23/02/2015

Urban Decay Vice3 eyeshadow palette

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Urban Decay Vice3 eyeshadow palette, Urban Decay, palette, eye shadows, beauty, make up, review, limited edition, blog, blogger

I knew I had to have Urban Decay Vice3 eyeshadow palette ever since I first laid my eyes on it. The mixture of beautiful shades, the sleek and stylish packaging with crystallised neon name on top, huge mirror and padded case to store the palette and make it more easy to travel it. Add Urban Decay's excellent eyeshadow quality and you have something that went straight to the top of my wishlist. When I unwrapped it on Christmas Eve, I was truly happy. 

The palette can be divided loosely in colour-coded columns: mattes, cool shades, rich shades, reds, and neutrals. It's this selection of shades that drawn me in, I am not brave enough to pull off a lot of colour into my makeup looks, I prefer to stay close to classics and keep them in 'everyday' realm. Vice3 makes effortlessly possibly. There are few colour injections of vivid blue and green, but for me it's not too overpowering (and also one of the reasons why I haven't picked up Vice palettes in the past). 

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The possibilities with Vice3 are virtually endless and I love creating new looks every time I reach for this palette. My favourite shades are Vanity, Lucky, Alchemy, Reign and Bondage, so as you can see deep reds took my fancy. There is also a good choice of neutrals, few matte shades to blend and balance out shimmery shades. Vice3 is limited edition palette and all shades are completely new, so I am not sure if you can get it, but if you'll get a chance - go for it!

Are you a fan of Urban Decay Vice palettes?

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12/02/2015

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy collection

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 If you are looking for a perfect Valentine's Day gift or a way to pamper yourself, brand new The Body Shop range* Smoky Poppy is the answer. Smoky Poppy collection is infused with real, hand-picked poppy flowers from the Ankara region of Turkey. This sensual and indulgent range will leave you longing for more, with a euphoric scent for ultimate body bliss. It smells absolutely delicious and very grown-up, not fruity scented as usual The Body Shop products. So if you're after something unique, definitely pick up something this collection.

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How cute is this brush? I love The Body Shop brushes, I've reviewed them over the years on the blog and I firmly believe they don't get enough praise. This new poppy-inspired Blusher Brush will not only look cute at your vanity table, but also ensure a petal-soft application of any blusher. It's almost too pretty to use! (RRP £15)

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The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick in Poppy Universal will let you indulge your dark side with the transforming black shade, adapting to the unique pH of your skin into your own individual poppy shade. Seriously natural glow and colour - here I come! (RRP £12)

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The Body Shop Smoky Poppy collection, Blusher Brush, beauty, brushes, lip balm, make up, review, The Body Shop, The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Velvet Stick in Poppy Universal, Smoky Poppy Selection

Smoky Poppy Selection is definitely star product and the best way to sample this collection. You can indulge with the rich, black Shower Gel, caress with the Poppy Flower Sponge and smooth your body with the classic Body Butter. The packaging is gorgeous too and definitely not to be thrown away, rather repurposed to store your other beauty products. (RRP  £17)

09/02/2015

MUA Spring 2015 collection

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You know I love MUA eyeshadow palettes, so I was eager to see what new releases they'll have coming up this spring. Spring Break palette* is a perfect way to step into new season! It's a mix of neutral, pinks and soft green hues and is ideal for a fresh new look.

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MUA Spring 2015 collection, Spring Break palette,MUA, spring, 2015, eye shadows, palette, make up, beauty, review, nail polish, lipstick, Spearmint, Posy, Lavender, Barely There, lipstick

To go with palette, there are three new nail polishes* in Spearmint, Posy and Lavender - all gorgeous pastel shades suited for every occasion. There are two new lipstick colours coming up too - inspired by catwalk trends are Coral Flush (very vivid red) and Barely There* (I see Kylie Jenner's nude lip influence here). 

Other new releases include Sweet Sheen Collection of six balm moisturisers, Eye Define Mascara, Whipped Velvet Collection of five lip velvets and five cream blushes, Prime & Conceal individual correcting creams (yellow, green, lilac and peach) and Pout Prime Lip Primer to hold your lipstick even longer.

P.S. Use code MUAML10 for your exclusive discount, valid until 04/03/15.

06/02/2015

MAC Cinderella Collection - preview

MAC Cinderella Collection - preview

MAC collections seem to be released every single week, it's even hard to keep up with them! But ever since the news about Cinderella collection hit the blogosphere, I couldn't wait to see how it's going to look like. And it's even more pretty than I though! It's not often that I want simply everything from MAC limited edition collection - I usually settle for a lipstick (you can't have too many lipsticks, right?), but in this case I have my eye on a couple of things and I know I won't be able to resist them... The shades, the packaging, everything simply comes together and it's a collection fit for a princess! I can't wait for it to be released next month!

"Timeless and courageous, the most famous Disney princess of all inspires a limited-edition colour collection magical enough to make all your fairytale dreams come true. Beloved for generations for her kind heart and determined mind that dares to dream, Cinderella envisages enough makeup shades to fill a pumpkin carriage."

My definite picks are lipsticks Free as a Butterfly - (semi-sheer golden nude) - and Royal Ball - (fleshy pink), Stroke of Midnight eyeshadow palette and one of the powders, but I can't decide which one - they are both so pretty and have fairytale names: Coupe d’Chic (light golden peach with gold shimmer) and Mystery Princess (pink beige with silver shimmer).
Free as a Butterfly - (semi-sheer golden nude) - and Royal Ball - (fleshy pink), Stroke of Midnight eyeshadow palette and one of the powders, but I can't decide which one - they are both so pretty and have fairytale names: Coupe d’Chic (light golden peach with gold shimmer) and Mystery Princess
Free as a Butterfly - (semi-sheer golden nude) - and Royal Ball - (fleshy pink), Stroke of Midnight eyeshadow palette and one of the powders, but I can't decide which one - they are both so pretty and have fairytale names: Coupe d’Chic (light golden peach with gold shimmer) and Mystery Princess

Free as a Butterfly - (semi-sheer golden nude) - and Royal Ball - (fleshy pink), Stroke of Midnight eyeshadow palette and one of the powders, but I can't decide which one - they are both so pretty and have fairytale names: Coupe d’Chic (light golden peach with gold shimmer) and Mystery PrincessFree as a Butterfly - (semi-sheer golden nude) - and Royal Ball - (fleshy pink), Stroke of Midnight eyeshadow palette and one of the powders, but I can't decide which one - they are both so pretty and have fairytale names: Coupe d’Chic (light golden peach with gold shimmer) and Mystery Princess

Other products are pigments, glitters, fluidlines, eye glosses and lipglasses:

03/02/2015

Benefit Roller Lash mascara

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Benefit Roller Lash mascara, Benefit, mascara, make up, beauty, review, ELLE, swatches

Beauty world is currently buzzing with the lastest release from Benefit - Roller Lash mascara. Since They're Real! mascara became a cult product not so long ago, it was only a matter of time before Benefit will release another one, also claiming to be the ultimate necessity for your lashes. I have a little bit of love-hate relationship with Benefit (I love some of their products and the packagings, but hate how overpriced and over-hyped products are), but since the sample was coming free with current issue of ELLE magazine and it's a global pre-release, of course I wanted to try it for myself.

Benefit Roller Lash mascara was designed to super-curl and lift your lashes with a Hook'n'Roll brush (patent pending) which was designed to catch, lift and curl. Well, these are obviously my first impressions since I have it only for two days, but as you can see from swatches, it does sound promising. 

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Consumer panel on 31 women after 4 weeks said:
- 97% said it visibly lifts lashes - I can confirm it, Roller Lash really lifts them up;
- 87% said it gives long-lasting curl - it gave me a curl, but I have rather curly lashes, so I guess people with straight lashes will appreciate this more than I do;
- 94% said eyes look more wide open - with lifting and curling the lashes it's only natural that your eyes will look more 'open' and I could really see that in action.

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To sum up, I wouldn't call it my favourite mascara (I always go for volume rather than length), but it's really good and perfect for those days when you feel tired and want to 'open' your eyes. I also think it's excellent for people who like to use eyelash curlers - using this mascara means that you won't be endangering your lashes to pulling and tugging. But I think that it is overhyped (as most Benefit products are) and I will definitely not fork out almost £20 for a full tube. It certainly doesn't beat my Holy Grail mascara aka Bourjois Twist up the Volume.

30/01/2015

Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Palette review

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Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Palette review, Too Faced, bronzer, make up, beauty, review,

You may know that I am completely obsessed with Too Faced make up, especially since I got Chocolate Bar palette in the summer. When I saw that Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Palette is going to be on Cohorted website, I decided to take a plunge and made my first ever Cohorted purchase. I've recently learned about the site - it's basically a 'social-media shopping experience' which means that the more people buy the product, the bigger discount there is. You can find products from some amazing make up brands there like Chanel, Benefit, Bobbi Brown and Urban Decay - all reduced like my palette was - from £40 to £27. Sadly, Hermes delivery service as always proved to be the most awful experience and I had to wait two months (!!!) for the palette to arrive. I must admit that Cohorted was very professional about it.

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Too Faced Bonjour Soleil Palette is a palette of three best-selling bronzers encased in the gorgeous and sturdy metal packaging and includes Cruelty-Free Teddy Bear Hair Bonjour Bronzer Flatbuki and a built-in mirror. 

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Chocolate Soleil: infused with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder and signature bronzing pigments to create a unique matte bronzer that neutralizes red and evens skin tone.
Sun Bunny: the slight pink undertone mimics the flush of a real tan.
Snow Bunny: four gorgeous shades combine for the perfect illuminating glow.

My favourites are Chocolate Soleil and Snow Bunny - they are perfect for contouring and adding a little glow to my face. As always, quality is excellent and I am so happy I got this palette! Just like Chocolate Bar, when you open the packaging you are hit with sweet scent of chocolate, which is an added bonus. I also love the flatbuki brush, so soft and excellent quality. Safe to say, I am Too Faced obsessed!

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What do you think of this bronzer palette?

28/01/2015

NARS Velvet Eyeshadow Stick in Dark Angel review

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NARS Velvet Eyeshadow Stick in Dark Angel review, beauty, eye shadows, NARS, review, make up, swatches,

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.