I wanted to share these two gorgeous new palettes from Clarins which have just arrived on counters. I think they are both absolutely beautiful and would make for the most lovely gifts or just for a festive splurge!
Both products are named Odyssey as part of the collection and first of the palettes is this gorgeous face palette that has a beautiful mosaic design on the case which is made all the more elegant by the golden packaging itself. The mosaic design is repeated inside the product with the pattern being embossed into the powder with a golden finish. It took me a while to even want to use because the pattern is so beautiful! Combined together, the powder makes for the most beautiful peachy golden highlight which instantly lifts and warms the face. It is a great one for wearing in the winter months as it adds both a bit colour and sparkle and health to the skin which I just love!
Next is this absolutely beautiful eyeshadow palette that gives the opportunity for making a variety of pretty and feminine make-up looks. I love the four colours chosen for this palette and all make brilliant eyeshadows on their own as well as together. They are all so well pigmented and have the softest formulas so they are a dream to work with. In particular, the bright golden colour has such a soft texture that it feels like it could be a cream shadow, and this makes it so super pigmented and sparkly once on the lid and I just love it. The perfect party shadow!
There are so many different ways to wear these shadows. They look great altogether or the shimmery gold colour looks lovely all over the lid with black liner. Another look I love to create with these shadows is to wear the champagne colour all over the lid, then contour the eyes with the light brown colour and then to define the eyes and smoke them up by applying the dark brown colours in to the corners of the eyes and under the eyes as well. It is a great eyeshadow quad investment as I think you get so much out of it!
What do you guys think? Would you put these on your Christmas lists?
So I may be a little late jumping on the band wagon with this product but I am a new convert! I only started using it last week but I have to say that Benefit's 'They're Real' mascara is absolutely brilliant. I found out that it is the best selling mascara in the world and the best selling beauty product here in the U.K - very impressive and it's easy to see why!
The mascara instantly lengthens, lifts and dramatizes my lashes and it is totally mess free to use. Even after a couple of strokes my lashes are totally transformed. Here are my lashes before using it....
And here they are after...
I love the finish and how it fans out my lashes without making them appear at all clumpy. I love the packaging of this mascara too, it is unique and fun like so many other Benefit products. The only negative that I would have to say about this product is that it is a bit of a pain to remove. Ideally, I would use an oil cleanser to remove this with no problems but by using other cleansers you have to work that bit harder to remove it, however this is only a tiny setback from what is an amazing product!
Have you guys tried this mascara? If not, which is your favourite mascara? I love to read your thoughts in the comments :)
Here are the products I have been loving this week, they are all brilliant and I would totally recommend all of them as staple products! Hope you enjoy!
First up is this fantastic creamy concealer kit from Bobbi Brown in the colour Natural Tan. I think concealer duo's are a great idea anyway but I'm sure some of you guys will know how much I love Bobbi Brown concealers in particular. This is the perfect under eye concealer and is great for all year round because you can mix the colours to find the perfect shade. I love how long wearing the concealer is and it totally transforms the appearance of my skin. Definitely a make-up bag essential!
NARS Albatross is one of my favourite powder highlighters and after not using it for a while, I have put it back in to my make-up bag! I just love how golden and dewy the finish is without being too over powering or unnatural. In the pan, it looks really bright and white but when on the skin it turns in to the most beautiful golden colour that is undeniably gorgeous. I have had mine for a while as well and they last such a long time so this is definitely a good NARS investment!
Next is this lovely lip tint and balm from Rimmel 1000 kisses range in the colour Kiss Me. They are the most handy things to have as they provide both colour and moisture in one product. On one side is a pen-like tint which gives the most lovely colour that lasts all day and on the other end is a balm which you put over the top to keep lips nourished, but also to add a bit of extra shine. I love the colour range and the pen style applicator is great as you literally just colour in your lips!
This is a beautiful blusher from Sisley cosmetics Phyto-Blush Eclat range called Pinky Berry. I haven't used much Sisley before but it's one of those brands where you instantly like everything! I love this blush, everything from the fun packaging to the product itself, it's a great everyday rosy colour that comes all wrapped up in beautiful, sophisticated packaging that is ultra modern and luxurious. The blush itself has the softest formula and instantly awakens the skin.
Last of all, I have been absolutely loving this cream shadow by Benefit in the colour Busy Signal. I think this is such a beautiful colour and it is such a simple product to just throw on to instantly liven up eye make-up or to use as the perfect base for a smokey eye. I have been wearing it all over the lid with lots of mascara so it is a make-up look that takes seconds and it doubles up as a liner as well so it has multiple uses. The consistency is so silky and soft and it is so well pigmented, what I also think is amazing about this product is how well it lasts on the skin and it doesn't crease for such a long time. Totally recommend this range of cream shadows!
So I'm not normally the biggest hair product junkie but just recently I have been using lots of different products in the quest to find healthy, shiny, soft but voluminous hair! I thought I would share with you guys some of the products I have used and loved recently.
First up is the 'plump it up' dry backcomb spray from VO5. This is such a brilliant product, you simply spray is in to your roots, give your head a rub with your fingers and then you have instant volume that lasts in seconds! It's so reasonably priced for the quality of the product and it also acts as a hair refresher as well but without the unpleasant smell that some dry shampoo's have. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to get full bodied hair but on a budget, it's a star buy!
This is a little bottle of wonder from Charles Worthington! I love shine sprays and this one is fantastic. You simply spray it on to your hair and your hair immediately looks more glossy and shiny. I wouldn't say this is the most long wearing shine spray but I like it because it doesn't make your hair feel at all greasy or weighed down.
This is a brand new hair oil from the fantastic Ojon hair range. In this one little bottle the oil helps to do lots of things - boost moisture, nourishes hair, tames frizz, protects heat and give a shiny healthy finish. I love the smell and quality of Ojon products and this is a welcomed addition to their great range. You apply the products in to damp hair before styling and you literally only need one drop which is great because it means the oil will last you a long time! I was so happy with the results, my hair appeared more glossy, smooth and shiny after using it. The oil is not out yet so keep your eyes peeled for it soon!
These last three products are seriously wonderful. All three come from the divine L'Oreal Mythic Oil range. I have used the nourishing mask for a while now and it is brilliant for keeping the hair hydrated, healthy and soft. After going to one of the Rush London salons last week I was also introduced to the shampoo and conditioner from the range and I am a total convert. I have to say that I think these are some of the best smelling hair products you can get and I love the feel of my hair after using them!
This morning I went for a blow dry at Daniel Galvin. I had been wanting to go to one of the salons for a blow dry for ages and today seemed like the perfect day since I had lots of plans today! I opted to go to the salon in the Corinthia hotel which is the most amazing hotel! I took my best friend Kate along with me to be the camera lady so I could blog about it for you guys! Also all the X Factor contestants are staying at the Corinthia so we saw lots of them around the hotel, but we didn't get to see our favourite James Arthur.
Here are some pics of the hotel - the main lobby area, the outside area and then the most amazing lights I've ever seen!
Here is a pic of my hair before the blow dry, I thought it would be good to show you the difference!
The salon itself was super sleek and sophisticated, I loved how simple it was. The lovely Ricky did my hair for me.
And here's the finished look guys! I love it... Wish I could have a Daniel Galvin blow dry every day! I will definitely be coming back here as it was such a nice experience.
It's now 4pm and the blow dry is still looking great and holding well and it's still really bouncy and voluminous. Definitely worth having one if you have something important or exciting to go to. Have any of you guys been to Daniel Galvin?