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Jacava Red Velvet NOTD

In Spring Jacava released a range of new shades to their 2014 collection. I got sent a sample of the shade ‘Red Velvet’ to try. Jacava Red Velvet is a beautiful deep burgundy gloss with a rich, red velvety undertone.  It’s a little vampy but still classic making it perfect for every day and every season. The shade came out a bit lighter in the photos, in true life it’s a bit deeper in colour.

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This was two coats (applied in a  bit of a rush) and the application is lovely – smooth and no streaks or uneven areas. This dries well, looks glossy and shiny, and lasts well.  I love this kind of deep red shade! Do you?

Jacava polishes can be bought online at and at Amazon UK.

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Karl Lagerfeld Fragrance for Women

“I love perfume. I have worked with fragrances in the past and I’m thrilled to be launching new ones again today. I love women’s fragrances and men’s fragrances. They make life more beautiful. Perfume is like fashion for the nose.” – Karl Lagerfeld.

I think it’s so true that perfume is like fashion for the nose. It’s a way to express yourself. This spring Karl Lagerfeld is relaunching his fragrance category with two new signature scents, one for women and one for men. Here a quick look at the new Karl Lagerfeld Fragrance for women.

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The new scents for men and women are based on Lagerfeld’s desire to create fragrances that echo his edgy style, while still feeling classic. The women’s version uses notes of lemon, peach, roses, magnolias, plumeria, and ambery woody notes, while the men’s scent is centered around an aromatic fern with lavender, mandarin zest, apple, violet leaves, sandalwood, and an amber blend.

Speaking about his new scent to Marie Claire recently, Karl said, “Today’s fashion is no longer simply about clothing. It is about the whole package – not just accessories or glasses, but fragrances, too. It is important for a brand to have its own signature perfume. A fragrance is as important as a piece of clothing.”

I have enjoyed wearing the Karl Lagerfeld Fragrance for women recently. It has a contemporary edge to it but also a sophisticated elegance. The fragrances, which start at £32 for 25ml, are now available exclusively at Harrods until 23 March and nationwide from 24 March. Are you curious to try this new fragrance?

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Clinique Cheek Pop Blush

In general I tend to prefer powder blushers over cream blushers (with the exception of a few goodies like the Topshop cream blush in Neon Pink or Flush –  link). I find that with powder blush I usually get a smoother and more natural looking finish. However Clinique recently launched their brand new Cheek Pop blushers and I just can’t get enough of them! Clinique Cheek Pop promises to provide ‘a natural blush look with absolutely no trace of powder or buildup on cheeks’.

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Clinique’s Cheek Pop innovative formula begins as a smooth liquid which is then transformed through a slow baking process into a completely new distinct powder feel that is luxuriously lightweight in texture and silky smooth to the touch.

The Clinique Cheek Pop range is available in 4 shades to give you that “just-pinched” perfection; Ginger Pop, Berry Pop, Peach Pop and Plum Pop.

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From L-R: Clinique’s Cheek Pop in Peach Pop, Berry Pop & Ginger Pop. Oh and how pretty are the daisy design compact cases for these blushers?! To apply I just lightly swirl my blush brush into the compact to pick up the colour and then sweep this onto the apples of my cheek, gently blending the colour towards the cheekbone and temple. I find the formula quite pigmented so remember that a little goes a long way and it’s easy to build up if you want a more vibrant effect.

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Products used: Clinique Stay Matte foundation in #9 (loving this foundation!) // Paula’s Choice Soft cream concealer (link) // Clinique Cheek Pop in Berry Pop (link) / Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer // MAC Paintpot in Rubenesque applied all over the lid  // MAC Tan Pigment applied to the middle of the lid // Smashbox Full Exposure Palette (link) matte Nude colour blended into the crease and the darker  matte natural shade applied to lower lash line // Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara // Estee Lauder Smashing Pink Lipgloss (as seen here).

Clinique’s Cheek Pop is available now at your local Clinique counter or online at for £16.50. Do you like the look of these Cheek Pop’s?

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Soft Pink Makeup Look

Remember my post about the Estee Lauder Gift with Purchase promotion a little while back? If not, don’t worry – you can read it here. Anyway, here is a quick and easy Soft Pink Makeup look I did recently using some of the products that I got in the Estee Lauder Gift Bag.

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Face: Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 1C1 // MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC20 // Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer – still my go-to all over bronzer. I have gone through two massive containers already! // Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Sea Star Bronzing Blush (limited edition, read review here) // Filled in my brows slightly with the HD Brows Eye & Brow Palette in Bombshell (link).

On my eyes I used the Estee Lauder subtle mini Pure Color Eyeshadow Quad that was in my Gift with Purchase. The quad has a lovely collection of soft pink/silvery/purple shades that compliment each other very well. This was a limited edition mini quad but you can buy these Pure Color shades individually.

Eyes: I applied the shade Pink Flash (01) on my brow bone and in the tear duct // Then the shade Silver Bell (48) all over the lid, followed by dabbing the shade Lilac Whimsy (67) in the crease. And then blend, blend blend // I finished it off by smudging the shade Proactive Plum (14) along the lower & upper lash line // I applied Pure Color Intense Kajal EyeLiner in Blackened Plum in my lower waterline and finally applied the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara on my lashes.

On my lips I am wearing the Pure Color Lipgloss in Shocking Pink (link) which is my favourite lipgloss at the moment. It’s the perfect girly pink shade and the texture is very glossy but not too sticky.

What do you think of this Soft Pink Makeup Look?

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Elie Saab L’Eau Couture Fragrance

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.

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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?

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