Make-up Monday…

Autumn Fashion, AW17, Beauty & Fragrance, Colours, Cosmetics Collections, Popular Culture, Retail

Something rather exciting is causing a stir online, thanks to its beautiful bold colours.  BH Cosmetics have just launched quite possibly the only eyeshadow collection you’ll ever need.  Studio Pro Ultimate Artistry has 42 super pigmented shades, yes, 42! This power packed palette has a shade to suit just about anyone – and there is a mixture of finishes: velvety mattes, shimmers, duo-chromes, metallics and soft shimmer shades.  


Thanks to the BH Cosmetics website, we’ve got an idea of what some of these beautiful eye colours look like, and they are stunning!



Whether you’re a colour buff who loves to experiment with bold eye shades, or you like an earthier, more natural toned look, Ultimate Artistry beholds your brand new colour crush for your best eye make-up creations yet!

The palette itself has sleek, professional looking packaging like a make-up artist’s kit.  The only thing it lacks is a mirror inside the lid.  The eclectic rainbow of shades and finishes more than make up for the absence of a mirror.

What’s more, the price point of BH Cosmetics palettes isn’t as steep as the likes of Urban Decay, Violet Voss, Kat Von D and other brands that make beautiful eye palettes.  Studio Pro Ultimate Artistry retails for around $19.99, around £15 in the UK and can be ordered here: 

http://www.bhcosmetics.com/studio-pro-ultimate-artistry-42-color-shadow-palette


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Midweek Mani Inspirations…

Autumn Fashion, AW17, Beauty & Fragrance, Colours, Cosmetics Collections, Drugstore Brands, Fashion, Nail Polish Collections, Nails, Popular Culture, Retail

Do you like neutral nail colours that have an element of individuality about them…? If you love looking for the perfect modern nude nail, you’ll love Essie’s Wild Nudes collection.  Inspired by the outdoors during the Fall season, the 9 shades in this super collection pack plenty of rich creamy colours that are edgy and bang on trend for AW17.

Go back to nature… in style.  When adventure calls, disrobe, disarm and totally charm everyone with these new nudes; from light gray, to khaki, to dusty purples and camel shades, this collection captures the element of autumn in a way no other nail polish collection has before!          

Without A Stitch is a clean light gray inspired by all things slate and clay coloured 

 Accentuate your full, round moon in this pale shadowy blue with a black undertone. Mooning is the perfect muted pale shade to compliment the colours of a Fall sky.      
   

Strip down to nothing but this mossy green with a subtle white overcast, show the world your true colours in Exposed.

Truth or Bare – why choose? Dare to wear this trusty light cinnamon brown with a hint of red and you can have the best of both worlds!

Skin is in! This sumptuous sienna is all the fashion you need! Clothing Optional.

To win is no sin – this dark, dusty purple with a gray undertone loves to get your Winning Streak on.

Skinnydip! Take the plunge in this light peach with a hint of black.  Nude is so very naughty but oh so very nice.

Bare With Me – let’s get naked! You’ve got nothing to lose but your inhibitions in this apricot cast with a hint of gray.

The collection’s namesake, Wild Nude, is an untamed, sexy fierce light tan with a wash of white that’s anything but plain and bland! Walk on the wild side in this wild nude!

Bold yet natural, watercolour landscape hued but never wishy-washy, you’ll zen out looking at Autumn’s new nudes that will beautifully compliment all of your stylishly cosy ensembles.  And we just found another reason to love Autumn.

Make-up Monday…

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The party season is less than 3 months away… eek! In this age of smartphones and megapixel cameras, if party season means one thing it means photo season.  


Primark have just the drop of beauty and make-up essentials, mostly which are under a fiver! To ensure you and your girls are photo ready for those festive group selfies and party snaps.  


The appropriately named Insta Girl range has been heavily influenced by the beauty trends seen on social media.  Expect a candy-shop array of shimmering neutral eye and face palettes and a wide range of suave nude lip pencils and liquid lipsticks that deliver that Kylie Jenner inspired velvet finish.  

If that isn’t enough, wait till you see their range of make-up brushes that have been designed to help you achieve a face that is selfie ready…


You will flock like a unicorn to your nearest Primark for these beauties!  The angled foundation brush (far right) is a must for seamless application in seconds!


If you’re pushed for time or manicure ideas, there’s even several glamorous sets of Insta Girl stick on nails in some beautifully sophisticated designs.  These are high-end nail salon look, but the prices aren’t high-end; at £1.50 a set, you’ll have fun upping your mani game!


Holo Happy: Metallic nails are a huge trend for AW17 and Primark have nailed it!

Christmas is fast approaching, and Primarni may just have the ideal stocking fillers and secret Santa surprises.  

Recommended products… you have to try these!


Flash Photo Powder, £2.50

A flawless matte finish in seconds coupled with light reflecting blue pigments for skin that’s photo ready.  Don’t worry about it’s duck egg blue appearance, it goes on translucent.  


Intense Liquid Lipsticks, £2 & Kissproof Lip Liner Pencil, £1.50

The perfect velvet matte lip pencil that can be worn alone or as a base for your favourite lipstick.  This is smudge proof and long lasting.  

 

Nude, greige, pale mauve, fuchsia, wine red… whatever your preferred pout this season, you’ll be able to find your new favourite liquid lipstick.  It glides on like a dream and dries to the softest of velvet matte finishes.  The price point is pretty cheerful too!

Insta Girl Nail Lacquers, £2-£3…

Deep wine, mauve, nude and slate grey… meet your new fall/winter nail shades.  Insta Girl’s Nail Lacquers come in a variety of trend hues and are purse friendly compared to the likes of Essie, Sally Hansen and other luxe nail brands.  Fans of holographic nails will love the range of Insta Girl Chrome colours for just £3 a bottle.   

Iridescent and Chrome manicures are also achievable in a matter of moments with a range of instant stick on “chroming” nails for just £2 a set!

You’re bound to find a new make-up must have in this exquisite range exclusive to Primark.  This party season, you will break the internet with your mermaid glow!


For more information on the Insta Girl product range, visit the Primark website…

https://m.primark.com/en/features/beauty/2017/september/instagirl-aw17

Follow Primark on Instagram @primark 

Make-Up Monday…

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NARS are about to settle where life imitates art, with their massive new make-up collection for Holiday 2017.  


Francois NARS has taken a large chunk of inspiration from surrealist artist and photographer Man Ray as his muse, for quite possibly NARS’ most stunning colour cosmetic collection yet. 

The artist’s iconic works have been beautifully adorned onto the exterior of a handful of the NARS x Man Ray pieces, and the shades within each palette are just as chic. 


Glass Tears is a 6 strong collection of richly pigmented eyeshadows in smoky black, teal, olive, golds and rusts, the perfect eye shadow shades for Autumn/Winter 2017.


No matter how you play it, soft or smoky, the Love Game palette of 12 eye-catching matte and gilded shades will be right up your shadow street!


No filter needed with The Veil cheek trio. This cheek palette is all you need to contour, glow, and pop with buildable dimension.


Double your pleasure… because you can’t have too much of a good thing… introducing Love Triangles… a lipstick and blush duo housed in Man Ray’s rather pleasurable pyramid.  Love Triangles combine two universally flattering hues for lips and cheeks…


Love Triangle: Orgasm Lipstick & Orgasm Blush


Love Triangle: Dolce Vita Lipstick & Audrey Blush


Love Triangle: Rita Lipstick and Hot Sand Blush

Pink Grapefruit Blush will deliver the perfect pop of healthy glow throughout the sallow winter months.


Photogloss Lip Lacquers are the all new product in the mix and 4 shades are available.  A reddish hazelnut, a fuchsia, a burgundy and a golden shimmer, all of which boast a high shine formula.


Overexposed Glow Highlighter is embossed with Man Ray’s signature lips motif and is the perfect glow-getter for a flush of radiance!


NARS x Man Ray also features two eyeliner shades, Santiago (reddish brown) and Nagoya (deep purple).

Velvet Eyeliner in Santiago 


Velvet Eyeliner in Nagoya

Neutral lip lovers will fall head over heels for Audacious Gold Lipstick in Anita, the ultimate nude!


NARS x Man Ray launches at all NARS outposts, Nordstrom, Sephora and on their web site on October 6.  For more previews visit http://www.narscosmetics.com or follow NARS fantastic Instagram at @narsissist.

Bye Bye Summer! Hello Autumn 2017

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Time to say bye bye to those floaty summer dresses and dig out all of your deep night shade colours once again. Corals and pinks are no match for the shades of the city after a rainfall, so swapping those bright nail polishes for some galaxy inspired black diamond and dark berry hues is the best way to transition your beauty regimen into Autumn 2017. Where has this year gone!

So swap ensembles like this …

For looks like this!

Black satin slip cami dress: Wolf And Badger http://www.wolfandbadger.com

Faux fur coat: Stella McCartney

Gold Bag: Gucci

Tights: Cette at http://www.navabi.co.uk

Leopard print and gem detail Boots: Casadei at Farfetch http://www.farfetch.com

Black is a timeless classic, and an LBD for evening beholds a bottomless pit of possibilities! Leopard print boots and faux fur jackets are big news this autumn too!

Blue satin sash back slip dress: Galvan at Style Bop http://www.stylebop.com

Black leather and faux fur biker jacket: Noir Kei at Net-a-Porter http://www.net-a-porter.com

Blue Satin shoes: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker at Saks Fifth Avenue http://www.saksfifthavenue.com

Quilted bag: Chanel

Satin dresses are the latest evening look and look absolutely rockin’ teamed with a biker jacket and a sultry, smoky eye and a deep glossy mani.

Swap this…

passion fruit corals won’t cut it in the winter, so go over to the dark side!

For this!

Nail Paint in Black Diamond, £3.99, Barry M. http://www.barrym.com

Metallics for nails and make-up are this Autumn’s key beauty trend, and Barry M has plenty of goodies to help you get your glimmer on!

Meteor Storm is an eyeshadow palette packed wth metallic duochrome shades, all of which are autumnal warm neutrals that look amazingly wearable for any eye colour. It’s just landed in Superdrug for £9.99. The packaging alone is heavenly!

Dupe Alert!

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There are hundreds of holy grail palettes on the market, some of which come with price tags that aren’t exactly within everybody’s reach. Many people also have an ethical reason to source a dupe rather than the original itself; while there are several make-up companies who don’t test on animals, unfortunately, some of the biggest brands are not cruelty free. While no bunnies were harmed in the making of Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes, they are a little on the pricey side, retailing at almost £40 on the UD website! Luckily, many mid-range and drugstore brands recognise such high-end price taggery and are always keeping a close watch of the beauty trends for major dupe inspiration.

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Naked Heat Palette, £39.50, Urban Decay

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BH Cosmetics Solar Flare, Galaxy Chic and Supernova Palettes

BH Cosmetics, from the City of Angels, are affordable, cruelty free and their products ooze plenty of LA cool! They drew lots of inspiration from the big fascination with galaxy print when they bought out their Solar Flare, Supernova and Galaxy Chic baked eyeshadow palettes, housing all of that celestial magic in the most beautifully printed compacts.

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Urban Decay Moondust Palette, £36

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BH Cosmetics Supernova Palette, £11.80 ($15.99) on http://www.bhcosmetics.com

Super pigmented, finely milled shades that suit everyone, and Supernova has to be a definite dupe of UD’s Moondust palette, which doesn’t host as many shades as these beauties. The latest addition to the BH Cosmetics Milky Way, Solar Flare, boasts several pearlescent deep neutrals almost identical to UD Naked Heat, so much so it could safely pass as a dupe.

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BH Cosmetics Solar Flare 18-colour baked eyeshadow palette, £11.80 ($15.99) on http://www.bhcosmetics.com

There are benefits to rummaging the drugstores or the world wide web for dupes, you discover your new favourite cosmetic brand, you end up with a lot more product for your money, and you may find a dupe that’s even better than the real thing!

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For more updates on the wonderfulness of BH Cosmetics, visit their website at: http://www.bhcosmetics.com

  acgramme  @bhcosmetics

 

 

Make-up Monday…

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Several beauty launches have been released recently, all of which are extremely lust worthy and will have all beauty and make-up addicts flocking to get their hands on them. TAM Beauty, the super-brand behind Make-Up Revolution, Freedom Make-Up and I Heart Make-Up has another exciting sister brand exclusive to Boots stores, Live Love Make-Up Obsession. Live Love Make-Up Obsession’s star attraction is the palettes you can fill and customise with your own shades of eyeshadow, brow wax, highlighter, bronzer and blush, to create your own collection of shades unique to you. The variety of single, star-embossed pans is endless and they have some absolutely heavenly highlighter shades available!

 

 

With the festive season only three months away, a personalised make-up palette would make the best gift idea. The refillable palettes come with a large mirror and aren’t just available in boring black… you can get gold, silver, rose gold, hot pink and white, too!

 

Empty palettes retail at £6 each and individual eyeshadow, blush, bronzer and highlighter shades retail at £3 each, a lot less pricey than the refillable palette Bobbi Brown came out with a few years back.

You can see the extensive range of palettes and shades at

http://www.boots.com/makeup-obsession-

Make-Up Revolution fans will be delighted to hear a new Flawless eyeshadow palette has hit the market. Flawless 4 is the latest of the firm favourite Pro 32 palettes and it comprises of a mixture of matte and shimmer shades, all of which are super blendable and versatile. There’s a good variety of autumnal shades, from neutrals to warm smoky shades, from soft shades to jewel toned plums.

 

If you are obsessed with a majestic glow, Revolution’s newest highlight palettes will be right up your street! They both boast 8 mesmerisingly beautiful shimmer shades that can be used to achieve that glowing, lit from within complexion. The soft, smooth formulation of the shades makes them super easy to blend and the shades in Ultra Cool Glow can be used to apply luminescence absolutely anywhere to deliver that touch of dimension: cheekbones, brow bones, Cupid’s bow, inner corners of your eyes.

 

 

Pro Glow 2 is a mix of white, gold and peachy shades with the same luxe, shimmering finish as the similar looking Ultra Pro Glow palette. The shades in Pro Glow 2 will add natural touches of radiance where the light would catch your skin.

 

Pro Glow 2 and Ultra Cool Glow, both £8, Make-Up Revolution

 

There’s plenty more magical glow where that came from… another one of Revolution’s irresistible new launches is the Liquid Highlighter drops. You can achieve instant radiance anywhere with this glow-getting potion, it’s so good!

 

 

Mix a drop or 2 of this reflective illuminatior into your foundation for a dewy and glowy complexion, mix a few drops into your favourite body lotion for a gorgeous all over glow. With or without make-up, Liquid Highlighter can achieve that beautiful natural glow. At £6, and available in 7 shades, this bottle of pure magic is set to rival the likes of Benefit’s High Beam and MAC’s Strobe Creams.

 

And can we all just take a moment to appreciate the wonderful-ness of the iridescent packaging… wow!