Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: Dior Airflash Foundation

I hadn't heard anything (positive or negative) about Dior's spray foundation before I tried it, so I really didn't know what to expect. I must admit I was rather sceptical about the idea of spraying on your foundation. Let's face it... this has the potential to be a total disaster!
You give the (rather large) 70ml can a good shake before use, then spray the fine mist about 20cm away from your face. Surprisingly, it didn't end up all over my clothes and in my hair, as I expected. Instead it was a dream to apply, giving me a light, even coverage. It's marketed as a light coverage foundation with a matte velvet finish, but it is easily buildable to a medium coverage, and I would consider the finish to be only semi-matte. After application, I tend to spray a little into the palm of my hand, then blend it using my finger on to any areas where I want a little more coverage.
I fell in love with this after one use, and over the past week I've been using it every day and seem to love it even more each time! It leaves your skin simply glowing, looking flawless but natural at the same time (the exact thing that most people are looking for in a foundation). It is for this reason, paired with the fact that it takes about 10 seconds to apply, that's it's my new foundation of the moment.
Before (ZERO makeup!)

After using Airflash alone (No primer, powder etc)
The spray application is also quite cooling and refreshing on the skin, perfect for summer! The staying power isn't phenomenal, but if you use a primer and setting spray or powder, then it will last you a good 6 hours. You can of course, top it up very easily if need be.

Overall, the only downside to this foundation is the price (but you were expecting that, it is Dior after all!) at £33. I can't believe there isn't more hype about this foundation online. It's simply lovely and has secured a place amongst my all time favourite bases.

You can pick up Dior Airflash foundation from Dior counters, or online from Debenhams. Priced at £33, available in (as far as I can see!) 5 shades.

Monday, July 30, 2012

The MUA Undressed Palette

If you were a fan of MUA's hugely popular Heaven & Earth Palette, then feat your eyes in this little beauty...
The 'Undressed' palette also sticks to the easy-to-wear neutrals, but it has a wider variety of colours ranging from pale pink to metallic navy to shimmering gold. If Heaven & Earth was MUA's answer to the Naked Palette, this is their take on the cooler-toned Naked 2.
The top row (l-r as they appear in the palette)
There are 12 shades in total. The pigmentation of the shimmers is simply wonderful, and while the two matte shades in the palette are not quite as impressive, they are still lovely blending shades. All of the shadows are very soft, but the shimmers especially do tend to fall a little during application but it's nothing you can't avoid by applying them carefully. Wear time, as will most high street shadows, isn't as good as their expensive counterparts, but with a good primer they will certainly last you all day.
The bottom row (l-r as they appear in the palette)
This is a palatte that I'm sure I will get a lot of use out of, and it's only £4! I predit this being one of those 'must have' UK products that everyone will hunt down when they visit!

The Undressed palette is available now at Superdrug.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Khaki Makeup for A/W 2012

If there's one colour I'll admit to being a little afraid of, it's green. It's never been a colour I've been drawn to, whether in clothing, nails or makeup, but more recently I have been swayed when it comes to khaki. You'll be seeing khaki makeup everywhere this autumn/winter, and I'd really recommend giving it a try (especially if you have green or hazel eyes like me, it can really help to bring out their colour!)


Just take a look at both Dior and YSL's new A/W collections... khaki central!
Dior A/W 12 Campaign


 
YSL A/W 12 Campaign

YSL A/W 12 Collection

I have to admit I'm not 100% sold on the nails...
YSL La Laque in 31 Khaki Arty
Dior Les Vernis Golden Jungle Nail Art Duo

I love Dior's idea of using a crackle polish to create a 'crocodile effect'. I'm the first to admit that I'm totally over the crackle polish trend (and I was a week after discovering it!) but I really like the effect this creates, although I'm not sure I would wear it all the time.

I do however, absolutely adore the Khaki mascara (I've tried this, and although it looks scary on the wand, it looks fantastic on the lashes!)
YSL Effet Faux Cils in Khaki
I'm also loving the various muted green eyeshadow palettes. (Also note that they all have a touch of metallic in there too, be it gold, silver or olive, both help to 'lift' the look a little!)

Dior Golden Jungle Palette in 001 Golden Khakis

YSL Pur Chromatics Palette in No.10
Dior 5 Couleurs Designer in Khaki Design
Dior's 'Golden Jungle' collection will be available exclusively at Selfridges from Monday (30th July) and nationwide from 10th August.

YSL's 'Autumn/Winter 2012 Look' is available online now!

What do you think girls? Do you like the khaki makeup trend? I'm hoping I will be able to track down some drugstore dupes for some of these shades in the next few weeks, but if you know of any please let me know in the comments below!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Chanel Beauty Pop-Up Shop!

Exciting news for all Chanel beauty fans. The doors to their Covent Garden Pop-up Store are now open! Although it's only semi-permanent, the store is the first ever stand-alone Chanel beauty store.
It opened it's doors to the public this morning, and I expect it's quickly going to become the new must-see beauty destination in London.
Inside you'll find an expansive selection of Chanel's beauty offerings, along with expert makeup advisors on hand to help you chose the perfect products and nail technicians giving manicures at Chanel's very first nail bar. You can get a shape and polish for £20 and a full makeup consultation for£25, all of which you can redeem back if you purchase a product (so basically it's a free service with purchase!)
There are set to be plenty of exclusive launches and makeup classes throughout the stores 6 month life-span and I for one can't wait to see what's (literally!) in store.
I will most certainly be hot-footing it down to take a peek next time I'm in the area. I'm a big fan of Chanel so this sounds like a makeup-dream come true to me!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Review: Chantecaille Just Skin

I've had the Chantecaille Just Skin tinted moisturiser for a few months now, so I thought it was about time I posted a full review here on my blog.

Now, to start off with, the most important factor to tell you about this product is the price. It's ridiculously expensive. Chantecaille is one of the most premium makeup brands on the market at the moment and they have price tags to match. I um-ed and ah-ed about purchasing this for a while and I finally caved, despite the £55 price tag (mainly due to peer pressure from a certain Tanya Burr!). It's the only product I own from Chantecaille and my expectations were high... so was it worth the money?

Annoyingly, I have to say... I just can't make my mind up!

The product is undeniably lovely. It's a fantastic, thick consistency and provides sheer coverage with a fresh skin-like (hence the name!) finish. It's a wonderful product for summer (with SPF 15) and I like to use it in conjunction with my Make Up For Ever Full Cover concealer for a natural, yet flawless look. The staying power is good for a tinted moisturiser, about 5-6 hours before it starts to disappear on the skin.

Overall this is a lovely product however I do think there are equally as nice alternatives out there for significantly less money. I'm thinking of YSL Teint Touche Eclat, Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturiser and NARS' tinted moisturiser to name just a few. All of these are still high-end luxury brands, but around half the price of the Chantecaille option. It is for that reason that, while I will finish this product and thoroughly enjoy it, I don't think I'll be repurchasing it when I run out.

So there it is ladies... a confusing review I'm sorry! I am slightly sitting on the fence with this one.

What do you think? Have you tried Just Skin, or any other Chantecaille products? Do you think they are worth the money?

You can get Chantecaille Just Skin from SpaceNK, priced at £55 for 30ml.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Worth The Hype: Korres Lip Butters

When I first started making YouTube videos (almost three years ago now!) there was a definite buzz about the Korres lip butters going around the online beauty community. I never caved in and bought one so I didn't know what all the hype was about... until now. I am therefore massively late on the bandwagon in raving about how wonderful these are, but in case you're in the same boat as me... read on!

These super-soft buttery balms melt as soon as they come into contact with your skin. They are wonderfully moisturising and leave a lovely hint of colour on the lips. They all have a different shade, ranging from sheer nudes (Guava & Jasmine) to deeper berry and plum tones (Plum & Wild Rose). Each shade matches up with a different scent which seem to be of the perfect strength - strong enough to detect, but not obnoxious to the senses.

I have three of these little beauties... Jasmine, Mango & Quince. I adore them all but at a push I'd have to say Jasmine is my favourite. It smells like cookies to me and leaves your lips a gorgeous nude-pink shade.

As Korres is a 'natural' brand, the lip butters are formulated without parabens, sulphates, synthetic fragrances, petrochemical, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan. I'm not overly conscious of avoiding all of these in cosmetics, but for an every day product like lip balm, I think it's good to do so.

You can pick these up from feelunique.com for £7 including delivery, or from Sephora internationally.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lush Makeup: Swatches & Full Review

I'm sure many of you have heard about Lush's new makeup line Emotional Brilliance. I for one was excited to hear that the brand were stepping back into the makeup world. After the closure of their previous makeup line 'B Never to Busy to be Beautiful' in 2009 due to the company being unable to generate profit, it's somewhat of an unexpected (yet, exciting) step for the eco-friendly cosmetics manufacturer.

I was a fan of the 'B' makeup products and their intricate beaded packaging, so I was enthusiastic to see what Lush had come up with for their second foray into the makeup world.

And the answer is 'Emotional Brilliance'.  It is based around the idea of colour therapy and choosing colours based on your personality and mood. Nothing new on that front, and to be honest I think the idea is a little tired and more than a little gimmicky.

But what matters are the products so here's a quick run through of what you can expect.

Lush provided me with a few samples to try and I've been testing them out for the last few weeks so that I can share my thoughts with you all...

The packaging is cute and quirky as you would expect from Lush, looking more like something you'd expect to see in a lab rather than on your dressing table! The glass bottles that house the liquid products are all recyclable and the products themselves are all 100% vegan. The pricing across the line seems to be set at £14.50, with a couple of exceptions (read on for full info).

First up are the Liquid Lipsticks. For me these are the clear stars of the line. The pigmentation of the shade I tried ('Passionate') is incredible (even if the colour is a little 'out there'!) The wear time is great. They have a smooth creamy texture and leave your lips feeling nicely moisturised.

Another product I was impressed with were the skin tints (which are a little cheaper at £12). I especially like the bronzing makeup base 'Charisma' which leaves you with a nice, glowing complexion (in effect this product is not dissimilar to Chanel's Soleil Tan de Chanel). The pink-iridescent highlighting creme 'Feel Younger' is also a nice product, similar to MAC's Strobe Cream.
Clockwise from top left: Charisma, Translucent Powder, Feel Younger
If I'm totally honest, the rest of the line was a bit of a let-down for me. The mascara (housed in the same glass bottle) is a novel idea but does absolutely nothing for the lashes, and the wand is so short it makes application very tricky indeed!

The cream eyeshadow in Sophisticated is really beautiful when applied, but nothing to write home about when blended (it seems to disappear), especially considering the hefty £14.50 price tag.
The liquid eyeliner (shown below in Fantasy) shares the same problem with the mascara, having a brush too short not only for neat application, but also to reach the bottom of the bottle. Last but not least, the translucent powder is OK, but again, I don't think it justifies the price tag.

So it's a mixed bag for me I think. The line is definitely worth looking at, if only for the lipsticks, but I do think they've set the prices a tiny bit high for a lot of the Lush fan base... I love their bath and body products and purchase them frequently, but I don't think I would do the same with the makeup line.
L-R: 'Feel Younger', 'Charisma', Cream Eyeshadow in 'Sophisticated', Liquid Eyeliner in 'Fantasy', Liquid Lipstick in 'Passionate'

Unlike 'B', the new makeup line will be branded as, and sold at Lush stores rather than being a separate shop. It will be available from this Saturday 21st July worldwide.

L'Oreal French Riviera

I wore this polish in my latest YouTube video and got a lot of questions about it, so I thought I'd show it to you in a little more detail...
It's L'Oreal Paris' French Riviera, a pale sky blue with a hint of iridescent blue shimmer in it (although sadly, it doesn't really show up on the nails, it look beautiful in the bottle)

I'm not normally one for these blue pastel shades, but I'm loving this at the moment. In these pictures I've layered Zoya's Chloe over the top to make it a touch more lilac, and add some gemstone shimmer to it. 
The application is fairly sheer, so you'll need three coats for full opacity. It's the first time I've used one of these new(ish!) L'Oreal Colour Riche polishes, and I have to say I like how dainty the bottles are (although hold a mere 5ml of polish compared to the usual 10-15ml!) 

The wide brush makes it easy to apply. The wear time is pretty good. I took this off after 4 days with no chips at all. They are meant to be gel-based polishes. to be honest I didn't notice any difference to a normal polish in terms of colour, finish or wear (except that it was sheer... not usually a bonus!)
You can get these in Boots and Superdrug now. They are £4.99 or currently on offer in Superdrug at 2 for £6.99

On a complete side note... This is the first day in a long time that I've been able to take my pictures outside. When I started blogging I used to do this for almost every post, and I miss it (damn you UK summer!) I managed to get a great shot of Woofy, who loves helping (but actually hindering - she has been known to steal a product or two!) So here's a daily dose of cuteness for you!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer

I picked up Make Up For Ever's Full Cover Concealer while I was in LA last week, on recommendation from my friend Ingrid. It claims to be full coverage, oil free, waterproof and ultra long-lasting. I thought this was the perfect concealer to try for the summer as I often find that my concealer doesn't stay put in warmer weather.

This product comes in a squeezy tube with a very fine nozzle, making it easy to get the right amount that you need. It is very highly pigmented, so a little goes a long way. The coverage is fantastic, it feels like you're simply erasing all your blemishes and imperfections.

Although it's waterproof and oil free, the formula is creamy and smooth to apply. It doesn't feel drying on my skin (which i was a little concerned about). It lasts a long time on the skin, as promised. Although it definitely doesn't look perfect at the end of the day, with some areas a little faded, it looks pretty good! It's definitely better than any other comparable concealer that I've tried.

It actually reminds me of my Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer, only slightly less drying and with a little more coverage. Overall I'm very happy I bought this. I think it's 100% worth the money (it's a little expensive at $32!) as you need such a small amount, one tube will last you a very long time. They have a wide shade selection too, which is always a bonus. It does dry a little darker than it appears in the tube so make sure you try it out before you buy, or go for a shade lighter than you initially think. I picked up shade 7 which is the perfect match for me with a tan.

You can pick this up at Sephora in the US or online here in the UK (£22.50)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Summer Essential: My Favourite Waterproof Mascara

A good waterproof mascara is a must-have for your summer holidays, but I have to admit I've struggled finding one that matches up to my non-waterproof formulas. I never want to spend a fortune as I don't use them when I'm at home, so I never tend to go for the high end ones, yet can't seem to find any great ones on the high street. This week however, I discovered a fantastic one and thought I simply must share the news!

It's Bourjois' Volume Glamour Max Waterproof Mascara. I've never been totally blown away by one of Bourjois' many mascaras before, but they are usually pretty good (is it just me or do they seem to bring out a new one every few months?!)

This one add serious volume, without being overly-clumpy. If you like the doll-eye look, this is for you. It applies well. I've actually layered it up for the evening too and it looks great. It stays put all day and doesn't flake like some others I've tried.

Bourjois say it contains natural wax and black pearl extracts to make it gentle and suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. I wear contacts daily and it didn't irritate my eyes at all. When it comes to taking it off, I used my simple eye makeup remover pads and they worked a treat.

If you're looking for a good waterproof mascara for your summer holidays... I would thoroughly recommend this!

You can pick this up in Boots and Superdrug now for £9.49.

Friday, July 6, 2012

The Revlon Kissable Balm Stains

I've seen and heard a few things about the new Kissable Balm Stains from Revlon, although they aren't fully released in the UK yet, I think they will be a big hit once they hit shelves this month.

They have been very closely compared to the Clinique Chubby Sticks on every blog I've seen, with good reason as they are housed in almost identical packaging, however I think these are rather different in formulation from the Chubbies.

Personally, I'm not a fan of the Chubby Sticks. I know lots of people love them, but for me they are just a bit of a 'blah' product... boring colour selection with limited payoff, unscented and at £16 I can think of better things to spend my money on. In general Clinique is quite a plain brand and I think they are a great fit for them, but for me? I prefer something with a little more bang for my buck... and I think that is exactly what you get with these new Revlon Balms.

I only picked up one of the 12 colours (of which only 7 are making it to the UK market - typical!) on my trip to the States last week, as let's face it, I really don't need any more lip balms, but for curiosity's sake I purchased a lone Kissable Balm Stain in the colour Darling.


It looks a little scarily lilac in the tube, but on the lips it's a lovely lilac-pink.

The colour payoff is ever so slightly better than the chubby sticks (the ones I've used at least!) they have a light minty taste that I'm a huge fan of, and they are going to be on sale for £7.99. A much better price for a lip balm in my opinion! The texture is also a little different from the cubby sticks. It's slightly more waxy, and combined with the minty taste, I think these are actually more comparable to Pixi's Tinted Brilliance Balms (which I'm also a big fan of).

Overall, these get a big thumbs up from me! Revlon really are owning the tinted lip balm market this year. After the success of the Lip Butters, and now these beauties.... I can't wait to see what's next from the brand!

On another note... how amazing does Emma Stone look in the ads for these? I just love her! Can't quite work out why she's holding a sugar stick though?!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

And the Winners are...

Thanks to all of you who entered my £20 Makeup Challenge Giveaway! The three lucky winners of the complete makeup look are...

1. Emma Kershaw
2. Kat Adams
3. Francesca Mice

I have emailed the winners, so if you are one of the girls listed above, please check your inbox!

Thanks again for everyone who entered!

Fleur x

Monday, July 2, 2012

Dior Rose Bikini

I have fallen head over heels in love with this new lipgloss from Dior's Summer Mix collection. I think Dior have really been hitting the nails on the head recently and their bright, mismatched collection of nails and lipgloss for Summer 2012 is no exception.

664 Rose Bikini totally steals the show with it's perfect shade of bright, yet wearable pink. 

It's pigmentation is good but not opaque, so you can wear it as a sheer jelly-glaze or layer it for a more dramatic effect.
It looks great layered over lipstick too (Seen below over Dior's Addict Lipstick in DiorKiss))
The packaging is gorgeous, the formula is wonderful... totally non-sticky with a light scent and patent shine. The price isn't so wonderful at £21, but if you're going to invest in one piece from this collection (heck, all the summer collections!) I think this should be it. I just love, LOVE this lipgloss.

The Dior summer collection is on counters now. Limited Edition.