15 December 2014

L'Oreal Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks

I have been wanting to purchase these lipsticks for quite a while, and I finally bit the bullet when Boots was having their 3 for 2 offer, which is always an awesome deal. The idea behind the range is for the line of nudes/reds to suit a variety of different people according to their skin tone.

The packaging of these are so beautiful, they are matte black tubes with gold bands and detailing, which make them look so chic and elegant, nothing like the price tag. Also, I thought i'd mention that the lipsticks do have an old granny lipstick smell, which some may hate, but it doesn't bother me too much. 

First up is the 'Perfect Nudes' collection, I picked up J Lo's Nude, which is a light pinky beige colour (it's the same as Cheryl's nude). The lipstick is quite sheer, and only leaves a light wash of colour, which is slightly disappointing. However, it is a very moisturising formula, therefore making it easy to wear for an everyday natural look. I've heard many people rave about this particular colour, but I personally think it doesn't suit me too well as it's a tad bit too light for me. 

Next is the 'Pure Reds' collection, I was really excited for this as i've been on the hunt for the perfect red lipstick for a very long time. I picked up Blake's Pure Red, this is a classic true blue-based red, which looks absolutely stunning. Unlike the nude collection, this lipstick is super pigmented, to the point where when I take it off, it leaves a stain. It has a really nice satin finish, almost matte, but it isn't drying at all and glides onto the lips very smoothly without clinging onto anything. 

I am completely in love with the red lipstick, I definitely recommend you to try it out, although I was slightly disappointed with the nude, you should still check out the range to see if there will be any colours that would suit your skin, I definitely will be going back to look at the other colours. These are available for £6.99 at Boots and Superdrug.

What are your favourite nude & red lipsticks? x

13 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide: The Luxury Edit

We are finally onto the last of the Christmas gift guide trilogy, this segment will be all about beauty products that are £30 and more, this is where the money needs to be dished out, but i'm sure you will be willing to do so for your loved ones. 

The Urban Decay Naked Palette is a cult classic, and for those who don't own it, i'm sure they would definitely love to receive it, it's filled with 12 highly pigmented neutral eyeshadows that would be perfect for both everyday and special occasions. 

This seasons offerings from NARS are absolutely beautiful, I am especially coveting the Virtual Domination Cheek Palette, the compact looks so amazing, inside, there are three blushes, a highlight and a bronze, which all look stunning. The Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret includes five of their very popular lip pencils, three satins and two velvet mattes. I also want to quickly mention the Audacious Lipsticks, the shades are named after celebrities, but I think it would be a pretty awesome gift if someone you know has the same name, so technically, they'd have a lipstick with their name on it. 

Bobbi Brown is a brand that always seems to release incredible collections, the Warm Glow Eye Palette looks so gorgeous, as the name suggests, it contains a range of 9 warm toned eyeshadows, with a mixture of both shimmery and matte finishes. The faux leather croc compact and the gold detailing simply makes it look even more aesthetically pleasing. 

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette is a trio of the best selling powder, containing two existing shades, Dim Light and Radiant Light, and a new limited edition shade, Incandescent Light. It's claimed that they're designed with soft-focus particles that reflect light and create transparent coverage, therefore they would be suitable for every skin tone. 

Moving on, Nails Inc recently revamped their packaging, which I do like the look of, they have quite a variety of sets, the Be Gelous Collection is a range of their award winning gel effect formulation in six different colours. 

Like I said in the previous gift guide, fragrance is always a lovely gift to give one of my most favourite A/W scent is Vera Wang Princess, it may not be everyone's taste, but to me, it smells divine, I would describe it simply as warm and sweet vanilla-y goodness. And a gift set that includes the matching body lotion and body polish would be nice to receive. 

The Origins Super Star Mini's would be ideal for those who love skincare, and in my opinion, Origins is a brand that generally does skincare very well. This set contains seven of their most well loved products, which would be great to try out a variety of products without having to spend as much as you would with full sized products. 

Next up is the Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Collection, which is a set of six cream neutral eyeshadow sticks, they seem to be really quick and easy products the use for a natural everyday look, the colours all look so amazing and pigmented. 

Finally, the last product is the ghd V Rose Gold Styler, which is a limited edition colour, but I think the classic black would also be a delight. Although I don't own one, it has been on my wishlist for an extremely long time, this is on the higher end side of the price spectrum, but judging from other's reviews, I think it's something worth investing in.

At last, you have come to the end of the gift guide trilogy, i'm actually a little sad that it's over, as I put quite a lot of effort into them, so I really hope you enjoyed reading and that it helped you, be sure to check out the previous ones here.

11 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide: The Mid-Range Edit

So this is the sequel of my Christmas gift guide for the beauty lovers out there, although I say these are gift guides, at the same time, these are kind of my Christmas wishlists as well (wink wink, nudge nudge, you know what I mean). This one is a range of products that are mid-range priced, from £15 - £30, not too pricey, but not too inexpensive either. 

A nail polish brand I absolutely love is Ciaté, their formulation and colours are gorgeous, one of their most recent sets is the Haute House Collection which includes 5 mini polishes, the colours are metallic and quite dark, which is perfect for the colder weather and party season. 

Fragrance is always a great gift to purchase for someone, but they can be quite expensive, the Katy Perry Killer Queen Gift Set is not too pricey, yet smells absolutely beautiful and the bottle looks incredible too. And I also wanted to mention that this smells extremely similar to the very coveted Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb perfume. 

Benefit is a makeup brand that, in my opinion, releases some of the best gift sets, amongst the vast range, the Cheeky Sweet Spot O' Blushes is not only adorable, but is an amazing value. There are 5 blushes, a bronzer, a cream highlighter and a brush included in the tin, this would be really nice for someone who doesn't have much from the brand, but has been wanting to try them out.

Real Techniques Brush Sets would be perfect gifts, as I mentioned in my first gift guide, they are my most favourite brushes of all time. There are quite a few sets, they range from £20 - £30. One that I recently purchased for myself and that I have been using constantly is the Nic's Picks Set which is on sale at Superdrug from £30 down to £20. 

I have been dying to try out products by Charlotte Tilbury, everything just looks so stunning, especially the lipsticks. The Mini Lipstick Charms is a trio of three of her K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipsticks which are very well loved by many, the colours included were specifically chosen as they are universal shades, which means that they would suit everyone, which is great. 

Another product I purchased for myself not long ago is the Babyliss Boutique Salon Soft Waves, it's originally £40, but is currently reduced to £30, so be sure to purchase it as soon as you can! Christmas is always a nice time to glam yourself up a little, and curling your hair is the perfect way to do that, this wand works really well and as the name suggests, gives really pretty soft and romantic waves. 

Although everyone would love one of the Naked Palettes, the Urban Decay Naked Basics is amazing too, it includes the basic eyeshadows you would need for a natural everyday look, which would be ideal for someone who just recently started wearing makeup and/or doesn't own many eyeshadows. 

Next up is the Too Faced Melted Kisses Set, I have heard so many positive reviews about these lip products, and a set four minis would be lovely as a gift. These are very highly pigmented liquid lipsticks that come in very cute tubes, there are four different shades included: a nude, a baby pink, a hot pink and a raspberry red, which all look so gorgeous. 

The Kiko Luxurious Collection looks so beautiful especially the Precious Illuminating Bronzer, which is packaged in a glamorous golden compact with an embossed geometrical design. There are four different colours in the compact: 3 different shades of bronze and a lavender shade, also, it's claimed that the product is enriched with precious stones for a natural bright and radiant finish on the skin. The Luxurious Face Brush seems beautiful as well, with the matching aesthetics, the two products can be bought as a set, but would be delightful as individual gifts too. 

Some of my most favourite body care products are from Soap & Glory, The Soapremes and any of their other sets would be suitable for those who love a good pamper, this one includes five of their favourite products, plus a pair of fuzzy socks (which is a must-have during the colder seasons) and a body polisher.

This is the end, and I hope this helped, if you haven't seen my other gift guides, you can check them out here. And be sure to look out for my final one that will be published very soon! x