Elizabeth Arden – New York In Bloom Collection

When I saw the packaging of the new Elizabeth Arden, New York in Bloom Collection, I did an inside squeal – it’s sooo pretty! Covered with floral motivs – it seems a step in the funky direction for a brand I normally consider to be quite classic.

The collection is made up of two bronzing powders – soft and warm, two nail duos – a teal and purple shade with a top coat at one end, three eye pencils – teal, platinum and brown, and two eyeshadow trios – one based on the teal palette, another on golden tones. It’s a really pretty range – both packaging and product wise. 
I have the Pure Finish bronzing powder in Warm. There are flowers embossed onto the powder in bronzey and pink shades – but it looks very frosted and on seeing the product in the palette, I was a little worried at how frosty it would be on the skin. 
The Eye Pencil comes with a sharpener in the box, which I think is a nice touch. The colour of Iridescent Teal is very bold and pigmented – and is exactly that – iridescent teal with beautiful golden tones running through the teal.
As you can see from the swatch photo above, the bronzer isn’t frosty at all, although it does have a slight shimmer to it – it gives a radiance to the skin rather than a glitterbomb effect. It has a flattering yellow-bronze colour to it which is the kind of colour I like in a bronzer.  
The Elizabeth Arden website gives the tip of wearing the eye pencil under the lower lash line – so that’s how I decided to wear it. It was very easy to apply but you do need to wear a primer under it and powder over it as I found it can transfer down your eye a little without. 
I am wearing both the products in the photos above, teamed with Elizabeth Arden’s Beautiful Colour Luminous Lip Gloss in Precious Petal. 
It’s a yummy, toffee flavoured gloss that glides on and feels really moisturising – it contains mango butter and shea butter. When the gloss eventually fades, you are left with a pretty shimmer on the lips. It’s another well designed product – with a mirror on the side of the bottle so you can touch-up on the go with ease – the applicator is flattened which makes it so easy to apply too.
The last product I have from the New York in Bloom Colour Collection is the nail laquer in Teal Blossom. While I had it on I had lots of compliments on the colour. It’s a true, greeny-blue-petrol teal shade which, when used with the top coat, leaves a nice glossy finish to the nails. 
This is my first foray into Elizabeth Arden’s make up range – I always considered it to be for women a bit older than me, but I am definitely, 100% proved wrong! Let me know if you’ve tried anything and have any recommendations. 

Liz Earle Eye Liner, Brow Pencil & Tools

To continue my little series of the new Liz Earle Colour Make Up products – today I am going to tell you about some of the eye tools I have tried from them.

I have the eye pencil in Golden Bronze – which, once it’s warmed up, glides onto the lids beautifully. It can either be worn as a liner, or blended across the lid to make an all over colour – it’s easy to blend too which makes it nice and versatile. The colour looks fairly metallic in the pencil because of the little shimmery flecks in it, but on the eye it has a subtle sheen to it – really pretty.

The eye pencil is in the middle – blended out, and the right, non-blended. On the left is the brow pencil in Dark 02.

I have never really been much of a ‘doing my brows’ kinda girl; I’ve been blessed in the eyebrow department, but since this combo of products arrived, I’ve been obsessed! 
The Brow & Eyeliner brush is such a handy tool – although it’s marketed as one end an eyeliner and the other, a spool for brushing your brows, there’s nothing to say you have to stop there! You can use the spool to brush through your lashes if you want to declump mascara, and I like to use the liner end of the brush to create a defined highlight under my brow.
That aside, they are also great for their intended uses – the liner brush is nice and firm and you can draw a nice straight line with ease. The pointed end allows you to get to the inner corner of the eye more easily. I have been brushing my brows up using the brow brush and it makes such a difference at how groomed I look, or if you have accidentally got a bit of foundation sitting on your brow, this will remove it!
I have been using these in conjunction with the brow pencil in Dark 02 to fill in any gaps by drawing gentle, feathery strokes, and also to make the inner sides of my brows a little neater. For someone who has never really done her own brows before – it’s really easy to work with!
And then of course, there’s the sharpener – stylist and chic in a little compact silver square, it’s a perfect size for the make up bag, and the fact it collects the shavings internally is a big bonus for application on the go!

I have used all the new products in the photo above – once again, Liz Earle has impressed me and I look forward to exploring more of their range!