Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Festive Little Beauty Bargain!

While perusing the aisles of Sephora yesterday (one of my most favourite things to do, of course!) I came across this tiny little sparkling palette and instantly snapped it up. It's the 'Event Entry' palette from Sephora's own brand 'Sephora Collection'.

It's a mini palette that contains eight neutral/smokey tones of eyeshadow...
Although I've used very little of Sephora's own brand makeup in the past, I swatched this in store and was really impressed by the formulation and pigmentation of the shadows. The paler shades have a lighter pigmentation, but the dark shades have really good payoff and blend nicely.

I think this is a great little bargain, whether it's a Christmas treat for yourself, or a gift for a fellow beauty lover, it's an amazing deal at only $11 (Just under £7) There's a nice mix of matte and shimmery shades and the black, glittery packaging is gorgeous too.

I'll definitely be getting a lot of use out of this over Christmas time!

Friday, December 13, 2013

NYX Butter Glosses: Worth The Hype?

Firstly, I'm sorry for the lack of posts on here for the past few weeks. In case you weren't aware, it's that time of the year again... VLOGMAS is in full swing! If you haven't been keeping up with my vlogmas videos, you can check them out here. I'm also currently in Los Angeles, so in between filming my entire life in the run up to Christmas, I've also been a busy bee travelling around this week!

Being in the US certainly has it's beauty perks though... I've finally managed to get my mitts on a NYX Butter Gloss! A lot of my blogging friends have been raving about these glosses recently, and I can confirm... they do not disappoint


Here's what NYX say:
Buttery soft and silky smooth, our scrumptious new Butter Lip Gloss tastes as sweet as a sugar cookie—and makes your lips look downright luscious. Swipe it on alone or over your favourite lipstick for creamy sheer to medium coverage that melts onto your lips and is never sticky.

In my opinion, these glosses do all of those things beautifully. I'm in love with the scent and texture. While these glosses are super creamy and smooth, the texture does have a tiny bit of stickyness to it also. I personally love this balance, as it allows them to be smooth and lovely to wear, but also keeps them on your lips longer than your average moisturising gloss. I found that they really moisturise my lips too.


There are 12 shades in the line up and they retail for just $5 (around £3!) The majority of these are creamy nudes and neutrals, with a couple of more bold tones in there too. I only have one shade at the moment 'Eclair' but I will definitely try to get my hands on more of these before I fly home next week!

Have any of you tried the NYX butter glosses?

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Winter Warmers from Les100Ciels

I like brands with clever names. Les100Ciels (pronounced 'ley sont see-el' if you don't speak French) has the same pronunciation as 'l'essentiel', so this clever name actually has two meanings: The 100 Skies, but also essential.

The French cashmere brand have just opened their first UK store in St Christopher's Place, London (just off Oxford Street). The luxury, yet affordable pieces see cashmere take a new turn. Their quirky designs, many of which are one size and/or unisex give you the luxury of wearing cashmere, without the 'twinset and pearls' effect.

The brand manages to keep their prices down by producing the products entirely themselves. From the design headquarters in Paris, to the cashmere farms in inner Mongolia, to the production houses in China, all the way down to the distribution to each of it's eight stores in Asia and the boutique in London... so if you're looking for a gorgeous luxury gift this festive season that won't break the bank, then I would thoroughly recommend checking them out!

My personal favourite picks from the site are their unusual colour-blocking pieces.
I love this striped sleeve waterfall cardigan with non-matching sides. It's really unusual in design and also had exposed seams, which make it look a little edgy.

I'm also loving these oversized knits.

They also have some great accessories. Their 100% cashmere scarves start at £59 so make amazing gifts. 

The lovely people over at Les100Ciels are also offering a special deal for all of my blog followers this month. If you make a purchase from the online store, use the code 'FLEUR' at checkout and they'll give you one of these semi-precious stone bracelets for FREE! 
What's more, if you spend over £200, they'll also give you this cute scarf & slipper set (worth £60) for free too! Just enter 'FLEUR RED' 'FLEUR ECRU' or 'FLEUR BLUE' depending on which colour you would like. Head over to Les100c.com and take a peek!
*Gifts with purchase available while stocks last. This is a sponsored post.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Frosted Fingertips

Seeing as it is now December, I've cracked out the glitter polishes, and won't be relinquishing them 'till the new year! I'm a total glitter junkie when it comes to nail polish, so Christmas time is my favourite time of year for painting my nails. (Not that you can't wear it all year round, but it seems more appropriate at Christmas time!)
I loved Illamasqua's new glitter polish 'Blizzard' at first sight...

White glitters aren't the most common and this one is exceptionally pretty, however, I was a bit disappointed as the glitter came out quite sheer on the nails.
Layered over Lancome's Flocon Blanc (520)... it was a different story though! I love the super frosty effect. A match made in glittery heaven.
The first festive nail of many to come this month!
What do you think?

Thursday, November 28, 2013

London Rain

I got the chance to have a little sneak peak at an upcoming collection from Jo Malone yesterday. I don't normally talk about things so far in advance (It doesn't launch till March), but I loved this collection so much, I thought I'd share a few pictures with you all. (Hello ombre bottles! How could I not share?!)
As some of you may know, Jo Malone are one of my favourite luxury brands. I really think you can't do much better than a beautiful Jo Malone box tied with a ribbon when it comes to gift-giving!

Anyway, here's what the collection looks like...


It's a total departure from the norm for Jo Malone, this edgy, urban-inspired collection is inspired by four different types of rain in London (Yes, there are four... it rains that much!)

Each fragrance is inspired by the weather; Rain & Angelica by the early morning dew in London's parks, Wisteria & Violet by soft morning showers, White Jasmine & Mint by afternoon cloudbursts and Black Cedarwood & Juniper by midnight downpours.
I got the chance to smell all four and I have to say I loved Jasmine & Mint instantly, although Rain & Angelica grew on me the longer I smelt it and I think that perhaps that would be my pick of the bunch.

Wisteria & Violet was a little floral for my liking, and Black Cedarwood & Juniper a little 'masculine' for my taste, but I think it will be a winner with those who like more cologne-like, 'sexy' scents.

The collection isn't out until March 2014 but I can see it being a huge hit. It's nice to see Jo Malone taking a new direction, and I think they have hit the nail on the head with this collection.

What do you think? Do you like the Ombre bottles?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Naked Disappointment

I want to start this post off by saying that I am generally a huge fan of Urban Decay, especially their 'Naked' range. Therefore, the idea of Urban Decay adding a highlighter to their naked range really excited me, and in theory the 'Illuminated' Shimmer Powder for the face and body is a fabulous idea.
However, I really didn't like this product, and here's why...
The packaging is bulky and cardboard. Not good for those who travel, or like to keep all of their makeup in a makeup bag. Something I could live with if the product was amazing... but it's not.
It is simply WAY too glittery. We are talking 'Oooh this looks SO pretty' when you first look at it, to thinking... Oh, maybe this wouldn't work on my face. Under outside/natural lighting, this is the epitome of an unsubtle highlighter. It has big flecks of glitter and easily accentuates any large pores you have.
Yes, it can be applied very lightly for a more natural effect, but when you're spending £20 on a product, you want it to deliver what it claims to, right? This product might be ok for a night out, but it's way too much for everyday (for me, at least!) 
I was really disappointed by this. I was expecting a beautifully subtle illuminating powder (akin to Soap & Glory's 'Glow All Out' or the Hourglass illuminating powders) but what we have here is by far the shimmer-iest disco-ball highlighter that I own. Urban Decay are often the champions of bright, fun shades, but their Naked range is all about the opposite: natural, neutral colours that are perfect for everyday.

Sorry Urban Decay, but this isn't a winner in my books! I'm hugely eager to get my mitts on the Naked3 palette though... from what I've seen online, it looks like a beauty! 

Have any of you tried this highlighter? Any fans out there, or do you agree with me on this one? 

Monday, November 18, 2013

'Magnetic Mascara' Review

After seeing a few rave reviews and beautiful before-and-after pictures about 'Magnetic Mascara', I decided to find out more... It's made by a brand called Santhilea, which I had never heard of before, and it seems that this product is the only one that they make. I am a huge mascara lover, and after hearing that this new take on a fibre mascara is 'ahhh-mazing' from a number of my favourite bloggers, I thought it was a must-try.
And the rave reviews weren't lying...
This mascara really is amazing. It leaves your lashes looking incredibly long, voluminous and luscious. I've used fibre-based lashes in the past and haven't been overly impressed (think spider-leg-lashes!) but this three step process really works. As well as taking your natural lashes to the max, it also claims to be much lighter than normal mascara, so it's easier to remove, while also being longer-wearing.
Step 1 is to apply one coat of the magnetic mascara, while it's still wet, Step 2 is to build up a couple of layers of the lash builder fibres. 
I say a couple of layers, as it's best to apply the fibres lightly and build them up to avoid getting any in your eyes, or have them clump-up on you! The final step is to apply another coat of the mascara, once the first two coats have dried. 

As you can see... the results are really beautiful. If you love the look of doll-eye lashes but aren't the biggest fan of wearing falsies, then this is definitely the choice for you!

Before
After


It is on the pricey side at £24.99, so up there with tempting offerings from YSL, Dior & Chanel... Personally, if I had to choose one mascara for every day, it wouldn't be this one. I think it's a little too fussy for everyday use (it takes over twice as long to apply compared to regular mascara) but I'll definitely use it for special occasions in place of wearing false lashes or getting lash extensions.

If you do like the look of this mascara, you can pick it up from Cult Beauty here.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lush Review: Star Light, Star Bright

I only ever really shop in Lush at Christmas time... their festive limited editions lure me in, and my most recent trip resulted in a huge haul of heavily scented goodies that will keep me stocked up well into the new year. If you want to see everything I bought, then check out the video below...
Last night I tried out one of their new additions to the Christmas line-up: the Star Light, Star Bright bath melt. Now, I'm totally obsessed with stars so this was a must-try for me, despite the light citrus scent (I normally prefer the richer, spicy scents) I love their bath melts as they tend to be a bit richer and more luxurious than the bath ballistics or bubble bars...


First thing to note with this, is that it's super messy! The silver shimmer comes off at the lightest touch, so be careful (especially when picking it up in the shop!)

Once it hits the water, the shimmer quickly disperses and reveals the inner base of cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut, lime, ginger and lavender oils. As this melts away, a blue/green core emerges and turns your bath water a shimmering blue.

While I'm not a huge fan of citrus scents, I found this quite uplifting and pleasant. It left my skin feeling super soft and moisturised (definitely no need for body lotion!) Even the next day I noticed how nice my skin felt.

The one downside to this is that it left a rather unappealing blue/grey scum around my bath. Lush bath products usually leave some kind of residue but this is definitely one of the less appealing ones!

Overall, this product was really nice, but I definitely still prefer my Melting Snowman when it comes to bath melts (who, coincidently is over £1 cheaper at £2.25, compared to this at £3.30). A nice one-off treat, or a lovely gift, but I don't think I'll be purchasing this again.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

First Impressions: Japonesque Makeup

Beauty tool experts Japonesque have just launched a full makeup range. I'm guessing this move has been in the works for years, as they've been a household name in the beauty world, especially in the US, for a long time.
I got the chance to take a sneak peek at some of the products this week and wanted to share my thoughts with you all.

First of all, it's impossible to ignore the beautiful packaging. I'm so happy that they put some effort and artistic flare in to the design of the packaging and not opted for the go-to 'professional' plain black look (boring!)
The quality of the packaging seems really nice too. Although the outer cardboard is very thin and cheap-looking. This doesn't bother me. It's what's inside that counts!
As for the formulation, I was really blown away by the lip products in particular. 
The Pro Performance Lip Lacquer (Shown in Shade 7, £15) is heavily pigmented, smooth, creamy and totally non-sticky, with a pleasant fruity scent. Although the shade I tried out wouldn't be one I would EVER wear, I'll definitely be checking out the other shades when I get the chance to see the whole collection on-counter. 
The Pro Performance Lipstick (Shade 10, Also £15) is a similar story: nicely pigmented, smooth, with a pretty, satin finish. It feels really light on the lips, moisturising but not too 'slippy' (it doesn't feel like it's going to smudge on to your face!)
The Velvet Touch Blush (£18, Shade 3) is really beautiful, smooth and I personally love this peachy, pink shade with subtle gold shimmer. I love that the packaging is compact compared to the amount of product inside, with no useless mini-brushes, you can tell the line has been designed with professionals and makeup obsessives in mind rather than your average woman.
As for the Velvet Touch eyeshadows (Shown in Shade 5, Duos £18, Quads £24) the formula, especially of the matte shade, was buttery soft and nicely pigmented. I thought the dark blue could have been slightly better in terms of pigmentation, but they both blend nicely.
Overall, I'm really impressed by my first look at these products. I think Japonesque have totally met my high expectations for their first makeup line. I'd definitely recommend checking out the full range, which is online and in John Lewis Kingston & Oxford Street stores now.

These products were PR samples sent for consideration.