BEAUTY & LE CHIC

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Yum Yum Bubblegum!



I braved the crazy Christmas crowds at the weekend (have you been to Lush lately? MOBBED!) just to get a new lip scrub. My lips have been really dry and cracked lately and in typical fashion, I’d just run out of my last, and now discontinued, Lush lip scrub, Sweet Lips. It was like Sophie’s choice choosing between the four flavours – Santa’s Lip Scrub, Mint Julips, Bubblegum and Popcorn but the pressures of the crowds forced me to be extra decisive so I grabbed the little pink pot of Bubblegum Scrub.

Oh little pot of scrumptiousness!!! It smells and tastes as good as it looks. The scent really reminds me of Snow Fairy and it tastes sweet like candy.. WARNING, you may get addicted. Personally I think lip scrub is an all year round must, but it’s definitely a winter one. I try to scrub my lips once a day to keep the chaps at bay, especially if I want to wear lipstick. Packed with exfoliating caster sugar and softening jojoba oil it buffs away dry skin, leaving lips kissably soft and helps lipstick to glide on.

Okay, it is a bit tricky to use. It’s quite a dry scrub, which is good because it’s not packed full of water and nasties to bulk it out, but it does make it quite messy. You might want to position yourself over the sink to catch the fall out. Scoop up a good lump, massage it onto the lips, and then simply lick off the excess... yum yum bubblegum. Check out Lush’s Lip Scrubs £5.50 here. Each pot lasts absolutely AGES so they’re definitely a good buy!


Lip Scrub, Yah or Nay? 

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Monday, 17 November 2014

The Best Birchbox Yet?



It’s a good one. In fact, I think it’s my best Birchbox yet. Novemeber 2014’s Birchbox is all about being Cosy at Home – home spas, pamper evenings and duvet days. This month’s goodies will help you to battle the upcoming winter blues and make the most of your time snuggled up in the toasty warm. It contains two full sizers and has a whopping value of over £60!

OPI Coca Cola Red Nail Lacquer Full Size | £11.95


Part of OPI's limited edition Christmas collection, Coca-Cola Red is as classic (and Christmassy) as it comes. You know me, I love nail polish and was THRILLED to see this full sizer in the box. I whipped it straight out and popped it on my toe nails... I’ll spare you the foot picture.

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Sample | £14


This vegan, paraben- and sulfate-free leave-in mist conditions, detangles and minimises frizz, while safeguarding colour and adding shine. As if that wasn’t enough, it also provides protection against UV rays and heat! I wasn’t thrilled to see ANOTHER leave –in-conditioner product... I’ve had 3 from my last 5 boxes, but this one does smell dreamy and has a lovely light-weight texture.

English Laundry Signature For Her EDP Spray For Women | £60


Envelop yourself in top notes of rose geranium and creamy white flowers set against its backdrop of woody spicy and musky notes. This actually leaked a little in transit, so my Birchbox smelt wonderful. It’s a gorgeous fragrance I’d happily have a full bottle.

Dr. Jart+ V7 Relief Vita Drop Full Size | £26


Hydration in a tube! This vitamin packed lotion brightens and moisturises whilst restoring elasticity with its blend of antioxidants. It was an “oooooo” moment when I spotted this. It’s a massive 100ml product to start with and it’s Dr. Jart! It’s early days but I’m really liking it. It sinks into the skin leaving it super soft and hydrated without being heavy and greasy. 

Lord & Berry Bronzer Sample (Sunny) | £19


A super fine, matte bronzing powder, ideal for creating a healthy glow and a burst of radiance (without the tell-tale shimmer). I think I’ll use this one for contourin. It’s a tiny size but I should just about fit my Real Techniques Contour Brush in the pan.

LIFESTYLE EXTRA..

Drinkwel Capsules | £32.99

A multivitamin with a difference, drinkwel was created specifically for healthy people who love to have a good time! Packed with antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and a blend of fruit and botanical extracts, these veggie-friendly capsules are loaded with all the good stuff needed to keep you energised throughout the day and to help you recover after a big night out. Bye, bye hangovers!

This month’s box is an all round winner for me. Chuffed with every product – especially the Dr Jart moisturiser and OPI nail lacquer of course! 


IF YOU FANCY TRYING BIRCHBOX, USE MY FRIENDS REFERRAL LINK AND WE’LL BOTH GET £5 WORTH OF POINTS TO SPEND IN THE BIRCHBOX E-SHOP. 


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Thursday, 13 November 2014

CHANEL VITALUMIÈRE = Foundation Holygrail


Foundation Holygrail. I’ve waited a long time to say those words. Until now I’ve been fairly happy with a number of foundations but was still secretly hoping to find THE ONE! Call off the search. I could now happily bin all other foundations and live on this one alone. In fact, it’s so good... I bought it twice!

Chanel Vitalumière, not to be confused with Vitalumière Aqua, is widely recognised as the Rolls Royce of foundation. I’ve dabbled a little with it in the past, had a few samples, but never really committed... I guess the price tag was putting me off. But in a moment of weakness/madness a few months ago in Boots, I decided to treat myself to a bottle.

Texture & Application

The light weight, liquid texture is creamy, but in no way thick. It glides on like a dream and melts into the skin. The pump action bottle distributes the ideal amount in a single pump. It’s the easiest, most fool proof application I’ve experienced in a foundation... You could apply it in the dark. It smoothes and blends like a dream in a second skin kinda way. I like to apply this one with a standard foundation brush (No7 Foundation Brush). I saw Lisa Eldrige use it on Alexa Chung (double name drop) and this is how she applied it. It works great with fingers too.

Shades

This is where Chanel let’s itself down. The shades are very limited – only 8 in the entire range. Very pale and darker skinned ladies have no chance! During the summer I was matched to 40 Beige (which is what I’m wearing in the photo below), but as my seasonal tan started to fade it looked too dark. By then I was already hooked so I got a second bottle (in duty free) in the lighter shade 30 Cendre. For reference I’m MAC NC30. Beige is my perfect summer shade, Cendre my perfect winter shade and I can mix the two to get my perfect match all year round. I’ll do some swatches to compare but the light is so poor today. It contains an SPF 15 and I have used it in flash photography and didn’t get any flash back.

Coverage

I think this is where Vitalumière and I didn’t quite gel in the past. I used to find the coverage too sheer, but these days my skin is in great condition and I don’t want to mask it. It has a low to medium buildable coverage. It easily covers dark circles and minor blemishes but doesn’t mask the skin. It’s ideal for dryer skin types as it contains moisturising agents and feels very comforting on the skin.

Finish

If I summed it up in one word, it would be GLOWING! The most beautiful, healthiest glow imaginable. It’s very natural looking, but not too natural that you look bare skinned. I’d describe it as a dewy/satin finish foundation. It imparts the most natural radiance – makes me look fresh, alive and youthful. The light reflecting pigments smooth away imperfections to create a soft-focus effect.


Longevity

At least 8-9 hours, I rarely wear foundation for longer! Vitalumière remains constant throughout the day. It doesn’t oxidise or get shiny as the day goes on. Doesn’t seem to be affected by humid conditions either, I wore it on holiday in Greece and it performed just as well.

Price

It’s £36 in the UK (I wince when I say that). I know it’s out of a lot of people’s budgets and there are lots of great, cheaper options out there (L’Oreal Lumi, I still luh ya papi) but I’m hooked on Vitalumière now. It just works for me. On every level, I’ve met my perfect match. If you fancy trying it, go to the counter and ask for a sample. No point forking out the big bucks before you’re sure!


Save 10% on cosmetics including Chanel for a limited time at Debenhams


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Monday, 10 November 2014

Dried out Gel Liners? Try This...


We already know that baby oil is one of the most versatile beauty buys in the World. It’s a moisturiser, a make up remover, a bath oil, a hair oil, you can even use it on new born babies. But did you know you can use it to revive dried out make up?

If you’ve ever owned a gel liner, I’m guessing you’ve experienced them drying out? I was blown away by my first Bobbi Brown Gel Liner. That amazing, dense, creamy texture... but sadly it didn’t last. I’d only used it a handful of times and the damn thing dried out. I put it down to the fact that it was something I only used occasionally and it had had too much time to dry out. Fast forward a couple of years and I discovered AnastasiaBeverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. The unique creamy gel-mousse texture rocked my World (see the full review here)... every day for about a month until the texture dried up and application became a nightmare. Then I realised, you can screw the lids on super tight, limited the lid-off time to an absolute minimum, store them upside down, but because these products are wet and creamy, sooner or later the moisture will evaporate.


The solution? A little drop of baby oil. No heat, no stirring, no compressing. Simply add a little drop of baby oil into the pot and watch it work its magic. 


It immediately breathes life back into gel formulas, replenishing the moisture and restoring them to their former glory. I won’t lie, I was nervous about trying this on my Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade, but I was so thrilled with the results, I went ahead and did the same thing to the original Bobbi Brown Gel Liner I’d refused to part with (see I knew there was a reason I hoarded make up). It’s like having two new products! I use Dipbrow everyday and after a month or so it started to dry out again. Without hesitation I went straight in with another drop of oil and it’s back to its best. It has in no way changed the performance or the texture of the products; it just helps to restore the moisture.

Have you tried it?


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Thursday, 6 November 2014

The Beauty Gifts you WON’T be re-gifting


It’s time to exorcise the demons of bad Christmas presents past. How many times has someone asked you “what would you like for Christmas?” and you politely reply with “oh anything you get me will be fine”. Then despair on Christmas Day when you end up with a load of junk. I mean, there are only so many bath bombs a gal can use before she changes colour! One year we did a secret Santa at work with a respectable £15 budget. There was on OPI collection I desperately wanted a piece of but didn’t dare drop the hints. Well, I ended up a giraffe themed Primarni onesie because I said I ONCE said I liked giraffes?!?!?! Lesson learnt for next time....

Here are some cute, stylish and indulgent gifts that you won’t be sending back in the New Year. And ladies, if you don't want to end up with a giraffe onesie, start dropping some hints, and fast!

Clinique Instant Shimmer Kit £35 House of Fraser


The perfect all-you-need set for creating effortless, smokey eyes this party season. A glamourous All About Shadow Quad, killer Cream Shaper Liner with a hint of shimmer, Lash Power Feather Mascara and Instant Lift for Brows. In fact, I’m not sure I can even wait until Christmas to try this one!  

Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette £45 SpackeNK


Come to mama! With crowd pleasers Deep Throat and Laguna, two limited edition blushers and a highlighter, all encased in an oh-so-sexy palette, it’s hard to resist Virtual Domination. 

Zoeva Rose Gold Luxury Gift Set £56.95 Love Makeup


Good things come to those who wait... and I’ve been waiting a long time for this one. It’s been popping up on my blog feed for a solid year now and somehow I’ve managed to resist... until now. I need this incredible brush set in my life. Top quality brushes, beautiful luxe design and surprisingly good value at around £7 per brush.

Elemis Frangipani Body Indulgence Gift Set £36 House of Fraser

I doubt there’s a woman alive that wouldn’t be thrilled to see this indulgent gift set in her stocking. Containing three full size elemis products, including the iconic Frangipani oil, which is worth £34 alone.  

Caudalie Hand Cream Trio £12 Lookfantastic


Treat your hands with the Caudalie Hand Cream Trio, three lusciously scented hand creams which promise to leave skin feeling soft and supple.

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Powder £29.50 Debenhams


For the FIRST-TIME EVER, Benefit’s famous box o’ powders are all together in one cheeky sweet spot. The set features the o’ so popular shades of hoola, dandelion, CORAlista, bella bamba, rockateur, sugarbomb and watt's up. With an individual value of £65.94, it’s a blushin’ blockbuster!

Liz Earle Christmas Skincare Discovery Gift Set £18.25 John Lewis


Give the gift of good skin this Christmas with Liz Earle Discovery Set. Containing the iconic Hot Cloth Cleanser, mini Skin Tonic and two Muslin cloths, it’s all you need to kick start a new skincare regime.

Lush Shower Gels from £3.75 Lush


She’s baaaaaaackkk! Add some Christmas sparkle to your day with Snow Fairy, the candy-sweet shower gel from Lush, now with the addition of skin-softening seaweed. Also check out new lines this year including So white and Hot Toddy.
  

Benefit They’re Real Mascara and Gimme Brow Duo £26.96 QVC


Whatta winning duo... The UK’s number one selling mascara with the brow product of the year. I know I’m hoping to see this one in my stocking santa (hint,nudge,wink). Individually these two stars would cost you £37, plus for a limited time get free p&p at QVC.

OPI & Gwen Stefani Mini Christmas Holiday Stars Gift Set £14.50 John Lewis


Make a wish on these magical minis from the Gwen Stefani for OPI holiday collection. Each shade is Christmas-inspired and presented in a stylish box, making this the perfect festive gift for someone special.

MAC Holiday Collection 2014 from £29 MAC


Gimme it all! You can see the full collection here, but if I was to pick just one item, it would be the Smokey Eye Palette £32. If I'm honest, it's the packaging that's won me over... Fickle much? 


Christmas list full yet? 



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Monday, 3 November 2014

OMG It’s MAC’s Christmas Collection 2014


Brace yourselves ladies, it’s the big one!

Of all MAC’s collections, none are more exciting to me than their glamtastic holiday (Christmas) collections. Give yourself the royal treatment this season with MAC’s opulent Keepsakes collection. This one's got it all - lip palettes, eye palettes, brush bags and blush. Plus the packaging is to-die-for! Christmas lists at the ready...

MAC Keepsakes: Eye Bags £39.50 

Beige


Plum


Smokey

 MAC Keepsakes: Lip Bags £32

Coral
Nude
Red

 MAC Keepsakes: Eye Bags £39.50

Plum

Brown
Smokey

 MAC Keepsakes: Brush Kits £42




 MAC Keepsakes: Face Palettes £42

Natural


Smokey

MAC Keepsakes: Exclusive Lip & Eye Bag £45


MAC Keepsakes: Viva Glamourous

Lip bag £29

 Lip Palette £35


MAC Keepsake Christmas Collection 2014 out now link


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