Lush | Tea Tree Water

Saturday, 30 November 2013

After venturing into a Lush store for the first time this month, I can't believe what I've been missing! Their product selection is quite astounding so I could have been in there hours just browsing!

I picked up their Tea Tree Toner Water in the 100g size to try it out. I had heard some great things about it from YouTube Guru Casey Holmes who swears by it in her skin care routine. Tea tree is a renowned ingredient for combating spots and blemishes and I currenlty don't have anything like it in my routine at the moment.

Tarte | Off The Cuff Amazonian Clay Blush Palette

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Left to right: Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface & Park Avenue Princess
Left to right: Crave, Dazzled, Darling, Dollface & Park Avenue Princess 

I was lucky enough to have a friend in the US when this limited edition palette was launched in Sephora,  and she managed to pick one up for me. Tarte is a brand that isn't readily available here in the UK yet and I don't understand why! Their products are amazing!

This is a limited edition palette for the holiday season and contains four of Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blushes and one bronzer. It also comes with a super cute black wrist cuff with a gold bow.

The palette itself is so gorgeous with its silver sparkly fabric. It would make a perfect evening clutch! It has a good sized mirror in the lid and is very light weight and slim. Which is also perfect for makeup hoarders like myself! The black leather style cuff that comes with the palette is surprisingly great quality and looks really nice on.

Crave is a vibrant mid tone pinky coral with warm undertones. It has a satin finish and amazing pigmentation.

Dazzled is a muted rose toned shade with hints of plum to it. This blush has some very fine shimmer running through it but still has a satin finish. It also had great pigmentation.

Darling is mid toned peach shade with a subtle hint of pink to it. This shade has more of a matte finish and good colour pay off.

Dollface is a cool, bright medium pink with blue undertones. This again has a satin finish and is the most pigmented of all five shades. This is the ultimate barbie pink blush in my opinion!

Park Avenue Princess is a warm golden brown bronzer with satin finish. It has excellent colour pay off and a buttery soft texture.

All the blushes in this palette are outstanding. Their texture is incredibly smooth but not at all chalky or ashy. These are the most pigmented blushes I own so very little goes a long way. One light tap into the pan is all you need on your brush! They blend like a dream and aren't choppy which can sometimes happen with powder products. The most impressive aspect of these blushes is their staying power. The longest I have worn them for is 7 hours and they where still going strong. No patchiness at all!

All in all, this is a must have palette to own. The palette has a great range of colours and are great quality. Each blush retails for around $30, and this palette retails for $42 so you are also getting a great deal.

This palette is available from Sephora -link and they do offer worldwide shipping!

Have you tried any Tarte products? Let me know in the comments!

Sleek Makeup | i Divine Ultra Matte V2 Darks Eyeshadow Palette

Friday, 22 November 2013

Whilst taking advantage of Superdrug's recent 3 for 2 offer, I picked up my first ever Sleek purchase. The Ultra Matte V2 Eyeshadow Palette caught my eye with it's very fall appropriate shades and I'm a sucker for matte formulas although they are quite tricky to pull off.

MAC Night Divine Collection Lipstick | Private Party

Thursday, 14 November 2013

MAC recently launched their new Night Divine collection for the holiday season.  As soon as I saw this lipstick I knew I had to have it.

Private Party is described as a dirty plum mauve with a satin finish. It is a dusky medium-dark plum with cool pink undertones. The formula is really creamy and glides onto the lips like a dream. It gives opaque colour coverage and lasted around 5 hours on my lips which left a slight stain.

The gold limited edition packaging is absolutely stunning which is very holiday appropriate and gives the collection that extra special touch.

For me, Private Party is the perfect mix of pink and plum. I own other plum lipsticks which are much darker than this (like MAC's diva) which are great for a night out but sometimes feel a bit too intense for everyday wear. Private Party is subtle enough to wear in the day time without being too vampy. This will definitely be my go to plum shade this winter.

The entire MAC Night Divine Collection is stunning with lots of gorgeous festive shades. The collection contains mineralize blushes, skin finishes and eye shadows, as well as fluid lines, lip glasses, nail lacquers, Kohl eye pencils and another four lipsticks. Perfect for glamorous Christmas party make up!

Unfortunately Private Party (£16.50) is currently sold out online so check your nearest MAC counters and stores for availability.

What are your favourite winter lip colours? Let me know in the comments!

Crown Brush Haul

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Ever since I discovered Crown Brush earlier this year, so many of their brushes have caught my eye. Makeup brushes are a serious obsession of mine and I think using the right tools can bring any makeup look to the next level! The brand recently gave their Facebook friends 20% off all their brushes so naturally, I took advantage and purchased four brushes.

C450 Pointed Foundation (£16.99)

This brush is from their recently Infinity Series and are made from synthetic hair. This is of course a foundation brush and I have never owned one with a pointed tip. The first thing I want to mention is how soft this brush is. I can honestly say this is now the softest face brush I own. You can use it to apply liquid, cream and powder products. My favourite way to use this brush is for my under eye concealer. It blends it out beautifully and the tapered tip fits perfectly in this area. I also like to use it for contouring the cheekbones as it offers both precision but blended results.

C451 Small Round Buffer (£12.99)

As the name suggest this brush is perfect for buffing in cream, gels and liquids into the skin. The C451 is also part of the Infinity collection. This brush is again really soft, but not as soft as the C450. The short dense bristles give my foundation a flawless airbrushed finish. I would compare it to my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush  It also works really well when applying cream blush too.

SS021 Syntho Blending Fluff (£4.99)

This synthetic blending brush is an absolute dream to work with. I use it to apply shadow into the crease of my eye or to blend colours together and it makes this task effortless. The density and shape is very similar to the MAC 217 which is four times the price! I would recommend this brush to anyone and will definitely be buying more of these.

C408 Chisel Shader (£3.69)

When I bought this brush I wasn't expecting much, but let me tell you how wrong I was! This is by far the best brush to pack colour onto the eyelid that I have ever tried! My previous favourite was my MAC 242 but this does a far better job for half the effort. I haven't used anything else since I bought it. Some brushes pick up a lot of product but don't transfer it onto the lid very well. The C408 does both. Another thing I love about it is that that it also produces hardly any fallout. This shading brush is small so it has plenty of precision. If Crown Brush make a larger version of this I will be grabbing another. 

I hope you enjoyed this little haul! I am so pleased with all my purchases. Crown Brush are a fabulous brand with affordable and great quality brushes. 

You can also check out my other review on a range of their blending eye brushes- link 

I am also excited to bring you an exclusive discount code for my readers! You can get 10% off your order with Crown Brush for the month of November by shopping through the link in this post and using the code FINNO2013 at the checkout.

Do you own any Crown Brushes? What are your favourites? Let me know your suggestions!

Vaseline | Spray & Go Body Moisturiser

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

I've had this moisturiser for a little while now and it's nearly empty so I thought I better let you know what I think of it. Vaseline released this innovative moisturiser in the summer time and it caught my eye instantly. I don't know about you but I find the whole moisturising process very laborious, so I was excited to give this a try.

Seche Nail Lacquer | Contemporary

Monday, 11 November 2013

My lovely friend bought me this nail colour whilst she was exhibiting at Beauty North last month, and I have been patiently waiting until I got my acrylic's re done to debut it!

Yankee Candle Salted Caramel Review

Saturday, 9 November 2013

"Sweet surrender is yours with our luscious gourmand confection of burnt sugar, sea salt, and smooth vanilla caramel"
There is nothing more relaxing on an Autumn evening than snuggling on the sofa with cup of tea and a candle burning in the background.

The Rumours Are True! Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Exists!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Top to bottom: Urban Decay Naked 2 & Naked 3
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Rumours have been circulating the blogging world for a little while that Urban Decay are releasing another Naked palette, and no one was really sure if they where just that. However this week photos popped up online of the new palette that was apparently sold by Sephora in France.

UPDATED- MAC Announces Rihanna As Viva Glam Spokesperson for 2014

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

"We really worked to make this one of a kind for Viva Glam, right down to the packaging, which has never been done! So shout out to MAC Cosmetics and Viva Glam for going all the way with this! " - Rihanna
MAC's Viva Glam campaign for 2014 will be fronted by none other than Rihanna. Viva Glam raises awareness and funds to those affected by HIV and AIDS.


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