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Spring is in the air! And with the weather now slowly warming up, the sun shining and the trees in blossom, it means I also start changing up the fragrances I wear during the day. Instead of choosing stronger and warmer fragrances, I am now loving more fresh and floral perfumes. A new addition to my (ever growing) fragrance collection is the just launched perfume by Elie Saab L’Eau Couture.
L’Eau Couture was inspired by the designers Ready-to-Wear 2014 Spring/Summer collection, in which delicate fabrics as light as petals chisel a magical fusion between woman and nature. It’s all about capturing blossoming in an urban springtime setting. Light, dreamy with a feel of couture is what Elie Saab has always succeeded in portraying to his public and the same applies to this new perfume.
“We started thinking about how we can say spring in the city. We wanted to have a l’eau, but a l’eau that is balanced with something that is really linked to a fashion DNA, which is the reason why we created L’Eau Couture. It is really the encounter between the l’eau segment and the couture universe.” Francis Kurkdjian
Elie Saab L’Eau Couture is a soft almondy floral fragrance that also includes delicate notes of bergamot, rose, lemon, orange blossom, crisp green almond and vanilla infusion. This fragrance totally embodies spring to me because it is fresh and crisp but still has a level of sensuality and sophistication. Elie Saab Le Parfum L’Eau Couture is now available in 30, 50 and 90 ml Eau de Toilette with prices ranging from £31 – £66.
Do you start changing your perfumes as the weather heats up too?
I love wearing red lipstick and even though the selection of shades out there is huge it can be quite tricky sometimes to find the perfect red lipsticks for the right look. So when you find a new favourite, it sure is a happy moment! Some of my current favourites already are MAC So Chaud (review here), MAC Lady Danger (review here) and Collection 2000 Queen of Hearts (review here).
But when I saw these gorgeous campaign images of Estée Lauder’s new Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick range, I instantly fell in love with that red lipstick! Model Carolyn Murphy wears the shade Envious in the shoot and to me it just looks like the perfect Hollywood glamorous red.
The new Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick range promises intense colour (that lasts for up to 6 hours) hydration and a pigmented bullet that sculpts lips, making them appear plumper and more defined. There are 20 new shades in the collection across 4 categories – Nudes to Browns, Pinks to Berries, Corals to Red and Mauves to Plums.
For me, red lipstick is my go-to when I need an easy “dress-up” look because it’s so simple and classic. This is me the other weekend wearing the new Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in the shade Envious which is described as a warm, bright poppy-red.
How to re-create this look? These are the products I used; Face: Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation in 1C1 (link) // Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer // Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer (review here) // MAC blush in Melba – holygrail blush for me (review here) // Note: my eye makeup looks a lot darker in these photos than it really was because photos were taken at night quickly before I went out - Eyes: MAC eyeshadow in the shade Cork (all over the lid) // MAC eyeshadow in the shade Espresso lightly along the lower lash line // L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Blackbuster Intense (to apply a winged line along the upper lash) // 17 VaVaVoom Mascara // Lips: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Envious (link) // Necklace is the Gloria Luxurious Crystal Choker from Maison Miru (link & as seen here)
Aside from being the perfect classic red to me, what’s most appealing about the Pure Color Envy lipstick is its creamy and rich formula. It is super long-weaering but it moisturises your lips rather than drying them out which is better for long days and nights. Plus it applies so smoothly that you don’t need a lipliner or brush - you just swipe it on and you’re good to go – no bleeding outside the lip lines. I also love the chic and convenient magnetic closure meaning no lid coming off in your handbag!
I really love this colour and formula and I’ve had lots of compliments about it when wearing it. Do you like Envious or have you tried any of the new Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipsticks yet?
Twice a year, department stores that stock Estee Lauder hold special Gift With Purchase events. And HOORAY it is Estée Lauder Gift Time once again because this spring, Debenhams is holding their event from Sunday the 23rd February to Saturday the 15th of March. The concept is that the gift is available to any customer who buys two Estee Lauder products – one being foundation or skincare. The gift itself is a collection of advanced skincare products and bold, colourful makeup shades, all housed in a brightly designed bag. I can never resists offers like these so I got two new Estee Lauder products!
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 1C1 – I love this long wearing foundation, it’s perfect for a night out out without being really cake or heavy (as used in these smokey eye looks here & here) // Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipgloss in Shocking Pink (42). Ever since I picked up this Pure Color Gloss Collection at the airport a few years ago I’ve been a fan of the Pure Color glosses. Rock Candy (as seen here) is one of my favourite shades and I am sure Shocking Pink is going to another fave!
Now let’s check out the beautiful gift bag I got with it! Each gift with purchase bag contains; Advanced Night Repair Eye Crème (5ml) // DayWear Creme (deluxe gift size 15ml) // Dual-Ended Pure Color Intense Kajal EyeLiner in Blackened Black and Blackened Plum // Sumptuous Extreme Mascara (2.8ml) // Stress Relief Eye Mask.
Then you also get to choose between subtle or bold for your mini Pure Color Eyeshadow Quad and Pure Color Lipstick. I chose subtle and got the pretty little pink/purple eyeshadow quad with the eyeshadow shades; Pink Flash – Shimmer (01) // Lilac Whimsy – Satin (67) // Silver Bell – Shimmer (48) // Proactive Plum – Matte (14). The lipstick in the subtle gift pack is Pure Color in Pinkberry (82) which has a long lasting creme formula. Both are so pretty and I can’t wait to play with them.
This Gift with Purchase offer* is available from now until the 15th March at at your local Debenhams. All you have to do is buy two Estee Lauder products (one being foundation or skincare) and TADA over £60 of Estee Lauder loveliness is yours for free! To find your nearest Debenhams store click HERE. Do you like the look of this Estee Lauder Gift Bag and the products I got?
*Gift contains promotional sized products, choice subject to availability.
One gift per customer, while stocks last. Gift not available online.
Do you want long, dramatic lashes without having to apply fiddly falsies? Then Santhilea’s Magnetic Lash is the answer to your eyelash prayers. After reading a couple of rave reviews about the Magnetic Lash Mascara, I really wanted to try it and I am so glad I did because it is actually amazing!
The one thing I really don’t get is why the call it magnetic because that’s not actually how it works. But anyway, Santhilea’s Magnetic Lash Mascara comes with two products; a mascara and a lash builder and has a simple 1-2-1 application process. First apply a coat of the Magnetic Mascara and then gently apply the lash builder, which contains lots of soft little fibers. The key is to apply the fibres evenly, concentrating on the ends. Now apply another coat of the Magnetic Mascara, smoothing and sealing the fibres using long brush strokes. Gently comb the mascara over the top rather than zig-zagging and ensure that each lash is thoroughly covered with Magnetic Mascara, to hold the fibres in place. And voila now you have long, fluttery lashes! You can repeat steps two and three as many times as you like, depending on just how long and va-va-voom you want your lashes to be.
I love wearing this mascara when I’m going out at night because it gives me jet black, long and dramatic eyelashes without the fuss of applying falsies because I just never seem to get the time to do this! Have you tried Magnetic Lash Mascara before or a similar fiber lash product?
You can buy Santhilea Magnetic Lash Mascara (£24.98) online at Cult Beauty HERE.
I love it when beauty and charities come together and Clinique has always been a bit supporter of this concept. And this February actually marks 10 years for of their Kiss It Better appeal with the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. This month Clinique, supported by House of Fraser, are doing their bit again in raising money to fund research into the causes and treatment of childhood cancer.
For 2014, Clinique has created a new A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins in the shade “Kiss it Better”. This limited edition shade is a vibrant hot pink that has a beautifully balanced formula which maintains a high gloss, streak free finish whilst being gentle on sensitive skins. Wearing this nail polish on the weekend made me feel like spring had arrived, it’s such a fun colour! Oh and one of the other things I love about Clinique’s nail polishes is the brush; they make applying the lacquer a dream.
“Kiss it Better” will be sold exclusively at House of Fraser stores nationwide and online at www.houseoffraser.co.uk and www.clinique.co.uk during February. For each nail enamel sold, 50% of the retail price (£12) will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Children Charity.
There are also plenty of other ways to get involved in the charity campaign. For example treat yourself to a new Clinique lipstick or lip gloss from House of Fraser and £2.00 from each item will be donated to the appeal. I am a big fan of the Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Glosses (a previous review here) with Currant, Ginger and Apricot being some of my holy-grail glosses.
And in celebration of the 10 year anniversary, Lulu Guinness has now joined in the campaign, teaming up with Clinique to to create two exclusive sets from which 100% of the RRP will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
For further information on the KISS IT BETTER appeal and ways to donate, visit www.gosh.org/kissitbetter