Tuesday, 21 October 2014

In the beauty industry we start talking about Christmas in July... it's madness! But this year I didn't want to wish my year away so quickly so I've held out for long enough and I'm now ready (and excited) to let the Christmas cheer seep in.

One thing the beauty world does so well at Christmas is eyeshadow palettes and the first one to make my beauty addict ears perk up is the Clarins 'The Essentials' mineral eye make-up palette

Bulky and slightly disappointing packaging aside, this palette has some beautiful shades inside. There are 10 eyeshadows ranging from a smokey Winter grey to a vibrant gold flake. There are mattes, satins and pearls that can be used wet or dry depending on how intense you want them to look. 

The middle four shades are my favourite and despite being initially weary of the gold, I absolutely love it! You can use your finger to lightly press it on the lids and it leaves a subtle but pretty twinkle. 

At £35 this is a seriously strong competitor to the Naked palette and I think this Christmas, this is going to be the one I reach for most. 
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Monday, 20 October 2014

I'm a sucker for a new lipstick launch, especially when it's my favourite makeup brand and an impressive 40 new shades! The Audacious lipsticks from NARS come in fancy new, magnetic packaging that I much prefer to the old version. 

I'm not going to lie, I was pretty overwhelmed at the counter but I'd highly recommend checking out Temptalia's post with a breakdown of the 40 shades. The formula isn't completely matte, but it's pigmented for sure, so I knew I didn't want a nude. For some reason I always prefer the more sheer formulas when wearing nudes or 'my lips but better' shades. So I tried five or six shades on the back of my hand, from tangerine to dark berry. I wanted to take two home with me so in the end I decided on Rita (left) and Vera (right). 

Rita is a warm red with a semi-matte finish. I tried so hard not to buy a traditional red as I really don't need any more but this one has a beautiful warm undertone to it that I couldn't refuse. Now looking back I don't think I needed to buy this one, but I do think it's a gorgeous colour. 

Vera is a bright raspberry shade with warm berry undertones. This one is great for Autumn and as it's slightly darker than something like Revlon Berry Smoothie, I find it to be a bit more vampy and dressy. 

Both are really nice and smooth to apply, although I found it easier to apply them with a lip brush rather than straight from the bullet. 

With so many shades to choose from I'm impressed I only came home with two, but I definitely could have been more adventurous with my choices - tut tut Lily. So which shades do you have your eye on? 
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Sunday, 19 October 2014

I'm so excited to jet off to New York on Thursday and have fun in the big city with my best friends. There's not much on our to do list apart from eat and shop A LOT. Standard.

I love taking a peak inside people's travel beauty bags, so I thought you might want to see inside mine. I've tried to keep it light, but it was a hard task! 
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I usually go for Barry M polishes when I'm after something bright but their new shades for Autumn are deliciously cosy. This one 'Vintage Violet' is my favourite, it's a dark purple. I like how it's not the usual burgundy but more of a traditional purple. 

I haven't got another shade like it in my collection (which is rare) and it's been on my nails all week! 

What do you think of this shade? I love it! 

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

A cute little Nuxe Rêve de Miel came through my letter box this week. Unlike it's usual packaging this one has a bright turquoise lid to celebrate 20 years of Rêve de Miel! There are three limited edition lids to collect; pink, turquoise and yellow. They're available from M&S and selected pharmacies. They're fun, cute and it's reminded me how much I love the cult lip balm. 

My lovely friend Ruth has launched her very own dry shampoo! It's amazing how much cool stuff is going on in the blogging/YouTube community and this is one not to miss. There are 5 Colab scents available, all named after cities around the world and with the promise of invisibility, I can't wait to try them! There will be a proper blog post on these coming in a week or so when I've properly given them a go. They are available online here

This week's food recommendation is a little cafe in East London. Trade is such a great hangout for just a coffee or for a coffee and a bite to eat too! The setting is really nice and laid back and the food is just delicious! Definitely worth a visit next time you're in the area. 
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