Clarins Colours of Brazil Summer Collection

Clarins have come out with another beauty of a collection for this summer – Colours of Brazil, which consists of a gorgeous bronzer, eyeshadow quartet with eyeliner, 6 lip balm crayons, and a black waterproof mascara. All of the pieces are limited edition other than the mascara which is part of the permanent line.

As the name of the collection would suggest, they have drawn inspiration from the colours of Brazil – the sandy beaches, the sea and reflections of the sky, which in terms of make up equals beautiful bronzey summer gorgeousness.

The eyeshadow quartet comes in a velvet pouch and has a gorgeous reflective casing with a Brazilian inspired pattern on which comes into full effect when you are holding it in certain lights.
The same pattern has been embossed onto the eyeshadows. It almost seemed a shame to start using them, they look so good! 
The eyeshadows are a nice range of neutrals; a satin finish golden taupe, matte mushroom, matte chocolate brown, and a pop of colour with a satin finish coral. There is also a cobalt blue eyeliner, and two applicators; one double ended with a fab eyeliner brush on one end, and the other a standard sponge applicator. 

They have also included ideas for two ways to wear the colours. They have numbered the eyeshadows so that is the order in which I have swatched them below. 
The shadows are designed to be used either wet or dry, and are really creamy and easy to apply. 
I also have three of the Lip Balm Crayons, which I am just loving! They feel so so hydrating on the lips thanks to the Shea Butter in them, comfortable to wear and the perfect amount of colour in one quick slick of the crayon. They have the feeling of lip balm, but the colour intensity of a sheer lipstick.

I tried the eyeshadow using one of the inspirations from Clarins, and have tried to photograph it from different angles, with each of the different Lip Balm Crayons, starting with 02 Creamy Pink.

04 Sweet Cherry

06 Soft Coffee

I think the colours of the eyeshadow palette work really nicely together, the coral shade blends seamlessly into the bronzey tones, giving a nice punch of colour to an otherwise neutral look, but without being too much that it’s whacky. Same with the blue eyeliner – it is very wearable.

I am definitely going to check out the other Lip Balm Crayons as I love the formula so much! There’s one in the range called My Pink which works with your own pH to create your own unique shade – can’t wait to give that a go!

What do you think of this collection? Big thumbs up from me!

Maybelline Baby Lips

The arrival of Maybelline Baby Lips has been eagerly anticipated by many a beauty blogger. The lip balms were massively hyped by the USA blogging arm, and left us Brits waiting, waiting and waiting. After what seems like an eternity, they have landed on English soil – currently 3 for 2 at Boots, so it seemed rude of me to not get at least 3 of the 6 in the Baby Lips Collection that have been released in England.

The collection contains three non-coloured balms, Hydrate, Intense Care and Mint Fresh. There are three tinted balms, Peach Kiss, Pink Punch and Cherry Me.

I’m not a fan of the flavour of artificial cherries, so I plumped for Hydrate, Pink Punch and Peach Kiss. Hydrate is a clear balm which has a tropical, pineapple sherbert flavour – it’s really gorgeous and great for adding moisture on the go. I wouldn’t say it’s extra specially hydrating though – no more than the tinted balms anyway.

Pink Punch adds a baby pink hue to your lips and has a similar, tropical, peachy flavour. If you have particularly flaky lips I would advise to stay away from the Pink Punch as the white tones it in will only accentuate the fact.

Peach Kiss, tastes peachy and gives a subtle nude with a tiny bit of sparkle to your lips. Its nice for adding a bit of dimension to your lips without being over the top.

They claim to leave your lips hydrated for 8 hours which I think is a bit of a big statement – I found I needed to top up within that time frame, but they do definitely lock in some moisture and leave my lips feeling soft. High Street lip balms can often be greasy feeling, these bucked the trend and definitely were not – which for me, along with the fact they have SPF20, moisturise my lips and make them look pretty at the same time, makes them winning products.

Maybelline Baby Lips cost £2.99 each and are currently 3 for 2 at Boots.com

Things in my Bathroom

My bathroom is very much a zesty and moisturising place at the moment. Five things on the bathroom rota at the moment that I’m loving are these….

Origins Drink Up Mask


Now I am on Roaccutane, my skin is even more dehydrated than ever – Origins Drink Up Mask is the perfect remedy. It’s designed to be worn for 10 minutes then tissued off, but I have been wearing it as an overnight mask a couple of times a week. It feels instantly soothing to apply and the skin on my face is soft, plump and moisturised in the morning. It’s perfect for skin that needs a moisture boost – whether that be as a mask 10 minutes before you apply your make up for an evening out, or overnight. There is another, richer version of this, but because of my strange skin I thought this would be the safest option – and luckily it hasn’t caused me any breakouts. I’m so pleased that I will continue to use this product for ever. Amazing.

Trevor Sorbie Beautiful Curls – Shampoo & Conditioner


My hair is naturally wavy yet I’m for ever buying products to help to straighten it. I thought it was about time I embraced the movement – if I leave my hair to dry naturally, it does wave – but with a frizz – not wearable by any means. These products have definitely helped to tame the frizz and give me more of a defined curl. They have a fresh, clean, floral smell to them and lather up just the right amount. Since I started using Beautiful Curls my hair seems to hold a style more too – whether that is straight or tonged.

Organic Surge Fresh Ocean Light Body Lotion


This kind of weather means bare limbs may be on the cards soon – so preparation is key! No one wants to see crusty knees or elbows – and my Roaccutaney skin means body lotion is a must. This light body lotion is exactly that – it’s really lightweight yet moisturising and sinks into the skin straight away. It’s ideal for after a morning shower as by the time I’ve got to my clothes, it’s absorbed. My skin isn’t left feeling sticky or clammy so I know I’m not going to get London Grime stuck to me. Rich, heavy body creams definitely have a place in my routine, but they’re best left for bed time. The Fresh Ocean smell is very citrusey, with a hint of peppermint – every little helps in giving me my morning wake up.

ESPA Zesty Lemon, Ylang Ylang & Crushed Tonka Beans Hand Wash & Hand Lotion


Earlier this year, spa brand ESPA expanded their range to include some more every-day, affordable yet luxurious products, including hand wash and lotion. Again, my Roaccutaney skin means hand lotion after washing is preferable – and I feel oh so swish having both at my sink, especially when it looks and feels as luxurious as this. They are fragranced with 100% natural fragrance made from pure essential oils – the smell is delicious and is loved by me, the kids and even my boyfriend – we can be a pretty hard bunch to please as a foursome but these hit the spot.

Apivita Lip Care with Chamomile, Organic Beeswax & Olive Oil


I’m sure you’re sick of me telling you… but I’m on Roaccutane now! Lip balm is now my best friend – having one at arms reach at all times. The lip balms from Apivita are paraben free, mineral oil free, and silicone free and contain lots of lovely lip-loving ingredients. As a predominantly beeswax based balm, it isn’t greasy and doesn’t leave the lips glossy. I’ve found it’s slotted nicely into my morning routine before make up – lipstick goes over the top with ease, and doesn’t bleed which can be the case with other, more liquidy balms.

Organic Surge Million Dollar Anywhere Balm

This little pot of loveliness has been my saviour in this cold weather. My knuckles seem to turn to sandpaper and lips to sand – so I’ve been keeping my Million Dollar Anywhere Balm at my desk to remind me to keep slathering it on… and it’s done the job of restoring me to former smoothness perfectly.

Regular readers of my blog may have realised I am a big fan of multi-functional moisturising and healing products – and this is no exception.

It comes from Organic Surges’ luxury collection and is 100% natural. For every product sold from the Million Dollar range, Organic Surge is donating $1 to Kenya Children’s Home Baby Care Unit and
Orphanage, with their aim being to raise a huge $1 million.

For starters, its very citrusey – which is a big plus for me – I love the clean fresh smell and if you happen to lick your lips while it’s on there, it doesn’t taste too bad! Secondly – it works. It is packed with Shea butter, cocoa butter, safflower oil and sweet almond essential oil which all have great moisturising properties.

You can literally use it anywhere that needs some moisture – favourites for me are knuckles, lips and cuticles although I find it better on my hands than lips. It’s balm-like in consistency, so for the lips all you need is a quick swoop round the glass pot and you’re off. For larger areas which are drier (a la my knuckles) I find I have to dig into the product a little to get a nice chunk out, then melt it into my problem area. I’ve used it over the past month a LOT (like I said, it sits at my desk… so do I)… and there is still over 3/4 of the pot left, so definitely getting your money’s worth.

Million Dollar Anywhere Balm is available at the Organic Surge website priced at £22.50 for 30ml

All Hail Dr. Lipp!

Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm is somewhat of a cult product. When I worked in Space NK, this would fly off the shelves – with a strong following of devout fans which keep coming back for more. It’s not because they all have problematic nipples – the Nipple Balm is more like a wonder balm – one of those products you can put to so many different uses. I had never been drawn to it, as I was once a nursing mother myself, the smell of it (although it is a much much weaker smell) took me back to those days, and back then I had never been inclined to try my nipple balm on my lips so seemed normal not to try it now. Eventually curiosity got the better of me. It does make me wonder who tried it first, and how they discovered it could do so many things?

It’s most commonly used for lips – providing amazing moisture and healing properties. I had a crack in the corner of my lip, and after one day of using the Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm on it, it was completely gone.  Similarly, a rash I had from a reaction to a necklace went after one day too. It can be used for any chapped, dry skin, fine lines, sore noses, split ends, dry cuticles and minor burns and abrasions, and of course, it can also be used for cracked nipples. It’s been medically proven to reduce skin roughness by up to 40% in one hour, and you can definitely tell – your lips / skin feel so much better after one round of it. It’s 100% natural and 100% pure with no parabens which means it’s perfect for the whole family.

I had planed on putting this into my make up kit, but after a couple of weeks of using it, I have fallen in love – this one is staying firmly in my handbag!

Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm costs £11.50 for 15ml and is available at Space NK, Cultbeauty, Zuneta and LostInBeauty.

Catch a Carmex Cab!

Carmex has recently launched some new flavours – vanilla, lime, and pomegranate. I have the vanilla one and it’s gorgeous – it still has that hint of original Carmex flavour, but with a vanilla twist. It has really helped to keep my lips feel nourished through this cold weather and tastes delicious – I think they’d make a perfect stocking filler pressie!

To celebrate, they have turned some London black cabs into Carmex Cabs! If you see one, flag it down – get in and Tweet @ilovecarmex using the hashtag #carmexcabs and you can get a whole load of fab prizes! Cabs are available until 14th January – keep those eyes peeled!

Clinique Chubby Sticks

On 1st June, Clinique introduced 8 new shades to their popular range of Chubby Sticks. I had heard great things about Chubby Sticks in the past – they are really hydrating for lips; containing Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil – this is make up that is doing good for you while looking good for you!

I loved the look of Curvy Candy and Pudgy Peony – they are similar in colour but still quite different from each other,

Curvy Candy is my new love, I have been wearing it constantly for the past couple of weeks – it’s a slightly coral toned pink which gives a nice natural flush of colour.

Pudgy Peony is still quite sheer, but much more powerful – a more definite fuchsia colour.

All the shades can be layered to create new shades too – they have a feature on their site where you can mix and match the colours and see the end result. I tried layering mine, but as they are quite similar colours there wasn’t a massive difference in the shade. It’s still nice to know that if I end up adding more Chubby Sticks to my collection it’s something that can be done easily.

They are essentially, a coloured lip balm – the type of
finish they give is ideal for summer days when you don’t want to wear
anything too heavy and they feel fantastic on the lips.

I love the packaging too – they are like a fat colouring pencil – you twist the end once your stick gets ‘blunt’. I think these will be an essential in this summer’s make up bag!

Chubby Sticks are available at Clinique counters and at www.clinique.co.uk for £16.

Do you have any? What do you think of them?

Revlon Colorstay Lip Butters

You’ve probably heard the hype – Revlon released their Colorstay Lip Butters a while ago in USA, and bloggers went mad for them. They are a cross between a lip stick and a lip balm – containing mango, shea and coconut butters to apparently increase lip moisture by 156%, while providing the gorgeous colours of a lipstick.

Us in England have been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for their arrival onto British soil, and at last, I found them in my local Boots. I had to see what all the fuss was about.

They are available in 16 shades, although my Boots only stocked 8 (I think… it definitely wasn’t 16), although all the colours are up on their website. Each Lip Butter is £7.99, but Boots are doing 3 for 2 across make up at the moment, which these qualify… so it’d have been rude not to.

I really like the packaging – it’s bright and fresh and feels summery, which is when I imagine the Lip Butters will be mostly worn. The coloured plastic casing has a quilted effect on it, and the very top of it is see through so you can see which colour the Lip Butter is, without having to remove the lid.

The three colours I got were Cotton Candy (045), Strawberry Shortcake (080) and Sweet Tart (090). They are all pink shades, but different from each other.

Cotton Candy is a really gorgeous, subtle colour – it is a cool pinky purple which has a gold shimmer to it, which stops it from being quite so cool. There isn’t much colour payoff, but I like that about it – it’s as versatile as a lip balm, while adding prettiness to your lips.

Strawberry Shortcake definitely has more colour to it – again it is a cool toned pink, but with more qualities of a lipstick – the wash of colour is more opaque, and reminds me of a balmy MAC Viva Glam Gaga… a soft baby pink. If you look extremely closely there is a little bit of shimmer, but the particles are tiny.

Sweet Tart surprised me with just how bright it was when I swatched it on my hand. For something of a balm consistency it really packs a lot of punch. This is a fuchsia pink which is a lot more wearable for summer days than a standard fuchsia lipstick.

Because of the moisturising qualities of the Lip Butters, they have that feeling of a lip balm – you know when you push your lips together, and they slide around…? That. They do feel really moisurising, which is great, but on the same hand, because of this, it means that the colour doesn’t last for a great length of time – I needed to top up after a couple of hours. That doesn’t bother me though – because of their sheerness they are really easy to apply without a brush, and I know I’m being kind to my lips at the same time. I think they are a great way to add colour to your lips without being too heavy for brighter days.

What do you think of the Lip Butters? Have you had a chance to get your hands on any yet?

MUA Launch Love Hearts Collection

Last night I shimmied on down to Fruitbox, where MUA were launching their new Love Hearts Collection to the press and bloggers.

We ate love heart decorated cakes, and drank gorgeous non alcoholic cocktails from jars while we had a look at the make up goodies Make Up Academy had to offer.

As well as having a sneak peek at the new BB creams and strip lashes which are to come later in the year – we were introduced to the gorgeous new Lovehearts collection – a collaboration with Love Hearts sweets and Make Up Academy for Spring 2012.

The colours are pretty pastel shades with the odd bright thrown in and consist of six nail polishes and five lip balms.

The standard black lids of the nail polishes have been replaced with white Love Heart lids with a big loveheart on the top saying the shade name. I had my nails painted by the amazing Chelsea Dagger in U R FAB which is a gorgeous dusty raspberry colour. It looks very luxurious and shiny, and not at all like it costs £2 a bottle!

The lip balms are also a steal at £2. I got to try out three of them – Sugar Lips, Hot Lips and Sweet Kiss. They taste great – very very sweet, without the bitter aftertaste that some of these type of products have.

As well as being good for your lips, they are fab for adding a little flush of colour to your pout.

The Love Hearts collection will be in Superdrug stores from mid February and available online now at www.muastore.co.uk

Christmas Gifts from L’Occitane

L’Occitane have brought out a range of limited edition gifts, which would be perfect for those last minute Christmas presents. I was sent a selection from the Délice des Fruits and Délice des Fleurs collections, of which I’m going to tell you about today!

Whenever I get new bath and body stuff, the first thing I do is have a little sniff…. OMG, this time I was in Heaven! The Citron & Clémentine range from the Délice des Fruits collection is absolutely divine. As the name would suggest, it is lemon and clementine, but not any old lemon and clementine. This is candied lemon and clementine, which evidently makes all the difference.

Although it’s not a Christmas smell, the candle reminds me of walking through a Christmas market and past a sweet stall. It’s the most amazing smell ever – I would happily burn this candle every day for the rest of my life, the smell is that good!

The rest of the products from the Délice des Fruits collection still have that amazing smell, but are slightly more citrusey than boiled sweets. I’m a big fan of citrus smells so these have been great for me too. The little tin of lip balm is dangerous – I want to eat it every time it goes near my lips! It contains almond oil so it’s good at moisturising, and it leaves the lips with a sexy sheen.

I usually use liquid hand soap, so there has been something quite decadent about using a bar of soap! It is perfumed but not overpowering, and doesn’t leave my hands feeling dry.

The Body Cream is gorgeous – it is nice and light, and while it has that nice smell, I like that fact that the smell isn’t lingering for the entire day – I like people to be able to smell my perfume! It has a slight balmy consistency and sinks in to the skin fairly quickly.

The Délice des Fleurs collection is a different smell all together. Still sweet, but in a different way. Nothing how I’d expect ‘Rose & Violette’ to smell – none of that classic ‘rose’ scent… but more like the very sweet aroma of berries. Apparently it is candied rose and violet petals. The fragrance is a little too sweet for me, but I can imagine my teenage sister being a fan.

The perfume comes in a 75ml glass bottle which is so pretty and elegant. The soft purple colour of the fragrance adds to the gorgeousness of it, it would look fab on display in a bathroom. There is also a little tin of solid perfume which is an ideal size to carry in your handbag to freshen up with during the day or a night out.

I used the shower jelly on a bath pouf, and while it wasn’t extremely bubbly there was enough lather there to wash my body with, and again, it looks great on display.

If you like sweet smells – like Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, I think you’d really like the Rose & Violette range.

The lip glosses from this collection, I will definitely use. I’d say they were more lip tints or balms than glosses as my lips weren’t left overly shiny after using them. They come in a little tin perfect for the handbag – Rose is pinky, like a just-bitten lip, and Violette is dark purple, which reminds me of a softer version of MAC’s Rebel lipstick. They both leave the lips feeling very soft, like they’re doing some good while looking good! I think it would be advisable to use a brush to apply them for more of an even look. I used my fingers for the photos below – so it’s not like you have to use one, but it would look more polished.

The products are available from the L’Occitane website, while you’re there have a go at decorating a Christmas tree and you’ll get a complimentary 75ml Fleur Cherie body lotion.

L’Occitane is also available in stores – have a look here to see where your local one is, or in selected department stores.