Things I’ve Fallen in Love With… #1

…While working in Selfridges.

You may have noticed I’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks. That is because I have been working at the lovely Charlotte Tilbury at Selfridges, and… well I haven’t been organised enough to pre-write and schedule blog posts (forgive me).

As you can imagine, I get to see so many people on a daily basis, that I have fallen in love with many a thing while working there. I try not to venture too far out of where I need to go to (usually staff room to beauty hall, and back again with the occasional toilet trip in there too) as I will fall in love with too many things. And I definitely, definitely, do not, under any circumstances browse round the beauty hall. No siree. That would be dangerous!

Of course, working with the make up at Charlotte Tilbury has made me want it all, and it saddens me to know that I just can’t have it all! I decided to break my Charlotte Tilbury wish list down into more manageable chunks and the first few items I just have to get besides the Colour Chameleons I already have are…

1 – The Rock ‘N’ Kohl Pencil in Bedroom Black. Is it kohl? Is it gel? You never could tell, for although it’s in a standard pencil format, this is the creamiest, blackest pencil I have ever come across – just like a gel in a pencil. You can smudge it out within the first minute to create smokey looks, and after that it sets and stays put All Day Long. You can wear it in the waterline and it will last a lot longer than anything else I’ve tried. Definitely first on my list and a steal at £19.

2 – Filmstar Bronze & Glow (£49). Charlotte created this for a certain Hollywood legend to help define her face, and boy does it work! The contour shade is such a beautiful, warm and natural shade, and can also be used as a bronzer, and if it’s possible for a highlight to be natural, this is it. It’s not sparkly, just frosty – and can be built up for more intensity. The two products together work in perfect harmony. This highlight looks gorgeous down the nose too, something I would never normally dream of doing on myself, but with this, it just works! It also make a really nice under-arch highlighter.

3 – The Dolce Vita Palette (£38). Out of all her beautiful palettes, this seems to be the one I am drawn to time and time again, and probably the one I sell most of too. Oozing with russety copper shades, it’s just gorgeous and looks stunning on all eye colours. The shadows are really creamy and pigmented and last all day.

4 – Penelope Pink K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick (£23). Charlotte’s lipsticks are really moisturising and you can actually feel it on your lips. They contain an extract from an actual Lipstick Tree which the tribes used to use to defend their lips from anything harmful, so I like to feel I’m doing good for my lips as I apply this! The colour is a pinky purple nude, which I just adore. It has a slight sheen to it when you first apply it, but as the day goes on the sheen fades yet your lips are still the colour of the lipstick. I was really surprised at just how long lasting they are for a moisturising lipstick.

Now onto the things I have spotted on people passing by….

First up I spotted a woman wearing these tights which I instantly fell in love with.

A quick Google search told me they are Agent Provocateur ‘Whip Me’ Stockings – and it’s then that I notice fully what they say! I didn’t fancy forking out £35 on a pair of stockings that I’d want to wear as fashion tights – so had a quick internet search…. and came across these on ASOS (What The Actual!?!!!!!!) but also came across these two on eBay which I thought were a good and cheap alternative for under £10 (search love backseam tights on eBay).

I also spotted one customer with stunning holographic silver nail polish which I’d assumed would be Color Club. I, naturally, being a nail polish whore, asked her what it was – and she told me it was Barry M! BARRY M! I have already been out and bought this, and it’s part of the Boots 3 for 2 offer. Now here’s the part where I kind of feel like I’m in some strange outer-universe. I’ve been searching online to give a link to this polish, and it seems it doesn’t exist and no one knows about it but me (and the lady wearing it in Selfridges, and the lady she had seen wearing it and asked where she got it from). Surely we’re not the only 3 people in the world to own this polish?! I don’t understand why the Bloggosphere hasn’t gone wild over this! I mean, it’s SO holographic, and from memory, under £4. I will do a nails of the day with it soon, promise, but it’ll have to wait a while as I’m giving my nails a Dr Lewinns treat at the moment.

The only, and literally the only thing I could find was an image of it from someone selling one on eBay which I think is actually the teal version, not the silver (and it went for £9)…. some clues I can give you while you’re hunting it out… it has a texturised matt silver lid, the barcode sticker on the side, as well as the barcode number, says NPLEB13C, and the little sticker on the bottom says BOOTS C 335 Limited Edition. I’m guessing the ‘Boots’ means it’s exclusive to Boots. If I find out anything further, I shall update.

Right – after speaking with the PR company for Barry M, I can give you the official scoop – they’ve created four limited edition glitter polishes – two exclusive to Boots, two exclusive to Superdrug. The Boots ones are Silver Lights (silver holographic glitter) and Tinsel Town (multi-coloured strands), and the Superdrug polishes are Fairy Lights (pink holographic glitter), and Gold Dust (rose gold strands). Phew. And this is what it looks like.

Another customer was wearing this Zara Duffle Coat which looked great on her. Okay, so she was stunningly beautiful, but she said so many people ask her about her coat! I am definitely going to have to pop into Zara to give it a whirl.

And then, the things I have convinced myself I need while walking from the staff area to the Beauty Hall. I go the way that means I walk through as little of the Beauty Hall as possible – as I said before, could be dangerous to my bank balance. However, this plan of mine could have a flaw, because now I absolutely need a neon sign from Gods Own Junkyard (located on the Lower Ground), in my life, which retails at £1430 or thereabouts. Chris Bracey, aka the neon man, has been making signs for years for anyone who’s anyone, and now I want in on it! The one I am particularly taken with is a star shape and says ‘Lucky’ in the middle, but I can’t seem to find it online. Meanwhile, this Love one is also rather fetching.

I also never knew I needed a Jellyfish Tank from Red5 in my life, but alas, I seem to. 

Plug it in, and a fan from the bottom pushes the ‘jellyfish’ gliding around the tank. It’s really beautiful and mesmerising – check out the video to see it in it’s full effect – it looks even better in real life. There are different light settings, although blue is my favourite… and I’m thinking this is a Christmas present waiting to happen for myself son.

In a similar vain, I think he would love this Wall Climber remote control car, which can drive on walls (but not ceilings, I asked). I will have to carefully consider the impact this may have on the walls of my house and anything hanging on them… but what little boy wouldn’t love this?!

Anthropologie is beautiful to look round – some of the things are rather pricey, but I was surprised to discover these monogram mugs were only £8 each.

Oh, and while I’ve been on the tube escalator, I keep seeing these Sophie Conran Measuring Spoons on the John Lewis advert and have taken quite a shine to them.
And before I knew it, I’d spent 2.5 hours creating a blog post of things I needed, making me lust after them even more. So that is where I shall leave this post. I shall try to be more organised with scheduling posts. See ya soon!

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.

Selfridges Lucky Bag

QUICK QUICK QUICK! Selfridges have launched their lucky bags today, but there are only 1000 of them available. They are a bag containing 5 hair and beauty items – no value is mentioned, not if they are sample sized or a mixture of full size and samples – it’s just the luck of the draw! 100 of the bags have got £150 Beauty Workshop vouchers in too. It’s too risky not to miss, I’ve just ordered two – now the dilemma is, which do I keep and which do I give to someone else for Christmas?!

The Lucky Bags cost £15 each from Selfridges

Men – Take Note!

It’s that time of year when the super cool advent calendars come out – yes, it may seem a little early to be thinking about it, but if you want one you need to be quick! These things are exclusive, limited edition, and sell out like hot cakes! Men, if you want to be in the good books, I suggest one of these may go down a treat!

The Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar – £82

This is the one that opened my eyes to the fact luxury calendars existed! I had it 2 Christmasses ago, and the one before that (although I’m pretty sure it was £70 then). I think I’ll skip this one this year, only because I found a lot of the things tend to be repeated, but if you’ve yet to try it – it is amazing, and such a treat! The official blurb says Containing a selection of luxury skincare, make-up and fragrance from brands including Lancôme, Kiehls, Viktor & Rolf, Shu Uemura and more – if you get your magnifying glasses out you may be able to see from the photo what kind of surprises are in store behind those doors. Get yours from Selfridges QUICKLY if you want one, these sell out fast!
The Lancome “All I Want for Christmas” Advent Calendar
This contains 24 mini sized Lancome treats including their new fragrance La Vie Est Belle, and new mascara Hypnose Star. Everything I can find about it varies – so I’ll tell you what I know. It either costs £70 or £82 – and was supposedly getting released on 1st October on the Lancome website – however it’s now the 16th and I can still see no sign of it! It’s also available at flagship counters, so keep your eyes peeled if this one tickles your fancy. 
Although, I did find the Lancome Beauty Crackers – £50 in Selfridges, which sound as though they have the same thing inside so perhaps they changed their mind about the calendar?
And last, but not least – the one I hope someone that loves me buys me this year *cough cough* (not that he’ll even be reading this, but one can dream!) is…
The Ciate Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar – £38

Which has 17 mini bottles of Ciate Paint Pot nail polish, 4 mini caviar blends, and 3 exclusive glitter Paint Pots that will never be available again – arghh, I want it!!!!!! This one is also available at Selfridges, exclusively.
It is so lovely to open a beauty treat up every day in an otherwise cold and miserable month of the year – and far kinder to the waistline too. Ladies – you might want to leave this page carefully open on your other halves computers – good luck!
If anyone knows the official scoop with the Lancome calendar, or has seen it anywhere – please let me know! 

The Only Advent Calendar I Require

Finally! An advent calendar marketed at people watching their waistlines (well, any excuse really!) Selfridges have launched an advent calendar full of beauty items. It does cost £60, but they haven’t scrimped on products – YSL, Lancome, Giorgio Armani, Kiehl’s, Shu Uemura, Viktor and Rolf and Stella McCartney items make up this luxurious calendar. Think of the pleasure of opening up each window every morning. The only issue would be what gift you could get on Christmas day which would top that?!

The advent calendar is available exclusively at Selfridges.