Monday, 30 September 2013

Clarins 'The Essentials' Palette

*Warning this post contains the C word*....................It is nearly October!
This Christmas, Clarins keeps it simple. One palette with the beauty of 10 wearable eye shadows for beautiful eyes wherever and whenever you want. From beige and taupe to dark brown tones, this harmonious collection of colours offer a matte, satin or pearl finish giving you the chance to mix and match for a natural and sophisticated make-up look.

 The eco approach.
The Essentials palette accentuates Clarins commitment to responsible beauty with the entire product eco-designed from start to finish. All materials used are recyclable and rigorously selected according to Clarins eco-responsible charter with the aim of reducing volume to minimise environmental impact. The double wooden brush enclosed also meets eco criteria with it’s birch arm sourced from sustainably managed forests. The eye shadows themselves also follow suit with each and every shadow being a mineral and plant based formula.

The Pur Projet.
This palette is more than just make-up. It helps Clarins continue to support the preservation of biodiversity in the Amazon forest alongside a social environmental group called Pur Projet. Not only does Clarins work to save the forests, but also the regions Kuntanawa people. Clarins supports and fosters their culture and the surrounding nature, including the Urucum tree which produces a red pigment traditionally used for the community’s ritual make-up.

I cannot wait to get my hands on this! I have added it to my wishlist, the shades look gorgeous!

The palette is £35.00 and available in October.

What Palette's have you got your eye on for Christmas?

Friday, 27 September 2013

Bourjois Happy Light Foundation & Concealer

Lights, Camera, Action!
Bourjois launches Happy Light, a new range that lights up the complexion for a radiant effect, without a shadow of imperfection. To bring you the most luminous of make-up solutions, Bourjois has created To bring you the most luminous of make-up solutions, Bourjois has created two new serum primers, a luminous foundation and a pro-quality concealer…

I picked up the Foundation & Concealer from the range, The texture of Happy Light Foundation is supple and so melting that it fuses with the skin and ensures an undetectable finish, with no masking and without a heavy or oily feel.

The ultra-fine and soft powders contained in the formula have been specially chosen for their softness and velvety feel.Also Flexible, the foundation becomes one with your facial expressions, without a stiffening feel, giving you 8hrs hydration.

The concealing power enhances the radiance of the complexion while concealing its imperfections, without thickness. It absorbs then reflects the light: the complexion takes on a new found radiance.
And, since they blend perfectly with the texture of the skin

The ultra-supple compact texture of Happy Light Concealer enables a targeted application, using a 
finger or a brush. Multi-action, it conceals dark shadows and blemishes while illuminating. And even though it's the product with the greatest coverage of the range, Happy Light Concealer knows how to stay undetectable! This doesn't go into my creases it just melts onto the skin improves the area & 

These Concealers really remind me of the Bobbi Brown Correctors/creamy concealers, I'm seriously hoping for a dupe here as £6.99 they are so much cheaper than BB's price!!.
(First Impressions) I am really impressed with both products, I love the original Healthy Mix & this reminds me a lot of it, but this has a more luminous effect on my face similar to the L'Oreal Lumi Magique foundation. I picked mine up from Superdrug as they were both on offer without around £4.00 off the retail price, so if you want to try them out it would be a good idea to grab them now.

I didn't pick up any of the Primer's but here is a little info about each one....

Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer - For normal to dry skin, an illuminating, moisturising version.With its light-as-air texture, Happy Light luminous primer leaves the skin soft, comfortable, moisturised and replumpedThe complexion is immediately illuminated!

Happy Light Matte Serum Primer - Specially created for normal to combination skin, Happy Light Matte Serum Primer is also endowed with a treatment serum texture. It leaves the skin feeling velvety and enhances the skin texture: the pores are refined and the complexion is mattified in all lights.

Have you tried anything from this range yet?

The Body Shop - Conceal, Illuminate, Sculpt!

The Body Shop have brought out some a new collection.... Dare to steal the limelight with this radiance range, a complete 3-step routine to conceal, illuminate and sculpt your complexion with a luminous glow whatever your skin tone.

1. Conceal & Highlight
Conceal with Lightening Touch, RRP £14.
The iconic light diffusing concealer hides dark circles and other signs of fatigue. With a new shade for darker skin tones, this make-up must have is available in 4 shades to suit everyone. A lovely pearlescent pale pink when first applied but once blended in it leaves a lovely natural highlight.

Highlight with our NEW Lightening Touch Universal Highlighter*, RRP £14.

Make-up artist tip: Use this unique universal shade to illuminate eyes, cheekbones and brow bones with sheer and pearly iridescence. It’s the magic wand to add light to any look and any skin tone!

2. Illuminate
Illuminate with Brush On*, RRP £14.
Sweep Brush On all over your face to illuminate with a sheer shimmering finish.

Comes in 3 shades to suit every complexion:
The NEW Brush On Sunlight shade is perfect for medium skin tones. Also discover brush on radiance - for light skintones and brush on bronze - for dark skin tones.

3. Sculpt
Give dimension to your face with Shimmer Waves*, RRP £16.
This compact of five shimmering shades is perfect to give dimension to your face.

3 shades to suit every complexion:
The NEW Shimmer Waves Coral best suits medium skin tones. Also discover Shimmer Waves Blush - for lighter skin tones and Shimmer Waves Bronze - for dark skin tones.

Make-up artist tip: Create shadow by using the darkest shades on the lower part of the cheeks and contour. Bring light by applying the lightest shades on the cheekbones and forehead.
I love all these products! They are perfect for all year round - You can wear to complement a tan in Summer or warm up & Highlight your complexion in Winter, they a gorgeous Coral shade which I have a soft spot for! 

Available in stores and online from October.

What's your favourite products for these steps? 

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Sleek Makeup Vintage Collection

I finally got my hands on this palette as you may know... I begrudge paying postage from online stores especially when it takes upto a week before it arrives!!.... When I nipped into my local Superdrug I noticed it was there & picked it up..... If you wasn't aware Sleek Make up have released two new charming Limited Edition products! With autumn-coloured flowery packaging and a range of A/W shades – from pearlescent purples to bronzed taupes.

Antique Blush, (£4.49)

sweep this rosy powder over your cheekbones! You’ll find that your skin is effortlessly glowing due to the subtle silver glitters that work as a highlighting agent! This is the perfect pink to make the boys wink!

Vintage Romance i-Divine, (£7.99)
For 12 super on-trend eye colours, With a selection of bold mattes, glamorous shimmers and enchanting glitters, you can pick and choose between your favourites for a striking look. Blend the mattes on the outer edge of your eye and highlight the corner with a shimmery colour for a bright and sexy eye! Strike up a romance between the eye palette and blush for a truly feminine finish!

Pretty in Paris - A bright metallic silver.
Meet in Madrid - A muted gold.
Court in Cannes - A metallic cool toned bronze.
Lust in L.A - Metallic olive green and bronze.
Romance in Rome - A rich navy blue matte base with blue glitter, looks slightly purple.
Propose in Prague - A true matte, a mid red-brown.

A Vow in Venice - A cranberry shade that can appear red or more brown, Similar to MAC Cranberry.
Marry in Monte Carlo - metallic cranberry, but this is more purple in tone.
Honeymoon in Hollywood - A matte mid toned berry shade with silver glitter.
Bliss in Barcelona - A truly divine royal purple metallic.
Forever in Florence - Another purple tone but this time it does lean slightly brown with a silver glitter.
Love in London - Is a Black Eye Shadow with a slight shimmery green and silver glitter running through it.

It really is a lovely palette, pigmented as all Sleek palettes are with some great shades for now & over the Christmas Holidays!

What's your favourite eye palette?

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Pür Minerals 4 in 1 mineral powder

I really like the packaging on this product - it’s compact has a good size mirror in the lid and it’s really sturdy. I hate flimsy packaging on products like this but Purminerals have got this right. It comes in a great selection of shades, The shade I have is Light and it’s a great match for my complexion.

This powder covers like a dream. It builds up quickly and covers every blemish, imperfection and pore leaving your skin looking like it’s been photo-shopped, It gives great coverage without looking powdery at the end of it, it’s incredible. It works as your concealer, foundation, powder and SPF all in one and makes a great base for your blusher and highlighters too.

More than a mineral foundation, 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup Foundation is a natural mineral makeup concealer, powder and SPF 15 protection all in one. The cornerstone of the Pür Minerals line, this mineral makeup foundation is pure mineral pigment ground to the smoothest texture and bound with organic shea butter and vitamin E. This full-coverage mineral foundation is good for your Skin.

Pür Minerals are the brand to watch, I've tried a few of their products recently and can't fault them, if powder isn't your thing then try their CC Cream it is amazing! I will definitely be trying more products in the future! If you want to try this brand you can buy them online or from your local  Marks and Spencer  beauty hall for £24.00.

Have you tried this brand?

Friday, 20 September 2013

Urban Decay Naked Skin ultra definition pressed Finishing Powder

It’s the next evolution in Naked Skin. The powder with the World's longest name!..... Designed to be virtually invisible once applied, our high-tech, jet-milled powder has an insanely silky texture that feels amazing on your skin. Optical blurring pigments instantly minimize imperfections, diminish shine and create a stunning soft-focus effect that looks professionally retouched. 

Unlike powders that leave skin looking chalky or cakey, Naked Skin Finishing Powder gives you a radiant complexion and NATURAL-looking Naked coverage. It feels like silk on the skin, so soft & creamy.

The packaging is a gorgeous gunmetal and champagne custom compact it is lovely looking, it even has a Naked-embossed push button. The top compartment includes a full-size mirror, perfect for on-the-go touchups and a separate compartment underneath holds the applicator sponge. When you’re done applying, just slip the case into the pretty carrying pouch to keep it protected in your bag. 

The colour 'Naked Light' is a perfect match for my skin & gives me a flawless finish, I usually use the sponge to dab the powder where I need it, then I blend the powder in & out over the rest of my face with my RT powder brush. It has pretty good lasting power on my face, I can get a good 7-8hrs of shine free face.

It is quite expensive for powder at £22.00, but it's Urban Decay and for a high end brand it's about average and I expect to pay it, the packaging is ultra sleek which is an added bonus when I need to powder my nose in public!

Have you tried any of Urban Decay's new Naked Skin range?


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MAC Discontinued Neo Sci Fi Collection Eye Shadow in Femme Fi £9.00 -  still in original packaging, Swatched, like new condition. (Rare)

MAC Discontinued Eye Shadow in Smoke & Diamonds £9.00 - Swatched, like new condition.

MAC Eye Shadow in Dazzlelight £8.00 used 2-3 times.

MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque £9.50 used Twice, like new condition.

MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC15 £9.50 used a Few times over 90% left.

MAC Wonder Woman Collection in Emancipation £14.00 still in original packaging, swatched once. (Rare)

MAC lady Gaga Lipglass in Viva Glam Gaga £9.00 - still in original packaging, swatched once.

Benefit Cha Cha Tint Mini 4ml £1.50 - still in original packaging, Brand new.

YSL Lipgloss in Golden Gloss  £8.00 used a few of times.

URBAN DECAY sustainable shadow box Palette £12.50 used Twice, some shades untouched.

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Kiko Neon Glow Light Effect Serum

Neon Glow Light Effect Serum from the current Dark Heroine collection. Is a limited edition product that comes in a very glamorous box and inside is Something quite beautiful! An innovative breakthrough in cosmetics, brightness renewal serum for an immediately more radiant complexion. An exclusive solution that combines the moisturizing and smoothing properties of a gel with the brightening effect of the reflective particles contained in its internal helix. As the serum is dispensed, the gel combines with the luxurious pearls. 

The product is packaged in a transparent container in which the spiral of the purest pearls is suspended in a soft, transparent gel. The serum performs a complete action. The efficient technological packaging dispenses the two textures in a perfect mix.

Its formula is effective, containing ingredients to help revive the skin’s natural splendor and to prevent skin aging. The components of the gel act together with the full bodied, multi reflective pearlescent texture to provide elegant radiance to the skin. 

The face rediscovers a young and smooth appearance for a radiant glow throughout the day. Easy to apply for immediately visible radiance. Its effective formula massages the face with a revitalizing and intense action.

Once blended out on the skin it is a little shimmery, but when you put your foundation on top the effect is magical. It turns the shimmer aspect into a gorgeous luminous glow. It is not a primer, in that it won't mask your pores or promise to help your make up stay put longer, but it makes a lovely smooth base for your foundation. Leaving you with a lovely dewy 'Lit from within' finish.
The Kiko Neon Glow Light Effect Serum is £13.90 and is available from the Kiko website.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss - Game Changer.

This Lipgloss is such an amazing colour, Such a vibrant, cherry red... it can be worn in any season or any time of day!. Naturally-derived Shea, Avocado and Murumuru butters help to deeply hydrate and smooth lips while an infusion of minerals revitalises lips for a healthy-looking pout. It has a lovely minty taste, not over powering just enough. It also gives a gorgeous sheen to your lips.

Embark on a total thrill glide with Marvellous MoxieLipgloss*, Luscious, vibrant colour loaded into a refreshing formula that slips on satiny-smooth for sheer-to-medium coverage with nonstop glistening shine. Lips look fuller and more voluptuous & overall better!

All the while, an encapsulated vitamin A, C and E complex helps to deliver antioxidant defence, so you're ready for anything—and everything. It really is such a lovely bright red, perfect for during the day to brighten up your look or a night out with a smokey eye, non sticky & super glossy. Giving your mouth a kissable shine!

Most of the Marvelous Moxie glosses have excellent pigmentation and Game Changer is no different…it does apply sheer at first stroke but you can build the colour to full opacity with two strokes. Everyone needs a red in their collection & this is stunning!

You can pick this up from the Bare Minerals website for £16.00. 

What's your go to Red lip?

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser

Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser was released in Asia earlier this year and Now it has popped up in the US. I'm really hoping that it comes across the pond to the UK, reviews have dubbed it a dupe for Smash box & Benefit's porefessional primer, so I really have high hopes for it, If it is anything like the baby lips it will be fairly priced.
Translucent gel primer blurs the appearance of enlarged pores, lines and other imperfections to create a matte and flawless canvas for makeup to glide. Mattifying formula keeps skin feeling and looking fresh with a baby soft feel, improving the staying power of your foundation while creating the look of a more refined and smoother skin texture..

  • Bye bye pores one second away from poreless baby skin!
  • On contact, translucent gel melts on skin and instantly erase pores, imperfections, lines and creases.
  • Skin looks instantly transformed into a perfect smooth canvas.
  • Skin is shine free, even and baby smooth for all day.
  • No burden to skin.
  • Mistake proof.
  • No mirror need.
  • Does not clog pores.
  • So light, you forget it's on.
  • How to Use:
  • Apply all over face or on concerned areas.
  • Suitable for all skin tones and types.
  • Pack Size - 22ml

  • Release date TBC.

    If you really can't wait to try it, I've found a site HERE, that sells it for £10.00 with free P&P to the UK.

    What's your all time favourite primer to conceal pores?

    Wednesday, 18 September 2013

    Share the Love Blog Hop #14


    Welcome to Northern Beauty Blogs Blog Hop #14
    Blog Hops are a great & fun way to be discovered, meet and gain new followers, and to be inspired by other bloggers. 
    This hop will be Open from Wednesday 18th September 2013 for 1 week.

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