27/11/2014

Bourjois Rouge Velvet in Happy Nude Year review

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Bourjois Rouge Velvet in Happy Nude Year review. beauty, Bourjois, lipstick, make up, review, blogger, UK beauty blog, swatch
Bourjois Rouge Velvet in Happy Nude Year review. beauty, Bourjois, lipstick, make up, review, blogger, UK beauty blog, swatch

I have raved about Bourjois Rouge Velvet lipsticks many, many times before and I just cannot get enough of the formula! I was very happy when they recently released a Nude-ist shade, much appropriate for smoky eye and those 'no make up make up days'. At their Christmas press day I spotted another nude shade. Happy Nude Year* has the most gorgeous pinky nude colour and it is simply perfect. I love how it glides smoothly on my lips giving natural and very girly look. It has currently a firm spot in my make up bag and I carry it literally everywhere.

What do you think of this shade?

26/11/2014

NAILS: Barry M Vintage Violet

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NAILS: Barry M Vintage Violet, Barry M, nail polish, nails, NOTD, purple, swatches,

Barry M Vintage Violet is a delicate violet creme shade, perfect for this time of the year. It looks quite dark on the photos, but it's more lighter and muted in real life. I loved having it on my nails last week, it's so classic and chic but still has some colour. I think new additions to Barry M permanent collection are just amazing, Ballerina is equally gorgeous and I urge you to get them both if you get a chance.

25/11/2014

Debenhams Christmas Party Outfit Competition


I think Christmas party is a reason to be a little bit daring and maybe stay away from the usual and classic 'little black dress'. So I decided to inject a little bit of colour with this Hailey Cardinal Red Long Sleeve Sequin Lace Cocktail Dress in a stunning red shade, which will definitely make me stand out from the crowd. Plus red is the colour of the festivities and with sparkling sequins and sheer panel detail it is quite daring without revealing too much. I've teamed it up with Faith 50th Anniversary Suede Court Shoes designed especially to celebrate the brand's 50 years. I think they are very versatile pair which will look fabulous with this dress, or any skirt or trousers. I love how the gold-plated ankle cuff adds a little bit of an edge to them whilst still keeping them elegant. As for accessories, I decided to keep them simple - let the sparkle and sequins do the talking! I've chosen these beautiful Jon Richard Diamante Crystal Gold Oval Drop Earrings and Jon Richard Diamante Crystal Gold Wave Stretch Bracelet for some old-Hollywood glamour and Star by Julien Macdonald Black Feather Clutch Bag which will carry all of my essentials and definitely will be the talking point of the party!

This is my entry for Debenhams Christmas Party Outfit Competition. I created this outfit mood board of my dream party look featuring my favourite Debenhams partywear. More details here.

24/11/2014

Makeup Revloution Flawless Palette review

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Makeup Revloution Ultra 32 Shade Eyeshadow Palette FLAWLESS, palette, eye shadows, make up, Makeup Revolution, beauty, review, blogger
Makeup Revloution Ultra 32 Shade Eyeshadow Palette FLAWLESS, palette, eye shadows, make up, Makeup Revolution, beauty, review, blogger

Can you believe this eyeshadow palette costs mere £8? I couldn't either! Makeup Revloution Ultra 32 Shade Eyeshadow Palette FLAWLESS is definitely something to get if you are a fan of eye make up and don't want to spend a huge sum of money. I absolutely love these shades, because they are my cup of tea and I get to use every single one of them on a daily basis (OK, maybe with an exception of dark green and black shades). The packaging is very sturdy with a huge mirror. The shades are also named, but on a rather flimsy and poor-quality plastic, so it was hard for me to actually see some of the names - but it's still nice to have them. These negatives aside, I love this palette for having all neutral shades which can take me from day to night in an instant. The formula is creamy and easily blendable - once again I am very impressed with Makeup Revolution! There is a little bit of fall-out from some of the shades, but nothing major. If you're looking to start your Makeup Revolution somewhere - this palette is definitely a way!

23/11/2014

Christmas Gift Guide for Her

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The Body Shop Glazed Apple Tin of Treasures*, £17
Make your gift the sweetest of the festive season with this mouth-watering Glazed Apple collection. This selection of delicious-smelling seasonal treats come perfectly packaged in a fun and reusable apple inspired tin – no wrapping required! It includes: Shower Gel, Body Butter, Body Lotion, Body Polish and Green Mini Crinkle Bath Lily. I am in love with this range, it smells so good! Other festive collections from The Body Shop are Frosted Cranberry and Vanilla Brulee. You can read about The Body Shop Christmas releases here, my favourites are also Perry The Penguin Bath Sponge* £5 and Lip and Cheek Doll* £10.

Perfume
I think perfume is always a good idea for a gift, but only if you know the person well. If not, then maybe get The Perfume Shop Vivabox (see below). However, I don't really think you can go wrong with this choice of cult and classic fragrances like: Calvin Klein Reveal For Her*,  Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream* and ChloĆ© Eau De Parfum*. 

The Perfume Shop Women's Fragrance Selection Vivabox*, £37.99
A choice of fragrances to try with a voucher for a full size bottle to collect from any of The Perfume Shop stores across the UK. Each Vivabox comes with 7 samples so whoever you buy for can choose their favourite and collect one full size bottle from their stores.

No7 Mini Eye Palette*, £10
This beautiful compact contains a selection of 8 popular No7 eye shadow colours, along with a handy double-ended applicator. Use the versatile shades to create a natural daytime look or a night time smoky eye.

Caudalie Divine Oil*, £8
This multi-purpose, luxurious dry oil moisturises, nourishes and enhances the skin thanks to its unique formula made with an exceptional blend of oils (grape, hibiscus, sesame and argan). It envelops the skin with a subtle, floral and sun-kissed fragrance, with woody notes. You can use it on the body, hair, nails, in the bath or as a massage oil. This small bottle is perfect as a stocking filler or even as a Christmas ornament. 

Timothy Dunn Blue Rose Home Candle, £34
This ethereal, scented candle is dedicated to the memory of Timothy Dunn's mother and inspired by her wonderfully idyllic English country garden. Sit back and fill your senses with an abundance of highly scented roses, mop-headed peonies, gentian, heartsease, hollyhocks, forget-me-nots and jasmine. This fresh, modern floral home candle is created with rosewater notes, dewy violets, sugared raspberries and a contemporary rich-red Moroccan rose accord, expertly blended with an array of sensual musks and enhanced with nuances of zesty orange flower, cedar and fresh green tea. Absolutely divine.

Jurlique Aromatic Rose Duo*, £35
This duo consists of Rose Hand Cream and Essence of Rose Roll-On Fragrance Oil and is perfect for those who love the smell of roses! Let the enchanting scent uplift your senses.

Soap & Glory Gift Sets, from £5
Popular every year, Soap & Glory has something for everyone from tiny stocking fillers to huge bags filled with skincare and bodycare. I always get something from the range, the best way is to wait for 50% off Boots offer and get stocked up for the next year!

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro, £20
This is the book that makeup fans have been waiting for - Bobbi Brown's twenty-five-plus years of makeup styling experience distilled into one complete, gorgeous book. Bobbi looks at everything from skincare basics to every aspect of facial makeup - from how to find the right colour and type of foundation for any skin tone to how to apply every detail of eye makeup (brows, eyeliner, eye shadow and eyelashes) no matter the eye colour and shape. Of course there are never-before-seen tips on blush, bronzer, lip liners, lipstick and more.

Stationery
I think stationery, especially notepads are also a good idea for Christmas gift or simply stocking filler. Paperchase always has the cutest designs and I literally have to stop myself from buying more than one whenever I'm there!

Links of London Narrative Collection, from £55
A contemporary combination of modern pendants, bracelets and rings, the Narrative collection is perfect for personalising with your own significant touch. Crafted in silver, yellow or rose gold vermeil these engravable jewels feature a subtle detailing of bubbles encapsulated in between two plaques to create a truly unique layered effect. I am in love with my Narrative Oval Disc Pendant* in silver and got my initial engraved on it.

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffrer, Exclusive to SpaceNK £32
I didn't manage to get last year's edition of this wonderful set, so I made sure this time to get it quickly! It has five sought-after Satin Lip Pencils in a jumbo pencil format for easy on-the-go application. The value is amazing and it's a great way to try famous NARS lip pencils.

Next week - Christmas Gift Guide for Him!

22/11/2014

My Blink Brow Bar experience

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My eyebrows are very hard-maintenance. They can easily grow bushy and are very resistant to any attempts of taming them down. On a plus side, they are very black, so I never really need to bother with filling them, unless it's for a very special occasion and I have time on my hands. My usual routine consists of simply brushing through and then securing them with a Clear Brow Gel* and using Nourishing Brow Oil* at night. I usually pluck them myself and go for threading from time to time to keep them in a proper shape.

My Blink Brow Bar experience, topshop, review, eyebrows, brows,

I recently was invited to Blink Brow Bar in Topshop Oxford Circus to check out what they have on offer. Blink Brow Bar is a walk-in brow bar which specializes in ancient Indian technique of threading. When I sat down in the chair, I was instantly relaxed, even though I was in a bustling shop floor. Ravinder explained the whole process to me and I was feeling very at ease after that. She asked me what shape I'd like to get and what she's going to do - very professional! Everything was very hygienic and she made sure that I'd get to use antibacterial gel before touching my brows. It smelled super lovely too - a delicate rosy scent which was a nice change from usual 'clinical' fragrance. Ravinder took her time and didn't rush which made me confident that I will have nice looking brows at the end. Her last touch was to slightly fill them in with Cinnamon Spice Pencil and Cinnamon Spice Gel. I absolutely love my new brows and I am amazed how much difference a little addition of colour makes! I am now slowly incorporating Cinnamon Spice Brow Definer* and Cinnamon Spice Gel* into my daily makeup routine. Last, but not least, I didn't experience any inflammation, redness or spots - perfect!

Have you ever tried threading?

21/11/2014

PIXI Christmas 2014 collection

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I recently went to the newly refurbished PIXI store at Carnaby Street to see the upcoming Christmas collection. The store looks very sleek, but still with that shabby-chic feel, huge mirrors and white shelves. I love it! The Christmas collection is even better and consists of PIXI Ultimate Beauty Kit 2nd Edition*, PIXI Fairy Dust Favourites - Light Catchers* and PIXI Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio*. I still cannot decide which product is my favourite, all of them are simply gorgeous!

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PIXI Ultimate Beauty Kit 2nd Edition
This ultimate kit contains 40 eye shadows, 6 highlighters and 6 cheek powders and is an ultimate “go-to” PIXI beauty palette that gives endless options for gorgeous make up looks. I was surprised how compact it is and still has so many products to choose and use. I think it's an amazing way to try out PIXI make up range - eyeshadows and blushers. I am a fan of the right-sided selection of eyeshadows for everyday looks and I like how they are a mixture of mattes and shimmers - something for everyone! The blushers are decently pigmented and you can also find highlighters lurking on the top two rows. I may not be using all these shades, but I've already found my favourties and it's nice to know I have orange blusher if I'll ever need one (pumpkin/fox costume idea for next year's Halloween?). As always, PIXI eyeshadows are pigmented, buttery and pleasure to work with - it's a fantastic beauty kit.

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PIXI Fairy Dust Favourites - Light Catchers
I own a couple of Illamasqua Loose Pigments (which I am yet to review on the blog) and I like their multi-tasking abilities and the fact that I can change a simple eyeshadow with a dash of glitter. So I was very happy to learn that PIXI has prepared a travel-friendly stack of five loose pigment powders. The shades are Glimmery White, Candlelit Gold-nude Shimmer, Medium Nude Sheen, Warm Tan Shimmer and Rich Metallic Copper. This wide selection means you can easily use them as highlighters or eyeshadows to enhance your eyes and cheeks with a soft glow. I am particularly fan of Rich Metallic Copper - it's simply perfect for my blue eyes.

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PIXI Shea Butter Lip Balm Trio
You cannot go wrong with this trio of lip balms in Ripe Raspberry, Honey Nectar and Comfort Clear. They feel nice and moisturising on the lips and give a hint of colour too. I think they're perfect Christmas stocking.

Which product caught your eye?