Thursday, January 31, 2013

First Look! Nails by Kate Moss for Rimmel

Kate Moss has been working with Rimmel for over 10 years, and the relationship is set to get stronger as Kate announces her new line of nail polish with the brand. Her line of 'Kate' lipsticks have sold phenomenally well since their launch in 2011 and having had a sneak peek at her new nail collection, I'm sure these will do the same.

I got the chance to go to the official launch of the line yesterday, and meet Kate Moss herself. As expected, she was simply stunning in person, really friendly, and seemed excited to be telling everyone about her 10 chosen shades for the collection.

The shades are all inspired by music genres, with names that vary from 'Rock N' Roll' to 'Hip Hop' and 'New Romantic'. She told us all of her frustration while waiting for her nails to dry, so she wanted a really thick, opaque polish that dried quickly and had a high shine finish, eliminating the need for base and top coats.
The outcome is really wonderful. These polishes are richly pigmented, opaque in one coat and have a super glossy, gel-like finish. It seems that Rimmel can do no wrong with their new products at the moment, this collection coming hot on the heels of their wonderful Apocalips lip lacquers, Scandal Eyes eyeliners and new Lash Accelerator Endless mascara.

The colours are a range of creamy shades varying from the palest pink, to bright red and deep navy. The star shades of the collection in my opinion are the nude 'Soul Sessions' (It's the perfect blend of taupe and beige, with a hint of pink) the almost-black 'Rythmn & Blues', and the bright blue 'Britpop'.
l-r: New Romantic, Soul Sessions, Reggae Splash, Hip Hop, Rock N' Roll, Jazz Funk, Disco Fever, Britpop, Punk Rock, Rhythmn & Blues

I managed to get my hands on eight of the 10 shades to swatch for you all, as you can see, they have an almost perfect finish in just one coat!

One Coat

Two Coats
 l-r: New Romantic, Soul Session, Reggae Splash, Hip Hop

One Coat
Two Coats
l-r: Britpop, Disco Fever, Punk Rock, Rhythmn & Blues

Kate admitted that her 10 year old daughter Lila, helped her choose the colours, and that her personal favourites are the bright pillar-box red 'Rock n' Roll' and the deep creamy grey 'Punk Rock', which she was sporting on her nails during the launch.

They will be priced at £4.49 each, available in Boots and Superdrug from 10th April 2013.

Those lucky people living in the USA will be treated to two extra colours in the collection, which I haven't seen, but rumour has it that they include a deep, moss green (no pun intended). I'm not 100% sure of US release dates at the moment.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Perfect Rose Gold Nails?

I thought I had found the near-perfect rose gold nail polish when I discovered Orly's Rage, but this polish by Kure knocks Rage's socks off! It's called Or Rose (Rose Gold... fancy that) and it's simply a gorgeous, metallic rose gold with a touch of shimmer. These photos don't do it justice, I would really recommend checking it out in 'real life'.

It's so warm and flattering on my skin tone, I can see this shade becoming a staple colour in my collection. It applies totally non-streaky, which can be hard to find in a metallic shade and so far the staying power is good (I'm not going to lie, I've only had it on a day, I just couldn't wait to share it with you all!)

You can pick this up, along with the rest of the Kure line, in Selfridges now for £14.95 each.

On another note... Kure is actually a really interesting nail brand. It's polishes are all non-toxic and formulated with 85% natural ingredients. A so-called 'detox for the nails'!

1960's Makeup: Making a Comeback

Vintage makeup has been making a comeback in recent years, but most of the attention has been focused on the 1950's: vibrant red lips and thickly defined liquid eyeliner. But the 1960's are also coming back in. With Scarlet Johansson's role as Janet Leigh in Hitchcock, a biopic of the famous director, the 1960's are looking more glamorous than ever.
If you want to get a gorgeous 60's look using products that you probably already have in your makeup bag, follow my 5 easy tips:

1. Distinctive brows - The 1960s were all about bold brows, but you don't have to go OTT to get the look (let's face it, not everyone can pull off the darkest of brows!) but applying your brow pencil a little more heavily will help to make your brows really stand out, then set them in place using a brow gel to make sure they stay looking bold and beautiful all day.

2. Naturally Flawless Skin - Choose a tinted moisturiser or BB cream instead of a full coverage foundation to get a naturally glowing completion like Scarlett has in the film. Combined with a heavy duty concealer for any major imperfections. You'll be left with skin that looks naturally perfect.

3. Flushed Cheeks - Use a red stain on the cheeks and lips to give them that natural flush and bee-stung look. If you want to up the glamour stakes, add classic red lips to take the look from daytime to nighttime with ease.

4. Doll EyesAdd a little matte eyeshadow to the eyelids in neutral shades to enhance the natural contour of your eye, before taking your liquid liner just to the edge of
your lash line, not beyond. This creates an open doll-eyed look rather than the feline cat-eye more commonly associated with liquid liners. Finish off your look by curling your lashes, then add your favourite black mascara.

5. Voluminous Locks - When it comes to 60's hair, the more volume the better! If you want to go all-out with a 1960's 'do then good for you, I'll personally be sticking with just a little extra 'oomph' when it comes to the hair!

Products Used - Clockwise from left: Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Balm, Pop Beauty Ink Outliner, Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara, Lancome Rouge in Love Lipstick in 159B, Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel, MAC Eyeshadows in Orb, Wedge, Espresso & Carbon, Mac Brow Set, GHD Hairspray, RMK Eyelash Curlers.


Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson star in Hitchcock, the untold story behind the film that shocked the world, in cinemas February 8th.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by 20th Century Fox via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of 20th Century Fox/Hitchcock.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Review: Charles Worthington Instant Volume Treatment

I've absolutely loved a couple of the products from Charles Worthington's Salon at home line, so I was excited to see they have expanded the collection recently to include this Instant Amplifying Volume Treatment. I thought I would give it a whirl.
The consistency is very strange for a treatment; it's a thick gel, so doesn't feel particularly luxurious when you're using it, but like other products in this line it smells amazing. Seriously it smells so good you could eat it.
This left my hair feeling surprisingly moisturised after rinsing it out, (I used it in place of a conditioner) and my hair felt nice and soft after blow drying. It didn't however, noticeably add any volume to my hair. I've tried this a couple of times, drying my hair normally, upside-down etc and it just doesn't seem to add any extra volume. So it's a bit of a failure really... A nice product, but it doesn't really do what it says on the tube.
I do have quite 'heavy' hair so this may be more effective on those with finer locks, but for me, this just didn't perform.

If you fancy giving this treatment a whirl, you can pick it up from Boots now, for £14.99. Though I would definitely recommend picking up the Melting Rescue Balm instead... 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Rimmel Strikes Again: Cocktail Colour Nails

Rimmel are on fire at the moment! If the launch of Apocalips wasn't enough for you... feast you're eyes on their three new nail shades.

Shirley Temple, Hawaiian Punch and Baby Bellini (l-r as shown above) are part of the 'Cocktail Colour' collection. All three have a gorgeous multi-tonal shimmer that gives them a hint of a duo chrome look.
The consistency is lovely, I got a smooth, glossy finish with just two coats and so far so good on the chip front (two days and counting!)
 Hawaiian Punch is the clear star of the show in my opinion, I haven't found a polish I like this much in quite a while, it's lovely and girly with a hint of red to make it look a tad more 'grown up'.
The other two shades in the collection are also worth a look, especially if you like orange, as this one is really quite unique.

These shades are available now, and just £3.99 each. They are also currently on 3 for 2 offer in Boots (horaay!)

What do you think girls? Are you a fan of Rimmel polishes? The brand seems to be bringing out so many great products at the moment!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lancome Olympia Le-Tan Limited Edition Clutch

Check out this gorgeous limited edition clutch from Lancome.

It's designed by Olympia Le-Tan, who is famous for her quirky book cover clutches. This limited edition design comes complete with six of Lacome's best selling Rouge in Love Lipsticks, and 6 Rouge in Love nail polishes inside. Totally adorable!

It's comes with an eye-watering price tag of £995, but fans of Olympia Le-Tan will know that this isn't actually a bad deal, as her clutches normally retail for this alone. Certainly not something I will be purchasing, but I have to say I'm very envious of those lucky ladies who get their hands on one of the 100 that go one sale next month!

Each clutch in numbered, and rumour has it that the beautiful face of Lancome, Emma Watson, owns No.1. They will be available to buy exclusively from Harvey Nichols in the UK.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Estee Lauder Heavy Petals Collection

While it's certainly winter outside my window this morning, the spring makeup collections are hitting counters left right and centre this month. You've already seen the pretty-as-a-picture offerings from Dior and Chanel, but Estee Lauder are releasing a whole collection of spring nail shades this season.
While there are a few of the usual suspects in the line up when it comes to spring shades (baby pink and lilac... snore!) there are a few colours that make this little collection stand out to me. For a safer shade, the pale coral is really pretty, while the lime green is quite a risque choice for Lauder. My pick of the bunch however, has to be Dilettante. It's a pretty blue-green that reminds me of Essie's super popular Mint Candy Apple.

It looks much less green in the bottle than on the nails, and for some reason I couldn't quite capture the colour perfectly in these photos. Its a little more green in real life than it appears here, but none the less a gorgeous choice for spring time (or even to brighten up these dark winter days!)

I would thoroughly recommend checking out this pretty little collection. It's out now and the polishes are £14.50 each and as always with Lauder polishes, the packaging is to die for!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Fragrance Friday: Molecule 01

Molecule 01 by Escentric Molecules is one of those 'cult' beauty blogger items. There is so much talk about this online, whether it's love or hate. I decided to see what all the fuss was about and get myself a bottle, mainly thanks to the encouragement of my friend Gemma.

If you haven't heard about Molecule 01 before, here's a little background info...

It's formulated using just one molecule, called Iso E Super. It's a smooth, woody scent, which perfumers often include to add 'fullness' or strength to a fragrance. Molecule 01 was created back in 2005 by perfumer Geza Schoen with the concept of enhancing natural scent. It's been likened to the effect of natural pheromones, making you more attractive to the opposite sex. It smells different on everyone, and is often undetectable to those wearing it, therefore giving everyone the opportunity to have their own unique 'signature scent'. 

A nice idea, but does it actually do what it claims?

On first spray it smells like vodka, then a tiny bit sour, almost like pee (never something I thought I would say in a perfume review!) but no where near as repulsive. Then it seems to disappear in to the skin, becoming almost undetectable to my own nose (to me it just smells clean and fresh, like newly washed laundry) but apparently very appealing to others. I've had numerous complements when I've worn this recently.

So it does work... at least in part. I'm not sure about the whole 'attracting the opposite sex' thing... my fiancé isn't overly taken with the scent and most of the people who have commented on it have been female.

Either way, I personally really like this perfume (you can tell by the amount I've used up in a few short weeks) So there you are. Another much-talked-about product that well and truly lives up to the hype.

You can buy Molecule 01 online from Cult Beauty HERE. It is also available in Liberty's and Harvey Nichols.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

3 of The Best: Beauty Waters

Beauty waters or 'facial mists' have exploded in popularity over the past few years. They are one of those products that doesn't 'do' a very specific task, yet something about them (or the good ones, at least!) makes a lovely addition to your skincare routine, and one which I am very reluctant to give up.

They aren't cheap, they aren't essential, but they are lovely. Here are three of my favourite's:

1. Caudalie's 'Eau de Beaute' Beauty Elixir

I think it all started with Caudalie's Beauty Elixir. This little bottle of goodness has become something of a cult beauty product over the last two years. Caudalie hail it as 'a treatment that smooths away fine lines, tightens pores and gives the complexion an instant boost of radiance.' It contains grape, rosemary and peppermint oil, that help fight acne and have anti-ageing properties. The scent is really lovely; herbal and slightly minty, it is very calming and has a slight cooling effect on the skin. £28.80 for 100ml (£29p per ml)

2. Balance Me's Skin Bright Hydrating Face Mist

My second favourite is Balance Me's brand new Skin Bright Hydrating Face Mist. This has more of a focus on hydration and radiance rather than anti-ageing and acne prevention, with hylauronic acid, pineapple water and rose flower water. The scent is much more fruity and fresh than the Caudalie, with the rose and pineapple really coming through. What makes this beauty water stand out from others is the spray. Caudalie's Beauty Elixir has a nice, fine mist but this spray is better than any other I've tried. It produces a super fine, light mist. Oh, and it's 99% natural too. Always a bonus! £20 for 60ml (33p per ml)

3. Ren's Tonic Moisture Mist

This was an impulse airport-buy before I got on a flight to LA last year. I had forgotten my beloved Caudalie Elixir, and spotted this in duty free. I love Ren skincare, they are yet to disappoint me with any product that I've tried to date so I had high hopes for this formula. I think this is a better choice for those with sensitive skin, as it isn't so highly perfumed. I find it to be the most moisturising out of the bunch, also containing hylauronic acid. It is also formulated with Fig extracts to help cool and refresh the skin, and Ginseng to help boost energy and decongest your skin. The only problem with this product is the spray. Unlike the beautifully fine mist that Balance Me emits, this spray is a lot less gentle than the others. You have to spray it from a little further away to avoid squirting yourself in the eye! £18 for 50ml (36p per ml)

Top Tips for using your beauty water:
- Keep it in the fridge to keep it cool and extra refreshing!
- Take it on flights with you to fight the effects of drying air-conditioning and keep your skin looking fresh
- Use it as a moisturising toner in the morning and evening
- Spray over makeup in place of powder if you have dry skin
- Spray throughout the day to refresh your face and makeup

Overall, I think Caudalie remains my favourite (and actually the cheapest per ml when you buy the bigger size!) and a product which I have purchased (and will continue to repurchase) over and over again

Do you use a facial mist? What's your favourite?

Monday, January 14, 2013

New This Week: Chanel Spring Collection 2013

Chanel's 'Les Printemps Precieux De Chanel' collection for Spring 2013 hits counters this Friday 18th January and it's utterly adorable.

I got the chance to have a sneak peek at the collection before it's launch this week, and the two stars of the show in my humble opinion are the beautifully embossed highlighting face powder and the gorgeously girly nail polish in 'Fracas'
Although the face powder looks like it will be one of those pretty but-not-actually-functional products, it's actually gorgeous when applied to the skin, providing a beautiful shimmering highlight without any chunky glitter. It is, as usual with these type of products, extortionately expensive at £46, but it doesn't cost anything to swoon!
Fracas is a pretty bright pink with a hint of coral and a tiny touch of shimmer. It's quite similar to Essie's cute as a button, but a little bit more vibrant.

Chanel's Spring collection will be available at Chanel counters from Friday, prices range from £17.50-£46

Friday, January 11, 2013

Fragrance Friday: Korres Vanilla Freesia Lychee

I've had my eyes (and nose!) on the this fragrance for a while now. I first tried Korres products this summer and have since become obsessed. Their perfume collection doesn't see as much love as I think it should online, as they have some really lovely fragrances. They are all quite different so I think there is something for everyone.

My favourite however, is potentially the sweetest of the bunch: Vanilla Freesia Lychee. 
There are no prizes for identifying the notes of this as it's mostly in the name, although there are notes of Peach, Bergamot, Tea, Jasmine, Patchouli and Musk added in there which add to the complexity of the scent.

This sweet and fruity fragrance is warmed up by the vanilla, so something about it smells lovely and creamy to me. It will certainly be far too sweet for many people, but I personally love sweet, gourmand scents and I think it's gorgeous. It reminds me a little bit of Victor and Rolf's Flowerbomb, but a little more subtle. It's the perfect balance of fruity, sweet and floral!

The staying power is great for an eau de toilette too. It lasts about 6-8 hours on my skin.

I picked mine up in a gift set from ASOS, which was on sale for £24 (and is still available at the time of posting - HERE). It contains a full size of the Eau de Toilette, Shower Gel and Body Milk. 
While the body milk isn't as thick as their gorgeous body butter, it is much thicker than I was expecting for a 'milk' - it's more like a classic lotion consistency. It absorbs instantly and leaves my skin feeling super smooth. The shower gel is also a lovely smooth consistency that leaves my skin feeling soft and supple. All in all, Korres remains the apple of my bodycare eye!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Review: Redken All Soft

I've been using the Redken All Soft shampoo and conditioner for about a month now. I'd seen quite a few rave reviews online, so when I was looking for a new shampoo and conditioner last month, I thought I would give these a whirl.

They are designed for dry and brittle hair, so I thought they would be perfect for my long, colour treated locks that break when using even the most gentlest hairbrush. 
The line is formulated with an 'Interlock Protien Network' (oooh, technical!) that apparently helps to rebuild the hair surface protection and strengthens the core. They also contains argan oil for extra softness.

After trying these for the first time, I was surprisingly unimpressed. Although they smell lovely and fruity, and were pleasant to use, they left my hair feeling overloaded and weighed down once it was dry. Not something I'm used to, as normally my hair drinks up anything I treat it with. 

I did a little research online to see if I was alone in feeling this, only to find that they have fairly recently changed the formula of this range, leaving many a disgruntled customer. I haven't tried the original, but I have to say that this left a lot to be desired, especially when you consider that each bottle with set you back around £12.
However, I'm not one to waste my hair products and while I must admit that using these together left my hair feeling very weighed down, I did find that using just the conditioner with another shampoo and vice versa made these products use-able. I'll finish these up, but I won't be repurchasing. 

All in all, I was really disappointed by these.

I'd love to know your thoughts if anyone has tried these in the past?

Monday, January 7, 2013

Review: Jimmy Choo Flash!

When the original Jimmy Choo fragrance was launched a couple of years back, it caused quite a stir in the fragrance world. While it was a hit with many of my fellow bloggers and friends, I didn't fall in love with the scent myself, though I did love the bottle.
Well, their second scent has arrived, in the form of 'Flash': A less sweet, more floral concoction. The bottle is designed to emulate paparazzi flashbulbs, and the box is equally as glitzy. I love the box, but the bottle itself is not as nicely made as I expected, or as good quality as the first Jimmy Choo fragrance.
The scent itself is an effevescent floral, with top notes of strawberry, pink pepper and tangerine. It fools you in to thinking it will be fresher and fruitier than it really is. After it dries down, the heart notes of tuberose, jasmine and white lily come through, making it a little too sickly for my liking. 

Woody base notes make it a little more sophisticated, but for me, the strong floral heart is just too much. When it comes to staying power (like the first Jimmy Choo fragrance) this is great, but  in my case I'd prefer if it wasn't!
I've never been a fan of lily, so that might be where the problem is for me personally. Overall I was left dissapointed with this, just like the first time around.
Obviously perfume is immensely personal, and everyone likes different scents, so if you like strong floral fragrances (akin to Marc Jacobs Daisy) then this is worth a look, but if you're a gormand, sweet or sophisticated scent kind-of girl, I'm not sure you'll like this!

Jimmy Choo Flash will be available exclusively from Debenhams (UK) from 14th January, then nationwide from the 28th. It comes in 30ml, 60ml and 100ml Eau de Parfum priced at £36, £46 and £62 respectively.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Review: Khroma Beauty by The Kardashians

I was very intrigued to hear that the Kardashian sisters were releasing their own makeup line. Their makeup (especially Kim's) is becoming somewhat iconic in the modern beauty world, so I was interested to see what they would come up with for their own line.

The line is currently in somewhat of a 'pre-launch' state, with a few varieties of lashes, four different mascaras, one lip set and the staple of the line, the 'Kardazzle' palettes currently available. 

As far as I can tell, they are due to release more products early this year. The current products appear to be available now at Ulta in the US and online via the Khroma Beauty website, but there isn't an abundance of information about these products (or the upcoming additions) out there at the moment.
So what are the products actually like?

I loved the idea of the Kardazzle palettes. They come in three shade varieties (one for each sister's style of makeup) and each contain four matte eyeshadows, four shimmer eyeshadows, two blushes and a highlighter, all packaged in a dinky handbag-sized compact. Baring in mind that these products retail for $12.99, I think they are great little kits. Personally, the colours aren't what I would choose, but there is no denying that they are decent value for money.
Kim's 'Kardazzle' Palette
Khloe's 'Kardazzle' Palette
The pigmentation of the eyeshadows is really quite impressive. They are nice and soft, strongly pigmented, and certainly give a lot of other 'drugstore' brands a run for their money.
Kim's eyeshadows
Khloe's Eyeshadows
As usual with eyeshadow, the matte shades weren't as impressive as the shimmers, but they still perform nicely.

The face powders were pretty impressive too, though I would have liked to have seen more of a solid 'bronzer' colour. I'm not sure if the darker shades are meant to be bronzers, or more natural blushes, but to me they definitely seem to pink/peachy for bronzer.
Khloe's face powders

Kim's face powders
While I'm not a huge fan of the snakeskin print on the packaging, I think these little palettes are definitely worth a look if you like the shades.

I was less impressed with the nude lip set. This is currently the only lip product available from the line, and while the lip gloss is a nice shade and tastes like honey, I was unimpressed by the dual-ended lip liner/lipstick. The consistency wasn't great (the liner is super sticky) and the shade was a little off for my skin tone, so it just ended up looking really unflattering on me.

All in all, I was impressed by the value for money of these products, but they didn't blow me away shade-wise. I'm sure they will be popular with the hardcore Kardashian fans and sell well off the back of the girls' immaculate makeup. I'd be interested to see what the rest of the line will be like, and I would love to try out the mascaras.

I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for this brand in the future.

You can buy Khroma makeup from Ulta in the US, and online here.