Mermaid Monday …

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Primark have the much sought after metallic gradient make-up brushes, with fish tail handles, purple tinted hairs and the ultimate shape and texture to achieve the glow of the unicorns! At £10 for a set of 5, they aren’t as pricey as similar sets. I have a feeling these beauties will sell like hot cakes!

Considering Girls With Attitude’s 9 piece Fantasy Collection, which boasts two tone gradient handles and hairs, will set you back £49.99, Primark’s offerings are set to add some serious wanderlust to dressing tables and make-up bags without straining your post-holiday purse strings.


Girls With Attitude Fantasy Collection, 9 brush set of unicorn inspired professional brushes, £49.99

GWA Mermaid Mythical 6 brush collection are not dissimilar in colour scheme to Primark’s and are truly mer-mazing, slightly cheaper at nearly £35… 


Mermaid Mythical 6 brush collection, £34.99, GWA


Girls With Attitude have a variety of tools that will cater to your every face need, and they’re oh so pleasing on the eye, but at nearly £50 for a set of 9, and £35 for a set of 6, if you want a set of mer-mazing brushes but you’re watching the pennies after that beach break, look no further than Primark!  

I also noticed Amazon have an amazing selection of mermaid’s tail brushes, some of which are pastel metallic, pink with gold and even rainbow, for a reasonable price.  It’s well worth a rummage on there for a wider variety at a good price range, there are some generous sellers that have thrown in free shipping too.  


What’s New in Beauty Wednesday…

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Sleek Make-Up have added to their hugely popular collection of spellbinding highlighters with the Distorted Dreams palette.  

Made up of five ethereal shades, 3 of which are cream and 2 powder formula, these light reflecting, holographic pigments have your every highlighting need covered.  


Sleek Distorted Dreams Palette, £10.99, Superdrug

With a glimmering variety of duochrome tones in its creamy shimmer shades, Distorted Dreams can be used to illuminate your cheekbones, eyelids and lips. Cream with green glitters, cream with blue glitters, and a gold and pink duochrome cream. The powder shades are amazingly stunning too; a shimmery gold powder and a pale pink with purple-pink glitters, which isn’t dissimilar to BECCA Prismatic Amethyst Shimmering Skin Perfector highlighter.  


Becca Prismatic Amethyst Skin Perfector highlighter

Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams combine the revival of the 90’s Metallic lip trend with the current liquid lipstick trend.


Sleek Matte Me Metallic Lip Creams (from top: Volcanic, Roman Copper and Rusted Rose), £4.99, Superdrug. 

Three new shades of metallic liquid lipstick are part of Distorted Dreams collection and they are called Volcanic (frosty muted purple toned rose), Roman Copper (red toned shimmery amber) and Rusted Rose (frosty pink rose).  


They apply like normal liquid lipsticks that dry down to a long lasting, velvet matte finish.  Applying a layer of lip balm before applying these will ensure extra comfort and stop the dreaded “matte lip crack.” 

Tuesday Shoesday… 

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June is here, which officially means it’s the start of the summer. Exciting. Festival fever will soon be upon us, which means dropping those dull winter warmers in favour of some sizzling hot trends which ooze boho glamour.  

Taste the rainbow and get summer party ready in these succulent multicolour Sophia Webster sandals. These beauties are so irresistible they should really come with an envy warning!

Fluorescent pom-poms and tassels are big news and will take the festival fashion scene by storm this summer, be they on wedges or flats. An unlikely comeback that’s cool, colourful and a little eccentric, this trend is a festival in itself.


Block heels meet block colour, with plenty of ditzy tassel detailing, pom-poms and laces to add an element of Coachella cool. Not only are these Aquazzura offerings easy to walk in they tick every 2017 style box. Eye catching and comfortable, you really can have the best of both worlds!

Rebecca Minkoff’s relaxed yet vivid vibe is going right in my beach bag this summer!

Beauty Tuesday…

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There’s no doubt that over the past few years, nail effects and nail art have been enjoying a rather big moment.

Holographic, glittery, textured, beaded… the beauty market has experienced a boom in nail trends, some of which were never tried before.  


Magnetic nail polish, which has only been around this past five or so years, is one of the new phenomenons that will take your manicure from everyday chic to envy inducing and edgy.  

Magnetic nail polish…? You may be asking yourself how does this work…? The science behind the magnetic mani is the magnetic particles that have been mixed into the polish that are able to create a pattern when they come into contact with a magnetic force. Most magnetic nail polishes have a magnet on their lid, as this is held over the newly painted nail, the iron powder in the polish gravitates towards the magnet to create the astonishing finish. As if by magic!


One of the first brands to foray into the magnetic field of nail patterns is Nails Inc, who came out with eight jewel-toned metallic colours, each of which boast their own magnet to create an individual magnetic pattern, from fishnet, to star, to wave, magnetic nail polishes attract so many opportunities to take your normal nail look to the next level!


Creating a magnetized mani at home couldn’t be easier.  All you need to do is apply 1 coat of magnetic nail polish, then carefully hold the magnet close over each nail, taking care not to hit your wet nails.  Hold the magnet over each nail for 1 to 2 seconds to create a mesmerising pattern.  Then wait 10-15 minutes for your first coat to dry, and if you feel a second coat is needed, apply a second coat of your magnetic polish, and hold the magnet close to each nail like you did with your first coat.  Wait until it is touch dry then apply a top coat to protect your newly metallized talons.  


Nails Inc are giving you the opportunity to experience the full magnet magic for yourself, thanks to a very exciting promotion on their website.   All you need to do is enter the code FESTIVALNAILS at checkout, when purchasing their full collection of 8 magnetic polishes, which is called the Festival Fever Collection.  


I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw how much I’d saved on this set – a nail collection that should be over £100, and a whopping £96 saving!  Strokes of luck like this do not come around every day, and the good news is that you do not have to be an O2 Priority customer to take advantage of this amazing offer!  

For more about this collection & what colours you get, and to grab a beauty bargain, head over to the Nails Inc site here!

https://www.nailsinc.com/collections/nails-inc-festival-fever-collection_1605/

Make-up Monday …

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Maybelline New York have many exciting new launches just in time for Spring & Summer 2017…

You won’t be able to resist the all new Baby Lips balm crayons, their first colour crayon infused with moisturising oils that combine creamy, crisp colour and twelve hour hydration – and all in sleek, a twist-up stick!


If you love a good eye make-up look and like to experiment with different looks, you’ll fall in love with the City Minis palettes.  Each City Mini features six vivid shades that are perfect for creating custom eye make-up looks.  


Six highly pigmented palettes are available from street inspired Grafitti Pop shades to hazy Rooftop Bronzes and Chill Brunch Neutrals, to Urban Jungle olives and sparkly Girls Night Glimmer, City Minis have all your smoky Eye wishes covered!


For a pop of colour and a healthy glow, Master Blush is a beautifully curated collection of blush and highlighter shades in a versatile palette.  For vibrant and dimensional cheeks, Master Blush by Maybelline Facestudio features 3 blush shades and a pearlescent highlighter which allows you to blush your own way.


If you are looking to enhance or refine your cheekbones and want to speed up contouring, Facestudio brings you Master Contour V-Shape Duo stick. This is Maybelline’s first 2-in-1 stick that has been absolutely raved about! The 2 coloured twist-up bullet makes light work of contouring. Simply use the darker bronze side to define then illuminate with the highlighting side. Easy, peasy! 


This is an already much loved phenomenon, thanks to it’s creamy matte texture that delivers a sculpted look that lasts all day.


Not everyone is lucky enough to be blessed with a naturally perfect complexion, and if you seldom get blemishes, count yourselves very lucky indeed!  Those of us not so lucky never underestimate the power of a good concealer to camouflage our way to that insta-perfect canvas.  Enter Master Camo, a six-strong concealer palette that focuses on colour correcting.  Master Camo makes saying goodbye to redness, dark circles and dull areas possible thanks to the innovative colour correcting technique, once only reserved for make-up artists.  


Master Camo puts all the tools you need to correct, conceal and highlight in a New York minute in your hands!  The green shade is designed to neutralise areas of redness while the yellow shade will brighten tired looking under eye circles away.

And on a final note, don’t forget your brows this summer! Every beauty buff knows your eyebrows are the coat hangers for your face! With that in mind, if you’re looking for one easy to use product that will fill, fix and tame brows at the same time, look no further than Maybelline’s Brow Drama Pomade Crayons.  

The ultimate celebrity inspired sculpted brows can be yours in seconds by using this ultra blendable formula to fill in sparse areas of your brows and sketching in the direction of natural hairs.  

To find out more about these exciting products and more, visit the official MNY website! 

https://www.maybelline.com/

Make-up Monday…

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Rainbow, unicorn inspired everything is here to stay. It’s safe to say every cosmetics brand has dropped their own mythical version of the colourful craze. Lottie London are the latest company to come up with their own dreamy rainbow highlighter called Mermaid Glow, available at Superdrug stores.  

TAM Beauty, the company behind Make Up Revolution, Freedom and I Heart Make Up have come up with their Unicorns Heart, which they have gifted to I Heart Make Up. Unicorns Heart is the dreamiest, pastel shimmery rainbow highlighter that is boxed in the shape of a heart.

Essence Cosmetics are another brand to embrace all things technicolor and glowing, they have bought out not one but two variations of the make-up must have that sent the Internet crazy. Prismatic Rainbow boasts four vivid shades of red, orange, yellow and blue. Blossom Dreams is a calmer take on the rainbow with its spectrum of 5 pastel shades. 



Bitter Lace Beauty, the Etsy store that stepped up the glow game with the handmade rainbow highlighters that swiftly sold out, is believed to have sown the seeds of the rainbow revolution. Any make-up maestro and beauty addict knows highlighting is the gateway to that perfectly on-point glow.


Beauty junkies have bid up to a thousand dollars on eBay for the original Prism highlighter from Bitter Lace Beauty, which has a waiting list of up to ten months for people wanting to get their spectrum glow from their Etsy store.  


If you can’t wait for your unicorn shimmer fix, rest assured, there are some fantastic dupes starting to emerge on the wider market, thanks to the likes of Lottie London, TAM Beauty, Essence and even Forever 21!

Make-up Monday…

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Nothing beats the feeling of getting your hands on a product you’ve being eyeing up for ages. I had a few hallelujah moments on a recent shopping trip.

First of all I re-stocked on my favourite foundation of all time, Stila Illuminating Liquid Foundation. This is extremely easy to apply with my trusty Real Techniques stippling brush and it delivers a lit from within healthy glow without streaking or showing tell-tale orange lines. Being pale skinned, the best shade for me is 20 Watts. Yes, being a radiance enhancing foundation, it’s shades are named after light bulb wattages, very appropriate. The darker the shade, the higher the wattage number.  

I’m also a fan of Make-up Revolution, that offer cutting edge innovations in make-up without the professional price tag, and their products are available at Superdrug! My most recent addition to my Revolution palette haul is the Hard Day Eyeshadow palette. There’s 18 neutral and smoky shades, 12 of which are shimmer and the other 6 matte. The colours look super versatile and wearable for any occasion, with this line up, I’m already dreaming up my next evening smoky eye look! 


Recently, I’ve been drawn to metallic “lip toppers” that can be worn alone or over your favourite lipstick to create a velvet matte, shimmery finish to your pout. Having fallen in love with the Lime Crime Diamond Crushers, I have also invested in Kiko’s Lip Top Coat. It’s exclusive application wand rolls the product onto your lips to deliver smooth, satin-y shine in seconds.


Unlike Lime Crime’s Diamond Crushers, the Kiko Lip Top Coat is quite fluid and watery in consistency and has to be shaken up before you apply it to mix the shimmer. 


Essie are one of the best brands for an unlimited variety of bright, on trend colours. I must own tons of Essie’s bestselling shades. My two recent additions for spring are Lots of Lux, which is a shimmering lapiz blue with a superfine matte glitter finish and Jewel In The Crown, which is a very bright, modern and edgy plum with shimmer that looks fuchsia in some lights.