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.  

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! 


What I Bought Wednesday…

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Revolution Haul!

Those of you that enjoy reading my beauty related posts will know I am a big fan of the TAM beauty brand Revolution. Fairly new to drugstores, the London brand regularly run out of stock… in a good way. A lot of their professional quality Eyeshadow palettes are the closest dupes to a lot of the more expensive “holy grail” palettes on the market. Neutrals vs New-trals, a 16-shade eye palette is currently sold out on the website, this gem is almost identical to Anastasia’s Modern Renaissance eye palette. If you’re after this palette, but the £32 ($42) price tag is daunting, Neutrals vs Neutrals from Revolution is your new best friend, and for a sixth of the price!

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette 

Revolution Neutrals vs New-trals 

Having been eyeing up many of Revolution’s offerings on their website recently, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on their newest launch: Flawless 3: Resurrection Pro 32 Eye Palette. Beautifully finished off with rose-gold packaging and boasting a large mirror inside, Flawless 3 is the best spring eye make-up collection yet. It’s packed with plenty of lustrous matte and shimmer shades that range from super versatile everyday neutrals to bolder coral shades and berry tones. I thought I would have to order this online but managed to get it in Superdrug. I’m in love with all of the shades and can’t wait to really get experimenting with this! 

Revolution Flawless 3: Resurrection Eye Palette

Another Revolution palette I bought recently and have been loving for everyday is the Ultra Eye Contour Light And Shade. I used to avoid matte eyeshadows, but what these lack in shimmer they make up for in their wearability. This is well worth a try if you want to create a contoured eye make-up look and add definition to the creases and socket lines of your eyes to add natural looking definition. Using a lighter shade as a base and a darker shade around the socket line and crease is an easy way to master 2017’s cut-crease eye make-up trend.  

Revolution Ultra Eye Contour Light And Shade Palette

I’ve gotten into the swing of using matte eyeshadows so much so I have also invested in the Flawless Matte Pro 32 eyeshadows too, and I am amazed by the diversity of the shades. Matte doesn’t have to mean flat!

Revolution Flawless Matte Eye Palette 

NYX are another one of my favourite brands. Tame & Frame brow pomades are a recent discovery for me. Having used a pencil from Eyeko for my brows for ages, I thought I’d try something different. Tame & Frame are small pots of ultra soft wax formulated to help shape and define your brows. This non-sticky, easy to use product comes in several shades, from blonde to black (I’m currently using Espresso, a dark brown). Highly recommend if you’ve ever found yourself filling in because you got a bit tweezer happy! NYX #19 angled brush works wonders at sweeping the wax in the direction of natural hairs.  

NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade & NYX #19 Angled Brush, (below)

Maybelline have had a few newcomers recently. A sucker for a good highlighter, I discovered the all new Strobe Liquid. It’s a liquid illuminator great for highlighting and strobing that I think is very similar to Benefit’s High Beam or Mac’s Strobe Cream, which are a lot pricier.  

Maybelline Strobe Liquid Highlighter & NYX Tame & Frame 

What’s New In Beauty Wednesday…

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High street stores have seen a massive drop of goodies you just cannot miss out on if you are a make-up and beauty junkie.  

Nail polish that would normally cost between £11 and £15 has turned up in… Poundland. Yes, a premium product is being sold in pound stores!  

Nails Inc goodies on sale at… Poundland!

Nails Inc recently re-designed their bottle shape to rectangular bottles. Nails Inc, fearing the stock in the old style cylinder bottles won’t sell, have gifted them to Poundland to sell for less than a quarter of their price. This is good news if you are a sucker for a good quality nail product. Several colours are on sale for just £1, including Maddox Street, a frosted black, Chelsea Physic Garden, a very Chanel like pastel blue shade perfect for spring, Galaxy Effect Glitter, Fibre Optic Glitter, Kensington Caviar Base Coat and Gel Effect Top Coat. Due to being put into plastic packaging and hung up some of the polishes may have separated, but upon shaking the ones I picked up, I found that the formula re-coagulated and it didn’t make a difference to their quality.

Some of the Nails Inc bargains I landed, here I was wearing Chelsea Physic Garden with Fitzroy Square Special Effects Glitter as a feature nail.  Others photographed are Galaxy Effect in Knightsbridge Road and Fibre Optic Effect in Belgravia Place.

Metallic nails are a big trend for spring, with Barry M recently extending their range of Molten Metal Nail Paints.

Holographic Lights is the best of them all if you want to master an iridescent manicure, it’s a whitish silver that packs plenty of rainbow multi chrome. Pink Ice is the perfect Rose Gold shade, while Blue Glacier is the most serene watercolour blue amped up with shimmer.  The darkest of the new shades is Black Diamond, a classic black that is lit from within by loads of microfine silver sparkle, it isn’t dissimilar in shade or finish to Silver Lining.  The collection features two expensive looking copper shades, Copper Mine and Bronze Bae, while Gold Digger is the ultimate 24K gold. 

Barry M Molten Metal Nail Paint in Gold Digger

Barry M are currently doing a 2 for £7 offer in Boots stores, good news if you’ve fallen in love with more than one of these shades! My favourites are Pink Ice, Blue Glacier and Bronze Bae. 

Barry M Molten Metal Nail Paint in Blue Glacier

Mascara maestros Maybelline New York have bought out some of the best mascaras I have ever used and a lot of their formulas rival those of a high-end brand. Their latest addition to their Colossal family is the golden tubed Colossal Big Shot, which guarantees fully loaded volume and definition onto natural lashes in just one sweep.  Lash like a boss!

Maybelline The Colossal Big Shot Mascara

Another exciting mascara launch is Rommel London’s innovative new Volume Shake Mascara.  Volume Shake features the all new “shaker” inside its tube that enables the formula to be refreshed when it is needed. No more lacklustre lashes!

Innovation in mascara: Rimmel are the first to release a mascara with in built shaker system to refresh the formula when needed.

Meanwhile, glossy lips may be a top trend for this year but matte lips are going to stick around a lot longer too.   I am a massive fan of the NYX Liquid Suede and Soft Matte Lip Creams, I am a collector I must admit!  One of the newest lip care launches on the market is Lip Oil.  More fluid and more nourishing than balm, lip oils are rich in ingredients essential to maintaining hydrated and healthy lips.  Investing in a lip oil is a must if you want your matte liquid lipsticks to glide on effortlessly and stay smooth all day, it’s your weapon against the dreaded matte lip crack!

Splurge: Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil, £19


Save: Barry M Lip Oils in Berry Good and Coco Loco, £4.99

Make-up Monday… 24k Gold Eyes & More!

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As a self confessed eye-palette junkie, when I heard Maybelline were launching another “Nudes” offering, I squealed with excitement inside. 

I can’t wait to get my hands on their new 24k Nudes palette, a 12-strong collection of shimmery neutrals, bronzes and smoky shades that work great together.

Whatever your eye colouring, a look that ticks all the beauty trend boxes awaits you inside this golden palette. 

Having just rolled into large Boots stores, I predict this is one high-street make-up gem that is sure to sell like hot cakes.  Maybelline’s other “Nudes” palettes are still very much sought after.  

The Blushed Nudes, which many think is a dupe of Urban Decay’s Naked 3 Palette, boasts the richest selection of metallic rose gold shades and flesh-toned neutrals.  Possibly the closest high-street copy of Naked 3!

Maybelline also came out with The Rock Nudes, an offering of bright metallics and smoky shades to ensure your boldest, baddest smoky eye look steals the show!

I wouldn’t have called these shades Nudes, but I can’t think of any high-end palette that comes close to this collection of smoky-eye essentials, there’s no comparison.

That’s not all… Maybelline have everyone’s smoky-eye need covered, making sure to roll out The Smokes, too.  If you want to achieve a smouldering look that’s not shimmery, this is the one for you!

Maybelline 24k Nudes, Blushed Nudes, Rock Nudes & The Smokes palettes retail at £9.99 in Boots stores

Find out more about 24k Nudes Palette here…


Feel Good Fri-yay…

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It’s been an exciting week style-wise, the highlight being the new H&M store in Wolverhampton.  When asked what stores people wanted to see included in the revamp of the Mander Centre, H&M topped the list.  Wolverhampton H&M is phenomenal, it’s the only H&M store in the Midlands to have a homewares section and it also has a make-up and beauty section to rival that of a high-end counter!  If you live in the Midands, it’s a stack bigger than their Merry Hill store.  Located downstairs in the Mander Centre, it’s the boost that part of the shopping mall needed.  Just when some people complained about all of the empty shells and closed shops in Wolverhampton, the first part of the shopping centre regeneration is coming to life.

I felt at such an advantage to be one of the first shoppers to see the new store on grand opening day (yesterday), it opened at 11am and the people waiting for it to open got a wonderful discount, 25% off your purchases all day.

I knew something exciting was hiding behind these boards!

There were so many things that caught my eye, and I’m looking forward to future trips to this magical store.  I came away with a pair of relaxed slim jeans which tick several fashion boxes with a couple of randomly placed rips and some rather funky patches.  The eyeball and lips patch you can see are made up of sequins.
I also bought some glossy court style shoes which are just the right red hue for the autumn and festive season, they will be perfect for those Christmas do’s and occasions where I fancy wearing heels.  I also came away with a 3 pack of rings and one of the lipsticks from their super affordable beauty range.  I treated myself to a pillar box red shade called Classic Cardinal. There’s an unlimited shade range with all of their make-up products and their  formulas and how they feel are up there with MAC!

If I could sum 2016 up with an unlikely sounding trend, I would say that it has been the year of relaxed jeans and pointy shoes, if you’re yet to try this look for yourself, it’s so easy to pull off and looks incredibly chic, even as everyday casual wearing flats.

This week seems to have been all about red shades, I have done some of my festive preparations early this year and although it’s been a rather tough year, I think I’m getting into the spirit of the season to be jolly and joyful.

This year’s John Lewis advert, just, no words.  Buster the boxer dog, those fox cubs and all the other animals are just beyond cute.  Innocent animals dancing on a trampoline and having fun hasn’t been without criticism though, with some overprotective parents Tweeting: “give your child Tuberculosis for Christmas!” I thought some people’s misconceptions were a little far-fetched, I can’t help but think the hidden message was “give your child hours of fun, fresh air and excercise for Christmas.” It’s so refreshing to see an advert depicting parents setting up a toy that isn’t square, because the world isn’t.

I took another trip to New Look solely to have a peek at their revamped beauty range, and couldn’t resist another 2 of their gorgeous nail polishes.  Ruby, which is the perfect winter wine, and Glitterbug.  I’ve noticed some of them are exact dupes of more expensive nail brands such as Deborah Lippmann.  Great news for beauty addicts who want to save some bucks!

After much Amazon-ing I finally found the ultimate cat eyeliner and smoky-eye cheat… Beth Bender Beauty stencils.  Not only are these meant to help you achieve a precision you only thought you could dream of, they also save loads of time.  Soon the days of winged eyeliner making you late will be gone!

Beauty Tuesday Favourites…

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This week I have been looking at all of the new beauty and cosmetic launches for Fall and Winter and have to say I have come across some absolute gems I’m sure will become best sellers.

Nail wise I am loving the Winter 2016 collection from America’s No1 salon nail experts, Essie, who have released possibly the most colourful nail collection for this time of year.  The first thing that pops into your head when you think “Winter Nail Collection” and people often think of cold hues like grey, slate and black or plums and wines; so Essie’s turnout was a pleasant surprise.  There’s something for everyone in this collection.

If you love deep reds and wines then Ready To Boa (glistening bronze mahogany) and Party On A Platform (London garnet red) won’t disappoint.  There’s also a metallic gold called Getting Groovy, the collection’s namesake and one of my favourites.  Satin Sister is another one of my favourite shades and it’s described as a sleek ebony peacock blue.  For those of you that like to stick to neutrals then your manicures and pedicures will ooze plenty of chic with Oh Behave! (nude peach frost) and Go With The Flowy (cloud like dove grey).  Essie’s collection is said to take some inspiration from the London 60’s party scene, hence the shade names, but clever Essie have also tailored the six shades to the upcoming festive season.

Satin Sister & Getting Groovy as a metallic accent!

New Look have also had an exciting time with the launch of their much overhauled and extended cosmetic and beauty range on November 13, that will be available at their larger stores.  Wolverhampton’s store had so many goodies.  New Look weren’t bad at ticking beauty trend boxes before but oh my they’ve upped their game with sleek packaging and winning formulas sure to rival higher end cosmetic lines.  The majority of the products are purse friendly under £10.

The Oxygen Nail Growth Formula is inspired by pricier nail care products on the market and works to promote the growth of your natural nails.  I landed a bargain here, £3.99 and I’m looking forward to using it and seeing it deliver.

A lot of their nail colours embrace the hottest trends.  Matte and gel formula polishes also make up their nail collection.  I picked up 2 shimmery metallics, Mermaid (sea blue) and Petrol (shimmery red toned copper).  New Look have also included baked bronzers, blushers and highlighters which are similar to MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish Powders.  If you’re looking for an amazing smelling body wash or body lotion, they have also released some gorgeous smelling bath, body and skincare treats too.  Honey and Almond body wash has to be my favourite of these, but they also have other scents like Coconut and Rose.

Honey & Almond body wash (above) and Coconut & Rose body wash, £3.99 each in New Look beauty range

It seems there isn’t a thing New Look haven’t thought of beauty wise, with plenty of promising facial skincare and hair care products making up the range too.

Detox Tea Tree Purifying Face Mask, £4.99

Coconut Oil Body Melt Body Butter, £7.99

With Christmas just around the corner, their gift sets look so irresistible you’ll want to keep them for yourself!

Mini Rollerball Fragrances Set, £9.99 

4 Pack Liquid Lipstick Collection, £14.99

Metallic Holographic False Nails, £3.99

5 Pack Ombré Brush Set, £14.99

I could have easily bought a lot more of these New Look treats and I’m looking forward to wrapping some of them up as gifts this Christmas.

Garnier Ultimate Blends range of hair products and body lotions was something I’d also heard great things about and I’m so glad I discovered The Sleek Restorer Hair Oil.

It’s a multi-use hair oil that is formulated with coconut oil, which has been proven to be one of the best natural hair conditioners.  Used before and after styling it protects against the more unwanted effects of straightening and curling (frizz, flyaways, split ends).  Being a multitasker this product is also great for pre-nourishing your hair before you wash it for added suppleness.  Using The Sleek Perfector, I have noticed my hair stays straighter and sleeker for longer.

The Garnier Honey Treasures Body Restoring Lotion is also worth a try if you’re looking for a body moisturiser that’s easily absorbed.  This has a slight honey smell but isn’t at all overpowering and leaves your skin feeling amazingly soft, I highly recommend.

And finally I’ll finish off with something limited edition.  Vaseline’s recent collaboration with Lulu Guinness has delivered one of the most stylish lip balm tins around.  Limited edition tins are something Vaseline are no stranger to.  Queen Bee, Pink Bubbly and Paint The Town Red also proved very popular.