No7 ‘Nude to Night’ Palette.

Top six are the eyeshadows followed by the blusher, bronzer & highlighter.

 

Hi Everybody,

Its a been awhile since I bought any face palettes but a couple of weeks I took advantage of a Boots No7 offer. Buy 2 products and receive a face palette for free. How could I refuse!

The packaging is sleek and simple. A black case with the No7 logo on it. The palette itself contains 6 eye shadows, 1 blusher, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter. There is a fair amount of products and a large mirror is a wonderful bonus. As a wearer of glasses I do appreciate a large mirror and the fact that the hinge goes completely flat makes it so much easier to go closer when you need it.

The eyeshadows are all very wearable with added shimmer to them and the colours are easy to blend. I did find that I had some slight fallout but the pigmentation is very good when building up the colour. I have been wearing the eyeshadows without using other eyeshadows. The Blusher is peachy coloured  with a matte finish. The bronzer has a matte finish with no orange tones. Perfect for me! The highlighter is a champagne shade and is beautiful to use, it stayed on all day until I cleansed my face.

This is a versatile, pretty palette. It is perfect for everyday use or for travel if you need just one palette.  I’m rarely disappointed by No7 products and it is a firm favourite already.

Rxx

 

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YSL ‘Black Opium’ EDP!

 

Hi Everybody,

Summer is stepping away and Autumn is nearly upon us. Some people like to change their fragrances according to the changing of the seasons.  I wear heavy, heady fragrances in the cooler months because you can notice them more but not in the summer as they can be too overpowering and you won’t be able to feel the different notes which makes fragrances so interesting.

One fragrance that I will be looking forward to wear in the Autumn is YSL Black Opium. I have to mention the bottle design first. It looks like a hip flask with the open glass middle. The texture of the bottle is like glitter all over the bottle, so tactile.

The opening is creamy, warm and sweet with a hint of vanilla. The dry down is full of coffee, musk and a hint of floral, particular jasmine. Later the vanilla is still there but woodiness is there too.

This fragrance can be worn in the chilly days or a warm summer evening. You can rock this fragrance in a leather jacket and jeans but it is also sophisticated  enough to be worn with a sleek sexy dress. It is a beautiful fragrance.

Rxx

 

 

On My Nails – Mavala ‘Lagoon’!

Hi Everybody,

It’s a been a while since I posted and I hope you enjoyed the hot, sizzling weather we have had in the UK!

I’ve been inspired by the light blue sky and sea and enjoying living on the coast of East Sussex. I also love the baby blue colour because of my newly born son!

I love Mavala nail polishes and you can’t go wrong with this colour. Lagoon is a beautiful light turquoise blue, it reminds me of the sea colour I have seen some days .As always I applied two coats of colour to my nails and applied base coat and top coat as well. For me it lasts a week without chipping.

I think of the Great Barrier Reef when I hear the name lagoon. It is a perfect summer colour.

Rxx

 

Escada ‘Sorbetto Rosso’ EDT!

Hi everybody,

Its the summer so there must be a new Escada limited edition EDT for me to buy!

This new EDT has the Italian coast as its inspiration to Escada. Of course it has the classic Escada packaging that to me sums up the summer. The bottle is  long and shapely and the packaging has the fun, bright summer feel to it as always. I love it.

The first spray is sweet, fruity composition. The middle notes are fresh,juicy with watermelon at the fore. Strawberries is also there to give sweetness to the fragrance.The dry down is musky with a nutty feel to it.

This is a girly, flirty fragrance for the summer. When I wear this, I think of the sizzling sun, the sand between the toes and the shimmering turquoise water walking along a beach wearing a floating dress!

Rxx

 

On My Nails – No7 Gel Finish ‘Grapefruit’.

Hi Everybody,

Now is the season for beautiful, bright colour for your nails. I go through my collection of nail polishes and look for the summer vibe colours. The yellows, pinks, turquoise, greens, corals and of course, reds.

When in Boots I bought my foundation and other bits from No7 and part of a deal was the No7 summer treat box. Inside you had four products including the full-size bottle of gel finish nail polish in the colour Grapefruit. I’ve never tried the gel finish range before so I had to give it a go!

The colour is a pale coral shade, its not too orangey or too pinky. It sits in between shades and gives a nice slight pastel colour. The brush is also worth a mention, too easy to work and apply with. No streaks with this brush. As always I gave it 2 coats as I like the full effect. The drying time was good and no smudges or fingerprints from touching your clothes!

Its been on my nails for 3 days and so far no chipping considering I have done some cleaning and washing so quite happy about that.

Its a pretty summer shade when you want some brightness for your nails.

Rxx

 

 

Burt’s Bees Lipsticks!

From top: Fuchsia Flood, Blush Basin, Blush Ripple.

 

From Top: Blush Ripple, Blush Basin, Fuchsia Flood.

Hi Everybody,

I do love my lipsticks. The pop of colour makes a world of difference to the face.

Burts Bees is best known for its skincare & body care but they have in recent times branched out to create lipstick collections. Burts Bees say they 100% natural and are formulated with moringa and raspberry seed oils. I bought three lipsticks, 2 from the satin range and 1 from the glossy range.

The packaging is a simple beehive design and the pattern allows you to see the colour. I bought a shade called ‘Blush Basin’. This is a nude shade which gives you a natural look. The second shade is ‘Fuchsia Flood’ which is a pink fuchsia. I have found the satin range to be quite moisturizing, non-drying and good colour staying power. They are also nicely pigmented and I didn’t experience any bleed through from the edges.

The glossy lipstick is in the shade ‘Blush Ripple’ which is a subtle red tone with slight golden shimmer. Its a lipstick but it looks like you have applied gloss.  It gives a shiny, glossy look to the lips. Like the satin range, it moisturizes the lips very well but I did need to re-apply as it didn’t stay all day.

The range of shades is excellent so all tastes will be covered but I do think they are a bit pricey compared to L’Oreal or Max Factor lipsticks but they are often on offer in the shops.

Rxx

 

March & April Favourites!

Hi Everybody,

I decided to combine March and April favourites so here we go!

 

SKINCARE

L’Oreal Smooth Sugars Nourish Scrub  is a new range of skincare from L’Oreal. I decided to try this but they have 2 more different scrubs in the range. It is a fine brown sugar scrub made from cocoa butter, coconut oil and cocoa grains. It felt gentle on the skin and exfolitated well and didn’t irritate or leave me with any breakouts. The skin felt very soft, smooth and velvety. You can also use this on your lips and the smell is delicious.

Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris is a alcohol free toner. It is for combination/oily skin and I love to use it in the evenings as an extra cleanse on my skin. It doesn’t dry or irritate my skin. I do love toners and I will always use them.

Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz is a 100% organic product and is reasonably priced! I use this in the mornings to refresh and hydrate the skin. It just the start my skin needs before I do my make up or if I want to be make-up free. The smell is pleasant with the damask rose scent and my skin loves it.

I have been using Clinque’s All About Eyes for a couple of months in the mornings. It is a gel cream constituency and you only need to use a tiny amount underneath the eyes. The makeup didn’t crease underneath and it really helped to hydrate the eyes and didn’t irritate me. It really helped to keep fine lines at bay!

I have been using Juliette Armand Elements 05 DNA Repair Serum for 4 months now and I have seen an improvement to my skin. The spots scars have diminished and the skin looks more even and less redness. It contains BIFIDUS bacterium and milk proteins and this stimulates the enzymatic system of the skin to identify and repair damages to the DNA of the skin cells. The skin feels less dehydrated and no irritation either. It absorbs easily into the skin and unlike other serums, my make up and foundation never slipped from my face. I still have another month left of product so I may have to buy another bottle!

MAKEUP

I found the Clarins Summer Eye Palette on sale in Debenhams. It is a beautiful designed 4 colour palette with a nice size mirror included. The colours are a nude-golden, brown-orange combination. You can do a natural look or even a smoky look for the evenings. Nicely pigmented and easy to blend shades. Perfect for the summer glow for the eyes!

I have never tried any products from this brand but the CYO Kohl Gel Eyeliner ‘Highflier’ has been excellent. The dark turquoise eyeliner was what I was looking for the summer. It was easy to draw the flick on the eyes and it didn’t smudge, crumble or fade and stayed on for a number of hours. The other great thing is that you don’t need to sharpen it as it is an retractable eyeliner!

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils is a little sample I have been trying. The bristle brush is small but easy to apply with. It gave the lashes lift and volume. No smudge or crumbs under the eyes either, so a really great everyday mascara. I now have to buy the full size version!

Lancome Shine Lover ‘O My Rouge 120’ is a vibrant shiny lipstick. The colour is a raspberry red with hydrating glossy qualities. The staying power of the lipstick is excellent. It gives the lips a juicy fruity effect. It feels like a balm but with the staying powering look of a lipstick.

Barry M Holographic Lip Topper ‘Mermaid’ is right up my street. It smells fruity but not sickly. On the lips the colour is stunning. You can use it on its own or on top of lipstick, either look is amazing.g  The staying power on the lips is excellent and I wear it in the daytime too! A bit of bling-bling for the lips and the price is excellent too!

Rxx