For January and exclusive to Selfridges, NARS introduced a limited-edition collection that delivers captivating range and dimension for eyes. There are two eyeshadow palettes available, new Multiple shade and five eyeshadow sticks (in black, blue, purple, grey and brown). NARS Velvet Eyeshadow Stick in Dark Angel* has a gorgeous deep brown shade and a truly wonderful velvety matte formula which applies easily and smoothly. I honestly never experienced eyeshadow stick that smooth - it feels wonderful on the skin and glides effortlessly on the eyelid. The staying power is immense - for this swatch alone it took me a lot of rubbing in the shower to take it off completely and there was still residue afterwards. As for eye makeup, I left it to Bioderma Micellar Solution to soak it all up and then followed up with Elemis Sensitive Cleansing Wash to take it off completely. It's a wonderful shade alone for an everyday makeup, but I use it as a base and follow up with some glitter on top.
I am currently going through a phase of wearing very classic and natural nail polish shades. Essie Ballet Slippers is one of them - perfect for every occasion, eternally chic and feminine, it is one of my favourite Essie shades. You can decide for yourself how opaque you want it to be, I personally like how milky and creamy it is after few layers. In this case I applied four thin layers and sealed them with Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.
Are you a fan of classic nail polish shades?
KIKO Generation Next is a spring collection* full of shiny packaging and lots of colour with the main theme being celebrating the future. There are few innovation formulas and textures and gorgeous packaging is inspired by the famous Italian Murano glassware, capturing the multicolours used throughout his work. I was lucky to receive few items, so here are mini-reviews:
KIKO Mosaic Highlighter in Future Light is a truly beautiful highlighter inside and out. It has a mixture of matte and shimmery shades which help to create a perfect glow. It is also enriched with multi-reflective pearls and very soft, which means it blends easily into the skin. I really like the sturdy packaging and the big mirror and the only negative I can find is that in this case (as well as eyeshadow) it is rather hard to open with a clasp tightly guarding the inside, so it can be a bit of a struggle before you ease your way in. (RRP £14.90)
KIKO Cool Touch Eyeshadow in Experimental Green is one shade of eight creamy intense eyeshadows that once applied give a long-lasting mettalic and glossy finish. I've been using this shade as an eyeliner, because I don't think my blue eyes would favour green on my eye lids. It is packaged in the innovative pot to maintain the freshness of the texture. (RRP £8.90)
KIKO Crystal Eyeliner is a pencil eyeliner with a very smooth feel and vivid colour. It feels like a liquid liner with the immediate colour release of a pencil. I can confirm that it lasted throughout the day without smudging. There are six shades available, the ones here are dark silver (01) and metallic green (04). (RRP 6.90)
KIKO Frosted Look Lipstick is a creamy chubby pencil lipstick which gives you easy and quick application on-the-go. Don't let its name fool you - it doesn't give you dreaded 80s 'Dynasty' frosted lipstick look, but rather delicate shimmer and satin finish. There are six shades available and this vivid red is 04. (RRP £7.50)
KIKO Glassy Lipgloss is a lipgloss with a glossy finish and good pigmentation. It's described as a hybrid of a lipstick and lipgloss and has a water-based formula to coat the lips whilst moisturizing. It has a very subtle scent of vanilla, which is almost non-detectable (only when you sniff the wand), so it's perfect for people who are not fans of heavily scented makeup. It's also available in six shades and this one is 03. (RRP 7.90)
All in all I think it's another fantastic collection from KIKO. I've really learnt to love this brand and especially if you're looking to inject colour into your everyday makeup, this is the brand to go for. Their long-lasting formulas and visually-appealing packaging make it a winner in my books. Other products in the collection include Generation Next Face Brush (powder brush and cruelty-free), CC Cream Cushion, Masterpiece Bronzer, Mosaic Blush and Crystal Fusion Super Moisture Face Serum (phew!). Generation Next collection launches in March.
I've been trying to get back my blogging mojo lately and I am thinking about few new series I may start to jazz things up on Mademoiselle Lala. In the meantime, I've filmed my first Vlog of 2015 - it's been such a long time since I uploaded something on YouTube I actually missed it a little bit. It's still time-consuming and people look at you weirdly on the street, but vlogging actually makes me happy and it's a lot of fun so I'll try to squeeze it in as much as I can.
On Wednesday I met up with Julie for a little catch up and gossip and we went to two events. Figleaves was presenting their upcoming lingerie and swimwear collection and it's full of wonderful prints, lace and colours. The attenetion to detail is incredible and the prices are very affordable too. There were romantic and girly sets in peach and pastels as well as something more vampy like collection inspired with Fifty Shades of Grey and designed by queen of burlesque Dita Von Teese. The swimwear is a mixture of retro styles and classics with some bold prints, florals and once again - details - from studs (designed to stay firmly put and not get too hot on the sun) to metalic inserts, everything screams summer.
I got this bottle of Victoria's Secret Snow Mint fragrance mist during Boxing Day sale and I have been wearing it daily every since. I honestly think I've found my signature scent! It is simply amazing, I can't get enough of it and the only thing that makes me weep is that it's limited-edition scent!!! Victoria's Secret - please, oh so please release it next year, I need it in my life! This fragrance is a perfect blend of iced peppermint and ganache - very unusual! Sweet, but not overly sweet and it's infused with aloe vera and chamomile. I love it so much, it has amazing lasting power and my only regrets are that I didn't get another bottle and matching lotion, because they were sold out.
Brand new Smashbox Double Exposure Palette* is hitting the stores on 7th January (RRP £37), so get ready to get it! It's an amazing palette containing 14 shades that transform into 28 with adding just some water. Each shadow changes in one of four ways when wet - the shade amps up vibrancy, gets deeper, turns metallic or adds sparkle - so the possibilities are endless. I think it's a genius way of updating a palette and a certainly its main selling point - it's like having two palettes in one! A special double-ended brush is included for foolproof application with domed side to absorb just the right amount of water for maximum colour and angled side to create a precise line when wet or diffused line when dry.
I'd definitely recommend a gentle water mist to use for wetting the brush, not a full-on splash of water. I've used The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist (since I saw makeup artists use similar technique at the backstage of London Fashion Week), but I also want to let you know that Smashbox is releasing Photo Finish Primer Water (RRP £20) on 18th February which will have three main uses: prime to create sheerest canvas for makeup application, setting the makeup and refreshing throughout the day to wake up the skin. It can also act as a gentle mist to damp the brush and achieve desired result.
What do you think of this latest addition to Smashbox family?
To kick-start New Year I though about giving away this amazing Benefit Primping with the Stars Kit including some of cult and my favourite products that will leave your face, cheeks, eyes and lips looking show-stoppingly gorgeous. It includes Stay Don't Stray Stay-Put Primer, Some Kind-A-Gorgeous Foundation, Benetint Rose-Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain, The Porefessional primer, Girl Meets Pearl illuminator and They're Real! Mascara!
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