Clarins Splendours Palette

Clarins Splendours Palette is part of their limited edition collection for this summer – a collection inspired by South America in terms of colours and print.

The Splendours Palette looks fairly plain in standard maroon and gold colours – but once it catches the light, an amazing design appears within the lid, it is just gorgeous!

Inside are four neutral, complimentary eyeshadow colours all embossed with the Splendours print – gold, champagne, maroon/bronze and pinky gold. There is also a waxy, deep plum eyeliner which I adore! It goes so nicely with all of the colours and is perfect to wear smudgy or as strong liner. 

The eyeshadows are really highly pigmented and creamy – they glide onto the eye with ease and leave so much colour on the lid with just one swipe. The colours last all day too – my eyes tend to look the same by evening as they did in the morning!
Here are a couple of looks I did using the palette. 

I am loving using it – it is delicate, fresh, feminine and somehow, feels ‘sunny’ to me! The shimmer in the shadows isn’t too overpowering – it leaves a nice satin finish to the eyes, and that liner is absolutely amazing!
Clarins Splendour Palette is out now priced at £31 from www.clarins.co.uk

Urban Decay Ammo Palette

I am one of these girls that seems to stick to the more neutral shades of shadows – give me a 100-pan palette of nudes, taupes and golds and I’m set for life. The Ammo Palette from Urban Decay looked a little scary to me at first sight – my eyes instantly darting to the end, golden toned shades. The thing is, I have brown eyes and I know that greens and purples are good colours for me to wear – it’s just hard to step out of that zone I have got so comfortable in for every-day make up.
When I swatched the shades from the Ammo Palette I had a nice surprise – for these are such beautiful versions of green, pinks and turquoise that it made me want to give them a go. The ten shades are all best selling Urban Decay shadows, and it’s easy to see why.
The palette is a thin, compact (easy to transport and put in your make up bag) mirrored palette, which comes with a travel sized 11ml sized Primer Potion – which is a great, colourless eyeshadow primer which helps to show the intensity of the colours, and helps them to last longer without creasing. There is also a small synthetic Good Karma eyeshadow brush inside the palette, which is a nice tapered shape making it easy to use (although not that great for blending),

 I had to do two lot of swatch photos – my kids are off school and wanted to get involved, natch!

There are some truly amazing colours in this palette. My favourite has to be Maui Wowie – it looks so metallic, like no other powder shadow I’ve seen before. Mildew is an amazing mossy green colour with hints of gold – just beautiful, and Last Call is a gorgeous cranberry shade – those are the stand out shades for me, although I think I can get good wear from all of the colours.

I like that there are neutral shades thrown in there with the colours – it means you can shake up a neutral look, or go for full-on colour. The colours have been laid out in a way that the shade opposite it compliments it perfectly – all of these pairs could be used with the lighter colour on the inner part of the lid, the darker on the outer part, and a little Oil Slick in the crease or outer V for definition. You could add some Polyester Bride to the tear duct and under the brown bone too – there are so many options!

The palette has been around for a while, but it has recently been re-released with a new formula for the shadow – they feel really creamy and velvety and really do pack some punch colour-wise. You do have to be careful when you apply – there is micro glitter in a few of the shades, which can fall down when you apply, so apply in thin layers rather than loads of product in one go – they’re so pigmented anyway that you really don’t need much.

Here are a couple of looks I created using the colours from this palette

For this look I used Maui Wowie all over the lid, then added chopper to the middle of my eye close to my lash line and blended it out to the outer corner of my eye. I then did the same with Last Call a little further over, and added black eyeliner which I blended out with a brush. I added Last Call under my lower lash line too.

For this look I applied Sin to the inner third of my eye, then Smog in the crease of my eye and blended out. I then added Mildew all over the rest of my lid and blended the colours together, then a small amount of Oil Slick in the outer corner. I used Mildew under the eye and finished with liquid liner and mascara.

There are really so many combinations that could be created with this palette – for £23 I think it is amazing value for money!

Urban Decay is available at House of Fraser, Debenhams and online at lookfantastic.com and beautybay.com

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.

Dainty Dollymix’s Double Cross Ring

Last week I ordered a double cross ring from fellow blogger Dainty Dollymix, she has a little online jewellery store which you can find here.

I’ve been after one of these for a while – ASOS sell something similar but you have to chose a size, which can be a bit hit and miss when you’re shopping online! The one I ordered from Dainty Dollymix has adjustable ring sizes which is ideal, and as it is, fitted me perfectly when it arrived.

The ring comes in both gold and silver, I chose gold because the watch I wear is gold and thought it would go with more of my things.

I really love it – thank you so much Dainty Dollymix!

You can buy the double cross ring for £6 including p+p here

NOTD: Models Own – Champagne

Since seeing this on Diamond Solitaire’s blog I had to have it! Every time I passed a Boots I went in in the hopes of them stocking Models Own, which is quite a rarity it seems from the amount I tried in. In the end I went to the flagship store in Bond Street, and there it was.

It is the most gorgeous, metallic polish I have ever seen. It literally looks like you have metal nails – kind of like the effect Minx would give you I guess. I wore it on Saturday night and so many people stopped to ask me what it was.

I think it has more goldy tones than silver, but the shade lays somewhere between the two which is great because it means you can wear it with even more! I had on gold wedges, watch, pendant and gold detail on my bag and one man even commented on how my nails matched all of those things!

I wore it for a couple of days before any tipwear, and look forward to wearing it again.

Have a look at my Estee Lauder video a couple of posts down if you want to see it in action.

This is my first Models Own purchase – now I know where to find it, is there anything else I should try to get hold of?

MAC ‘Nymphette’ Lipglass

Nymphette is one of those glosses that is always in my stash – I run out, I rebuy and so the story goes on. I was first introduced to it in my late teens when I had a makeover at MAC and I fell in love right there and then.

The pink is sheer, so its just a really subtle pink with gold shimmer, and a glossy look.

It’s lovely on it’s own, or over lipstick. Here it is over MAC Hue

If you’re missing a gloss from your life, I urge you to try this!

MAC Fabulous Felines Collection

My MAC order containing my wares from the Fabulous Felines collection arrived this week – and what a treat they are! There are three parts to the Collection – Palace Pedigreed;

A collection of regal blues, plush greys and polished silver for lips, cheeks and eyes as haughty as its finely-favoured feline inspiration – the emerald-eyed, sable-riche Russian Blue.

 Leopard Luxe;

 Looks for lips, cheeks and eyes in a tawny, exotic creme-golden colour palette that betrays both sensual vulnerability and spectacular power.

and Burmese Beauty;

A rich teak-olive colour collection for lips, cheeks and eyes that celebrates the well-cared-for, and exalts in her high-borne right to be spoiled.

The only things which immediately stood out to me were the Mauvement Pigment, and Smoky Heir Superslick Liquid Liner from the Palace Pedigreed collection.

The Superslick Liner has a fiber-tipped brush which makes it really easy to apply. It dries really quickly and even when dry has a wet metallic look to it. Smoky Heir is purple, and described on the site as dark blue violet with soft pearl, which I’d say is pretty accurate.

Although it is purple it’s very dark toned, so it can be worn on its own without looking too “woo, look at me wearing bright purple eyeliner”. So far, so good!



The pigment is the first MAC pigment I’ve bought and I’m really impressed – there’s loads of product in the pot and a little bit of goes a really long way. I found that when I took the lid off there was enough product sitting in the lid for one application. I know it will last a long time, which is always a bonus! The site describes Mauvement as a cool toned taupe with gold pearl – from looking at the product in the pot I’d say it was more of a brown mauve colour, but once it’s applied it’s definitely from the gold family and has little specks of glittery dirty gold and rich purpley bronze colour. If I had to describe the colour in one word it would be ‘taupe’ but I think it’s just beautiful!

 

To avoid fallout I used it with an eye shadow primer, and applied it using a patting motion.

Make up used:

  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • MAC Tissueweight – up to brow
  • MAC Mauvement Pigment over lid and just above crease
  • MAC Smoulder eyeliner (I was worried about it being too purpley for a daytime look so decided to apply this underneath. I don’t think I needed to worry, as I said above it is quite dark and was very very subtle using the ‘double line’ method)
  • MAC Superslick Liner in Smoky Heir
  • Diorshow Maximiser lash plumper
  • Lancome Hypnose black mascara

  • Guerlain Paurure Extreme Foundation
  • MAC Select Cover-Up Concealer
  • Natural Collection SunTint Bronzer in Golden Glow
  • MAC Stereo Rose MSF as blush
  • MAC Call My Buff Lipstick