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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Fleur De Force Make Up Collection

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Lipglosses £6.99
Eyeshadow Quads £7.99
Make Up Bag £8.99

One of the first YouTubers I ever came across was the lovely Fleur from Fleur De Force. Since discovering Fleur she has stayed one of favourites and was actually one of the bloggers that inspired me to start my own blog and YouTube Channel.
You can probably imagine how excited I was when I received an invite to the launch of Fleur's new beauty line. Fleur has been killing it this year with the launch of her book The Glam Guide and an eyelash range with Eyelure. The launch of Fleur De Force Beauty is brilliant and I am so excited to share the collection with you after meeting the lovely lady herself and hearing her love for the products.

Fleur's first make up collection is exclusive to and features a cute make up bag, two eye shadow quads and six lipgloss shades. The range is themed around Fleur's love of stars and her gorgeous pastel/water colour branding.
I absolutely adore the make up bag, it has the most beautiful design with pastel colour and rose gold details. I like that it has poppers so you can expand the bag, if like me you have a habit of carrying too much stuff!

I have the eye shadow quad in Luna Rose, a rose gold toned quad that is right up my street. The four shades include a matte soft pink, a metallic rose gold, a shimmery ivory with a hint of pink and a mauve with hints of gold. I used to be scared of these tones of shadows as I am very pale but I actually really enjoy wearing them. I love that all the shadows in this quad work well together easily and that you can get quite a few different looks out of it.
The shadows are soft, pigmented and easy to blend. A really great quality and affordable product.

I love wearing lipstick and actually feel a bit funny without it, however I'm not the biggest fan of glosses because I hate that sticky feeling most have. Fleur's range includes six shades from neutral pink to your traditional reds, there is a shade for everyone!
I have the shades Written In The Stars, a neutral pink which is slightly darker than my own lip colour, and Lucky Star, which is a blue toned red.

The glosses actually feel really nice and aren't that sticky. I think it's impossible for a gloss not to have that texture but these aren't tacky feeling or a magnet for your hair to stick to.
The pigmentation is great and you only need one application for an opaque finish. The glosses have a sweet scent and wear off nicely after about four hours.

I really am impressed with Fleur's first make up collection and really hope she expands it!
It's very affordable, very cute and the products are great quality.
Have you tried any of the Fleur De Force make up range?

*pr samples, review 100% honest as always

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Real Techniques Bold Metals 201 Pointed Crease

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Real Techniques Bold Metals 201 Pointed Crease* £12

Real Techniques are pretty much the only make up brushes I use. The original collection is very affordable and brilliant quality. It's one of those beauty items that once I bought I really wondered what I did before owning! Real Techniques are incredibly popular and this year the range was expanded to include a new luxury collection of brushes.
I think it's important to mention that the Bold Metals brushes are aimed more towards those working in make up artistry or someone with more make up experience etc. Of course anyone can use them, I'm in no way a pro myself, but these brushes are definitely different to the original Real Techniques range. The collection is beautiful to look at but I'm not completely in love with the whole range.

I've been trying out a few of the Bold Metals brushes and actually have varying opinions on each brush I've tried. My favourite by far is the 201 Pointed Crease brush. The 201 Brush is part of the Platinum Bold Metals line up, which consists of brushes for applying eye make up.

I love the look and feel of the 201 Pointed Crease, like all the Bold Metals brushes it has a weighted feel that I really like. The handle is much longer than the standard RT brushes and generally has a much more luxe and professional look and feel. I love the sophisticated platinum metal handle that is tapered at the ends to fit easily into MUA brush belts and holders.

The 201 is a densely packed, stiff and tapered brush. This brush is brilliant for applying shadow in the socket and for blending out. The shape of the brush means you can use the tip and sides of the brush for different things. It packs on the colour where you want it and is great for softening the edge for a professional looking smokey eye. I also like to use this to smudge and soften liner and shadow both on top and under my eye. It's a fair sized brush so if you have very small eyes it may not be best for you. However I've also tried it for blending concealer and it works really well!

I'm not completely in love with the whole range but really do love the 201 Pointed Crease!
Have you tried any of the Bold Metals brushes?

*pr sample, review 100% honest as always

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Clarins Ombre Iridescent Eyeshadow in Aquatic Rose

Clarins Ombre Iridescent Eyeshadow in Aquatic Rose

Clarins Ombre Iridescent Eyeshadow in Aquatic Rose

Clarins Ombre Iridescent Eyeshadow in Aquatic Rose

Clarins Ombre Iridescent Eyeshadow in Aquatic Rose

Clarins Ombre Iridescent Eyeshadow in Aquatic Rose £19

The summer weather is on the way (I hope) and with the promise of warmer days and longer nights come the limited edition launches from beauty brands for summer 2015! I always love the Clarins limited collections and this year's 'Aquatic Treasures' theme has not let me down. The collection is full of easy to wear products that will give you that bronzed goddess look we all long for!I have been lusting after a few pieces from the collection, next on my list is the bronzer, but my priority was this gorgeous Ombre Shadow and not just because of the beautiful packaging. 

I am already a huge fan of the Clarins Ombre Iridescent Eyeshadows and when I spotted the limited edition Aquatic Rose shade I knew it was going to be mine! I've talked about my love for all things rose gold hundreds of times before, so Aquatic Rose could not be more up my street if it tried.
I absolutely love the packaging, it's very simple but I love the rose gold lid. The original Ombre shadows have the Clarins gold lids but the two in the Aquatic Treasures collection have lids that correspond with the shadow shade, which I think is fab!

The Aquatic Rose Ombre Shadow had a cream to powder formula that stays put all day on me without fading or creasing. If you have oily eyes you'll love the long lasting formula of these and if you have drier eyes then you will love the cream texture. The shadow is incredibly pigmented, the above swatch is just one swipe of the product. The creamy texture makes the shadow really easy to apply either with brushes or fingers, I use a more compact brush to apply the shadow and then my MAC 217 to blend. The tiniest amount goes a really long way so this little gem is going to last me a very long time. 

I absolutely love the rose golden bronze shade of Aquatic Rose. I usually apply a few different shadows but for the past week I've been using just this because I love the colour so much. It's a shimmery golden bronze shade with a hint of pink. If you are also a rose gold fan then you definitely need to get yourself down to a Clarins counter and snap one of these up before they are gone for good! The 

Have you picked up anything from the Clarins Aquatic Treasures collection?
The Clarins Ombre Iridescent Eyeshadow in Aquatic Rose is £19 available online and at counters for a limited time. 

Monday, 2 March 2015

Review | MAC Cinderella 'Stroke Of Midnight' Palette

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MAC Cinderella 'Stroke Of Midnight' Palette* £38.50

When MAC announced their Cinderella collection it's safe to say I was very, very excited. It's a collection that is dividing opinions of beauty lovers and Disney fans but I am completely in love with the whole range. I knew I would be and I'm first to admit I am biased because if you stick the Disney logo on something I'm pretty much guaranteed to buy it.

I adore the iridescent blue packaging of the Stroke Of Midnight Palette, I personally think it is a great fit for a Cinderella collection as it instantly reminds me of her beautiful blue and sparkly ball gown! I think it's incredibly 'Princessy' and a great fit for the movie.

The Stroke of Midnight Palette contains six beautiful neutral eye shadows that I am just obsessed with. 5 of the 6 shadows are permanent in the MAC range. The palette is very grown up and perfect for a neutrals or smokey eye lover. It features the sort of shadows I could definitely imagine Cinderella keeping in her make up bag!

Vapour- A peach-pink with violet pearl with a velvet finish.
Phloof!- A frosted off white with a frost finish.
Omega- A soft muted beige-taupe with a matte finish.
Quarry- A soft muted plum-brown with a matte finish.
Satin Taupe- A taupe with silver shimmer and a frost finish.
Stroke Of Midnight- A warm black plum with sparkle pearl and a velvet finish. (exclusive to this palette)

I absolutely love the shadows included in the Stroke Of Midnight Palette. I know for some people the fact 5 of the shades are permanent MAC shadows is an issue. I personally only owned Satin Taupe before, which is actually my most used MAC shadow so I'm quite happy to have a back up!

I'm a massive fan of the MAC eyeshadow formula. I find all the shades to have a soft and buttery texture, are easy to apply and blend, as well as lasting for around 8 hours on me without a primer. The shadows are well pigmented, although the lighter shades can be slightly harder to build up. I am really impressed with the quality and it's introduced me to 4 new shadows I will definitely pick up when I eventually work my way through this palette.

All I can really say is this palette makes me want to dance round the room singing 'so this is love'...

The Stroke Of Midnight palette retails for £38.50, a good price if you think a MAC shadow costs £10 for the loose refill. 
The MAC Cinderella collection launches on the MAC website and in Harrods on the 6th of March. It will be available elsewhere from the 13th of March. It's a guaranteed sell out!

Will you be picking up anything from the MAC Cinderella collection?

Friday, 2 January 2015

Review | Barry M Natural Glow Palette 2

Barry M Natural Glow Palette 2* £6.49 

You are probably aware of my love of Barry M nail paints but I can't say I have tried much of the rest of their make up ranges until receiving a few new additions to their line up of palettes. The Barry M Natural Glow 2 palette is a follow up to the original palette, which proved to be quite successful.

Natural Glow 2 is a mostly cool toned palette that features three matte shadows, three shimmer shadows and a yellow toned eye shadow primer.  The primer swatch didn't show up on my skin but it's a fairly neutral primer with yellow tones that will help to even out skin tone. The texture of the primer is quite balm like so best for normal to drier skin types. I can't say it did much for me but to be honest I'm lucky that eyeshadow seems to stay put on me.

The shadows from left to right of the palette:
a matte cream with a yellow tone,
a cool toned matte grey,
a cool toned light mauve,
a golden light tan shimmer,
a deep mauve/copper shimmer,
a metallic red/purple brown mix with a hint of shimmer

All the shadows are very pigmented and soft but there is a tiny bit of fall out. The shadows blend easily and really compliment each other, pretty much each shadow goes well with others from the palette. If you are just getting into eyeshadow or want something that's quite foolproof then this is a great palette to consider. The palette will cover a neutral every day look, a darker smokey eye and most looks in between!

For £6.49 here it's a really good palette and definitely worth trying out.
Have you tried any palettes from Barry M?

*pr sample, review 100% honest as always

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Review | Gosh Eye Shadow Sticks

GOSH Forever Eye Shadow Sticks* £5.99 each
L-R Shades: Brown, Light Copper, Silver Rose and Grey

I love the easiness of a eye shadow stick, they are quick to apply, blend easily and usually give the allusion that you've spent a whole lot more time on your  make up than you really have. Pretty much every beauty brand on the market has brought out their own versions of an eye shadow stick with GOSH adding them to their range earlier this year. In total there are 8 different shades to choose from each costing £5.99.

The GOSH sticks are twist up pencils that are very pigmented and have a metallic and shimmer finish. They aren't the creamiest formula but when warmed up they do become slightly more easy to work with. The most impressive thing about the GOSH sticks are that they don't really budge once they've set. You have about 20 seconds to blend the product out how you like it before it's set and isn't going to move. The formula claims to be water resistant and has siliconic filming polymers and amino acids so that it won't rub off.

I prefer wearing these on there own without powder shadows as I don't think the shadow stick takes to well to other products layered on top. My favourite way to wear the GOSH Shadow Sticks is to apply a light layer and blend out for an easy every day shimmery look. Silver Rose is my favourite shade from the bunch!

I do like these but I don't feel like they are overly different to any other shadow sticks on the high street, but if you need a long lasting colour then I'd say definitely give these a go. Once applied in the morning they really don't go anywhere!

The GOSH Forever Eye Shadow Sticks are £5,99 each available here.

*pr sample, review 100% honest as always

Monday, 6 October 2014

Review | Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Forest

Clarins Eye Quarter Mineral Palette in Forest £32

Every girl deserves a bit of luxury right? That's what I told myself when I ordered the Clarins Quartet in Forest. The Forest quartet was introduced as part of last years Autumn collection but added to the permanent range, a great decision as it's lovely!

The Clarins packaging is beautifully presented with weighty gold casing that feels luxurious and classic. It's made it's way into my MUJI storage on top of my dressing table so I can see it even if I'm not using it. Product packaging is definitely a weakness of mine! The Quartet comes with a red velvet pouch and there is also a big mirror inside the compact. It comes with two foam applicators that I've chucked as I never use them.

To me Forest is a perfect all year round palette but especially great as we go into the colder months (currently writing this under two duvets!) I was a bit unsure about this because of the khaki shade as I've never used a green eye shadow before but it's actually really nice.

Shade 1- a khaki green with a satin finish and only a tiny amount of shimmer, it has a hint of brown making it less of an intense green and very wearable
Shade 2- a light beige cream that is packed with shimmer, it's not overly pigmented but lovely for a sheer colour or for adding some sparkle
Shade 3- a bit of a complex shadow as it looks black but has both green and brown undertones with flecks of gold glitter
Shade 4- a taupe shade with warm brown tones too it and hints of golds shimmer, satin finish

Apart from the second shade all the shadows are very pigmented, they are all creamy soft and easy to blend. They can be applied both dry and wet if you like a more intense colour pay off. There is a small amount of shimmer fall down when applying the shadows dry but it can be easily fixed or avoided if you do your eye make up before your base. The shadows last around 8 hours on me without a primer.

I love this a lot and although it's pricey I think it's worth it for a little bit of luxury and great quality.
Have you tried any Clarins make up?

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Review | Smashbox Santigolden Earth As We Know It Collage

Smashbox Santigolden Earth As We Know It Eyeshadow
Smashbox Santigolden Earth As We Know It Eyeshadow Smashbox Santigolden Earth As We Know It Eyeshadow
Smashbox Santigolden Earth As We Know It Eyeshadow Smashbox Santigolden Earth As We Know It Eye Shadow Collage* £25 

I'm a sucker for packaging, whether it's simple and sleek or bold and colourful, something unique is always fun. Smashbox have teamed up with singer Santigold to bring out a collection that definitely caught my eye! The collection is called 'The Santigolden Age' and really reflects Santigold's playful and arty personality. 
The collection has a sort of Ancient Egypt/Indiana Jones feel to it with pyramids, snakes and Aztec prints that I really love. The packaging feels really special and luxurious, it definitely stands out in my make up stash!

The Earth As We Know It Eye Shadow Collage has five shadows that can be used wet or dry with shades including a kelly green, sparkly cream, matte dark blue, sparkly forest green and raisin with rose gold pearl. It's not for the faint hearted as the shades are intense when dry and more so if applied wet. The shadows are very pigmented and soft, they blend smoothly too so you can make the colours as subtle or intense as you wish. 

I'm a neutral shadow wearer most the time but I've been wearing the raisin shade all the time and using the cream shadow as a highlight. I've braved the greens and blues too and it's not as scary as I thought it would be. It's not a palette I'm going to fully use daily, but as a limited edition product it's stunning to look it and use. 

If you are a fan of bright shades or a limited edition make up hoarder then it's definitely worth checking the Santigold Smashbox Collection out!
Would you wear the Earth As We Know It shadows?

*pr sample, review 100% honest as always

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Review | Urban Decay Naked Palette

Review | Urban Decay Naked Palette
Review | Urban Decay Naked Palette
Review | Urban Decay Naked Palette
Review | Urban Decay Naked Palette
Review | Urban Decay Naked Palette
Review | Urban Decay Naked Palette
Review | Urban Decay Naked Palette

Urban Decay Naked Palette £37 

The Urban Decay Naked Palettes are so hyped and coveted that I'm surprised it took me so long to purchase one! The original Naked palette has actually been out for four years and now has two 'sister palettes' in Naked 2 and Naked 3. There are so many affordable dupes of the Naked Palette available that I convinced myself I didn't need the original, until I had some Debenhams vouchers to spend!

Along with the 12 shadows there is a mini Primer Potion and a good quality flat brush that is great for applying shadow all over the lid. The only thing I'm not keen on is the felt type material on the palette casing, I just have a thing about this sort of material (cotton wool, velvet etc *cringe*) but it's not really a problem just a personal preference.

Virgin - A shimmery nude great for highlighting the inner corner of the eye and brow bone. I love wearing this on it's own all over the lid for a bright every day look.
Sin - A pink/champagne shimmery that is more frosty than Virgin. I like to really blend this out to get a subtle sheen on it's own or to layer it over other shadows to increase the sparkle factor!
Naked - A matte light beige-brown tone that I like to use as a base shadow or as a soft crease contour. It also looks lovely worn on it's own when I fancy a simple matte look.

Sidecar - A shimmer rose gold shade with a mix of brown. It's so pretty and one of the shadows I use the most because of how versatile it is.
Buck - A slightly darker version of Naked. When blended together Buck and Naked make a lovely neutral smokey eye. I also like using this through the crease.
Half Baked - A gorgeous golden-copper brown, it looks stunning with any of the shades from the palette. It's perfect for day or night looks and is definitely one of my favourite shadows ever.

Smog - A dark bronze shimmer that pairs well with Half Baked for a deep smokey/glitzy look. I like to use a small amount through the crease and in my outer corner to add some depth.
Dark Horse - Also works really well through the crease and outer corner of the eye, it's a dark chocolate brown with gold flecks that isn't too shimmery.
Toasted - A deep rose-gold shade that blends really well to add a slightly different take on a bronze look. Really pretty with a shimmer/frost finish.

Hustle - A rich brown with plum tones and a hint of rose gold. It works really well for a more intense smokey eye or in the crease and outer corner.
Creep - A dark black with silver shimmer that is great for a smudy liner look or deepening a smokey look. It's really versatile and great for evening looks.
Gunmetal - The only shade I don't really use. It's a blue/silver/grey mix that is very shimmery and dramatic. It is perfect for creating a unique and smokey look.

All the shades are soft and buttery, blend incredibly well and are very pigmented. They last all day on me even without a primer and I personally haven't experienced any fall out from any of the shadows.
I've tried many dupes from different price points but since getting this I barely use them. I really think this is worth the money if you love these sort of tones. I don't think I've used one make up item so much ever!
You can definitely live without it if you have tried and love a cheaper dupe, but I think some things are worth treating yourself too and with this you can't beat the original.

If you have the money and know you'll use it then I think this is worth the investment. Now I am lusting over Naked 3.
Do you own any of the Naked Palettes?
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