands and I'm frequently shocked when people say they've never tried anything from them. ESPA are an award-winning spa company that has been rocking the beauty industry for over 20 years. They create everything you could think of, from makeup, to haircare to their innovative spa treatments. All their products are make their manufacturing facility here in the UK. Headed by a specialist formulations team and tested by therapists worldwide; so you can guarantee you’re getting a great product. ESPA recently announced that they have created a brand new Nourishing Lip Treatment* and I'm here to tell you all about it. 

ESPA have combined their skincare and treatment oil heritage, with other natural ingredients to create a new Nourishing Lip Treatment. Designed specifically with high-impact lip therapy in mind. The idea is bang on trend at the moment, with lots of other high end brands creating similar products. The concept is that a lip treatment boosted with oils, combines the qualities of a balm and a gloss, but far outperforms both products. 

Creating a lip product boosted with oils, means that you can treat the lips to hours of hydration, whilst making your lips feel soft and supple, with a high shine finish. ESPA's Nourishing Lip Treatment is packed with both anti-aging and replenishing properties. The formulation includes Indian Gentian Leaves, an award-winning ingredient which blurs the appearance of vertical lines around the lip area. It also smoothes skin, boosts collagen and even reduces the risk of your lipstick bleeding. It's also packed with Konjac Root and Hyaluronic Acid Filling Spheres, which plump, smooth and of course, give a boost of long-lasting hydration. Next we have Omega-rich Raspberry and Pomegranate Seed Oils, which are great for nourishing dry lips. Finally we have Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil which offers fresh flavour and completes the 100% natural ingredient line up.

Simply apply ESPA's Nourishing Lip Treatment to the lips using the doe foot applicator. It has a subtle fruity scent, which I love and it applies like a dream. It's not slightly sticky, which makes it incredible comfortable to where at any time of the day. The treatment is designed to be used every day to keep your lips in good condition. You can apply throughout the day or simply use it as the final step in your make-up routine. You can also apply it generously before you go to bed in the evening, for an intense moisture boost overnight. The Nourishing Lip Treatment retails for £19, available from ESPA, Harvey Nichols,John Lewis and Fenwick.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Let me start by saying I'm more of a dog person, but there's something so endearing about the collections by Paul & Joe. Paul & Joe is one of the brands I rarely see on the bloggersphere and it's a real shame, as they are a beautiful brand. The whole brand to have has a real Parisian feel, designed to bring a sense of happiness to your makeup routine. It's about having fun whilst giving your skin and makeup a real healthy radiance. Twenty years have passed since the brands creation and Paul & Joe are celebrating! They've released the Paul & Joe 20th Anniversary Makeup Collectionand it's got something for everyone! 

The Paul & Joe 20th Anniversary Makeup Collection is naturally inspired by cats. I can practically hear the cat-obsessed beauty lovers squealing with excitement! The adorable cat-themed collection features for of Paul & Joe's most loved beauty items. The collection has been created using the special anniversary print, which means it's truly unique to this special birthday. 

As you open the box, two fabric items fall onto your lap and they are just beautiful! The first is a Paul & Joe Tote Bag which folds into a cat shaped pouch. It's perfect for chucking into your handbag for next time you need an emergency carrier bag. The other item is an adorable pouch, in the iconic hummingbird print from 2006. This clutch bag was so popular in 2006 that Paul & Joe customers queued for hours just to get their hands on it! 

Let's talk about the makeup! First of all we have the lipstick, which was first launched in April 2004. It's shade 025 and it's packaged in the iconic cardboard packaging, with a panther print. The shade is a pretty peach-pink, which is perfect for summer and lots of different skintones. The Pressed Compact Duo (in shade 001) was first launched for Paul & Joe's 10th Anniversary. It's the perfect party compact, with a pressed powder on one side and a glittering highlight on the other. It's finished with the flower embossing and a pretty white flowered compact. Finally we have the Face Colour in Cheerful Tulip (shade 39). This caught the eye of cat fans in January 2005 and it's making a reappearance 11 years later. It's the perfect shade to pop onto the apples of your cheeks, whatever the season! It's packaged in a yellow cardboard pan and embossed with the flower again.

The Paul & Joe 20th Anniversary Makeup Collection is going to be a hit with Paul & Joe fans. However, I also think it's a great way for a new fan to get acquainted with the brand. The kit is available now, priced at £64.

Monday, 18 July 2016

If you're a frequent follower of my blog, you probably know that lip products are not really my thing. I never wear lipstick and I don't really like anything too pigmented on my lips. However, every now and then a product launches and I just can't get enough of it. When the Lancôme Juicy Shakers* entered the bloggersphere world, everyone started to go crazy. I'm here to tell you why you should believe the hype...

The Lancôme Juicy Shaker comes packaged in Lancôme's signature silver packaging, which feels super luxurious. The Juicy Shaker itself is packaged as a super cute cocktail shaker, designed to work with the biphasic formula. The Juicy Shaker is a colour infusion lip oil, combining ingredients which include sweet almond oil, cranberry oil, omega 3 and 7 and musk rose oil. You simply shake the mini cocktail shaker, blend the formula together and apply it to the lips with the applicator. 

I really do not have a bad word to say about the Lancôme Juicy Shaker. What is particularly lovely for someone who is scared of pigmentation on the lips, is that you can vary how pigmented this product is. You can wear it as a very light sheen, or keep building it up to something more intense. It's a really lovely glossy hue on the lips, which I just think is lovely and universally flattering. On the lips it's incredibly comfortable, boasting a non-sticky texture, which all the extra benefits of the different oils playing their part. I have the shade Berry Tale, which is a gorgeous and natural pink hue. It's a lovely colour and the colour is natural enough, even for a lipstick-hater like me!

When so much hype surrounds a product there is always a worry that it will not live up to the hype. However, I'm really pleased that the The Lancôme Juicy Shaker does not disappoint and is truly worthy of the hype (and the £18 price tag)! The product first launched in March and it's available in 14 different shades (plus on limited edition shade), so there really should be something for everyone. They are available at lots of different beauty stores (including Boots here) and at World Duty Free, where you can grab it at a bargain price!

Friday, 15 July 2016

Seche Vive* is the new Instant Gel Effect Top Coat from the genius team at Seche. Seche Vite has been a staple in my routine for longer than I can remember. It's the only top coat I've found that gives a beautiful glossy effect, dries almost instantly and keeps my nails chip free the longest. It's not just me that loves it either, it's award-winning and is cult favourite to people all over the world. It's used across catwalks at London Fashion Week and the even the Duchess of Cambridge wore the top coat on her Royal wedding day! So it's safe to say that I'm in good company!

Now the team at Seche are ready for something new and with the rise of gel-effect polishes it seemed like the most logical step to take. Seche have released the Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat, with the aim to make it the gel top coat to outshine all others. The new formulation offers all the fast drying properties from Seche Vite, with the glossy, high shine finish of gel. The best bit is that you don't need an LED light to make it happen and you just have to remove it with any acetone or non-acetone nail polish remover.

Seche Vive comes in the same box as Seche Vite, but the bottle itself is a pretty blue shade. It's an opaque bottle, which means that you can't see when you're going to run out, but I'm hoping it stops the top coat from going gloopy too quickly! The polish applies really easily without dragging or streaking the underlying manicure. It dries very quickly and it leaves your nails with a lovely glossy finish. 

I predict that the Seche Vive Instant Gel Effect Top Coat will be hit with beauty bloggers and manicurists. It is available right now, retailing for £9.99 at Superdrug!

Thursday, 14 July 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 a customised beauty box from Cult Beauty and some exciting new Too Faced products!

ELEMIS create The Hero Collection for Breast Cancer Care
The Hero Collection for Breast Cancer Care is created to give your body and mind space. The Hero Collection includes harmonising massage oils, firming balms, bliss inducing detox capsules and anti-ageing moisturisers. Richly blended with powerful natural extracts to effortlessly melt tension and leave you content and relaxed. All the products inside would retail for £95, but you can get your hands on this kit for £55

Too Faced Brow Quickie
Brow Quickie is a brow gel which is filled with fibers, which you just brush onto your brows. Too Faced say that it plumps your brows in seconds, whilst grooming them for a super natural finish. The fiber gel technology mimics real hair to shape and plump brows with just one sweep. Brow Quickie is buildable, which means you can create anything from a simple natural brow, to a brow that wows! It's a quick and easy product which makes it perfect for on-the-go touch ups! Too Faced Brow Quickie retails for £17

Too Faced Naturally Radiant Concealer 
The brand new concealer from Too Faced instantly hide imperfections, including dark circles, lines and wrinkles. It offers complete coverage, whilst offering skincare benefits. The formula includes Coconut Water, Alpine Rose and Hyaluronic Acid, to give a boost of moisture, brighten the skin and give the skin a youthful appearance. It's oil free and it can be used on it's own or with foundation to give the skin a radiant finish. Too Faced Naturally Radiant Concealer retails for £20

Create your own beauty box at Cult Beauty
This idea is so clever and I'm resisting all my urges to place an order! Cult Beauty have created their ever first customisable beauty box. The box is filled with cult products to suit every skin type, complexion and hair texture. The box includes three skincare items; the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm, Pixi Glow Tonic and the Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50. You then get to customise the box with your choice from an edit of beauty bestsellers. You get to pick a shade of the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick, the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector and the Ouai Shampoo. The box offers you a phenomenal 30% saving, priced at £95.

NARS limited edition eyeshadow palette
When will NARS stop creating swoon-worthy palettes? I really hope the answer is NEVER! The Long Hot Summer collection features two blushers, a bronzer duo and three lipglosses, but I'm most interested in the eyeshadow palette! The Long Hot Summer Eyeshadow Palette is available online & at NARS Boutiques only. It's a radiant set of six shimmering and matte bronzed shadows. The eyeshadow tones range from glistening champagne to captivating copper. The shades include; Long Hot Summer I, Long Hot Summer II, Belissima II, Long Hot Summer III, Long Hot Summer IV and Bengali. Buy the eyeshadow palette online here.

What new launches caught your eye this week? I'd love to hear all about them! 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

I love spritzing a fragrance and being reminded of a happy moment in time. Let's be honest, we've all been there and it's the best feeling. Every summer I love to do a little rotation of my favourite fragrances, as it's the perfect time to bring my light fruity scents out to play. This season I've added a few new additions to my fragrance line up, so I'm here to share with fragrances have made the cut.

The Old Favourite
I call the Fleur de Figuier Eau de Parfum* the 'old favourite' as it has has holy grail status in my collection. I've definitely made no secret of this on my blog in the past. The Fleur de Figuier perfume was only released last year and it's the first Roger & Gallet scent to be made into a perfume. The fragrance is deliciously sweet, it's a summer fragrance and it feels like a beautiful summers day every time I spray it on my wrists. Naturally, the fig notes make it really fruity too, but it has a beautiful floral musk to finish it off!

Top notes: Mandarin, Pink Peppercorn, Candied Fig Accord
Heart notes: Violet Wood, Fig Pulp
Base notes: Musk, Patchouli, Moss

The Fleur de Figuier Eau de Parfum is available from Escentual, retailing at £40 for 50ml. 

The Eco-Friendly 'Barely There' Scent
As soon as I tried the Rain [Reserve Blend] by CLEAN Reserve, it was love! I love their ethos, I love their methodology and above all else, I love the scent. CLEAN Reserve approach fragrances in a completely new way, making use of high quality raw ingredients, which are fairly gathered in a responsible manner. ‘Rain’ is inspired by the rainforest - taking Amazonian rain and mixing it with a whole host of other ingredients (including bergamot, cucumber and water lily). What I really love about it, is that it feels really fresh on the skin. It's a clean scent by name and by nature, it's so easy to wear and it's really very pretty. It's the perfect scent for when you want to wear a perfume that isn't too strong. 

Top note: Bergamot
Heart note: Moist White Flowers
Base note: Patchouli

CLEAN Reserve scents are priced at £79 for 100ml and you can buy them from SpaceNK.

The Holiday Essential
The Ghost Eclipse Eau de Toilette* needs no introduction, I would be amazed if you've never seen this scent before. It's earmarked by many as their 'holiday essential' as it captures summer from start to finish. You can't not love it's simple moon shaped bottle, which looks gorgeous in the sunlight. Being an Eau de Toilette, the scent is very light, which makes it a perfect scent which is unobtrusive but feminine. You'll see by the notes below, that the scent is incredibly fruity, it gives it a lovely sweet tang which becomes more floral as the fragrance wears.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Peach, Mandarin, Lemon, Blackcurrant Buds, Apple, Marigold
Heart Notes: Freesia, Lotus, Rose, Blonde Woods

Base Notes: Musk, Amber Crystals

The Ghost Eclipse Eau de Toilette is available in three sizes; 30ml, 50ml and 75ml, prices start at £25 and you can buy it from Escentual.  

The One That Smells As Good As It Looks

There is no denying that the Missoni Eau de Parfum* looks exquisite from the outside, I can't resist the pink, green, red and purple hues. The bottle screams summer before you even lift the lid and give it a spritz. The good news is that it smells as good as it looks! If I compare this to the Ghost Fragrance, it has all the same characteristics, but this one has more of a floral undertone. Sometimes I personally find floral scents too powerful and old-fashioned, but this is the perfect blend of floral and fruity notes. It's got a bit more to give, so I like to wear it when I'm going out to dinner or to somewhere a little bit fancy. 

Top notes: Lemon, Bergamot, Cedar, Pomme d’Amour and Pear
Heart notes: Mahonial, Petalia and Jasminum Sambac
Base notes: Ambra, Tonka Bean, Sandalwood

The Missoni Eau de Parfum comes in three sizes; 30ml, 50ml and 100ml, prices start at £42 and you can buy it from Escentual.

What are your favourite summer scents? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!

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