Bobbi Brown Uber Nude Lip & Eye Palette

I love this time of year – all the cosmetics brands start bringing out their special Christmas Gifts, and this is definitely one I can imagine is going to be on lots of women’s lists! Bobbi Brown’s Lip & Eye Palette in Uber Nude (there’s an Atomic Pink too if that’s more your thing) is a perfectly compact palette containing lip and eye colours perfect for nudey neutral lovers.

Housed in the sleek black plastic casing, are three eye shadows – Navajo, Downtown (a new shade), and Espresso, and three lip colours – Uber Beige, Blushed Heather Glitter Lip Gloss (another new shade), and Almost Nude Glitter Lip Gloss…. oh and a mirror too!
What I love about the whole palette is it can transform you from a day to night look, if you wanted to go quite light on the eyes for the day, then vamp it up for the evening, Espresso is dark enough to create a fab smokey eye look with Downtown to soften the edges.
Here I am wearing all three eye colours and Uber Beige.

The three eye shadows are very highly pigmented, matt, and easy to blend. 
L-R: Espresso, Downtown, Navajo
The two colours pressed into the lip palette are Blushed Heather, which is soft to the touch, and has a high shine, glittery (but not ott disco-ball territory – it’s more of a subtle gorgeousness that you catch when the light hits you in a certain way) finish, and Uber Beige, which has a lipstick finish and is the perfect warm nude colour.
L-R: Blushed Heather, Uber Beige
Uber Beige
Blushed Heather
In the photo below I am wearing all three eye colours and Blushed Heather lip gloss. 
There is also a mini gloss with a sponge applicator in the palette, Almost Nude Glitter Lip Gloss, which is much more shimmery as you can see in the photo below. It has a hint of caramel flavour to it which is devine, and lovely soft flecks of gold glitter. It has massive staying power too – ideal for Christmas Party season!

I love it, it’s so mini yet so perfect! What do you think?
The Uber Nude Lip & Eye Palette is £36 from Bobbi Brown.

Avon Arctic Goddess Collection

Last week I attended the launch of Avon’s new range – the Arctic Goddess Collection. It was in the penthouse suite of the Mayfair hotel, with the most stunning views of London. Alesha Dixon, who is the brand ambassador for Avon, was there, and Pixiwoo, who I got to have a lovely chat with – it was a fab event.

The Arctic Goddess collection has focused on the icy blue and green tones it spotted on the A/W catwalks – there were lots of chilly inspired things there – like the ice sculpture housing the 3 new nail polishes!

I got to take home some pieces from the new collection – the Arctic Goddess Eyeshadow Quad, Pink Icicle Ultra Colour Rich Brilliance Lip gloss, and the three nail polishes – Chilling, Arctic Waters, and Green Goddess.

The eyeshadows feature two light, icy, shimmery tones, and two matte bold cool colours. The top left colour is a silvery lavender colour, the right is a silvery aqua. The bottom left is a turquoise which packs a lot of punch, and the right is a dark grey.

The shimmery colours need a couple of applications to give a strong colour, the matte shadows are extremely pigmented.

I would never, in a trillion years, think to wear blue eyeshadow. I normally steer clear of blues, for no reason other than the fact I’ve never been drawn to them – but after trying these ones to take photos for this blog post – my mind has definitely been opened!

In the photo above, I am also wearing the lipgloss, Pink Icicle.

It comes with a small lip brush applicator and is quite a thin formula – it feels quite slippery on the lips rather than sticky and doesn’t have a flavour. It has lots of teeny pieces of glitter in it that look golden, silver, blue and pink, so it’s quite shimmery and leaves the lips looking very glossy and full.

The three nail polishes from left to right, are Charming, Arctic Waters and Green Goddess. I have Shellac on at the moment, so can’t show you what they look like on my nails – but expect nails of the day featuring these, shortly.

Charming and Green Goddess are very frosty looking in the bottle, and all three shades have some iridescence to them. I particularly love the look of Arctic Waters – it looks like the perfect turquoise with  a hint of pearl.  Green Goddess looks like it will be very multi-tonal, and similar to a certain Chanel colour.

This is the first time I have tried Avon make up, and have been very impressed!

The range launches in November, with prices starting from as litte as £6.

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Freebie Alert!

To celebrate the launch of Stila at Harvey Nichols London, tomorrow (Thursday 19th January) you can get a free, full-sized Stila Lipgloss in the award winning nude shade ‘Kitten’ by taking any old tube of lipgloss to the Stila counter at Harvey Nichols London from 10am.

The Stila Steal make up amnesty is on for one day only – so make sure you put it in your diary and if you work nearby you have no excuse not to pop in to the Stila counter for this fantastic freebie!

MAC Me Over – Curvaceous Lipglass

MAC’s latest collection – MAC Me Over was inspired by an online contest – where they asked people to enter, saying why they should be made over. They then selected six people to become the face of the collection, and… well, made them over! There are three parts to the collection, with two of those people representing each part.

I picked up two lipglasses from the MAC Me Over collection – Curvaceous which is part of Rachel & Ian’s section – a selection of nudes and pinks, and Spite from Xee & Sharon’s section – smoky grey, white and beige toned make up. The other part of the collection is faced by Shirley & Nicole and are strong, rich and smoky.

Today I have swatched my Curvaceous lipglass, which is described on the MAC website as a light grey pink.

From the bottle, it looks like a shade I’d describe as ‘dusty pink’, similar to Eyeko’s Tea Rose nail polish or Sephora by OPI’s Casting Call. When swatched on the skin it really is a cool toned dusty pink colour…

But once it’s on the lips it’s much more of a subtle colour, owing to the pigmentation in the lips. One of my blonde haired, blue-eyed friends tried it on and it looked much darker on her, but on me it looks like a gentle wash of colour…

It’s very wearable for daytime, or to add over lipstick for a bit more impact at night. I’ve been wearing it over MAC’s Blankety lipstick for a nude power pout!

Have you got anything from the MAC Me Over Collection? I am tempted by the shadesticks… what do you recommend?

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?

MAC Surf, Baby! Haul

As soon as I saw the product pictures for MAC’s Surf, Baby! collection, I fell in love with the Cheek Blush, ‘My Paradise’. Strangely, the collection was available to buy in the UK before the USA, so I didn’t have many swatch pics or YouTube videos to go by, and I didn’t want to make the mistake of ordering without swatching again (yes Viva Glam Gaga 2,  I’m talking about you!) I waited until Thursday, the day it was launched in stores in the UK, and was literally the first person in store – it had sold out online and I wanted to make sure if I liked it, I got it! I am particularly fond of coral colours at the moment, and I love the gold overspray on the pan.

With My Paradise, you get 12g of product, compared with the usual 6g you get in a standard MAC blush. Even the Mineralize Skinfinish’s are only 10g, so for £19 you really are getting a lot of product for your money. The main blusher is a coral peach colour, which is buildable depending on how much impact you want to make. The gold hibiscus overspray is very gold and shimmery. If you are careful with your brush you can use them both separately, or the easiest way seems to me to swirl your brush over both. The gold doesn’t go all the way down to the bottom of the pan – I have photographed so you can see how thick the gold layer is (I’m thinking this might be where the additional 2g of weight comes from!)

Here it is swatched on my hand (both colours swirled together):

The only lipstick I bought from the collection was Hibiscus. I had been tempted by Naturally Eccentric online, it looked like a lovely nude – and I do love a lovely nude, but in real life it was rather white. I did um and ahh over it for a bit, but as soon as I put Hibiscus on my lips, all thoughts of Naturally Eccentric flew out the window!

I love this colour – the texture of it, as a Cremesheen, is really moisturising – it glides on the lips effortlessly (although this is such a bold colour, a lip brush is recommended!), and is such a beautiful colour. The website describes it as a “bright orange coral” which I would tend to disagree with. I would still call it coral, but not orange – essentially, it’s an orange toned red. When you look closely at the lipstick it has teeny tiny bits of shimmer in it, making it look really pretty on the lips. I also find it looks completely different inside and out – I had it on in the shop and thought it looked rather orangey, then once I was back in my car it looked rather red. Whatevs, love it. This one will definitely be coming to Ibiza with me, it looks great now, but it’s going to look even better with a tan.

Although one of my favourite bronzers is a cheapy Natural Collection one which is shimmery, I have been on the lookout for a matte bronzer as my Benefit Hoola is wearing very thin. I really liked the Give Me Sun bronzer which was used in my MAC make up lesson but when I saw that the two bronzers in the Surf, Baby! Collection were embossed with the MAC logo, I was swayed! I’m such a sucker for a gimmick like this, I think it’s totally cute!

There are two bronzers in the collection – the other, Gold-go Lightly, is suited to more olivey skin tones, which I definitely am not, and not wanting to look like an Oompa Loompa I went with Lushlight Bronze. It is a Stufio Careblend/Pressed powder, which apparently means that it’s “Creamy, blend-able, no-streak bronzing powder that provides a naturally matte, lightly luminous finish. Antioxidant formula ups the care factor.” It tends to live up to that claim!

Strange Potion lipglass is a repromotion, I bought it last year when it was released with the Disney Venomous Villains collection, hence it saying Disney on the packaging of the one I have photographed. At the time I wasn’t too keen on it, but now I’m in coral-mode I really love it and wear it quite a lot during the day. Perhaps I just see it as more of a summer colour, rather than Autum/Winter when it originally came out.

It is a soft, coral-peach colour, with a slightly frosty finish to it. The colour lasts quite some time on the lips and is really opaque compared to some other of the lipglasses I have tried. It works well on top of lipstick – ontop of Hue is pretty, as it would be over any other nude lipstick I imagine. If you wanted to be really bold, you could wear it over Hibiscus for a double-coral punch of POW!

This is the swatch pic I took of it last time round:

I had also hoped to try out the Summer Stash Crushed Metallic Pigments, but there was a delay in them coming in and were unable to tell me when they would get them. I love the purpley shades and have seen gorgeous swatches on Temptalia’s site. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise that my purse will thank me for.

Overall I am really happy with the products I got. Although the off-white casing is meant to give that summer surf-dude feel,  I do think it cheapens the look and they are bound to get grubby – even in my swatch pics of the casing I can see marks, and I hadn’t even owned them for a day at that point!

Here is a photo I took which included My Paradise, Lushlight Bronze and Hibiscus. Think I went a bit OTT with the bronzer on my forehead, a light hand is definitley required with this one!

What do you think? Have you bought anything from the collection? Have I missed out on anything?!