New + Upcoming Beauty Releases #7

Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2017

New + Upcoming Beauty Releases #7
I used to write and keep up to date with all of the new and upcoming beauty releases but with learning to drive as the focus of half of last year, beauty releases weren't my top priority but I have now passed *yay* and there are a lot of new releases so I thought I'd summarise some of the products I'm excited for!

Let's start with the most exciting which is the new beauty box by Latest in Beauty coming on the 1st March which is themed around the upcoming Beauty and the Beast film starring Emma Watson. I'm lucky that I'm being sent the box so I'll have a review of it up as soon as I can - I can't wait!

There are a couple of interesting fragrance releases already this year, the first is the L'Occitane Terre De Lumiere perfume which admittedly doesn't look incredibly interesting but with notes of bergamot, lavender honey and tonic bean, it sounds like the spring perfume to have. Onto a more fun and exciting offering, the new Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Sucre fragrance looks so sugary sweet and pretty with floral and intensely creamy notes.

Next up, a few haircare releases from Lee Stafford featuring sea salt which will be perfect for the spring and summer months. Natural World have are launching three new ranges later this month and finally John Frieda are releasing a 'luxurious volume core restore' range as well as two others.

One skincare launch that I've seen consistently in the beauty blogging world is the Kiehls Pure Vitality Cream which sounds great for adding a youthful boost to the skin. I've heard nothing but amazing things about Kiehls skincare!

Lastly, the makeup releases! Real Techniques have launch a new collection which is a little pricey in comparison to their other ranges in my opinion but it looks gorgeous and it comes with a brush holder; I love Real Techniques brushes! Another product I love is the YSL Touch Eclat and they have released a new one - Yves Rocher Limited Edition Touche Eclat.

Youtuber Ingrid Nielsen has collaborated with Bare Minerals for a four piece illuminating collection which looks gorgeous and I can't wait to read the reviews as it might be a spring treat to me, from me. The final release is from a skincare brand I've heard great things about, Zelens but they've branched out into makeup with their latest launch of lip colours.

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What do you think of these new and upcoming releases? Are there any other beauty products you are excited for? 

Mini MAC Lipstick Collection + Swatches

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Mini MAC Lipstick Collection + Swatches
L-R: Till Tomorrow, Warm Me Up, Creme In Your Coffee, Hug Me
To be honest I think MAC lipsticks are over hyped, not as long lasting as others in my collection and over priced...but they are so gorgeous and I love all of the shades that I have, even though they are pretty much all of the same apart from the undertone but that does make them different (don't argue with my logic). 

I have four MAC lipsticks so far and to be honest, unless they come out with an extremely long lasting lipstick, I won't be buying more as just these four total a shocking £64.50...yeah. I have three regular lipsticks (lustre, cremesheen and amplified formulas) and one Pro Longwear Lipcreme. 
Mini MAC Lipstick Collection + Swatches
Top - Bottom: Hug Me, Creme In Your Coffee, Warm Me Up, Till Tomorrow 
Now onto the shades and the formulas which are a bit of a confusing point, especially if you are new to MAC lipsticks as there are quite a lot of shades and formulas such as lustre, cremesheen, amplified, frost, matte, retro matte, satin, glaze and even more! All I know is that out of the formulas I've tried and what I've heard, the lustre and cremesheen formulas are the most comfortable, smoothest and best for everyday.

MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Till Tomorrow - ★★★★☆, 4/5
This lipstick has a different bullet shape and tube to the regular lipsticks, it's also more expensive! I bought it as I was taken in by the long lasting claims (up to 12 hours apparently) and the gorgeous mauve pink shade. The shade on the lips is more cool toned and mauve compared to the swatch above. It's a pretty, glossy everyday shade, it feels very comfortable to wear and dries down on me to a satin finish. I really need to use this shade more as it's gorgeous and the longevity is pretty good on me but it's not as good as others in my collection such as the heavenly Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita or the NYX Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Bedtime Flirt. One negative about this lipstick is the lid keep popping off so it's not great for travelling with.

MAC Warm Me Up - ★★★☆☆, 3/5
For my second MAC lipstick purchase, I chose Warm Me Up as I was watching a lot of Vivianna Does Makeup and Fleur De Force all of those years back and warmer, peachy shades were staples. Sadly, warmer peachy pinky shades like this one don't really suit my very pale skin with redness so I rarely use this one but it is very pretty, comfortable, creamy and pigmented. Even though the longevity isn't incredible and it does transfer initially but it's great compared to my drugstore alternatives (this is one of my problems with MAC lipsticks as a whole).

MAC Creme In Your Coffee - ★★★★☆, 4/5
My first MAC lipstick and to be honest, as most people are, I was attracted to it by the name! The shade is a very sophisticated 'my lips but like I've been eating blackberries' shade...can I coin that term because I think it's going to be a hit. It's a cremesheen so naturally it's the creaminess feeling of the four although they are all very comfortable. I really need to wear this shade more as it's so pretty but I always seem to be opting for my reliable, everyday super longwearing lipsticks instead.

MAC Hug Me - ★★★★☆, 4/5
Again, back in the day when blogging was pretty much unheard of and youtube was starting it's rise to the dominant superpower it is now, there were certain shades that were a necessity such as Snob, Angel, Saint Germain, Blankety and Hug Me. I'm not a fan of super nude shades so Hug Me was the most 'me' shade and out of all the lipstick shades I have, this one almost complete matches my lip colour but it's a little pinker and glossy. I've now added this one, Till Tomorrow and Creme In Your Coffee to my everyday makeup drawer so hopefully I'll use them and get my moneys worth...hopefully as they weren't cheap.

Have you tried any of these shades? Which MAC lipsticks, if any, do you own? 

Valentines FOTD + Sharing The Love

Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines FOTD + Sharing The Love
Happy Valentines Day to all of my readers! I'm not really a fan of Valentines Day but I received a lovely Valentines package from the wonderful people at Essence this morning so I thought I'd write a very impromptu post featuring the products as well as some of my current beauty favourites. Also as it is Valentines Day, I'm sharing the blogging love by sharing some of my current favourite blogs (just a few as if I featured all of the blogs that I loved reading, the post would be ridiculously long!).

At the end of December and throughout January, I have been clearing out products, sorting and organising as well as going through all of my foundations one by one to decide whether I want to keep them or not, I've tried at least seven so far and guess how many I've kept...yes, seven. My latest favourite is the Bourjois 10 Hour Sleep Effect Foundation (71, apricote claire) which is probably the best colour match I've ever found; it is also perfect for my dry skin so if you are suffering with dryness and patchy foundations this winter then check this beauty out from Bourjois, that is, if you can find it! Combine this foundation or the Lancome Cushion Foundation, Maybelline Better Skin or the Yves Rocher Comfort Foundation with the Essence Fixing Powder and I end up with fantastic looking skin!
Valentines FOTD + Sharing The Love
Some of my favourite products from Essence are their powders, polishes, liners and mascaras; the new mascara I have in this post is the *Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara which leaves my lashes volumised, black and curled - most of the time when I curl my lashes and apply mascara, the curl holds for about five minutes if I'm lucky but this mascara manages to hold a curl really well! The liner I used today was the *Essence 2 in 1 Eyeliner Pen which has a thin marker style pen on one side and a thicker highlighter pen style pen on the other. It worked really well although after only one use it feels like it's starting to dry out so maybe try the Liquid Ink Liners from Essence instead.

Lastly, for the lips, I used the *Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in 21 Tres Chic which is a beautiful blackberry shade. I love Essence lipsticks as they are so inexpensive, creamy and comfortable to wear and long lasting when you consider the price. I've also been loving my Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita recently!
Valentines FOTD + Sharing The Love
Now onto my current favourite blogs and bloggers which is always changing as I read blogs almost everyday and everyone seems to be killing it recently which gorgeous photography and fantastic content! Definitely check out these blogs and if you are looking for more then check out #TheGirlGang hashtag on Twitter!

Who are your favourite bloggers? Have you tried Essence cosmetics?