Wednesday, 24 August 2016

I’ve actually not featured Roger & Gallet on my blog for a while but fear not – I still feel like their biggest fan! Roger & Gallet have formed part of my beauty, skincare and perfume routine for a long time now. I’m not alone either; I know that lots of my followers are fans too! Today I’m here to talk about something exciting, as I’ve been testing their latest launch! The new launch happens to be a whole new collection, featuring a brand new Roger & Gallet scent! 



Thé Vert (Green Tea) collection from Roger & Gallet is this summers UK launch. Now when I heard Green Tea, I thought it might be a bit odd, but it’s actually gorgeous. When you delve into the origins of the fragrance, Roger & Gallet say that it’s inspired by Mount Fuji at sunrise. The notes of the fragrance include green tea, citrus and woody notes. Taking inspiration from oriental tradition, the scent is designed to balance body and mind. So it’s a very light and pretty scent, designed to be subtle and fresh.

The fragrance has been brought to life in whole host of different products. The new range will include a Green Tea Fragrant Wellbeing Water, Perfumed Soaps, Nourishing Body Lotion and Relaxing Shower Gel. I had the pleasure of trying two different products from the new collection. 



First up we have the Roger & Gallet Green Tea Fragrant Wellbeing Water, which is available in three different sizes. I’m a big fan of some of the other water fragrances from Roger & Gallet and this one is just as lovely. The Roger & Gallet Green Tea Eau Fraiche Fragrance comes in the pretty glass bottle, which has delicate lettering and gold detailing. The fragrance is an eau de toilette, so it lasts well on the skin but it does need topping up throughout the day. The fragrance is designed to suit all skin types and can be worn in the sun, which makes it a perfect holiday scent. 



The second item I’ve been testing is the Roger & Gallet Green Tea Perfumed Soap. The soaps from Roger & Gallet are the fanciest soap I’ve ever used. They always come packaged in delicate tissue paper, which lets the scent penetrate through. Which makes them great for popping in your drawers to scent your clothes, but I also leave mine in the bathroom to leave everything smelling fresh.  The soaps are created using a very unique process using artisan tradition. This gives the soap their perfect scent, but also makes them very soft and gentle on the skin. 

The Green Tea range is a great addition to Roger & Gallet’s line up. The new products have all the great properties I’ve come to expect from the brand. I’m sure that beauty fans will love adding the new scent to their collection! The whole range is exclusive to House of Fraser and it’s available here. Click here if you’re interested in some of my other Roger & Gallet reviews

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

I'm a huge fan of the Ambient Lighting Powders and the Ambient Lighting Blush from Hourglass. Being a complete highlighter obsessive, it was only a matter of time before the Ambient Strobing Powders were going to join my beauty stash. Lets take a look at this new formulation and see how it compares to other high end highlighters on the market.


The Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders are a collection of illuminating strobing powders, designed to add light and dimension to the skin. They borrow the beautiful formulation from the other Ambient Lighting products, but add some concentrated ultra-fine mico-pearl particles, for good measure! The pearl particles are popped into the powder in lots of different sizes and refraction levels. This means you get all the glow you need for a natural-looking radiance, without the heavy light highlighter finish. Much like it's Ambient Lighting sisters, the powder is designed to capture and diffuse light.

After much deliberation and I mean a lot of deliberation, I opted for Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in 'Euphoric Light'. There are four colours in total which are universally flattering shades are perfect for all different skintones. You simply load up a brush with the Strobe Powder and apply it to all the places you'd usually apply a highlighter. I always use it on the tops of my cheekbones and my brow bone, to give a natural highlight to the skin. You can use these powders either wet or dry, which gives you varied levels of intensity. On a dry brush you get an incredibly natural finish, which I've swatched below and you can see it's very hard to see. On a wet brush you get the chance to create a more dramatic evening strobe highlight. 

I don't dare count the amount of highlighters in my collection, but what I can say is that i have PLENTY that offer a dramatic finish. Whilst I love the "go hard or go home" approach, sometimes it's not appropriate to wear that heavy metal highlight. What I love about the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder is that it plugs a gap for when I need something more subtle. It still feels luxurious, it still performs like a high end product, it's just that little bit more sophisticated. 

The Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder is available in four shades, retailing at £34 from SpaceNK here in the UK, or Sephora in the USA. 





Monday, 22 August 2016

Sadly the end of summer is fast approaching and it's definitely nearly time to wave goodbye to the sun. However, there is one advantage of Autumn fast approaching - new makeup! I love when a new season starts approaching and we get a whole new range of makeup to get excited about. If you're a frequent reader of my blog, you'll know that I'm not really a lipstick girl. However, when these brand new Maybelline Color Sensational Mattes* arrived on my doorstop, they were too pretty for even me to ignore. It would be a crime to keep these from my lovely readers right?!





Maybelline have gone all out for Autumn, releasing more makeup than you can shake a stick about. Maybelline's collection is all about taking that glow into Autumn, with pretty highlighters and lots of shimmer across the new range of products. However, if you're a fan of the classic Autumn hues, you will not be disappointed! Maybelline have released a ton of new lipsticks, all in a brand new matte formulation, in lots of pretty Autumn hues. 

The new lipsticks are everything a girl can dream for! They have it all from pretty pinks, to nude hues and deep purple finishes. I have seven shades to share with you today, from left to right they are; Midnight Merlot (885), Berry Boosy (886), Fiery Fuschia (882), Orange Danger (883), Rich Ruby (968), Blushing Pout (942) and Clay Crush (932).




Maybelline's new lipsticks are split across two slightly different formulations. Rich Ruby (968), Blushing Pout (942) and Clay Crush (932) are part of the Creamy Matte collection. These shades offer rich pigmentation, which include precious oils in the formula. The eye-catching shades are really comfortable to wear no matter the occasion. 

The rest of the lipsticks (Midnight Merlot (885), Berry Bossy (886), Fiery Fuschia (882), and Orange Danger (883)) are from Maybelline's Loaded Bold collection. This collection is actually huge, featuring 20 different shades that offer a full-spectrum shades from "deep plums and electric blues to vibrant reds and natural nudes". These lipsticks offer hypercolor pigments, in a creamy clay base. The formula is enriched with honey nectar, which gives them the lovely creamy finish.




All these lipsticks are swatched for you above, from top to bottom you have Midnight Merlot (885), Berry Boosy (886), Fiery Fuschia (882), Orange Danger (883), Rich Ruby (968), Blushing Pout (942) and Clay Crush (932). If you fancy getting in the Autumn mood already, you can buy all these lipsticks right now. Grab the Loaded Bold collection here and grab the Creamy Matte collection here

Friday, 19 August 2016

I’ve been a huge fan of Real Techniques since the moment the brand launched.  Real Techniques mission is to allow the inner expert in all of us, giving us brushes and tutorials to look our best. The whole collection is created with YouTube beauty gurus Sam and Nic Chapman, who really need no introduction. 



I knew that I would fall in love with the brand initially, but I didn’t anticipate that years later the brushes would still form the basis of my whole brush routine. For me Real Techniques tick every box. They are reasonable priced, they are well made, they sit well on my dressing table, they travel well, they clean well and most importantly they apply my makeup beautifully. I love the fact that everything matches through colour-coded system and I love that every brush is made with synthetic bristles. 

Real Techniques are on a bit of roll at the moment with their new releases, in fact it’s been a bit hard to keep up. However most recently the Ultimate Base Set* caught my eye. Real Techniques say that this latest limited-edition set, gives you everything you need for that flawless base. Offering you all the tools needed for seamless foundation and the ultimate concealer application. 



If I had to pick my favourite Real Techniques brush I wouldn’t even need to think about it! It’s the Expert Face Brush* and it’s the only brush that I need three of in my collection. It’s got huge fans all over the world, who praise its ability to apply foundation. Naturally it’s the first brush included in this limited edition set. It’s ultra-firm and broad bristles make it an amazing multi-use brush, making it perfect for buffing cream, liquid or powder foundation. 

The second product in the set is the Miracle Complexion Sponge*, which again is a product praised by makeup artists and beauty fans worldwide. Real Technique boast that this is the #1 branded makeup sponge and it’s actually one of the only Real Techniques products I haven’t tried. The sponge includes a rounded side, a precision tip and a flat edge, which end offer something different to the base process. 

The last product in the set is the Deluxe Concealer Brush* which is packed with dense and rounded bristles. It’s a good medium-sized concealer brush, which offers good concealer application especially around the eyes and nose.

As always the three products come in a handy pouch, which includes a mirror. It just makes travelling with the whole set very simple and quick. If it’s not already obviously I’m a huge fan of this limited edition set, I think it’s a great addition to my collection. The set is available now, priced at £20.99 from Superdrug stores at Superdrug online


Thursday, 18 August 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! Can you believe that we're already starting to think about Christmas? The year is FLYING by! This week we’re talking about a stunning palette from Marc Jacobs Beauty and a chocolate themed release from KIKO!




Mega palette release from Marc Jacobs Beauty
Marc Jacobs have given us a peek into what we can look forward this Christmas, with a very early release of a Christmas palette! The limited edition 'About Last Night' palette features 20 different eyeshadows. The eyeshadows are all packaged in a pretty gold palette which opens to reveal the shadows and a big mirror. The best bit is that you can buy the palette RIGHT NOW here for $99. This palette is going to be hard for me to resist! 

SEVENTEEN launch MEGA MATTE Lipsticks
If you are a lipstick fan you'll be excited by this news from SEVENTEEN! They've just released their brand new MEGA MATTE Lipsticks (available in Boots online here and in-store). The MEGA MATTE Lipsticks are available in 12 shades, offering "long-lasting colour with a creamy texture that lasts up to 13-hours". The new lipsticks are available now, priced at £4.49 each.

SOIGNE Summer Sale
Fancy topping up your nail polish collection? You need to check out the Soigne Summer Sale! You can get some of their fabulous nail polishes at a fraction of their normal retail price! Check out the full sale here.

Cocoa Blush Shock from KIKO
I know that beauty fanatics will go crazy for these blushers from KIKO. These chocolate themed sweet blushers are scented with vanilla! The collection includes four different two-tone blushes. They have a baked formula which offers a matte finish on the skin. I personally love baked formulas as they are great for building colour on the skin. KIKO say that the blushers are soft and ultra-fine, with a texture that glides lightly over the skin and is very easily blended. Check out these new products here

NikkieTutorials & Too Faced collaboration 
Global beauty megastar NikkieTutorials and Too Faced have collaborated to create a limited edition collection to celebrate the transformative power of makeup. The exclusive collection features everything you need to create endless looks. The collection includes nine brand new eye shadows, two shades of Love Flush Long-Lasting Blush, highlighter in Champagne Truffle, the bestselling Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, purple Deluxe Better Than Sex Mascara sample,Sketch Marker Liquid Art Liner in Deep Black, Deluxe glittering Glamour Dust in Glitterally and Deluxe Shadow Insurance 24-Hour Eye Primer. AND BREATHE, it's a huge collection! The full set is priced at £50, available from August 2016 at Debenhams and www.toofaced.com.

Clarins Weekend Box
I seem to be getting emails from Clarins with new products all the time. What caught my eye this week is The Clarins Weekend Box. Clarins have gathered the best beauty essentials for the ultimate weekend away. The Clarins Weekend Box contains 3 minis, plus you’ll get an extra bonus product! Your Clarins Weekend Box contains; HydraQuench Cream Normal to dry skin (30ml), One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser all skin types (30ml), Moisture-Rich Body Lotion (30ml) and the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector 01 rose shimmer (5ml) all in a little pouch. It's limited edition to Clarins, priced at £35 here.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

It's definitely the season for face masks! Out of nowhere, tons of affordable face masks have come out of the woodwork. I'm definitely not complaining, it's about time that the high street pulled up their socks and gave us some face masks that actually deliver. Multi-masking has been around for a while, but before now it's consisted of celebrities using several expensive masks at once. Let's be honest, for Joe Bloggs it's just is not a realistic hobby or a wise use of money. 



However, if you've been wanted to try multi-masking on a smaller budget, it's time to rejoice. The team at L’Oréal has created three clay masks, each retailing for £7.99 (though currently on offer for £5) and each designed to combat a different issue. The campaign around these is huge, you can't walk into a Boots store without seeing them. Even my boyfriend noticed them and was asking me all about multi-masking, so it's really reaching across the demographics. Naturally I needed to give these masks a whirl and today I'm here to tell you all about them. As I mentioned, there are three new masks in total from L’Oréal. Today I'm going to be talking about the Detox Mask and the Purity Mask, the other one is the Glow Mask. 



Let's begin with the Detox MaskL’Oréal say this mask is "indulgent and transformative" and I definitely have to agree. As with all the masks, the Detox Mask is pure clay, but this particular formula has been super-charged with charcoal. Charcoal is well know for it's cleansing and detoxing properties. It's famous for it's ability to clear out pores, drawing out impurities. You unscrew the lid to reveal a deep, black, charcoal mask, which is thick in texture and definitely feels luxurious. I always apply my masks with a foundation brush, as it ensures that you get an even coverage all over your face. This mask is incredibly creamy and it applies to the skin really well. As the mask dries it gets very tight on the skin, it's a bit of a nightmare to get off the skin, but when you do it leaves a purified and radiant complexion. It treats all spots and blackheads with ease, leaving the skin looking more balanced. 

The Purity Mask has all the lovely properties of the Detox Mask, just with a different focus. When you unscrew the lid you are greeted with a lovely mint green mask, it's just as creamy and rich as the Detox Mask. It's another pure clay face mask, but this time it's been infused with Eucalyptus, which is great for purifying and mattifying the skin. I personally love the smell of Eucalyptus, it always reminds me of spas, so it's a lovely mask for recreating your own spa at home. The Purify mask is great for using on an oily t-zone, as it clears shiny and oily skin, leaving your skin looking mattified.

You really have to pinch yourself when you're using these masks, they perform beautifully and they well outperform their price point. I love that they are readily available in Boots and I love that I can afford to buy all three, without getting buyers guilt at the checkout! 

Will you be trying the multi-mask trend? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

The brand new brows collection from Benefit Cosmetics has been out for a while now, yet the excitement isn't dwindling. The 13 new brow products launched in June and the collection offers every formula from pencils, to gels, to waxes and a whole host of accessories too. Today I'm here to give you the low down on Ready, Set, BrowI'm somewhat ashamed to say that I've never tried a clear brow gel. I've always been more of a coloured gel girl, I've just never seen the appeal. However, when the Ready, Set, Brow sample was sold with Marie Clare, I knew I wanted to give it a whirl. 

Ready, Set, Brow is designed to keep unruly eyebrows in check. Offering a formulation that can shape, seal and set your brows all day long, without effecting the colour or style of your eyebrow work. 






Ready, Set, Brow comes packaged in Benefit's new fancy packaging, offering a shiny, metallic tube, finished with pretty pink writing. You just unscrew the lid to reveal the new custom-molded wand. Unlike most brow products on the market, this wand is made from plastic. It's a dual, sided wand which is designed to catch all your hairs, the plastic bristles allow your to really brush through your brows, moulding them into the shape you desire. The formula of the gel isn't sticky or flakey, setting your brows without making them feel crispy or hard. 

I've loved using Ready, Set, Brow on the days when I want a more natural finish to my brows. Normally I fill in my brows with my chosen pencil and then add further definition with Gimme Brow or another tinted brow gel. For my lazy day brow, I just fill my brows in with my Goof Proof Brow Pencil and then just set them with Ready, Set, Brow. It makes brow grooming quicker and more simple, giving a lovely natural finish. 

Ready, Set, Brow is available now, retailing for £18.50 at Boots, John Lewis and the Benefit website and boutiques




Monday, 15 August 2016

Keeping safe in the sun is something I'm hugely passionate about. It's something I try and talk about frequently here on my blog, but also in real life. I try to have open and frank conversations about sun care with all my family and friends (sometimes even when they don't want to listen). I know that a lot of other bloggers are passionate about this too and it's amazing to see it becoming a topic of conversation all across the globe. 

Whilst it's fantastic for us to talk about it, sometimes it takes big companies and charities to spread the word. These huge campaigns get noticed and it means that the word then spreads to people outside of the blogging community. So when I heard about the CARE campaign from NIVEA and Cancer Research UK, I knew I wanted to talk about it on my blog. NIVEA and Cancer Research UK have had a long relationship and they've partnered up again in 2016. Their collaboration is focussed around a new acronym - CARE - designed to give you easy to remember advice.

Cover Up (wear a t-shirt, hat and sunglasses)
Aim For The Shade (between the hours of 11am and 3pm in the UK)
Rub On Sunscreen (use plenty of at least SPF 15 and a 4 star rating)
Enjoy (have fun in the sun safely)



As always, the CARE campaign is driven by strong research and statistics. Did you know..

  • Only 61% of us seek shade when we're abroad and that this drops to 51% in the UK? It's incredibly important to take frequent breaks in the sun between 11am and 3pm. It's a good opportunity to head inside for a drink or to sit under some shady trees for a picnic.
  • 20% of us believe it's impossible to be burnt if we're wearing sunscreen
  • 17% of Brits admit that they are unsure if sunscreen expires and 3% of people believe that it doesn't. As with most products, sunscreen has a recommended shelf life from the moment you open it. All you have to do is check the back of your product and find the jar with a number followed by the 'M' symbol. This is the amount of months a product should stay open after using it.
  • In the UK, only 32% of Brits reapply suncream of at least SPF15 when in the UK sun. You should be applying enough suncream liberally and frequently, two teaspoons of sunscreen should be used for your head, arms and neck.
  • 70% of parents make sure their children are covered up in the sun, but only 35% look after themselves. Long-sleeves, hats and sunglasses are important - no matter how old you are! It's importantly to remember that different fabrics offer different levels of protection from the sun.

If you missed the commotion on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter/Snapchat, I was on holiday last week and I took the chance to test out lots of different NIVEA products. They actually already form the entirety of my boyfriends suncream routine, but I'd never given them a go myself. I love the fact that there are LOADS of different formulations, in different shapes, sizes and factors. I think my favourite products include the NIVEA Protect & Refresh Spray SPF*, as it gives you instant protection and it's so quick and easy to apply. You just spritz the fine mist all over your body and rub it into the skin. My other favourite was the brand new NIVEA Roll On SPF* as it's so easy to chuck in your handbag for on-the-go protection!

Next time you're out and about why not practice the CARE advise from NIVEA SUN and Cancer Research and protect yourself from any nasty surprises. 

Cover Up (wear a t-shirt, hat and sunglasses)
Aim For The Shade (between the hours of 11am and 3pm in the UK)
Rub On Sunscreen (use plenty of at least SPF 15 and a 4 star rating)
Enjoy (have fun in the sun safely)
 
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