Friday, 30 September 2016

Foundations for Pale Skin

I hold my hands up and admit I'm a total foundation addict. I have a drawer dedicated to my love of base products and I'm forever switching and changing what I'm wearing. I have quite pale skin so finding something that suits can be a little difficult but I've mastered the art of mixing foundations to find my perfect colour. I was recently sent two foundations, a primer and a brush from a brand called Skinn which is sold on Ideal World TV. 

I've been using the Skinn Plasma Fusion Serum Foundation Duo* in Ivory and Porcelain to get my perfect shade. The Plasma Fusion Serum Foundation is the companies first serum strength foundation, it contains light- refracting and line-diminishing plasma pigments to give a soft focus, less lined finish without it being heavy or cakey looking. Before applying the foundation I use the Skinn Orchid Gel Canvas Ready Primer*. It's a non drying primer with orchid extract which gives outstanding hydration and also helps smooth skin while minimising shine. 

Once the primer is applied, I then use the Skinn Foundation Brush* which works really well with liquid foundations. I just pump some of the foundation on to the back of my head before picking some up with the brush and buffing into my skin from my nose outwards. It gives a really smooth finish, leaving my skin looking covered, flawless and ready to face the day. When used all together, the products give my skin a finished look that lasts all day long, I just fix with a little bit of powder and I'm out the door. 

Have you heard of or tried Skinn before? 

*Press samples.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

New Beauty Picks by Lancôme

Lancôme is a brand I've used on and off throughout the years, starting with their cult juicy tubes and their Hypnôse mascara yet I've never tried their base products. With the unveiling of the newest kid on the block, Teint Idole Ultra Cushion and some beautiful cushioned blushes now was the time. Available on counters and online now, the products feature a revolutionary new formula that gives long lasting skin coverage with easy application and a range of shades for all skin types. The compacts both feature two lids, the first lid opens to reveal the mirror and puff applicator then a second lid houses the cushion. The double lids are stop the product from drying out.

Teint Idole Ultra Cushion in 02* £30.00 - 
I'm a liquid foundation kinda girl and anything that comes in the form of handy compact throws me but this intrigued me. The new liquid cushion foundation from Lancôme is a comforting and long lasting foundation in a sturdy black and gold compact. The cushion technology allows for easy application to leave you with a high coverage, luminous finish. The compact is refillable so you only ever have to buy the cushioned foundation and the puff applicator helps give skin a smooth and flawless finish.

I trialled Teint Idole Ultra Cushion over the course of a busy week at events and was really impressed with the outcome. My skin has broken out recently and this covered any blemishes with no problems, it lasted all day and I didn't have to touch up. Who knew I could be a cushioned foundation convert? 

Cushion Blush Subtil in 02* & 022* £28.00 -
Much like the cushion foundation, a cushioned blush is not what I'd usually go for, I like my powder blushes too much but  I love both these shades so I got to work making my cheeks look glowing and flawless. The Cushion Blush Subtil comes in black compacts and much like the cushion foundation, there is also a puff applicator. There are six shades available and I have Rose Limonade, a vibrant pink and Rose Givrée, a pretty coral. 

The blushes have a high intensity formula which are surprisingly lightweight allowing them to glide onto skin and blend effortlessly to your desired shade. They give a beautiful, natural tint which mostly looks dewy so if that's not your thing, just tap a little loose powder on to make it more subtle. Although the price is quite steep for a blush, I quite like them. They're long lasting, have a nice range of shades and for instantly bright and fresh cheeks, this is a product you need to try. 

Have you tried the new cushion makeup from Lancôme?

*Press samples.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Sunshine & Leaves

Are we all feeling suitably autumnal? I've never been so sick of seeing a word in all my life so with my hatred of the word and pumpkin spiced lattes I found a beautiful park, a heap of leaves and jumped around while Rachel took photos of me, Standard coffee date for bloggers right?!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

My New Vanity Case

I'm the kinda girl that likes to keep all her cosmetics in one place especially the ones I don't reach for that often so owning multiple vanity cases is a must for me otherwise my collection gets out of hand. I have recently welcomed the Biba Logo Vanity Case* into my life to help keep everything neat and tidy. Available exclusively from House of Fraser, the black high shine vanity case is the perfect addition to any beauty addicts life. It exudes glamour with its iconic jacquard design and gold hardware making it the ultimate companion for any travelling beauty addict. 

Inside the case, there are sections for everything; Divided with zipped, meshed and elasticated pockets to make packing more organised. The case also comes with a rear strap that enables you to fix to your Biba suitcase (which I NEED) for easy carry plus a shoulder strap with the Biba logo on if you're just taking hand luggage. I'm going to be using my case when I travel up to Leeds this weekend for the Bloggers Blog Awards so expect some snaps on Instagram.

If you're feeling like treating yourself then head to House of Fraser for all things Biba! 
*Press sample.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Halloween Hotspot Collection Sleek Makeup

On Friday, I shared Sleek Makeup's gorgeous Goodnight Sweetheart collection and now I'm sharing another brand spanking new collection for Halloween. The Halloween Hotspot collection was released 21st September and features three Lip VIP lipsticks, a liquid eyeliner and another, beautiful highlighting palette to rival the ever popular Solstice highlighting palette

Cleopatra's Kiss* is the new highlighting palette of dreams, designed for face and body, the palette comes in mirrored gold packaging with a full size mirror and a brush. Aimed to suit all skin tones, it features two velvety baked powders and two luxurious creams to drench skin in a golden glow. Sphinx and Delta are both gold toned shades while Dynasty is a bronzed gold and Goddess, a rose gold. The formulas are the same as all of their palettes, great quality and long wearing. You really can't go wrong with this, especially at £9.99. 

You wouldn't be Cleopatra without an incredible, feline flick so Dip It* is a fab addition to the collection. Available for £4.99, Dip It comes in the deepest black shade with a thin, brush. I personally don't use liquid eyeliner but I tried this on my hand and it gave an intense line of colour. If you're a fan of feline flicks then this would be one to try out. 

Lastly, are the Lip VIP Lipsticks. Three new shades, perfect for Autumn and of course Halloween. Show Off* is a mauve brown, Walk of Fame*, a vibrant red and Attitude*, a dark wine which really reminds me of Mac Cosmetic's Sin. If you haven't tried this range of lipsticks, you really must. I cannot fault them at all and they're a daily staple in makeup routine. They're only £5.50 too!

What do you think of the Halloween Hotspot collection? It's made me really excited for the Christmas collection! 

*Press samples

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Lush Halloween '16 Haul

Yesterday, I posted about the entire Lush Halloween 2016 range and while being shown what was new in, I also did a little shopping. I haven't gone mad in Lush for ages and as this is my favourite time of year for their products, it was well overdue. I grabbed the nearest basket and started filling it up with all things Halloween and I'm so happy to have Lord of Misrule back in my life. 

I stuck to bath products because I have a large Lord of Misrule shower cream already and I thought £5.50 for Goth Fairy was extortionate for the size of it, even though it smelt just like Space Girl and was so sparkly! Lord of Misrule was the first bath bomb that went in the basket, followed by Monster's Ball, Autumn Leaf and Pumpkin. I couldn't resist a Sparkly Pumpkin or a Boo bath melt either. All the details on what I bought are below... 

Autumn Leaf £3.75 - 
This leaves your bath a flush of red, yellow and green; Just like the changing Autumn leaves that have started to fall. With Neroli, Sandlewood, Bergamot and Japanese Maple Sap, it has a gorgeous earthy smell which is really uplifting. 

Lord of Misrule £3.95 -
Probably my favourite bath bomb ever, Lord of Misrule is back and sultry smelling as always. The bath bomb leaves the water a twirling mix of green, purple and red while the Patchouli, Black Pepper and Vanilla give a spicy blend of scents. I find the scent hangs around for hours after your bath too. 

Pumpkin £3.95 -
Pumpkin is a new addition this year and one I'm loving. If you're all about Pumpkin Spiced Pie then this will be for you. Pimento Berry Oil, Vanilla and Spicy Cinnamon make this a real bath time treat and one that doesn't have any calories. Pumpkin fizzes out to give the water a bright, orange tinge so you're essentially bathing in Pumpkin soup. I hope this comes back next year!

Monster's Ball £4.25 - 
The most expensive bath bomb of the bunch, Monster's Ball reminds me of Boo's outfit in Monsters Inc. It contains a mix of Lime Oil, Neroli, Olibanum Oil and Cocoa Butter so great for skin and the scent will put you into a relaxing trance. It creates a beautiful mix of colours in the water, with blues, pinks and purples stealing the show. 

Boo £3.50 - 
Boo is the bath melt in the collection and pretty darn cute too! It's the perfect choice for a ghoulishly, good relaxation thanks to its blend of Cocoa Butter, Bergamot Oil, Ginger Oil, Geranium Oil, Mimosa, Sandalwood Oil and Mandarin Oil. Just pop this under the water to watch it melt away, leaving a ghostly, white bath of skin goodness. I love the scent as I'm a sucker for Bergamot. 

Sparkly Pumpkin £3.95 - 
This bubble bar is starting to become a bit of a classic thanks to its orange mound of glittery fun. Juniperberry Oil, Lime Oil and Grapefruit Oil give Sparkly Pumpkin its much loved scent. To use, just break in half or even quarters and run under hot water to create the bubbliest of bubble baths you ever did see. Coated in Gold Glimmer Lustre, prepare to be ready for the disco once you jump out.

What are you thoughts on this year's Halloween range? What are you wanting to try?


Saturday, 24 September 2016

Lush Halloween is Here!

Lush Cosmetics launched this year's Halloween range yesterday and being the kinda girl that likes to give, I dragged my arse to Lush Southampton to get photos of ALL the new range to show you guys! Caring soul, aren't I? That might be a slight lie though because I also did a little shopping which I shall be showing you in tomorrow's post.

I think we can all agree last years range was a huge disappointment. Lush Oxford Street seemed to be the main focus with all those exclusive products and the rest of us were cast to one side but thankfully, they've pulled it back this year. Rachel and I went for a little look and the fabulous Lucy showed us around and filled us in on all the new products. I haven't tried anything yet but my old faithful, Lord of Misrule is back and Pumpkin is looking to become a fave already. 

There is a mixture of soaps, bath bombs and a bubble bar plus a bath melt, shimmer bar, knot wraps and gifts. It's a smallish range but well thought out with a mixture of scents to suit many. I'll leave a run down of what is available below but make sure you check back tomorrow to see what actually made it home with me. 

Bath Bombs - 
Pumpkin - £3.95
Monster's Ball - £4.25 
Lord of Misrule - £3.95 
Autumn Leaf - £3.75 

Bubble Bar - 
Sparkly Pumpkin - £3.95

Bath Melt - 
Boo - £3.50 

Shimmer Bar - 
Goth Fairy - £5.50 

Shower Cream - 
Lord of Misrule - 100g £4.95
                              250g £9.95
                              500g £16.50

Soaps - 
Fireside - 100g £4.25 
Magic Wand - 100g £3.50 

Knot Wraps - 
Moon Phases - £4.50
Eyeballs - £3.75
Calavera - £3.75

Gifts - 
It's Magic - £27.95 
Pumpkin - £20.95
Little Monster - £12.95

This is not sponsored, I just love Lush.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Goodnight Sweetheart Sleek Makeup

Sleek Makeup have been creating hit after hit this year and they're back again with their newest limited edition collection, Goodnight Sweetheart. Released a couple of weeks ago, the range compromises of three Lip VIP lipsticks and another beautiful i-Divine eyeshadow palette. The collection is based around the idea of losing yourself in romantic evenings, cosy dinners and nights by an open fire and the shades available nail that perfectly, 

The i-Divine mineral based eyeshadow palette comes in their standard matte, black packaging with a full size mirror, double ended foam applicator and twelve scrumptious shades. The palette is suitable for all skin tones, with rich berries, deep browns and iridescent champagne tones in an array of formulas. I've enjoyed using the matte and shimmer shades together to create a dark, smoky look. You'll find each of the shades in Sleek's legendary formula known for easy blending, incredible pigmentation and little fall out plus it's only £8.99. The only thing I will advise you to do is to chuck out the foam applicator and get straight to work with a blending brush because these applicators are no good for anyone. 

The products I'm most excited about from the Goodnight Sweetheart collection are the Lip VIP lipsticks. I have raved about these on countless occasions because they're a bargain at £5.50 and rival MAC Cosmetics for their pigmentation and staying power. Each of the lipsticks are semi-matte, moisturising and feel amazingly velvety even after five to six hours wear time. There are three shades in this collection, Icon, a dusky pink, Elite, an intense berry and Paparazzi, a deep cherry plum. Each of the lipsticks give a full coverage finish and also contain shea butter, coconut oil and vitamin E to keep lips hydrated during wear time. All of the shades scream Autumn and I will be reaching for these shades regularly over the next coming months, so if you see a selfie on Instagram you can bet it'll be one of these on my lips. 

What do you think of the Goodnight Sweetheart collection? Will you be going out to buy it?

Press samples.
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