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Long term readers will know I am a MAC girl through and through but I am not shy in stating that I do find their physical make-up counters a little hit and miss - some are really busy and not great for someone like myself that is easily overwhelmed and then there's the infamous stands that are populated with beyond uninterested staff. Let's not beat around the bush, we know it is an issue and as such most of us, unless blessed with a great local MAC counter will chose to shop online - it is the future (or maybe even the now) after all. Well now you can add a MAC lipstick or two to your next clothing order as MAC Cosmetics is now available via ASOS.
Now I know what you are thinking, MAC Cosmetics have been online since before most of us as much as glimpsed at a beauty blog, dusting off your debt card for a new lip gloss or two isn't anything new. True, however there are added bonuses of shopping via ASOS opposed to other online retailers, with the most obvious being ASOS Prime - hello free next day delivery (something the stand alone MAC website doesn't typically offer to my area and even when they do, it is with a hefty fee) and of course the reward system that results in the odd £5 off voucher here and there (again not something MAC offer). Then there is of course the glorious discounts ASOS offer time and time again; from a permanent 10% off for students, to the odd 20% off code that graces our inboxes occasionally, there's money to be saved. It also doesn't hurt to have another MAC stockist to hopelessly search when trying your very best to hunt down a sold out and very limited edition make-up item, that you just know you couldn't live without.
I know what you are thinking - "I bet this is an advert"? Nope, only in my deepest and wildest dreams would either brand sponsor me, rather this is just a heads up from one beauty junkie to another.
I might never leave my home again...
You can find no less than 600 MAC lines via ASOS here - link.
At the moment I am hugely into journaling, I have various diaries and planners on the go and love emptying my thoughts out onto paper each evening. One of my favourite journals happened to be a monthly planner in which you use to channel a little more happiness and productivity into your life, on the first of each month I would sit down, light a candle, state what I am grateful for and write about various areas of my life I would aim to improve in the coming weeks - it was wonderfully cathartic...well until I left my inner most thoughts on a train returning home from London. Why am I like this? No-one really knows, I'm clumsy, awkward and entirely forgetful but on the plus side I always have a spare pair of socks and gum, so really who is the real winner here?
As fate would have it, I returned home from such testing journey to be greeted with a beautiful parcel from Bobbi Brown and inside, alongside a glorious new pot of Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Pot Rouge, there was a limited edition Bobbi Brown The Happiness Planner; a bespoke #PrettyPowerful 100 Day Planner to encourage female empowerment (£20 available from Bobbi Brown studios). Fate I tell you and an accumulation of two of my favourite things to hoard: make-up and stationery.
The Bobbi Brown The Happiness Planner is perfect for this time of the year when it may feel like all those goals and plans you made in early January have all but fallen to the wayside, this nifty and uplifting diary of sorts will help you get back on track. Much like all the products within the #PrettyPowerful line up it has been created to in collaboration and to help raise funds for the non-profit organisation Women & Girls, for International Women's day 8 March 2018.
If journals aren't quite your thing, worry not as there is a few more exciting Bobbi Brown collaborations in aid of the Women & Girls Organisation: from Markus Lupfer, Lara Lip T-Shirt's in five various designs (exclusively available on markuslupfer.com) to special fitness classes with studios FRAME, Fitzrovia, once a week £10 (more details here), and of course the aforementioned Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Pot Rouge.
Each year, I do make a point in purchasing the Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Pot(£22) as I adore the functionality of the product and of course the great cause that it supports. This year I have very kindly been gifted a pot so I will donate the cost directly or maybe purchase another and gift it to someone I know who could do with cheering up? Either way it is a cause and a product I entirely support. If you have yet to experience the Bobbi Brown Pretty Powerful Pot for yourself, let me be the one to tell you that you are in for a treat, not only is the shade Pretty Powerful entirely flattering on most, if not all skin tones but the clever cream product can be used on both the lips and cheeks. The medium and slightly yellow toned pink creates the most glorious, naturally flushed look on the cheeks and translates to a perfect nude-pink on the lips - once you try it for yourself, you'll wonder how you survived so long without it!
You can find out more about the Bobbi Brown #PrettyPowerful campaign here - link.
So I may not be a Mother yet (I have no immediate plans as such so if my extended family could let the thought of a little Sunday Girl or Boy go for now that would be great) but one thing I do know is a great beauty gift...and of course my way around the cosmetic halls of Debenhams. With less than a week until Mother's Day you may be searching high and low for the perfect token of appreciation for a loved one? Perhaps you want to gift them something both pretty and practical, or maybe even a luxury item that you know they would never dream of treating themselves to? Well I've got you covered and then some, in fact you may want to hide your bank card as some of my suggestions may tempt you to indulge yourself too.
If you do happen to have a very picky mother/grandmother/sister/aunt/delete as appropriate and don't fully feel confident in purchasing a bottle of fragrance, what about a candle? You really can't go wrong with a candle or two and I've yet to meet anyone who doesn't like Yankee candles. The Yankee kit offers no less than 5 beautiful votive candles in a wide range of fragrances including fruity, floral and relaxing options.
Admit it, you have in the very least considered purchasing a fragrance or two as gifts for Mother's Day but perhaps decided against it as there are so many new and exciting scents to try out, so much so it has become overwhelming? I've been there and my advice is to either stick to a fragrance your loved one already wears, or purchase an updated version of an already iconic scent. Take for instance the newly launched Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Nectar Eau de Parfum (which is exclusive to Debenhams), it has all the familiarity of the original Flowerbomb scent combined with a new tinge of sweetness and is all but impossible not to love. Yes it is true that Mugler fragrances are very much a love or loathe experience but for those that can't get enough of their intense notes and visually entrancing bottles, Mugler Aura Eau de Parfum may just be the perfect gift - especially if it comes complete with a gift box and a dinky take-me-everywhere matching bottle of scent too? The Mugler Aura Gift set is a complete (and beautifully presented snip) at just £52 - link.
Let's talk fail-safe beauty products for a moment; those glorious items that suit just about every age, skin type and concern. Sure they may not be the most glamorous of products but they have reached iconic status throughout the industry because they work and sometimes that is all that matters. On the surface, you would be forgiven for assuming that the ever raved about Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (50ml/£28) is nothing more than a large and expensive tube of lip balm but the reality is that this thick, glorious and distinctively scented (there is also a scent free edition should that worry you) salve is so much more than that. Be it dry skin anywhere on the face and body, chapped lips or even an instant moisture boost (you can even use it as a highlighter), Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream will be at your beck and call - it works quickly and is a staple product in just about every beauty editors handbag for that reason alone. Grab a tube here - link.
So maybe your loved one is one step ahead of the game and has already experienced the marvel that is Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream but have they tried the ultimate skincare hero that no person should really be without? Yes I am of course talking about Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum (30ml/£55). I can not begin to tell you how many little brown bottles I have drained over the years and how many I have gifted to others, I am obsessed. Unlike other skincare products this can be used by most, if not all, is easy to apply and in one quick step plumps, hydrates and regenerates the skin whilst you sleep. If you can't give the gift of rest or time off, this is the next best thing and you can find it here - link.
Admittedly not everyone will be looking for a huge cosmetic gift this coming Mothering Sunday, perhaps you are in the market for something on the smaller side to help bulk up something else you have already bought or thought of? Or maybe your loved one is new to the world of make-up and your require something that is both practical and yet offers a wide variety of different products for them to experience? Whatever your reason may be, I can not recommend the NYX Los Angeles 2.0 Lip, Eye and Face Collection enough - this dinky little kit contains four well sized eyeshadows, a bronzer, a highlighter and a matte lip cream. It is the perfect palette for make-up lovers and beginners not to mention it travels beautifully too and at just £15, it won't break the bank.
Now all you have to do is decide what wonderful gift and of course settling on what lucky lady/ladies you will treat this coming Sunday!
This is a sponsored post in conjunction with Debenhams.
I am a blush girl, such a blush gal, that aside from mascara (I have naturally blonde eyelashes and look like a naked mole rat without it) it is the one beauty product I can not be without. So you can imagine my utter glee when I found out one of my favourite beauty brands of all time, have just launched one of the most wonderfully diverse blush collections of the last few months. If your make-up bag is crying out for a new cheek colour or two, you might want to try on the bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blushes out for size.
As much as I count myself as a bareminerals super-fan, I do have to be critical of every product that lands into my hand for the sake of utter transparency. In the case of the bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blushes my criticism lies within the packaging; it's a tad flimsy, bulky and not as sturdy as I'd like (I'm clumsy and drop everything). On the plus side, it does look great and the large size means you can use each shade with ease, even if you chose to reach for the biggest blush brush within your arsenal.
With 10 shades to chose from, all in various neutral shades which include numerous tones of pinks, browns and peaches that range in depth and undertones. Blush should and can be enjoyed by all but I have found in the past that a lot of collections of this type cater to light and medium complexions, with deeper skin tones being an afterthought. Well not this time around, the bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blushes have several deeper toned shades specifically formulated for those with a darker skin tone - just as it should be!
Swatches correspond with shade description order below and run left to right: Bellini Brunch, But First Coffee, Let's Go Nude, On the Mauve, Peachy Keen, Pink Me Up, Pretty in Pink, That Peach Though, Strike a Rose and You Had Me at Merlot.
bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blush in Bellini Brunch (matte)- a warm, yellow based peach with a slight brown undertone. A great shade for both warming and sculpting the skin.
bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blush in But First Coffee (satin) - a deep, red based brown with a shot of microscopic silver glitter particles. Once on the skin, the glitter isn't overly obvious and gives depth to the shade, rather than being overly shimmer based.
bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blush in Let's Go Nude (matte) - a mid-toned, warm tan shade that can double up as a bronzer and/or contour product dependant on your skin tone. On very light complexions this can lean a smidgen orange.
bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blush in On the Mauve (satin) - a deep, almost berry toned dusty pink that again has been created with deeper complexions in mind; although with a light hand most could use this shade. Again this contains small flecks of glitter to help create the effect of luminosity.
bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blush in Peachy Keen (satin) - a deeper variation of a pinky-peach tone with plenty of shimmer particles. Think of this as a more intense (and universally flattering) alternate to NARS Orgasm. This has the most obvious shot of glitter running throughout when applied to the skin so you may want to avoid if you have open pores.
bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blush in Pink Me Up (satin) - a bright, neutral but mid-toned, yellow based pink. Oddly although this contains the same glitter particles as the other satin blushes within this range, this is the one shade that it does not translate onto the skin and is more akin with a matte as such.
bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blush in Pretty in Pink (matte) - a light, bright, yellow toned, peachy-pink. This shade is better suited to lighter complexions as it can translate a little ashen on deeper skintones.
bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blush in That Peach Though (matte) - a true but muted peach, this has a slightly brown undertone and would be my fail safe option for all complexions. Much like the other bronze based blushes within this line up, this can also be used as a bronzer and/or contour option.
bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blush in Strike a Rose (satin)- a deeper, dusty rose that is neutral but does lean a little towards the bronze spectrum. This is another shade within the 10 strong collective that I would imagine suits just about everyone.
bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blush in You Had Me at Merlot (matte) - a deep, red based, brown that has a slightly warm undertone. This will be too deep to use in the traditional sense on light complexions.
Despite an array of shades and finishes the bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blush range all have one thing in common and that is a near perfect formulation; beautifully pigmented and bold in colour saturation (nothing to fear if you have a fluffy blush brush), soft enough that each shade blends with such ease and yet not so soft that they produce endless trails of product fall out. It seems that the texture of the bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blush have been catered to all skin types as they are powerful enough to withstand oily skin and yet ever so slightly hydrating so that they are forgiving on dry and/or textured areas of the face.
This is how all blush ranges should be - accommodating to all, accessible and with a formulation that will keep you hooked. You can shop all ten shades via Look Fantastic (£22 each) - link.
With Mother's Day just around the corner (Sunday 11th of March in case you have yet to mark it in your diary) you may be searching high and low for the perfect gift for a wonderful lady or two within your life? Something that truly shows your appreciation for all that they do and all that they are, and a gift that is a little more meaningful and dare I say practical than a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates - not that either is a terrible gift but sometimes it is nice to think outside of the box a little.
And that is where I come in, I have not one but five great gifts that will put a smile on any woman's face come Mothering Sunday - some are so great, I would not judge you if you bought two and stashed one away for your self.
What do you buy the woman who has everything? No not another pair of pyjamas (although they would pair nicely with this suggestion) but rather the Ted Baker Blush Bouquet Mother's Day Gift (£18). Not only does this wonderful gift set includes three full sized bath and body treats: a Body Wash, Body Lotion and Hand Cream - each of which have been infused with Ted Bakers now iconic Porcelain Rose Blush Pink fragrance; a delicate ﬂoral scent that combines romantic floral notes with zesty fruity accords. The Ted Baker Blush Bouquet Mother's Day Gift also contains a dinky, vanilla scented lip balm to ensure your Mum (or any female you want to treat) is pampered head-to-toe. Then of course there is the beyond visually stunning wash bag that the bath and body goodies are nestled inside - a bold, pastel rose printed, large pouch that has been inspired by Her Majesty’s sparkling crown and features photographic elements of Ted Baker's jewellery range along side over-scaled roses. I kid you not when I say I don't think I've ever seen a make-up bag quite this pretty (have you spotted the little rose gold accents?) and would personally utilise it as more of a clutch bag than to store my mascara. Priced at only £18, the Blush Bouquet gift set is available exclusively at Boots for a limited time only - link.
For the skincare junkie in your life, I have not one but two great suggestions. The Pixi Best of Bright Kit (£16) is great not only for frequent travellers due to the dinky sizes but also an excellent suggestion for anyone who has yet to try out the iconic Pixi Glow Tonic, or the brand in general with zero commitment. To add to the gift you could create a lovely hamper by adding some wash cloths, cotton rounds and maybe even a headband for a truly luxury experience?
Face masks are a great way to all but force you to slow down and enjoy the moment, so if you happen to know of a book or two your loved one enjoys, partnered with the Glamglow #Multimasking Mask Treatment Set (£29) you not only have a wonderful pampering treats but you also give them the gift of time to their self. Skincare as a gift can be tricky to navigate as everyone's preferences and of course skin types are different, but with the Glamglow #Multimasking Mask Treatment Set you have six various masks in deluxe sample sizes so there is something for most if not everyone?
Fragrance - especially of the luxury calibre - is always a fantastic token of appreciation. Two great and relatively new to the market - so there will be less chance of the person in question already owning either - fragrances that I recommend are: Ghost Dream Eau de Parfum (£27-£48) and
Lancôme La Nuit Tresor A La Folie (£51-£71). Ghost Dream Eau de Parfum is an oriental floral that is hazy, soft and has dreamy notes of Rose, Violet and Orange Flower - like an ever lasting bouquet; where as is a strong, bold and romantic floral with notes of Rose Essence, Bourbon Vanilla and Patchouli.
Who doesn't love tea, especially with the current cold snap we are having? The Clipper Tea Clipper Tea Organic Infusions Sublime Selection Box (60 tea bags) contains all the tea you could ever want and then some, with six delicious flavours (all of which are beautifully packaged in individual sleeves which are perfect for travel or taking into the office) to chose from your loved one will be spoiled for choice and maybe, just maybe will offer you the odd cup of tea the next time you pop around?
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Ted Baker.
Why have one new Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, when you could have four. Okay, yes technically one of the "new"shades is a re-launch (The Queen) but as it is proceeded by three, other brand, spanking new shades, I'm sure we can overlook this minor misstatement - especially as the reissue shade was so tricky to come by first time around.
Three of the latest Charlotte Tilbury lipstick drops can be bought individually (as expected), or if you do fall hard for the line up, you can purchase the Charlotte Tilbury Your Lip Service Royal Lipstick Trio (£60) and save yourself a little extra cash - and of course, gain the beautifully illustrated gift box too.
As you may have guessed, a selection of the new Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks are centred around a royal theme - well at least as far as shade names are concerned. The Charlotte Tilbury Your Lip Service Royal Lipstick (again, all of which can be purchased independently) contains three lipsticks, two of which are exclusive to this launch (and online only) and of course a second chance to own the ever raved about Queen shade.
Let's talk a little more about Charlotte Tilbury The Queen Matte Revolution Lipstick shall we? It's not often that I fall hard for a deeper toned lip colour -typically I favour nudes/light pinks - and yet this raspberry-drenched red, is everything I never knew I wanted in a lipstick and more. Best described as a marriage between a bold pink and a blue red, The Queen is both vibrant and refined, although not your classic red. I'd imagine that this full-on splash of colour looks great on all complexions as it is so pigmented, fairly universally pleasing, and nowhere near as daunting as it may appear in the tube.
Yes Charlotte Tilbury The Queen Matte Revolution Lipstick, is just that - a Matte lipstick - but as it has a somewhat creamy slip, it is not overly drying or flat in finish, comfortable to wear and perhaps most importantly so with such a vivacious shade, it doesn't bleed nor feather. Get it here for £24 - link.
If you are looking for a more classic red lipstick - there is also Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Queen Matte Revolution Lipstick to get excited about. This is a true, deeper and altogether vampy-red, that oozes sex appeal and sophistication. Again this has a slightly cooler, blue undertone (great for creating the illusion of brighter, whiter teeth) and shares the same, creamy-yet-matte formulation as the original Queen lipstick. You can find it here for £24 - link.
From what I have gathered, Charlotte Tilbury's K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in The Duchess may have been inspired by Kate Middleton; if so, I can entirely see the connection: a refined, modern yet classic dusky pink, that creates an effortlessly polished appearance - how very apt. In my opinion, the search for the perfect, everyday pink lipstick ends here with The Duchess. Forget light pink shades that wash out even the most radiant of complexions, bold shades that require a lot of diligence and give in to the subtle power of this tea-rose hue. Not only is Charlotte Tilbury The Duchess Lipstick entirely flattering on all ages and skin tones, the formula is also note worthy: soft, nourishing, long-wearing and subtly plumping. If ever there was a pink lipstick to add to your collection, this is it. Grab yours here for £24- link.
Stepping away from all things Royal, we have one last lipstick shade to pour over and although not quite as muted as the above selections, I'm sure we can all agree it is worthy of a place inside even the most considered make-up stashes. Charlotte Tilbury Opium Noir Lipstick (another online exclusive) is the deep, mesmerising, velvety red that dreams are made of. I'll admit that I did find the shade to be a tad daunting in bullet form but once applied, it comes to life and is the very epitome of classic vamp, coupled with a hint of old school Hollywood glamour. Charlotte Tilbury Opium Noir is one of those rare shades that not only suits just about everyone but somewhat adapts to the users natural lip colour - on some this may pull more of a brick red, on others an almost black-red and in some instances it can translate to a deep berry tone. In my opinion Opium Noir has a brown undertone, thus making it entirely neutral and most likely the reason why it is such an adaptable colour. Find it here for £24- link.
If that is not enough new lip launches to keep you busy, there is also the arrival of the five new Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Pencils, which again are available as a set (£72) - link.
I'm not sure where or when the term "influencer" properly came into play but what I do know is as much as I hate the four syllable word, I'm willing to let it go if it means wonderful launches such as the Pixi + Dulce Candy collection - or collectively the #pixipretties.
In case you missed the initial launch of the #pixipretties collection, let me quickly fill you in: Pixi have teamed up with three "influencers" - YouTuber's to you and I - to curate, well thought out and utterly practical beauty products. As great as all three product drops are, in my opinion the two Pixi + Dulce Candy palettes are the stand out items - so much so, that I'm passing up on the rest of line.
I won't pretend to know much about Dulce Candy (because spoiler I don't but I have recently subscribed and she seems like a total sweetheart) but as she initially began her online career as a beauty guru, it is safe to say she knows her way around a great palette or two - and that is exactly what she has delivered. Yes not one but two wonderfully adaptable palettes, each of which have a different medium and colour selection. The long story short is yes you do need both kits in your life and bathroom...or y'know wherever you happen to store your make-up.
Typically I don't get excited about lip palettes as they are rarely a standalone product or very limited in shade range that they simply are inconvenient. Well the Pixi Dulce's Lip Candy Palette shatters such preconception, not only does it contain a broad range of neutrals, with a few bold splashes too (9 shades in total), each of which can also be used on the cheeks too.
Each of the shades within the Pixi Dulce's Lip Candy Palette(£28) have a firm texture with a slight, silicone based slip which makes creates an optically blurring, matte, full pigmented stain - a formula that translates and works well on both very different skin surfaces. On the lips, the silicone base helps to create a soft, plump yet matte finish that is comfortable and long wearing; on the cheeks, the cream texture glides onto the skin, blending with ease, skimming over open pores and is pretty resistant to excess oil as the day marches on - truly I have no complaints.
One of the first things I noticed about this lip palette is the size of the product wells, the are huge so that regardless of the size of brush you use, or if you prefer using your fingertips, there is more than enough space to accommodate your needs. As the palette is plastic, you can also use the lid to mix and custom blend the creams should you wish.
The other product within Dulce Candy launch is the spectacular - Cafe con Dulce palette (£28), which happens to be powder based so there truly is something for everyone. Recently I have found myself inwardly asking, before I buy any new make-up product can it serve me in more way than one? Time, space and money is precious so why plump for something that doesn't truly serve you? If convertible beauty is what you crave, they don't come much more useful than this.
Again, there are 9 huge pans of colour (almost as large as a standalone NARS blush in size) that can be used in a multitude of ways depending on the shade and of course your personal preference. From eyeshadows, blushes, highlighters and even blushes, this kit has it all and although some may deem the overall colour choice to be a little safe, there is no denying that each shade can be enjoyed by all. If I was to offer up a tiny piece of criticism it would be that it would've been nice to see a variety of finishes within the palette rather than 9 shimmer based powders. However as each of the powders are intensely pigmented (incredibly so, I was blown away the first time I dipped into this palette), easy to apply and long-wearing I'm sure this is something we can all easily overlook.
If all influencer collections are of this quality going forth, I may just get on board with the term...maybe.
You can find both the Pixi Dulce Candy Palettes via Pixi for £28 each - link.
I'll do just about all I can to avoid wearing false eyelashes whenever a special occasion rolls around. I hate the faff - the process of finding tweezers to precariously manoeuvre the flimsy barely-there bands on to my lash line, then praying that I don't glue my eyes shut. It's an experience, let me tell you. Then there's the heavy sensation to contend with all evening - physically slapping my hand away from my eyelids to prevent myself from ripping them off. I know someone out there feels my pain? Well if ever you've struggled with false lashes (application or otherwise) and long for natural and easy to wear designs, boy do I have the collection for you in the newly Eylure x Emma Willis.
From what I have gathered, the Eylure x Emma Willis Collection is aimed at those (like myself) who don't like false eyelashes, and/or struggle in terms of application. Forget overly dramatic, mile long falsies, this is a beautifully curated collection of three styles, all of which are subtle, voluminous and lengthening in one. If that's not enough, each pack actually contains two pairs of lashes of the same design but in varying lengths - have a full strip to accentuate the entire eye; then there is also a set of half-lashes which delicately open the eyes as well as creating the illusion of length and volume. You can also layer the lashes up for a full on fluttery yet tapered look.
If ever you have struggled applying false eyelashes, the corner half-lash designs are the perfect starter design as they are a breeze to apply and wear; I find despite being smaller, this style of cut is less fiddly to apply and eradicates the need for tweezers. I'm by no means skilled in application of false eyelashes (I can't even tell you how many times I've glued an eye closed) and yet even the full designs within the Eylure x Emma Willis collection apply like a dream - I personally believe that it is because they are so lightweight, they all but fall into place on to the natural lash line. If that's not impressive enough, each set within the new Eylure line up is hand made, reusable and contact lenses friendly - along with containing a generous tube of adhesive too.
A quick overview of each style:
Eylure x Emma Willis All the Aces - a long, wispy and fairly thick lady design. In my opinion this is the most dramatic design within the trio and yet they are still fairly natural once applied to the eye. If you are a fan of Ardell Demi-Wispies, then this is the style for you.
Eylure x Emma Willis Insta-Belle - a soft and very nature design that mainly adds length opposed to volume. This has to be the most comfortable design I've ever worn, let alone within the collection. If ever there was a fool-proof false eyelash design this is it, as someone with hooded eyes it's not often I find a flattering false lash that suits my hooded eyes and this ticks all the boxes.
Eylure x Emma Willis Trix-A-Lashious - tapered, long, wispy and thickening in one quick step. In the box, this design can appear to be a tad daunting but once applied I think most would be surprised by just how natural they appear.
From beginners, to those who simply swore off false eyelashes for whatever reason, this is the line up to change your mind...and maybe forever too.
You can find the the Eylure x Emma Willis lashes for £6.95 a pair via Boots - link.
Colour correcting is a minefield, there's a million and one different products - all of which happen to come in various pastel shades - that have to be seemingly expertly applied to reap the benefits. It can be tedious, time consuming and frankly confusing, but what if one product could offer a quick and easy fix to all your uneven complexion woes? Well Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow could be the one-stop solution to dullness, redness and perhaps even the odd blemish too.
If I could use one word to describe Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow it would be easy (steady on); from the straight forward, no non-sense and leak free packaging, to the physical application, it is a breeze to not only use but incorporate into a daily beauty routine - isn't that something we can all get on board with?
Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow is a hybrid product both in use and physical properties; for instance, it can be utilised as a primer before make-up, applied on it's own, and/or applied as a liquid highlighter - how is that for bang for your buck?
As you have most likely gathered, Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow is a skin luminising product - a gentle and highly sophisticated glow-inducing liquid that delivers a quick pick me up without the need for heavy glitter, nor shimmer particles. Rather it features Pearlescent pigments which bounce light to distract from any dullness, helping to soften & blur lines and dark circles. Being a Charlotte Tilbury product, Brightening Youth Glow is marriage of both make-up and skincare, and as such contains ingredients to care for your complexion, long after the glow has wore off: Watercress to brighten;Vitamin B3 to even out skin tone; Olive Extract to plump and moisturise; and lastly Chlorella (green algae extract) to stimulates even pigment distribution across the skin for an even tone - pretty nifty huh?
Sure a lightweight, non-greasy, adaptable skin boosting highlighter is great but what if it can go one step further and eradicate redness from the skin too? Well to an extent, Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow does just that. I won't pretend that Brightening Youth Glow calms redness in the way a green corrective product can, it does however help to tone down any pinkness within my skin - it is also wonderful for taming angry, pigmentation marks left behind from healing blemishes. In my opinion, it's real colour correcting power lies in the under-eye area; I've tried many products and this is one of the few that really squashes the blue/purple tones of dark circles with ease, which is pretty rare.
In my opinion, Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow isn't truly a colour correcting product - yes it does help to gently par down redness and brighten but it won't resolve a lot of skin tone issues. However if you are looking to inject a subtle, healthy glow with next to no effort and treat the slight colour correcting qualities as a bonus feature so to speak, you will not be disappointed.
Charlotte Tilbury Brightening Youth Glow £38.50/40ml - link.
DKNY Be Delicious fragrances will always have a special place in my heart, as a teen the original (the green bottle) Be Delicious scent was one of the first I was ever gifted and one I looked forward to purchasing each time I frequented Duty Free for many years to come. Admittedly now that I'm a little older, it is a fragrance family I often forget to visit but when I do, the love is very much still there. As the years have ticked by, DKNY have launched various guises of their Apple based ready to wear scents and the latest incarnation might just be my favourite yet - DKNY Be Delicious Flower Pop.
With Spring just around the corner, DKNY have utilised the fresh and blossoming blooms of the season for inspiration to create three, super fresh, youthful and altogether uplifting scents that will take you all the way through to Summer and beyond. The bright packaging, very much hints at the bold, fruity juices held within each bottle. If you have been longing for a new fruity-floral kick to liven up your days and fragrance collection, look no further.
DKNY Be Delicious Violet Pop contains notes of violet leaf, apple (of course) and orange flowers. This is a very sweet but evidently floral scent, the violet note is prevalent and is somewhat reminiscent of the childhood treat Parmaviolets. As of late, a lot of violet heavy scents are compared to Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau de Perfum, this is in noway comparable, the DKNY version is lighter, tart and altogether has a more modern flair.
Does anyone recall the scent, Nino Cerutti 1881 Eau de Toilette? My aunt used to wear all day, everyday as a child so much so that it is forever imprinted within my scent memory, well to an extent that is what DKNY Be Delicious Pink Pop reminds me of. This is in no way a criticism, rather a quick comparison and trot down memory lane. DKNY Pink Pop contains notes mandarin and nectarine, with floral trails of gardenia, violet and orange flower all of which help create a bright, slightly powdery, floral scent that is perfect for the lighter days of Spring.
As with every collection, there is bound to be one variation you won't like and for me this is DKNY Be Delicious Blue Pop. This scent is based around notes of bergamot and unsurprisingly blueberry - I can't personally detect such note but I am assured that it is there. As a lover of lighter, fruity-florals, I personally find this to lean a little to musky for my personal preference but at the same time, I appreciate the change of pace with the strong presence of vanilla and jasmine none the less.
With three fragrances to chose from, at least one the DKNY Flower Pop collection will be the scent choice of many this Spring.
Look out for DKNY Be Delicious Flower Pop collection launching via The Perfume Shop later this month 30ml/£41.