Friday, 3 July 2015

Giorgio Armani Maestro Bronzer… Next Level Bronzing

Cheat that post-holiday glow with the most radiant, skin-kissed bronzer ever.

Last year, Giorgio Armani (Kim, that’s GI-orgio) launched the limited edition Maestro Bronzer Liquid Summer N°100. It went down an absolute storm, so much so, it’s back, with a lighter and darker sister, and this time around, it’s permanent.

I came across this earlier in the year at a Giorgio Armani masterclass. I’ll admit, I was a little dubious when I looked at the bottle, it airs on the Tan-tasic side and I wasn’t after the Donetella look, but as soon as it touched my skin I was SOLD. In just seconds I had that much coveted post-holiday glow.

Maestro Liquid Summer is infused with golden micro-pearls that leave a veil of sunlight. Now available in three shades N°90, N°100 and N°110, I was matched to the middle shade. It’s a warm, golden-hued brown with a very fine golden shimmer. Although it looks very dark in the bottle, it does sheer out on application.

It’s my first liquid bronzer and I am surprised by how easy it is to apply. It can be dabbed on the high planes and contours and blended for a naturally bronzed look or added to a moisturiser or foundation for all-over kiss of colour. Personally I prefer applying it to the contours with Real Techniques Sculpting Brush. Give the bottle a good old shake, dispense 1 or 2 drops on the back of your hand, dab in the brush and sweep along the jawline, cheekbones, temples, hairline etc. Then using the same brush, buff and blend to sheer out the product. At the Armani counter they applied it with a flat-edged foundation brush so it’s pretty versatile. I haven’t tried it yet but I’d imagine a beauty blender would also work well. The practically weightless fluid boosts the natural tones in your skin to make you feel all golden-goddess-y. It’s sublimely bendable, it practically melts into your skin, leaving behind absolutely NO harsh tan lines. One application is enough for me, but you can seamlessly build it up to your desired depth. There’s a noticeable shimmer in the bottle but on the face this translates to a beautiful, healthy sheen.

Let’s talk price, Giorgio Armani doesn’t do budget. At £39.50 (Debenhams - here) it’s at the top price point, but I honestly think it’s a real wonder product and I don’t regret a single pound. One bottle contains a whole vat of bronzer.. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get to the bottom of it… but I’ll look beautifully bronzed trying.

What's your favourite bronzer?


Tuesday, 30 June 2015

MAC Faux Lipstick... Don't Tell the Others, but you're my Favourite!

I probably say this (I definitely think it) every time I buy a new lipstick, but you're my favourite!

I absolutely adore this colour. I feel like it's the one I've been looking for... without even knowing it. I have a terrible habit of going to the MAC counter and being drawn to the lipsticks I already have.  Angel and Creme Cup are two of my all time favourites, but lately I've been craving something slightly darker, less pale pink and more, (I cringe at myself for saying this)... Kylie Jenner-ish!

MAC Faux (Satin) £15.50 here is a neutral medium pink with a hint of mauve - I feel like it's a darker, non-frosty version of Angel. Similar to syrup but less plummy. It sits in the same family as Brave, Twig, Mehr, but lighter and a little less brown.

The Satin lipstick has a creamy demi-matte texture, it glides on easily and lasts for absolutely AGES! You know me, I love a cremesheen, but they have to be touched up every five minutes. Satin's go on and stay on. Super pigmented and completely opaque - the colour you see in the bullet it the colour you get on your lips. I love it so much I used it for my sisters prom make up... the perfect compliment to a dramatic smokey eye.

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Sunday, 28 June 2015


I woke up this morning feeling generous... isn't it about time I did another giveaway?

Fancy bagging a free MAC Lipstick OR Eyeshadow? Yep, absolutely any lipstick or eyeshadow from the permanent line and it’s as easy as peas to enter. All you have to do is pick the shade and follow me... simples!

1.    Leave a blog post comment telling me your favourite MAC lipstick or eyeshadow (if you have one) and which one you’d like to win in the giveaway (they don’t have to be the same and you can change your mind if you win).
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The giveaway is open internationally, for new and existing followers and ends at midnight on Sunday 19th July 2015. You know the drill; entries received after this point, will not count, but may still be charged.

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

YSL Touché Éclat Blur Perfector #nofilter Needed

Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat Blur Perfector is exquisitely packaged. I mean, who wouldn’t want to “powder their nose” in public with this stunner. But is it as good as it looks?

Powder’s a thing of the past, or so they told me at YSL. Why apply lotions and potions to make the skin look pretty and glowy, only to dull and disguise it with a powder? I guess you’ve got a point. But am I ready to switch to these new powder/balm hybrids? I wasn’t sure….

Picture the scene, you’re at a YSL masterclass with renowned Make Up artist Frederic Letailleur. You’ve put in a little extra effort – classically chic no-make-up-make-up, flesh blow dry, manicured nails. You’re feeling pretty good about yourself until you catch your reflexion in the mirror. A combination of the bright (and unforgiving) lights of the make up hall and glass or two of prosecco, means you’re feeling the heat and the dreaded T-Zone shine was setting in. Just before I ran off scrambling for blotting powders, Fred suggested trying the Touché Éclat Blur Perfector. Using a foundation brush he lightly dabbed the product on my shiny spots, handed me the mirror and I was BLOWN AWAY. Shine be gone! I looked airbrushed… me, but through an Instagram filter. I had to buy it then and there!

So what is it? A multi-action invisible, weightless balm designed to mattify the skin, minimise pores and blur imperfections. Touché Éclat Blur Perfector £29.50 FeelUnique can be applied all over as a complexion perfector, as a finishing touch to complete your make-up routine, or as a perfecting and mattifying touch-up during the day. It comes with a sponge applicator and a handy velvet pouch.. more on this later.

As a setting product

Given the way Fred used it on me I’m thinking I can use this in place of my regular powder. I applied my usual base and instead of setting with a powder, I took the sponge and dabbed the balm around my T-zone. BIG MISTAKE! All this did was disturb my base and cause my foundation to slide and go patchy. I then consulted my blogging community – am I using it wrong? Turns out, this is actually a common side effect. Oh bugger, have I been duped?

As a primer

Turns out, this makes an amazing primer. The blurring properties of this balm are exceptional. Using a foundation brush, stroke on a light veil all over the face. It gives the most even, smooth canvas. Pores appear minimised and my skin feels like cashmere.  

For Touch ups

Primarily I wanted this for touch ups. A pretty little compact I could keep in my bag and use as my secret weapon to combat the shine. This super light-wright balm sweeps away the shininess without dulling skin, but application can be tricky. You know how it comes with a sponge applicator, well the sponge doesn’t fit into the compact. The two fit separately in the velvet pouch, but it’s not long before the sponge starts to get dusty/hair/full of bits! A few people suggested dabbing the product on with fingers… I’m fine with this but the warmth and oils in the fingers interfere with the product and further cause slide and disruption. In my opinion this product is best applied with a traditional foundation brush. But it’s hardly a handy touch up compact if you’ve got to start carting around a foundation brush!

I am a little disappointed with Touché Éclat Blur Perfector. It’s not quite the revolutionary product I was expecting. Its blurring properties are stronger than its blotting power and application is confusing but I think YSL are on to something. A few tweaks here and a change to the packaging/applicator there and I could love this. Powder, you’re safe for now..

Who’s tried this? Do you love it or loathe it? 


Saturday, 20 June 2015

Beauty Blight... When the products you love are discontinued

Proving all the money in the world can’t safeguard you from the ultimate beauty curse that is discontinued products. Even Kim K experienced the true grief of a make up junkie after her favourite foundation was discontinued. You may have seen in the press she tweeted Armani when she discovered her go-to Designer Shaping Cream Foundation had been given the chop, but committed the ultimate twitter faux pas misspelling GIORGIO’S first name – the response was hilarious – an offer of some foundation… with a side of shade.

It got me reminiscing about the beauties I’ve loved and lost over the years. My number one most loved, most missed (it’s been four years and it still hurts like hell) MAC Blushcremes. That soft, creamy tackiness was perfection in a pan! Amazingly pigmented, exquisitely bendable and the most long lasting of any cream blush I’ve known. The cool pink toned Ladyblush was my go-to for an unparalleled fresh, dewy, healthy glow (wearing in the picture above). I stockpiled as many as I could and still have a little of Lilicent (peachy pink) remaining, but between me and my Mum, the stocks soon dwindled. Damn you MAC, I’m still so annoyed by this… Cremeblend’s just don’t cut it!

Proof they’re serial offenders when it comes to the act of discontinuation… MAC Mineralize Satinfinish Foundation was a constant on my makeup menu for a long time. It always provided a coverage and glow I could rely on. I managed to track down a couple of bottles on eBay/Depop – I’ve still got a little NC25 and 30, and even though they’re probably too old to use, I guard them with my life!

Benefit Her Glossiness Lipgloss, I think the shade was They didn’t Hear it from Me (the one pictured above is Your people, My people). Cica 2006-2007 this was all I wore on my lips. How I loved that nudey pinky peachness! It went perfectly with my grey smokey eye (the only one I knew how to do back then) and it was the first gloss I came across that had that crème finish. Before that it was all that shiny, sticky, shimmery nonsense. Once that bit the dust, that was me done with lipgloss.

Researching discontinued beauty products I’ve just stumbled upon something shocking… Has Benefit Bella Bamba been discontinued? Please noooooooo! That’s a beautiful blush – see my review here. No need to hit the panic button just yet, between the box I have left and the Cheeky Sweet Spot Palette I picked up at Chrsitmas, I probably have enough supplies to last me a while, but when they’re gone, THEY’RE GONE!

So what have you loved and lost? If you could bring back one product, what would it be? 


Thursday, 18 June 2015

Pimp My Hot Cloth Cleanser

Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser Jasmine & Osmanthus Limited Edition £20.75

As with any relationship, it’s good to spice things up from time to time. As much as I love and am devoted to Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser - I mean I’ve gone on, and on, and on about it! I’d be lying if I said my eye didn’t wander from time to time. But Liz, being the genius that she is has sprinkled a little aromatic magic on her iconic hot cloth cleanser to keep things fresh.... and fruity!

Just in case you don't know the deal with Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser -  a beauty icon of the highest order it's won over 100 beauty awards and one is sold every 23 seconds! It’s rich, yet gentle and delivers instantly visible results, and for a limited time is available in Jasmine & Osmanthus flavour.

This enchanting limited edition cleanser captures the precious beauty of opulent jasmine blossoms with the enveloping sweet floral softness of sun-warmed osmanthus petals. I don’t mind admitting I didn’t have a clue what osmanthus was, but the good people at Wikipedia inform me it’s a flowering plant native to Asia. It’s every bit as rich and creamy as the original Hot Cloth Cleanser, but with a sweet, summery  twist. The lush, yet delicate floral aromas are sweet and sensual. If you’re a C&P devotee, it makes a really nice change – tricking your senses into thinking you’re using a new cleanser, and it really is very fresh and summery.

The limited edition bottle comes in the larger 150ml size with a handy pump action - one pump does the whole face and comes with limited edition silver trimmed muslin cloths.

Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser Jasmine & Osmanthus Limited Edition £20.75 Available now direct at Liz Earle, available from John Lewis, Boots in July. 

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