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I thought it was about time for another product love post! As a bit of a beauty addict and through having this blog, I get exposed to a lot of different products. Some I love, and others not so much. I’ve said before that I like to use this platform for sharing positive and not negative experiences, therefore mainly blogging about things, places and recipes I enjoy and love instead of ranting about something I don’t like. So, on that note, here are a couple of products I am loving at the moment.
Urban Decay NAKED Flushed Palette // Hermes Perfume in Jour d’Hermes Absolu // Clinique Smart Custom Serum // Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth Infusing Makeup // Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation // Paula’s Choice Soft Cream Concealer // Clinique Smart Custom Serum // Maybelline Big Eyes Volume Express Waterproof Mascara // Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm
First up foundations – Even though I have my favourite go-to foundations, I still love trying out new ones. From recent foundations I have tried I was really impressed with the Estee Lauder Perfectionist Youth Infusing Makeup (LINK). I use shade 2C3 in Fresco, which works well for my colouring. Perfectionist Foundation has a satin finish, neither too greasy/dewy or matte. It has a super silky (because it’s infused with an age-defying serum to reduce the look of lines) texture which makes it a dream to apply and blend. The coverage is more light to medium, but is easily buildable if you prefer full cover. When wearing this foundation, I feel it gives my face a nice glow and it lasts well throughout the day. It’s kind of like my skin but better because it looks natural but gives me that extra cover to give me a ‘perfectionist’ look!
Now, Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation is an ‘oldie’ but a goodie. I’ve always been a fan of this foundation but recently recovered my love for it after having not used it for a while. You can read my old review on the blog HERE. I really think this is one of my favourite drugstore foundations and for £10.99 it really is a bargain!
The Urban Decay Naked FLUSHED Palette (£22 LINK). This little beauty contains a silky bronzer, highlighter and blusher designed to add a radiant glow to all skin types. You can use the pressed powders individually or blend them together depending on the effect you want. The UD Naked Flushed Palette is packaged neatly in a sleek case with an easy-open yet secure magnetic closure and full compact mirror; perfect for touch-ups. It’s so handy to have a compact with all these three products in one, it’s my go-to travel face palette at the moment.
Urban Decay Naked FLUSHED comes in four shades; Naked (medium pink), Streak (medium peach), Native (light pink) and Strip (dusty mauve). I have the shade Native and I love its super pigmented – so go easy on this one – matte pink blush, illuminating bronzer and shimmery highlighter. The highlighter is fab to enhance your facial features like cheekbones, brow bone and even cupids bow.
Jour d’Hermès Absolu Perfume (LINK) – This fragrance is just divine. There’s something I love about the big bold bottle and it just smells so sophisticated and expensive. Jour d’Hermès Absolu is all about ‘expressing the essence of femininity with flowers and nothing but flowers’. It has notes of Gardenia, Sambac Jasmine and Apricot Flower. It’s floral but smooth, sensual and complex at the same time. I am wearing it day and night and just can’t get enough of it. Jour d`Hermes Absolu is available as 30, 50 and 85ml EDP
Paula’s Choice Soft Cream Concealer – I’ve been enjoying using this creamy product. It provides medium to full coverage without caking or looking dry. Its smooth, easy to blend formula covers dark circles, redness and minor imperfections. Comes in two shades; Soft Ivory and Soft Neutral (I use the latter) and is £12.95 per compact (LINK).
Clinique Smart Custom Serum (LINK) - I’ve been applying this twice a day (morning and evening) and really like how it makes my skin look and feel. Clinique says “Clinique Smart Smart Custom-Repair Serum contains calming ingredients that help deliver targeted repair – as needed, where needed. Recommended for all skin types, ages, and ethnicities, it visibly addresses uneven skintone, lines, and wrinkles for visibly firmer, more radiant, and more youthful-looking skin”. After applying it my face feels super soft and my makeup also applies more smoothly.
Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm (LINK) – I am already a big fan of the Clinique Chubby Sticks (normal and intense version) so was intrigued when I learned they now also had a baby tint range. What this means? “A bit of colour but a hefty helping of moisture”. The Clinique Baby Tint Chubby Stucks comes as a collection of 4 sheer shades; Poppin Poppy (orange), Coming up Rosie (red), Budding Blossom (pink) and Flowering Freesia (violet). Because these sheer sticks ‘bloom’ on contact with your lips to bring out your natural lip tone – which is different for everyone – I do recommend you test the shades before purchasing since there’s no easy way to tell what the colours will actually turn out like until you try them. I have Poppin Poppy and Coming up Rosie and love the bright but sheer effect they give. Plus they are they are infused with Vitamin C, Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil, for juicy, soft and supple lips.
Maybelline Big Eyes Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara – Been loving this drugstore Mascara. Maybelline is known for their fab mascaras and this is another winner in my books. Get this if you want the look of false lashes without the time-consuming, gluey process of the real thing ;) Also handy is that it has a duel-sided component; one brush for the upper lashes and one for the lower lashes. It quickly lengthens and thickens my lashes for dramatic results and doesn’t leave any lumps. I find when I use this mascara my eyes just look so open and bright and it lasts all day, and night without flaking! Great value product at only £8.99 (LINK)
A little tip for you on how to apply mascara to your bottom lashes: after applying mascara to your top lashes, look straight ahead and hold your mascara horizontally across your bottom lashes and blink! (if necessary repeat a couple of times across your lash line) I find this works perfectly for me every time!
Have you tried any of these products before or are now curious to?
In September FENDI introduced a new fragrance to their range; Furiosa! They say the scent is an ode to the elegance of the House’s iconic furs and a tribute to the FENDI’s woman’s wild yet sophisticated femininity.
“The new FENDI fragrance is a supreme tribute to the heart of FENDI’s unique universe where women are not only magnificent but mostly powerful, impacting on the world with an inimitable grace” Plus Furiosa actually means “furious” and “feisty” in Italian so its going to be punchy.
First up, how gorgeous is the bottle of Furiosa? It was designed by jewellery designer Delfina Dellettrez and who is in the fourth generation of family FENDI.
The scent is intense, slightly mysterious and luxuriously elegant! It contains notes of Calabrian bergamot in the top, wallflower (violaciocca) at the heart and amber in the base. When I first smelled this fragrance I wasn’t so sure on it, but it’s totally grown on me. It’s a lovely warm and spicy scent, with depth and flowers in the background. It’s definitely very interesting, classy, the scent lasts all day and I think it’s a great fragrance for the autumn autumn/winter season. I’ve been wearing it a bit recently when out and have received lots of lovely comments so think it’s a winner for when you’re looking to leave a (lovely smelling) impression!
Furiosa FENDI is available exclusively at Harrods for £63 for 50ml and £88 for 100ml (EDP).
Do you like the sound, eh smell, of this fragrance? ;)
I absolutely love fragrances by Narciso Rodriguez, with For Her being one of my top 3 perfumes of all time! So I was excited when I found out that he’d launched a new perfume to his fragrance range in August. Introducing NARCISO, the new fragrance from Narciso Rodriguez. Speaking about his latest scent Narciso Rodriguez said “I wanted to create an extremely sexy fragrance that would turn a man’s head”
NARCISO definitely smells sensual in a modern way; full of elegance and luxury. Vetiver and musk are key component of the perfume, softened by other ingredients including amber, white and dark cedars, gardenia and Bulgarian rose providing warmth and sensuality.
“I strive to celebrate women’s sexuality, her sensuality, and to do it in a graceful way, not in an overbearing way. Grace is something becoming more and more rare these days. To me it’s one of the most beautiful traits a person can have. I never lose sight of the fact that the work should celebrate a women’s beauty, her body, her personality. I think it’s the foundation of my work” ~ Narciso Rodriguez.
Brazilian glamazon Raquel Zimmermann has fronted the latest campaign for NARCISO. The NARCISO fragrance is presented in a stone-white lacquer, cubic-shaped bottle. The shade was inspired by a stone found by the designer on the beach in Cyprus. “Black, white and nude are my essential colours,” noted Rodriguez, “Each time I start a collection, I start with these.”
I love this uniquely sexy fragrance. It’s like the grown up version of For Her; stronger, more confident and super classy! Definitely another winner by Narciso Rodriguez.
NARCISO by Narciso Rodriguez is now exclusively available from Selfridges (link) in 30, 50 and 90 ml Eau de Parfum starting from £39.
While I’ve been on holiday I’ve been loving the Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil fragrance. It’s pretty much like summer in a bottle!
Sparkling with luscious, sun-kissed freshness, the new Eau de Cartier has been infused with a note of freshly pressed passion fruit. Combined with a zesty hint of mint like a summer breeze, Zeste de Soleil is a natural and exotic interpretation of the original Eau.
The passion fruit smells delicious and fresh and it dries down to a nice sunny, juicy tropical smell. I’m used to wearing more Eau de Perfums these days however so do find the Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil doesn’t last as long as I would like. But for days on the beach or a summery evening out that doesn’t matter too much – as it’s just a nice fresh and summery added touch! Also, I love that the bottle can twist close for ease of travel – an added bonus!
Cartier Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil is available in 50, 100 and 200 ml Eau de Toilette. Have you tried this fragrance before or what perfume are you loving this summer?
There are perhaps only a handful of perfumes that could be considered as being ‘iconic’ and one of those, I think, is Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier. Longevity is pretty rare in the fast moving world of perfume (around 1200+ fragrances are launched every year) and the reality is that creating a perfume that is successful and becomes an icon is very tricky.
Did you know that Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier first saw the light of day in 1993? It was his first venture into fragrances, where the designer wanted to replicate his universe: a mixture of genres, ideas and cultures, but always very “couture”. He felt a fragrance for the Gaultier woman should be fairylike, powerful, ideal and sensual. The result was Classique, a sweet but very feminine composition featuring amber, rose and musk which embody sensuality to the extreme. Classique is one of my all-time-favourite fragrances that I have repurchased time after time. It really is such a classic!
This summer Jean Paul Gaultier has once again launched the annual limited edition summer versions of Classique, Le Male and Le Beau Male. The theme for 2014 is inspired by the colorful sea world. Classique Summer 2014 arrives in characteristic female shaped bottle form, with illustrations of mermaids, corals, pearl sea shells and starfish and has notes of mandarin, lemon, rose, orange blossom, jasmine, ylang-ylang, lily, iris, vanilla, musk and amber.
The summer edition is slightly different to the original Classique fragrance because it’s a bit lighter and fresher due to the touch of fruity refreshment. But it’s very lovely and perfect for switching it up from the original for the sunshine season. Jean Paul Gaultier ‘Classique’ Summer Ea de Toilette (100ml / £40 / €59) is available now worldwide.
Have you ever tried Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier? Well if not, or you are a cult-fan of the fragrance like me – here is your chance to WIN a SIGNED bottle (yes by the man Jean Paul Gaultier himself) of the original Classique fragrance!
Pretty awesome right? The rules: you can enter below, the giveaway is open internationally and closes on the 24th May. What are you waiting for? GOOD LUCK!