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

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!




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Lipstick lovers will love L’Oréal Paris latest Color Riche offerings. The cult classic (a Color Riche is sold every 3 seconds worldwide, wow!) is soon to be reinvented by Olivier Rousteing, who, you may or may not know, is the creative director of ultra glam designer Balmain!

L’Oréal and Balmain share the same strong values of femininity and empowerment, and the same goal of empowering women all over the world and offering them diverse ways in which they can express themselves. This lipstick collection is something that is tangible for women everywhere.

Rousteing is collaborating with L’Oréal to launch twelve bang-on trend Matte lipsticks later this month. A heavyweight fashion name designing accessible make-up we can easily invest in has us excited, excited, excited! L’Oréal’s Balmain collab is the lipstick equivalent of Charlie’s Golden Ticket, but much more collectable.

Olivier Rousteing will have full control of everything from campaign to packaging, so expect a strong Balmain influence, there will be plenty of jewel tones, marble, onyx black and, in true Balmain style, plenty of gold! These £12.99 lipstick gems will be the lipsticks to blow all of your other lipsticks out of the water, but unfortunately, the collection will be limited edition, so make plenty of room for “Confidence,” the first of 12 shades to be revealed, which is a nude-y peach coral with rose gold shimmer and a metallic matte finish.

L’Oréal x Balmain lipsticks will have a shade for absolutely everyone; whether you’re suited to soft nudes or darker, bolder rock n’ roll inspired shades like shimmery violet or even rich blue! Oliver Rousteing not being able to separate music inspiration and fashion is something to be admired.

L’Oréal x Balmain ROCK shades

L’Oréal x Balmain GLAMAZON shades

L’Oréal x Balmain COUTURE shades

Even more good news, the luxe lippies are soon to be available in larger Boots stores!

The 90’s Are Over… As If!

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Vampy wine reds and sultry indigos in Essie’s fall 2017 collection are giving off major Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction vibes, while powdery pink and metallic lavender behold memories of Cher in Clueless. All of the hues in the “As If” collection draw inspiration from the sleek, cool aesthetic of the 90’s, the decade that bought us Seattle’s finest grunge greats, and the era that connected us… not just to AOL, but to some rather influential styles that continue to inspire the trends of today.



It’ll be impossible to just pick one Essie Fall favourite from this lot of sweet nail treats! Introducing all the awesomeness that is Essie’s Fall 2017 collection …



Girly Grunge has to be the heavy metal star of the collection. It’s the palest lilac with plenty of silver shine.



Saved By The Belle is a light baby pink with a subtle blue undertone.




As If! – the namesake shade. It’s a powdery periwinkle blue that’s snook in some underlying red undertones.



Mix-taupe – warm ivory shade with a dash of pink.



Knee-high Life is the chicest deep wine with purple undertones.



Dressed To The Nineties is a dark indigo purple that has the most beautiful blue-green shimmer. This would be like painting the Northern Lights onto your talons!



Essie’s Fall Collection shades are now available at Boots stores in the UK and on Essie’s website…

Beauty Tuesday

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Winged cat-eye make-up looks are classic and timeless. From ancient Egyptian times to the 60’s mod and punk scenes, the excessive 80’s glam rock era right through to today, the feline flick is an iconic beauty essential that’s oozed more glamour as it’s moved through the most unforgettable decades in fashion and beauty.

Thanks to this little leopard print tin of magic from Too Faced, the cat-eye is about to get even sexier! Cat Eyes boasts an eclectic collection of nine shades that range from smoky matte, sultry shimmer and the most glamorous glitter shades that can be worn wet or dry. This purrfect palette is all you need to create your own envy inducing feline eye-make up look, whether you want subtle definition or a full on feline, Cat Eyes has a variety of neutral base shades and dark definition shades that can be used as soft liners.

If you are after a new eyeshadow collection to experiment with smoky eye looks, Cat Eyes is just pure pawfection!

For more details on this ferociously feline goodness, check out the Too Faced website!

Heavy metal not your thing…? Soap & Glory’s new super light metallic lip creams are the stuff of dreams.

Available in 3 shades, Spectaculips Matte-allic lip creams have a liquid to matte formulation that feels velvety soft. These beautiful, smudge-proof shades will give you an impactful blast of colour that lasts for 12 hours, so you can glow your way through the day and night. Look out for these glam-a-lot superstars in Boots stores. Bronze Girl, Pink Charming and Gold Dusk are the names of the new Spectaculips Matte-allics.

Here comes trouble… from Urban Decay; with their brand new mascara that’s so good it’s a wonder it’s not illegal! Not only is the new Trouble Maker mascara dreamily packaged, it delivers your fattest, longest lashes which will be sex-proof, fluttery and intensely black. Trouble Maker’s failsafe formula is said to deliver 13.7x the lash volume with its custom brush that grabs every lash and curls them as it coats.

Your hunt for a mascara that will outperform every other mascara you’ve ever used may well be over with UD Trouble Maker, the mascara that will outlast the most scandalous of nights!

Get all the juice on Urban Decay’s newest lash booster here!

Mani Monday…

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If you’re looking for a good quality, long lasting gel nail polish range that doesn’t cost the earth, look no further than Barry M!

Their Gelly Hi Shine nail paint range delivers a diamond shine finish in one coat, for just £3.99 a bottle.

Very highly pigmented and chip resistant, they’ll outshine other polish formulas when it comes to longevity and shine.

Gelly Hi Shine nail paints are available at Boots, Superdrug and at in an endless variety of colour popping shades. This is one gel nail range that’ll have you spoilt for choice.

What’s more, Barry M’s products are vegan friendly and cruelty free, so you can polish your talons and your halo, safe in the knowledge no bunnies were hurt in the making of such bright, glossy goodness!

Make-up Monday…

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Only Nineties kids will remember applying their lipstick and kohl in the back of a cab, or on the Tube, a little cag-handed and rarely with a mirror to hand. Make-up looked lived-in, and messy in a special glam-rock way. If you could channel Debbie Harry's midnight kebab stop look on a Saturday night, you oozed some serious cool.

Fast forward to today's massively digitally influenced rituals, think Kardashian contour videos and 12-step smokey eye tutorials, which have gone some way to producing symmetrical, predictable faces that look almost fem-bot.

Thankfully, AW17 is set to see something of a false-perfection backlash. Why not take a break from obsessive blending and precision, and go for something a little rough around the edges… yep, crap-plication is the newest emerging beauty trend!

Distressed Kohl…

Pile a kohl liner all around and into your lash lines, taking it outward until it looks like an undone Bardot wing. You can easily achieve this in seconds by smoking out the kohl with a small smudger brush.

For a darker, more dramatic take on this look, you can break up the black using an eyeshadow brush to paint any excess over the lids and outwards for a sooty halo. Rubbing the lids with your finger adds more destruction. Apply some black mascara for lash definition. Keep lips bare and natural.

Kohl picks…

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Gel Crayon in Back To Black, £4.99

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean,

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet, £15.50

Socket to them…

Vibe? Applied in the back of a car that drove over a speed bump. Generously trace your top lashes with some bright pot eyeliner with your eyes closed. Then, open wide while the liner is still wet. Hey, presto, half the colour will transfer into your creases. Line your bottom lashline equally as thick, but don't join up the lines at the corners. To avoid a clown face, strip back the rest of your make-up. A bit of leftover looking lip stain is all you need.

Bold pot eyeliner picks…

MAC Chromaline pot eyeliners in Hi-Def Cyan and Primary Yellow, £16.50 each – you could blend these two together for a fun looking "pea-soup" shade!

Stila Smudge Pot in Electric Blue £13

NYX Gel Liner and Smudger in Teal, £8

Steamed Liner …

This swampy eye look is meant to look like you slept with your eyeliner on. Alternatively, apply a generous amount of pot or pencil liner along the lower lash line and dot the same colour between the top lashes. Fuzz the lower line downwards with a smudger brush, so it looks like you've been in the sauna with your make-up on. Dabbing some metallic pigment powder in the same colour on top of the lines will set them and add some depth. Skip mascara, and brush your brows upwards with brow gel. Good morning!

Steamed Liner Picks…

Smashbox Always On Gel Liner in Baller, £18

MAC Pigment in Emerald Green, £16


To paraphrase Dolly Parton, it takes a lot of effort for mascara to look this cheap. Curl your lashes and then paint your lashes almost individually with the tip of your wand, blobbing on the colour and then separating the lashes. Do this repeatedly until you think you're done, then apply more. To finish off, drag the wand back and forth through your lashes. Now do all this again with your lower lashes!

Max-Cara picks…

NYX Coloured Mascara, £6

Kiko Smart Coloured Mascara, £5.90

Snogged Off…

Remember being 16 and being able to kiss for two hours straight before appearing with the most beautiful, rebellious looking stained lip? Well, this is what you're going for now. Use your finger to press a matte lipstick onto your lips, then blot this to create the stained look. If you want to blur the edges, an eyeshadow brush is ideal. To make lips look licked, top with a clear gloss in the centre. Alternatively, slick on one of the new glossy lip stains that do all this for you. Feel free to do the actual snogging, too!

Snogged Off Picks…

YSL Glossy Stain, £26

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, £7.99

What I’m loving Wednesday…

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I discovered Too Faced Melted Metal liquid lipsticks the other day and couldn’t be happier with the formula and shade variety.

The 90’s foiled statement pout has made a comeback in the form of lustrous liquified metal.

Melted Metal is a multi faceted lip colour like you’ve never seen before.  It’s velvet smooth applicator makes light work of gliding on creamy metallic shine  that coats lips in fresh bursts of glazed colour without the sticky, heavy feel of similar liquid lipsticks.  

Debutante (far left) has to be my favourite shade.  A neutral peach that isn’t as coral-y on as it looks in the tube.