BEAUTY & LE CHIC

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The Brush that Does it All!


It's not often a brush gets its own post around these parts. It's not that I don't love them, I DO!! It's just they kinda blend into the background... no pun intended. But this one, bareMinerals Smoothing Face Brush deserves its own platform and then some!

Put simply, this brush makes life easier! I bought it with bareMinerals Complexion Rescue (fave everyday base) which it works in perfect harmony with – obvs! but I’ve ended up using it for EVERYTHING – foundation, concealer, primer, cream blush, liquid and cream highlighter! It’s pretty much been an extension of my right hand since last April.

The bristles are extremely densely packed, unlike lots of duo fibre brushes (I’m thinking about you MAC 187) so there’s no lines or streaking. It’s perfectly designed to spread product smoothly and evenly – you hardly need to blend, it pretty much does it as it goes. It feels incredibly gentle and luxurious – It’s a pleasure to sweep around my face!  And the dome-shape blends seamlessly for an airbrushed finish. Quick, zero effort and perfect results. If I could only have one face brush in my arsenal, this would be it!

And I can vouch for its longevity – 10 months down the line it’s still going strong, no shredding or deterioration.

bareMinerals Smoothing Face Brush £21.60 FeelUnique

What's your favourite face brush?


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Friday, 5 February 2016

Hypnôse Volume-à-porter - The Classy Girl's False Lashes


If you like your lashes long, thick, luscuios and perfectly fanned out, look.no.further.

Me and Lancôme Mascaras, we go waaaaay back! My first mascara was a Lancôme. Definicils, Amplicils, Sourcils, Hypnose, I had them all! THEN Maybelline falsies, Chanel volume de chanel and Benefit They’re Real happened and Lancôme and I parted ways. But with Hypnôse Volume-à-porter, the mascara queen has well and truly won me back.

Formula

The soft, creamy, luxurious formula glides on with easy. It feels super light. It’s not wet and it doesn’t weigh lashes down or go crispy. Effortlessly brushes on just the right amount of product without going clumpy and it doesn’t smudge, I repeat does not smudge (previous Lancôme mascaras have been guilty of this).

Brush

Lancôme’s first ever ‘elastomere’ brush. It’s flexible, but not wobbly and features 340 bristles to effortlessly coat each lash. It has super short bristles that get eye-wateringly close to the root allowing you to coat every last millimetre. It separates lashes perfectly, creating an even, fanned out look. I have this annoying clump of lashes on my outer right eye. Most mascaras stick them together. Volume-à-porter forces them apart.

Results


Thick, fluttery, wide-awake lashes. Super volumised, perfectly defined, subtly curled and completely clump free... all.day.long! For me it’s on a par with le Volume de Chanel and maybe even better than Benefit’s They’re Real. Kick ass volume but not OTT! I’m calling this mascara sassy-chic. It’s a classy girl's answer to false lashes.

Hypnôse Volume-à-porter RRP £22.50, 2 for £30, on selected Lancôme Mascaras Boots


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Monday, 1 February 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Eye Cheat - A Serious Eye Opener



On paper, this is about the least likely thing you’d expect to see in my collection. It was the LAST thing I expected to buy in my Charlotte Tilbury haul, but amazingly it’s the thing that wowed me the most. What this boring little pencil?

Who’s dabbled with the white pencil inside the eye trick? This “tip” is nothing new, in fact we were doing it back in my teens (more! Magazine anyone?) when we were told to use a white nail tip pencil to line our inner eyes. Thing is, it just looked obvious and lasted about five minutes. The Charlotte Tilbury ROCK 'N' KOHL Eye Cheat £19 is the grown up, actually-works version. I would never in a million years have picked this up, even looked in its direction, but it was used on me in my Charlotte Tilbury counter make over… divine intervention! To say I was blown away with the difference it made is an understatement. Even my fiancé, completely unprompted, noticed the difference as soon as he came to meet me!  

Eye Cheat is a universal, super flattering nude toned pencil that, used in the upper and lower waterline and corner of the eyes creates an optical illusion of wider, fuller and more wide-awake eyes. Very subtle, but incredibly effective, it cheats the wide eye look and seriously makes them appear bigger, brighter and fresh as a daisy. The liquid pencil is soft and creamy, so doesn’t drag or irritate the eye and once it dries, it aint budging. It’s rich, incredibly pigmented and completely opaque. 

As far as I can tell, there’s only one downside (other than the price) and this is true of all of Charlotte’s ROCK 'N' KOHL eye pencil’s – because they’re so creamy and soft you find you have to sharpen them a lot. 



Multi-tasker

Eye cheat's skills don’t end there. You know the concealer-around-the-brows thang, which I’m not normally a huge of, on account of it looking cakey and obvious, well this works wonders on that! Since the flesh-coloured pencil is actually flesh coloured, it highlights the brow bone and accentuated the arches NATURALLY. Also use on the cupids bow to pop the pout. 

Charlotte Tilbury Eye Cheat £19 Available Charlotte Tilbury | Selfridges | John Lewis

Have you tried Eye Cheat?


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Thursday, 28 January 2016

Beauty Junkie’s Wishlist 2016


January’s a sloooow month when it comes to beauty purchases. We’re stocked up from Christmas and spent up from sale shopping, so splurges in January ain’t happening… that doesn’t stop us window shopping right? Here’s what I’ve got my greedy little eyes on...

Anastasia Brow Definer £16 BeautyBay 

I love BrowWiz, adore DipBrow, chances are I’ll be a fan of ABH’s latest offering… Brow Definer. I’m desperate to see what all the fuss is about plus it contains way more product than BrowWiz so it might make for a more economical switch up. See, it’s not all fun and frivolity.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light £29.50 Boots

I’m blaming Vivianna for this one. I’ve long since wanted to be a devotee of beauty icon Double Wear, but it’s just too thick for me. Cue Vivianna’s recent raves about Double Wear Light and I’m thinking, oooo that looks good. I’ll be straight up, I really don’t need another base, but this would be a pretty empty blog if I only bought what I needed! See how I manage to justify these things.

Nails Inc NailKale £14 Nails Inc 

Getting bored of the berry/vampy vibes yet? Yeah me too. I’m totally ready to embrace to some pretty pastels, cue Nails Inc’s latest Nail Kale offerings – bagsy the mint green one (Royal Crescent Gardens).

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Iconic Nude £16 John Lewis

Pillow Talk reeled me in (see my review and pics here) and now I’m a hooked on lip cheats! As beautiful as Pillow Talk is, it’s a bit on the pink side and doesn’t go with all my lip shades. I’m thinking Iconic Nude will be more universal –that’s my justification and I’m sticking to it.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation Sephora

This is actually half on/half off the list now. Candleglow, soft, luminous, it was totally talking my language but early reviews are mixed with some calling it ‘heavy’ and ‘cakey’. Ummm, pause button pressed.

Urban Decay Naked Concealer £17.50 FeelUnique

This is one of those I’ve been meaning to try for ages products. Firmly rooted as a beauty blogger fave, it’s also a Kim K go-to, reason enough?

Diptque Rosaviola Scented Candle From £28 SpaceNK

Diptque why do you do this to me! I want this soooo bad, but I know I’ll only be buying it for the pot! Pretty in pink and just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter/ Palmers Stretchmark Lotion

And just because I can, I do fancy trying some pregnancy body care. Stretchmarks don’t bother me too much but it can’t hurt to slather myself in loveliness.

What’s on your payday wishlist?


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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Tarte Blockbuster Collection - aka My New Favourite Thing


Hello Tartelets! I’ve been teasing you with this one since Christmas, and here it is in all its resplendent glory. Just in case you don’t know Tarte, it’s a US brand with an eco-chic ethos – cruelty-free and full of good ingredients like plant extracts, essential oils and other naturally-derived ingredients. Not only does it look good, it feels good too! I got my first taste of Tarte from Sephora in NYC, when I bought the iconic Amazonian Clay Blush in Blissful. When I spied this holiday blockbuster on QVC pre Christmas it took about 3 seconds before I was “tapping the app”.

The Holiday Blockbuster collection £35 is a treasure trove of make-up marvels. 16  Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow, 4 Amazonian Clay Blush, a Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara and LipSurgence Lip Crème. I don’t mean to sounds all QVC-y, but the individual retail price of this booty is well over £300 – ridiculous value. It’s basically a make up artist’s starter kit! The quality is sublime, more on that later, but it’s the easiest most usable kit I’ve ever come across. Even if you’re a makeup efficiardo, it can be a pain in the ass thinking up colour combos and working out what goes with what. The kit is broken down into colour coordinated eye shadow quads – a neutral/taupe one, a warm, browny bronze one, a plummy one and a grey one, each with corresponding blush. You can mix n match the shades as much as you want, but it gives you a stear of what looks good with what. AND the piece-de-resistance, the quads are removable and fit into a handy portable magnetic palette (Z-palette style). This makes all the difference for me. I go away a lot and it wouldn’t be practical to take the whole box, but the pop out palette makes it take-any-where-able or super portable in English.    


The Neutral Nude Quad


The Warm Brown/Bronze Quad


The Plum Quad


The Grey Quad


The quality of the powders is exceptional!Incredibly rich and pigmented, so much so I looked like Aunt Sally the first time I applied the blush - a little goes a long way. The amazonian clay shadows are effortless, they blend beautifully, don't crease and last, and last! I love that there's a mixture of matte, satin and shimmers and the set contains only wearable colours - day to night it's got you covered. There's not a single shadow in here that I won't use.

Amazonian Clay Blush - inviting, jolly, cosy, swaky


Lights, camera, lashes mascara 7ml




















LipSurgence Lip Cream in Ravishing 3g - a rose toned, pink creamy chubby.


I am actually stunned this is still in stock! Tarte Blockbuster Collection £35 QVC here Are you a Tartlet?


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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Baby Beauty & le Chic on the Way


Hi guys, if you follow me on instagram, you’ll already know the big news, if not, SURPRISE! As of today, I am 17 and a half weeks pregnant. You might be wondering why I’ve waited so long to announce the news? Like most pregnant women I was bursting with excitement and dying to share as soon as I found out and when I got over the magical 12 week stage I wanted to shout it from the roof tops BUT I wasn’t sure, I’m still not sure, how much of this I want in the public domain. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’m actually quite a private person – I know, it’s the ultimate blogger contradiction but I’ve never been a tour around my knicker drawer, what’s in my belly kinda blogger. I don’t tend to share a whole lot about me and my personal life, it’s just the way I’ve always been. I admire those that do, but me, I think I'm too self conscious.

I will keep you updated along the way, as things grow I might share the odd “bumpy” and I can’t promise not to share some oh-so-cute-and-tiny baby clothes but I won’t be doing those weekly/monthly pregnancy updates. Who cares if my belly button is in or out or if I can still wear my rings? If they’re your thing, great, but they’re not mine. If you're going through the same thing at the same time, I think it is interesting, but for the rest of my readers it's like bore! I’ve also got no plans of turning this into a mummy blog (that’s what they all say), but seriously there’s plenty of great ones out there already and I’ve loved and lost many a favourite blog that way. There'll be changes ahead for sure, but the focus will always be beauty. I’m sure if you’re interested I may well throw in the odd stretch-mark oil review or look at these cute baby sneakers post, other than that, I’m still working it out.

For now I can tell you that I’m due late June. I’m not planning to find out the baby’s sex, although I’m totally gutted to be missing out on all the half price sale stuff and I’m feeling really well. I'm completely thrilled and very blessed.

I want to say a massive thank you for all of the likes and lovely messages we’ve had on social media. Dean (that’s the fiancé, yep I kept that quite quiet too) sat on Sunday night reading each one and we were totally overwhelmed. It really does mean a lot to me so thank you for your support.

Lots of love from this slightly bashful, definitely hormonal, kinda awkward beauty blogger x

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