20/04/2015

NAILS: Essie hubby for dessert

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NAILS: Essie hubby for dessert, Essie, nail polish, nails, NOTD, swatches

I continue my love affair with pastel Essie nail polishes. hubby for dessert is a delicious sheer candied lilac from this year's bridal collection. It's very sheer, so I'd recommend applying at least two coats (I'm wearing three on the swatches above). It's simply gorgeous and I absolutely love it! Whether you're a bride-to-be or not, you simply need to get it - so classy and chic and I just know I can wear this shade wherever and whenever and I will have perfect manicure. 

Did you pick up any new Essie nail polishes lately?

19/04/2015

The Body Shop haul - repurchases

The Body Shop haul

I recently made an use of the amazing 40% off discount code and made a little order at The Body Shop. I went straight for my favourites and some fruity scents - perfect for spring and summer. I need to get some bodycare action going!

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (review) is my Holy Grail product and I will repurchase it forever and I am praying to beauty gods every day for The Body Shop never to stop making it! It's so gentle on the skin, does an amazing job of removing all makeup, dirt and impurities and has a gorgeous subtle scent. I also love the pump bottle which is very handy and makes it easy to get the exact amount of product I want (unlike The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter where I always pick up too much of a product).

The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Butter is another repurchase. I tried this range two years ago (review) and I just love the scent of it - not too sweet, very uplifting and perfect for this time of year. This is also first body butter which I can say I completely finished scraping it to the last drop. Also, I think the formula is slightly different to standard body butter - it's more light and sinks into the skin incredibly fast.

The Body Shop Vineyard Peach Body Mist is a new product for me. I tried other scents from the range and they're lovely (I recommend Pink Grapefruit one for those early mornings when you need some waking up to do and don't have time for an espresso) and since I tried Vineyard Peach body butter, shower gel and lip gloss I knew I'm gonna love this one too. It's refreshing, fruity and I'm very glad I got it!

The Body Shop Mango Body Whip took care of my skin during winter (review) and I just had to get another bottle of it when I run out. It feels very soft on the skin, the pump makes it easy to apply fuss-free and the smell is incredible - just like fresh mangoes - and I love using it for my fake tan upkeep regime.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Gel is also new to me. I tried few Tea Tree products over the years (review) and I am a huge fan of Tea Tree Oil, but it's rather messy to apply (and when I dab it onto the cotton pad most of the product sinks in and it defies the purpose). With this product it's very easy, I just whip out the applicator and I can be 100% precise. I like the gel formula too which means I can leave it to do its magic overnight without worry.

17/04/2015

Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection brushes

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I am a huge fan of Real Techniques brushes (who isn't?!) and I solely use them together with The Body Shop brushes in my makeup routine. My main reason is that they are cruelty-free and don't have any animal hair and they deliver excellent results. So of course I was very excited to see a new Bold Metals Collection with gold, rose gold and silver metallic finish and the same wonderful quality and luxurious feel.
 
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Real Techniques 301 Flat Contour brush*
Soft and very dense bristles and luxurious feel make it my current favourite contour brush. The weight in the handle makes it really easy to control the brush and on application I can achieve a very precise contour. I use it with both cream and powder products and it works well with both. What I love about it is that it is not too thin, so I can easily blend the product and get a nice finish.

Real Techniques 101 Triangle Foundation brush*  
This unique brush has triple function: the flat edge covers large areas of the face, the angled edges contour around the eyes and nose and the tip spot covers blemishes. It can be used with liquid and powder foundations and is truly multifunctional. I really like the density of the bristles, which are soft as ever and pick the right amount of product.

Have you picked up any brushes from Bold Metals Collection?

16/04/2015

La Montaña First Light candle

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I absolutely love a good candle, there's nothing better than to lit it up in the evening and relax with the current favourite book, TV show or to play some card games. I love discovering new candles and fragrances too and although I like mainstream brands like Yankee Candle and Jo Malone, I love to support less-known and family businesses. 

La Montaña was founded by Cassandra and Jonathan who decided to move from London to peaceful Spanish mountain village. And through their candles they aim to fill your home with warm fragrances of the Mediterranean. Their first candle First Light* was inspired by those peaceful mornings when everything is waking up and the clean mountain air is sweet aromas of herbs and breeze. It is full of wild mountain herbs like fennel, bergamot, rosemary, mountain pepper, and rockrose. Doesn't it sound wonderful? It is a completely unique blend and I simply love it! 

All La Montaña candles are burning for at least 40 hours, include a high percentage of natural and essential oils and are hand-poured by artisan candlemakers. I also love their aesthetic appearance with unique label in the style of a nostalgic 1930’s travel poster. If you are unsure about any of the scents you can request some samples which are packed in an air-tight bag, so I can assure you that they really do smell and you can pick your ideal one!

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You can get La Montaña candles at www.lamontana.co.uk and there are currently four in the range: First Light, Galán de Noche (jasmine, wild rose, orange blossom, and ylang yang), Winter Oranges (Valencia orange, cinnamon, red apple, and clove) and newest addition to the range Alfredo’s Café (coffee, brandy, and black tobacco, laced with leather and incense) which I think is next on my list. I think for the price (RRP £35) it's great to support some independent business and leave your home smelling like Spanish holidays. 

15/04/2015

Mademoiselle-Lala.com is 5!


Mademoiselle-Lala.com is 5 today! I still can't quite believe it myself and it feels really surreal that I wrote my blog for five years now - that's half of a decade! Five years ago I decided to set up my own blog after reading and following few for a while and wanting to share my thoughts on nail polish, makeup, fashion trends and all things beauty. I never knew in a million years that I will keep on blogging and that I will meet so many people and friends for life. 

I got some amazing opportunities from blogging, been to some awesome places and have a chance to review some products even before they hit store's shelves - that's so wonderful and I'm loving every minute of it. It's sometimes hard not to compare yourself with others and wishing you'd done something differently, but on this day I am simply proud of myself that I persisted with blogging even though sometimes I was feeling low, didn't have time or was bored. 

I just want to thank each and every person who reads Mademoiselle-Lala.com, comments on the posts, chats to me on Twitter, likes my posts on Facebook and Instagram. It really means a lot to me to know that someone, somewhere appreciates my effort and hard work. So thank you from the bottom of my heart and see you tomorrow for a brand new review!

P.S. Also don't forget about my worldwide GIVEAWAY where you can win £150 Lookfantastic voucher - just a little thank you to all of my readers. :) 

14/04/2015

Make Up For Ever is coming to Debenhams!

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The wait for British beauty aficionados and makeup fanatics is finally over - cult brand Make Up For Ever is coming to Debenhams! I tried few products from it over the years (foundation and Mist & Fix spray) since it is freely available in Sephora in Poland. I liked both, but since they were rather hard to get in the UK, I got some other products after I run out of them. But cry no more, with the arrival of spring, there's arrival of new makeup brand in town!

At a recent Debenhams beauty event showcasing upcoming spring and summer launches was a huge Make Up For Ever stand full of colourful lip glosses, lipsticks and eyeshadows. I was also lucky to receive three products to try on at home and I'm very impressed with them. 

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Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion in 20M* is a revolutionary bronzer with gel technology making it smooth and creamy to the touch and giving perfect 'no makeup-makeup' look since it doesn't look powdery. It's also waterproof, so perfect for upcoming summer and there are matte luminous and softly iridescent shades and finishes - so something for everyone. Make Up For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion Kabuki (136 Straight & Wavy)* brush is perfect tool to apply aforementioned Pro Bronze Fusion bronzer or any other powder products from the Pro Fusion range. It picks up just the right amount of product and blends it perfectly. I like the flat wooden bottom too.

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Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss Lip Lacquer in 209 Fuchsia Pink* is one of dazzling 35 shades of lip glosses designed to give extreme gloss and comfort on the lips. This Fuchsia Pink shade has amazing colour payoff and although nude shades are rather sheer (as it's usually the case), they're still strong enough to layer up and get some colour. The formula consists of 360° reflective shine beads and a high gloss vinyl finish while Plexi-Color technology provides long-lasting finish. What's also very unique about this lip gloss is that it has SuperFlex Applicator to cover the lip with one easy stroke and the tip features a small "glass reservoir" to collect the perfect amount of lip lacquer. I have to admit it really does help and I never take too much product - which is especially important with this strong shade.

You better start writing down your Make Up For Ever wishlist and saving your pennies!

12/04/2015

MAC Cinderella Royal Ball lipstick review

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MAC Cinderella Royal Ball lipstick review + swatches, beauty, lipstick, MAC, make up, review,
MAC Cinderella Royal Ball lipstick review + swatches, beauty, lipstick, MAC, make up, review,

Oh MAC you've done me proud with your Cinderella Collection. You may remember how excited I was when the information about the products was first released, so imagine my distraught when I went to MAC's flagship store on Friday only to learn what the entire collection was sold out 10 minutes after the doors opened! Disappointment was an understatement, I seriously wanted to cry. So on Saturday morning I was ready to stalk the remaining bits and pieces from the collection and went to my local Fenwick store which has MAC concession stand. I was in luck, they still had a couple of lipsticks and so Royal Ball was mine.

Encased in the most gorgeous light lavender blue packaging shimmering like a gossamer, is a beautiful peachy lipstick, fit for a princess. It's described as a shimmering 'fleshy pink' with a lustre finish. It goes on fairly sheer, but you can build it up to your fancy and still look natural and pretty. I simply love it and I am so happy I got it, my MAC lipstick collection wouldn't be the same without it!

Have you managed to grab anything from MAC Cinderella Collection?