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Saturday, 21 May 2011

Les Fleurs D'Ete De Chanel-Chanel Summer 2011 Haul

Les Fleurs D'Ete De Chanel is the brand new summer collection for this year, it consists of lots of bronzy shades for the face, mossy greens for the eyes, corals and pinks for the lips and yellows and pinks for the nails.
It launched Friday in the UK and it's already proving to be really popular especially with the nail varnishes and bronzers.

Since I first saw the promo pictures for Chanel's new summer collection I knew straight away what I'd be getting and for once I stuck to my list and wasn't tempted into buying more.

I got the bronzing powder in Bronze Rose and the Nail Colour in Mimosa.
Mimosa is absolutely stunning in real life and the one thing from this collection that's going to sell out the first so if you want it you need to get it now.
I don't have swatches yet but will do a separate post for that.

The lovely lady at the counter gave me a couple of samples of perfume and mascara to try and she also gave me these two cute little items.
One is an handheld puzzle game were you have to get the pink pearls to stay on their marks and the other one is a adorable Chanel Chance bracelet charm.

What do you guys think of the new collection and what is it your gonna buy?

Friday, 20 May 2011

First UK GlossyBox May 2011!

You may have all heard about Birchbox, a monthly subscription were you recieve a box of deluxe sized beauty samples for you to try out before you commit to the full sized product.

Well we now have the UK equivalent called GlossyBox and let me tell you it's amazing!!!
The May boxes went quite fast but I managed to get my order in just before they sold out and I'm so glad I did.
For £10 a month you get a pretty little pink box delivered straight to you door filled with what supposed to be 5 deluxe sample sizes, I say "supposed to" cause 2 of the items this month were actually full size!
The two full sized items would set you back £32, yes you read that correctly, that's amazing considering the box only costs £10.

I'm gonna do a mini review/first impression on each product I recieved so let me show you exactly what was in the box:

This is how it's packaged, it all looks very pretty and it's very carefully wrapped, that card that you see under the ribbon tells you a little bit about each product you've recieved.

Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, that is a NARS product you see there and it's full size!
Apart from the NARS and the Alterna I'm not familiar with any of the other brands.

NARS Orgasm Illuminator 

I still can't believe they gave us a full sized product worth £21.50!

Please note that this is the old style Illuminator, NARS re-launched this product at the beginning of the year so the new tubes look a little different now, however the product inside is the same.

The shade is a beautiful golden peach and the shimmer is very subtle, for me personally this works best mixed with my foundation as it just imparts a nice "lit from within" glow. I much prefer Copacabana Illuminator as an actual highlighter for my cheekbones.

All About Eve Lipstick

Another full sized item that retails at £10.50, I've never heard of this brand but it does say on the box "created by Daniel Sandler" who I have heard of.
I must admit when I first looked at this product I thought the color was quite boring, I have a fair few red lipsticks and this one didn't really grab my attention.
That's until I swatched it for this post.

It's actually a little bit darker and more pink that the swatch above and very wearable even when worn at it's full intensity.
It feels very creamy and moisturising but at the same time very lightweight in feel, similar to the new Chanel Rouge Coco Shine's. For the purpose of fair testing I did try this on without a lipliner and found it did feather a little and it faded quite quickly so a little prep work may be necessary to make it last longer.

Bionova Lab Bioactive Cleanser

Not much to say about this one other than it smells really nice but I haven't tried it yet.
It kinda sound like a cleansing oil but I will update as soon as I've tested it properly.

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Rapid Repair Spray

This is basically a vitamin infused silicone spray to help tame your hair and add shine. So far I've only sprayed it on dry hair and it does seem to calm any frizziness and makes my hair really soft. It also smells wonderful.

COMO Shambhala Invigorate Body Lotion 

This is a really nice light, quickly absorbed lotion that's very heavily scented with essential oils of eucalyptus, geranium, lavender and peppermint.
If you're familiar with Clarins Tonic body range then you'll know what this smells like as they are very similar.
It's not an unpleasant smell but I tend to like sweeter scents and this is quite herbal so while I will use this sample up I know I would not repurchase.
Having said that I did get a voucher included for 10% off anything in their store and I am tempted to try the Harmony Body Oil which is scented with sandalwood, ylang ylang and lime.

If you have not yet subscribed to GlossyBox I recommend you do it now before they run out again, for £10 you can't go wrong and you will discover new products that you may never try otherwise.

For those of you who were lucky enough to get a May box what did you think of it? And what brands would you like to see next?

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Barry M Peach Melba - Swatch & Review

Another one of Barry M's new spring shades, Peach Melba is a creamy pastel peach with no shimmer and a very on trend shade for spring/summer 2011

I love peachy shades so I knew I'd love this but I just wished the texture was a bit smoother, it's not to bad but it does drag and streak a little so a third coat is necessary.

It is a really pretty shade that will compliment all skin tones and one that I think everyone should go out and get.

Day Light

Artificial Light

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Essie FiJi - Swatch and Review

Essie isn't a brand I really go for as I've had a couple of their products in the past and hated them, however I've seen so many people rave about them that I decided to give the brand another go.

Fiji is a lovely milky, pale pink creme that looks gorgeous on both pale and tan skins but it's streaked like mad.

I found it really hard to get a smooth, even finish, what you see is three coats and even then it still looked streaky until I put on top coat.
It dried super fast, much faster than any other brand of polish and I've tried quite a few.

Day Light

Direct Sun Light

Artificial Light

I've found with Essie polishes the texture can be it and miss, some shades paint like a dream others are a thick, streaky mess. Despite the slight application problem I think Fiji is worth it as it's a gorgeous color.

I'm off to a Trade Only show tomorrow and plan on getting a few more shades from Essie so I'm gonna ask you guys what do you recommend? Are they any must have shades I should buy?

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

April Favourites

MAC Cleanse Off Oil Tranquil - This takes off every trace of makeup including waterproof mascara. I like it better than the original version as I find it more moisturising, smells of sweet grapefruit and leaves my skin soft and clean.

MAC Eye Shadow in Sable and Casablanca - Sable is a plummy brow shade that works really well has both a lid and crease color, it the sort of color you can just throw on and not have to spend ages blending. Casablanca is an old color from Salsabelle (correct me if I'm wrong) and one of my favourite highlighters. It a soft gold sheen that's not to frosty and kinda reminds me of NARS Albatross only better.

L'oreal Renewal Lash Serum - I've used this product in the past and loved it the only reason I stopped using it was I'd run out and never bothered to get a new tube. My lashes look a million times better when I'm using this and it really makes them thicker and longer.

Chanel Sublime de Chanel Mascara - It gives me length, curl and volume, doesn't flake or smudge and it's super black. I like it just as much as I do the L'Oreal Voluminous.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara - Perfect size brush to reach all those little bottom lashes, sounds gimmicky but it's not. Reasonably priced too and should last a while.

MAC Lipstick in Lazy Day and Candy Yum Yum - Lazy Day is a nude pink similar to Angel but sheerer and more on the nude side, Candy Yum Yum is a bright candy pink bordering on neon.

YSL Lipstick in #148 Tea Rose - The most perfect peachy nude shade of all, light but not too nude that it makes you look like a corpse. Not very long lasting but I'm willing to put up with that cause it is such a gorgeous color.

Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 in Mango - I only have a little bit of the Vanilla left so I decided to buy a new one in Mango and let me tell you it smells amazing. I love the formula of Kiehl's Lip Balm as it moisturises well without being heavy or greasy.

Gucci Flora - I love to wear this in the spring and summer, it's a juicy fruity floral that's not to heavy or sweet so perfect for when the weather warms up.
I smell citrus fruits and white peach with a slight spicy undertone, not particularly original but nice all the same.