Bourjois Cream Blush 02 & 03

Everyone seems to have a little round pot of Bourjois within their stash somewhere – it could be to do with the fact they’ve been around for a long time, constantly improving and keeping up to date with trends while being really affordable. They created the first baked blush 150 years ago, and now, next week sees the release of their Cream Blush – 4 gorgeous little pots of blush which transform from cream to powder on the skin.

I have been testing out shades 02 and 03. 02 is the shade I would automatically go for – I do love a coral cheek. ‘Healthy Glow’ is it’s name, and it’s a pretty good name as I think that’s just what it gives you. Once it’s on the skin, a slight amount of pearly shimmer shows through, giving a nice dimension to where the blush has been applied. It’s a beautiful apricot blush which will get thorough use from me.

Both of the Bourjois Cream Blush’s that I tried are really easily buildable. I have been using my finger to apply, over the top of my foundation – patting it on then blending it up – they are so easy to apply and the first application isn’t too heavy so you can’t go too wrong!

03 ‘Rose Tender’ is a babydoll pink colour, which gives a nice gentle flush to the cheek. Again, there is a small amount of shimmer particles which I think is nice for a powder-blush (what this has set to be) as it leaves the skin looking fresh. I have worn it quite lightly, but you could go more extreme if that’s more you’re thing!

The Cream Blush launches on 8th May in Selfridges, and 15th May at Boots, Superdrug and Asos priced at £7.99

Wild About Beauty Safari Nights Collection

The first time I heard about Wild About Beauty I was working on a show for Nicholas Oakwell’s Couture collection – the head make up artist, Michelle Campbell had some of the products in her kit and was raving about how great they are.

Wild About Beauty is a range created by Louise Redknapp and make up artist Kim Jacob. After the birth of her son, Louise developed pigmentation on her skin – Kim made her skin look so good without the need of heavy make up, that they put their heads together and Wild About Beauty was born in September 2012. This isn’t your average line of make up that a celebrity has decided to endorse – this is high quality, gorgeous make up created by both of these ladies.

They have recently released a limited edition collection for spring / summer, focusing on sunkissed, natural hues – Safari Nights. The collection is made up of a multi-purpose palette ‘Safari Nights’ (£29), three nail polishes (£9) ‘Flora’ (coral), ‘Martin’ (bronze) and ‘Tanwen’ (green), and a coloured Nutrilips Balm ‘Camelia’ (£14).

The Safari Nights palette is a sleek, compact mirrored palette housing two powder shadows (Aine & Polly), two creme shadows (Edna & Buster), one multi-purpose tint (Sandra), a Nutrilips gloss (Sasha), an Ultra Dewy Glow Stick (Benny) and an Ultra Sheer Powder Blush (Kitty).

The products are all very nicely pigmented and a gorgeous range of metallic and earthy tones, perfect for a smokey or sunkissed look. I love that all the shades have human names too! As a make up artist, this is an expertly designed product for putting in my kit as it’s so versatile and has such a wide range of products inside. I found that the blush pan size was a little small for my usual blush brush, so I swirled the tip round a little more gently to pick up the product.

For the look above, once I had applied my base, I used Kitty blush with a dab of Benny glow stick above it to highlight.  I used Sandra all over my lid up to my socket then blended the edges. I used Polly in the crease and outer corner of my lid, and a little Aine in the middle and under my lower lash line. I added black liner to my inner eyes, applied some mascara, and finished with the Sasha gloss.

I am really pleased at how much of my face I have managed to get done with only one palette and 3 extra items – for travelling this will be a massive space-saver! The products applied and blended really well – the creme eyeshadows act as the perfect base for the powders which cling to it beautifully without creasing.

I also tried out Flora from the nail polish range – I was really impressed with the formula – it’s nice and thick without being gloopy and applies evenly. The brush is medium thickness and easy to use. The colour is coral with a slightly whitish undertone – it’s really pretty and will look even better with a tan! I think it’s one of those shades that would look great on any skin tone.

For my first delve into Wild About Beauty, I am thoroughly impressed and look forward to exploring more of the range.

Wild About Beauty is available at wildaboutbeauty.com and selected House of Fraser and Debenhams stores.

MAC Archie’s Girls

MAC release limited edition collections more often than I’ve had hot dinners, but as soon as I got wind of the Archie’s Girls Collection, I knew some of it had to be mine! I am too young to have experienced Archie’s Girls as a comic, but I believe MAC have taken two of the characters from it – Betty who I gather is blonde, sweet and innocent and made a collection for her, and Veronica – a dark haired vixen, and made a collection for her too.

It was released in USA at the beginning of February, so I have been eyeing up the swatches that have appeared on blogs, making a list of what I wanted. It still isn’t for sale in MAC stores in the UK, but when I got an email from Selfridges saying they were stocking it exclusively I couldn’t wait to place an order!

I feel I was quite restrained really – if I was better off I definitely could have ordered more, I love the look of most of the collection. Number one on my list of importance was Betty Bright. The moment I saw it swatched on Temptalia I knew it was definitely my kind of lipstick!

When I swatched it on my hand I thought it was quite similar to Viva Glam Nicki by MAC, however side by side, you can see that Betty Bright looks much more coral in comparison to the pinkiness of Viva Glam Nicki.

It’s a Satin formula, which I find means that it will be moisturising, long lasting and buildable. The colour is opaque and not overly creamy – however as this is a colour verging on neon, I found that it needed to be applied with care so as to not look streaky – and also picked up any dry bits on my lips. That said, I adore the colour and think it will look amazing with a tan.

The next must-buy for me was the Pearlmatte face powder in Flatter Me, which is also from Betty’s collection.

It is described by MAC as a ‘golden peach base with coral hearts’ which sounded up my street – Stereo Rose by MAC has been my blush of choice for years now, and this sounded like it could come close colour wise. Besides, I loved the design of the product – the hearts are mega cute!

In the photo above I first swatched just the coral heart, then the base, then the two mixed together. The hearts could quite easily be avoided if you wanted to use the base colour on it’s own – I think it would be a really pretty highlight shade. Temptalia said in her review that she had problems in getting any colour from the hearts – however I found it to be no problem at all – the two mixed together leave a gentle coral colour which I find to be ideal with my kind of skin tone. It’s fairly sheer so it may not show up on darker skin tones though.

It went on really easily and smoothly and lasted all day – could this be a contender for my new fave coral blush!?

The Pearlglide eyeliners all looked amazing – if I could, I would have bought all four in the collection, but they are part of MAC’s permanent collection so I wasn’t too worried about getting them just for the Archie’s Girls packaging (plus they’re £1.50 cheaper!). Instead, I went for Black Swan, and Designer Purple.

Amazing, huh!?

They have glitter particles in them, which make them almost frosty looking and shimmery – even wet. You can’t use them in your waterline in case the glitter irritates your eyes, but they look fab on the lower or upper lash line.

They are really highly pigmented so one swoop of the pencil is all you need. I found them to be incredibly soft – so thin little eye liner lines are not possible straight from the pencil. These are all about being seen! The softness means they glide onto the eyes really easily. I think the black will look great to accentuate a smokey eye, but think I may end up using these as eyeshadow bases – they seem the perfect consistency!

And so, unfortunately – that is all… the photos above show me wearing everything I bought.

Let me know what you think, and what you have your eye on from the collection.

The MAC Archie’s Girls collection is available at Selfridges.

MAC Marilyn Monroe Haul & Swatches

MAC have just released their latest limited edition collection – the Marilyn Monroe collection. It came out online in the UK on Monday, where many pieces are already sold out, and comes into MAC stores tomorrow. It was released last week in USA.

The collection is supposed to embody everything about Marilyn Monroe – being sexy and glamourous. It’s a fairly big collection, with lashes, brow products, liners… but the main players for me are the lipsticks – one nude, and four red shades. It was hard to not buy all of them, but in the end I went for Deeply Adored and Love Goddess.

I also liked the look of the blushes, The Perfect Cheek being more pinky, and Legendary more coral – I went for the latter.

The packaging is black and sleek and has images of Marilyn Monroe on it. I heard that these images are ones that have never been seen before and MAC has bought the exclusive rights to be able to use them for this collection.

Once you slip off the outer housing of the lipstick packaging, it looks like a normal box, except there’s a little red lip print in the inside of the lid – cute!

The plastic is glossy rather than the standard black, and the lipstick casing is black all over, rather than silver at the top.

The blush, Legendary, is really pretty. It’s a very pale peachy coral which works well on pale skin. I am NC15 in MAC, and I think it could look very ashy on people with darker skin tones. That said, for paler people it’s gorgeous. As it looks quite light in the pan I thought I’d have to be heavy handed with application, but it’s very pigmented on my skin and the colour pay off is great.

The lipsticks I chose were Love Goddess (on the left) and Deeply Adored (on the right).

I have swatched them next to some other red toned MAC lipsticks for comparison.

Next to the other reds, Love Goddess looks very pink – on the lips it definitely looks more red but I like that it has a hint of pink to it – combining my two most favourite lipstick shades! It is satin in finish and I’ve seen elsewhere that it lasts a really long time (I’m unable to comment yet as these literally just arrived through my door!)

Deeply Adored is a much deeper, darker colour, bang on trend for the berry lip craze at the moment. One of my favourite red lipsticks is Ruby Woo, particularly because it’s matt in texture, and I think this one will follow suit.

And that is my little haul!

Have you got your eye on anything in the collection, or have you ordered anything? Let me know what you got! I was very tempted by one of the eyeshadows – I don’t know if I should go in store and get it, so let me know what you got and your thoughts!

FashionistA Double Take Long Wear Lipstick: Red Carpet & Coral

FashionistA is one of the brands sold at Superdrug which has a lot of really good items at great prices. Katie Jane Hughes did the make up for the recent PPQ show at London Fashion Week using FashionistA products – if it’s good enough for LFW then it’s good enough for me!

One of their products is the Double Take Long Wear lipstick. It comes in a metallic red tube, which is quite high-street, but eye catching, and seeing as it’s only £7 for a full sized lippie, you can’t really complain.

I have two of the seven shades – Red Carpet (shade 6), and Coral (shade 7). Both lipsticks are really highly pigmented – one swoop of these across my lips totally covered them. They have a slight taste of french vanilla to them, which is pleasant, and feel very moistursing as you put them on – they seem to glide across your lips.

Red Carpet is a true red colour which is very glossy. I would recommend wearing a lip liner to help prevent it from bleeding. It lasts well – the swatch on my hand was quite stubborn when it came to trying to get it off!
Coral is absolutely gorgeous! I thought it was going to come out a proper orange – so was so pleased to see that it was this beautiful soft yet bold colour. It doesn’t last quite as long as the Red, but even after eating a meal, the colour still remained. I’ll definitely wear this one a lot.
Does your local Superdrug stock FashionistA? Mine doesn’t unfortunately, but when I find one that does I will definitely be trying out some more of these lipsticks. For £7 you can’t really go wrong!

Illamasqua Hussy Blusher

As promised – here are the details of the Illamasqua blusher I bought while I was in Belfast – Hussy is it’s name, beauty is it’s game. I l.o.v.e. -love it!

On the website it’s described as a bright candy pink, but I think it’s a bit warmer than that, and would go as far as to put it in the coral family – a mixture between hot pink and gorgeous coral. What do you think?

I first tried it when I was trying the Skin Base foundation – the sales assistant put it on and it was the beginning of an instant love affair. I was in Belfast with Stina of Chic Beauty Blog – she kept commenting on how nice it looked… so the next day I tried it on again, and that was that!

It’s very highly pigmented – so much so that a light sweeping of it leaves a lot of an impact on the cheeks which I have to lessen using another brush. You can wear this much stronger than I have done below, but I feel any more is a bit too much for a day at the farm with the kids!

I am really impressed with all the Illamasqua products I got – the lipgloss review will be coming soon. I have to say that the sales assistant that I dealt with was single-handedly the best I have ever visited – so helpful, friendly and *on the level* – I wished I could have taken her home with me!

Hussy is available from the Illamasqua website priced at £16.50 for 4.5g

Do you like it? What of theirs do you own? I really want to explore more now I’ve had good experiences with them!

Illamasqua Brink Lipstick

I had a weekend in Belfast with a group of girls a couple of weeks ago. I could tell they wanted to scald me, as I popped from one shop to another checking out the make up. One place I kept going back to was Debenhams, as they have an Illamasqua counter. I have never been to one before – no chances to play, no chances to look at all the pretty colours.

What I had originally gone for was to look at the Skin Base foundation. I fell in love – such a gorgeous finish, I loved that I didn’t look white in photos because of the SPF0, it felt light on my skin, had good coverage…. I’d gone in on the Saturday to try it on and see how it went throughout the day. Popped back to get a sample for later that evening. Popped back again Sunday to purchase it – they didn’t have my colour! Took away another sample, intending to buy it once I got home… yet when I tried it with my normal, everday life, it just doesn’t work. It didn’t stay on past mid day, and despite using a powder over the top of it, it was really shiny on me. Boo.

Anyway, because of all the to-ing and fro-ing to the counter, each time I was there I just had to buy something else. I got the Highlighter Brush – which is AMAZING for applying foundation, a lipstick, lipgloss and a blusher. Today I’m going to tell you about the lipstick, the rest will follow over the next few weeks.

This lipstick is ‘Brink’. I was a bit disappointed when I opened my lipstick at home, as it had somehow come out of the bottom holder part, and was stuck in the lid (hence the squared off top)! I managed to get it out and stick it back where it should be, but that’s not really what I expect from a lipstick I paid £15 for. It hasn’t come out since thankfully.

It is a very pale coraley peach colour, which is matt in finish. I’m not overly keen on the matt-ness, I found it pulls at my lips when applying it, and is quite drying, so have been using lip balm before putting Brink on. If you have any dry patches on your lips, Brink will not be looking pretty – so a bit of exfoliation and balm is key.

Ergh, I hate pics of lips on their own – they look weird don’t you think?!
It is a lovely soft shade, kind of like peaches and cream in a lipstick, which I think is a good way to ease yourself in to experimenting with this seasons brights. It seems to last for a really long time on the lips which is always a winner in my book. Because it’s so matt and dry, I think it would also work as a cheek colour if you felt that way inclined!
I am glad I bought it, as it’s a colour unlike any I have, but I think it will take some getting used to on how to make it work best for me.
What do you think of this lippie? Do you have any Illamasqua lipsticks and what would you recommend?

Free Nails Inc Polish with Dove deodorant: Copacabana

I feel like the past couple of weeks of me blogging have been all about freebies and offers – not that I’m complaining, I’m loving it!

The latest offer comes courtesy of Dove deodorant and nails inc – if you buy two Dove deodorants before 12th July at Boots, you get a free nails inc polish! There are two polishes to choose from – Havana (a creamy fawn colour with a hint of shimmery pink), or Copacabana (hot coral).

I decided to go for the coral shade, as I’m loving all things coral at the moment. Though the other colour was nice, the shimmer in it put me off.

The offer is available on certain roll ons or spray deodorants, I went for the cheapest option – the original Dove roll on’s which were £2.05 each. Nails inc polishes retail at £11, so for the grand sum for £4.10 I have £15.10 worth of products – happy days! If you spend £5 in Boots you get a £2 professional haircare voucher too.
I have been a Dove deodorant user for many years – the original ones smell just like Dove soap, and leave you feeling and smelling fresh all day. The invisible dry was also in the offer, but you just can’t beat the clean smell of the original!
Copacabana was so so so so so so so easy to apply, such a gorgeous formulation. It is really glossy on the nails and was opaque after one coat (although I did two anyway because I just can’t not!). In the bottle it looks like an orangey coral, but once it’s on the nails it looks rather red with a hint of orange. Either way, I adore it!
Nails inc are running another promotion at the moment – if you collect tokens from Fabulous magazine inside The News Of The World you can collect two free nails inc polishes from Tesco. You need 3 tokens to claim your polishes, and 4 tokens will run, just in case you miss a week. The polishes are Atomic and OMP! (Oh My Pink!). The first token is in this Sunday’s paper, so don’t forget to pick that up this weekend!
Hope you all have a lovely weekend x

Jemma Kidd Lipgloss Free with Red Magazine

Free with the July’s issue of Red Magazine (with Cat Deeley on the cover), is a Jemma Kidd Hi-Shine Silk Touch Lipgloss.

There are a choice of 3 colours – coral, light pink or red. These are full size, 6ml tubes worth £14, so paying £3.80 for a magazine and lipgloss is a bit of a bargain!

I decided to go for the coral shade, which is rather aptly named ‘coral’.

In the tube the coral colour looks highly red-toned, but once it’s on the lips it is much more subtle. It gives a wash of colour to the lips without being too in your face. What I love most about this lipgloss is that it is not sticky, or oily feeling on the lips. The colour seems to last well and fades in a pretty way.

The gloss isn’t thick or gloopy – it glides on nicely for a slight flash of colour to your lips.

Have you taken advantage of this offer? Which colour did you get?

Revlon Scents of Summer Nail Polishes

I heard about Revlon’s scented nail polishes via Twitter and immediately decided I neeeeeeeeeeeeded the Bubblegum one – I love the smell of bubblegum, and I, personally, can’t have enough pink polishes in my collection. I kept going to Boots in the hopes of finding it but all I kept seeing were the purple (Passion Fruit) and frosty green (Beach).  I was told to try in larger stores, which I was all set to do, until the lovely Revlon sent me a package with 5 of the 8 scented polishes in it.

I love the idea of scented polish – it’s something I’ve never seen before and it leaves me wondering what will be next in the nail polish world. You would think that the fact the polishes are fragranced highly enough for you to smell them, they would be laden with chemicals which can’t be any good to sniff. Revlon have actually been free of DBP, Toulene and Formaldehyde since 1992. Sniff away.

I have tested these out over the past couple of weeks and really enjoyed them. The scents are meant to be reminiscent of summer, and while they are summery smells, I can’t help think that some of them have been named wrongly! Bubblegum smells of watermelon, Passion Fruit smells of raspberries, and Peach Smoothie of refreshers! Whatever their names, they are all yummy smells.

I noticed that Mad About Mango, and Ocean Breeze seemed to be the strongest smelling – I could smell them every time my hands went near my face – including while eating which was a little weird. Peach Smoothie’s smell seemed to fade the fastest.

I used two coats of each polish, without a base coat. I was advised that the smell would be more present without it. The nail polish has lasted well, with tipwear after a couple of days but no major chips. I love the formula of Revlon polishes and Passion Fruit is a prime example of how a formula should be – it glides on so effortlessly which really helps to get that perfect manicured look.

I’m really pleased I got to try these out – thank you very much Revlon!

These polishes are limited edition, after August 2011 you won’t find them on your shelves. They are priced at £6.49 but are on special offer of 2 for £8 at Boots at the moment. I highly recommend them!