Thursday, June 30, 2011

A great Sarah Chapman Skinesis GWP at Lookfantastic

The title basically says it all: I have noticed yesterday on twitter that the skincare range Sarah Chapman is now available at Lookfantastic and they are currently having a great GWP offer: a free discovery set (RRP 40 GBP) of the Skinesis products with a purchase of any product from her skincare line. The products in the discovery set are: a cleanser, serum and a daytime moisturizer with an SPF 15, each 15 ml. I haven't yet tried any of these products but I have just ordered another bottle of the Skinesis Eye Recovery so I'll get a chance to test them (you might remember that I've used up my first bottle of the Eye Recovery a few weeks ago. Since then I've used the All About Eyes by Clinique which is lighter and more silicony in comparison, and I missed the hydration and overall illuminating effect of the Eye Recovery). Also, the voucher codes are still valid until midnight and there is free worldwide shipping on all orders.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bargain of the (last) Week: Dior


Last Friday I went shopping for a gift for my mum's birthday and I've noticed the words SALE all over the windows of Douglas which is a German cosmetics shop that sells various mainly high end brands. Apparently they are closing all their shops in Slovenia (I think they were actually only two or three) which is sad but the good thing is that everything in the store except Chanel (I guess Chanel doesn't do sales) was on sale. The sale has actually started a few weeks ago already - I remember that a friend of mine mentioned that there was a 20% off on all the items. However, as Friday was the last day that this store was still open there was a 70% discount on all items. Yes: 70% off - all items! Waaaaa!

Now as the sale was already going on for a few weeks there weren't many products and colours in stock but I managed to find a beautiful bronzer and a lipstick.

I'm guessing you want to see what's in the pretty packaging:


Voila: Dior Matte Bronzer SPF 20 in Honey Matte (002) and Dior Addict lipstick in Singulière (465). The regular price of both items is over 70€ and I paid 21.18€. 

Now I have only used these products a couple of times, all I can say for now is that the bronzer is very smooth and smells delicious and that the lipstick is actually quite sheer and feels very nice on the lips.

Have you bagged any great bargains lately? I know the sales have already started in some countries so there are bound to be some great deals out there.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Makeup Mavens: Part Three

Delicious!

The Makeup Mavens stop by every week to show you makeup and beauty you might have missed.  This week, they found some holy grail items, discovered secrets to flawless skin and introduced some bright summer colors.  Kick back, enjoy some lemonade (or whatever your beverage of choice) and enjoy some fabulous reads. 

Summer is the time for new nail polish and Christina of Lovesong for my Lipgloss shares some of her picks for the season.  

Jenn of Hopelessly Devoted to Makeup happened to stumble upon her holy grail base makeup routine.  Check out her products, tools and tips for a flawless complexion.  

For those with sensitive, redness prone skin, The Black Panties has the secret to perfect skin, Nia24 skincare!

Searching for the perfect neutral eye wardrobe?  Lipstick Luvvies has found the only eyeshadows she would replace, Edward Bess Private Eyes.

Klara of Mookie on the Bench shares one of her all time favorites for the perfect cheeks, Stila Convertible Colors in Lilium and Gerbera.

Its often good to switch up cleansers for summer and Nat of Raspberry Rouge has the perfect solution for combination and oily skins, Ren Mayblossom Balancing Cleansing Gel. 

Have trouble applying your concealer flawlessly?  Product Doctor has found a new staple in Le Metier de Beaute's large concealer brush.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Stila Convertible Color Duo in Lilium/Gerbera


 
Oh look, could this be? I've hit pan! (let's try to ignore the fact that I've had the above compact for probably two years, shall we?)

Stila Convertible Colors are one of those creamy multipurpose products that are meant to be used both on the cheeks and on the lips. I usually find that this type of product works really well on the cheeks but not as well on the lips as it seems to be too thick and creamy. I find this to be true for the Convertible Colors as well - they are quite thick, creamy, almost greasy to the touch and they almost look like pastels on the lips so I just use them on my cheeks. And I have to say these are one of my favourite cream blushes.

 

 
I bought the above duo on ebay and although both colours are permanent in the Stila range, the duo combination was limited edition. The colours included in this duo are Lilium, a dusty mauvy pink on the left  and Gerbera, a bright pinky orange (the swatches on the Stila website are not very accurate in my opinion). Both colours have no shimmer and look quite scary in the pan, especially Gerbera but because they are so creamy you can really layer them and just add a subtle hint of colour to your cheeks or build up the colour. I love using Gerbera in the summer because it's just bright enough for me and Lilium is a beautiful neutral colour all year round. I actually like the consistency of the Convertible Colors better and easier to apply than for example the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge - the Pot Rouges feel drier in comparison and I find I have to use a brush to apply them whereas I can simply use my fingers with the Convertible Colors and I'm done.

 


I actually wore Gerbera in this FOTD - as you can see it's not as bright on the skin as it looks in the pan. Another important reason why I love these blushes: even though they are so soft they last really well on me. So if you're looking for a beautiful, easy to use creamy blush then I can't recommend these highly enough.

Have you tried the Stila Convertible Colors? What are some of your favourite cream blushes?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Makeup Mavens Part Two

A random orchid photo
 
Makeup Mavens present makeup you may have missed. With posts this week on Edward Bess, Tom Ford, Chantecaille, Burberry, Lipstick Queen, Chanel and not one but two posts on the latest offering from Le Metier de Beaute (because it is that special!), you are sure to find something luxurious to tempt you. 
 
Understated elegance is the order of the day at Hopelessly Devoted To Makeup as Burberry Eyeshadows in Rosewood and Trench take the spotlight. Definite must haves.

Lipstick Luvvies continues her love affair with all things Tom Ford, focusing on the perfect lipstick shade for summer, True Coral.

Fabulous trainer and artist Erin for Le Metier de Beaute demonstrated some tips and tricks to Christina of Lovesong for My Lipgloss.

The trend for sheer lipsticks shows now signs of slowing down, but Mookie On The Bench shows that it has been around for longer than you might think, with a look at some of her favourites for all budgets.

Product Doctor gives you the ideal makeup remedy by tracking down the only taupe you ever need, from Edward Bess, who is possibly as beautiful as the products he creates.

Is Raspberry Rouge in 'Ectasy' this week courtesy of Chantecaille's blush? Read her excellent review to find out.

So good it deserves to be mentioned twice, The Black Panties showcases the latest Lip Kaleidoscope from Le Metier de Beaute alongside makeup artist supremo Dustin.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Don't you step on my blue suede shoes

I went shopping last week, looking for shoes to go with my dress for tomorrow's wedding (I have to admit I am just a little bit nervous because I will be doing the bride's makeup as well). So I knew what I was looking for colourwise and I had only one big requirement: no suede!

In the end I got these gorgeous blue shoes. Suede shoes. Sigh.




I will hopefully have some photos of the wedding up next week (I think Sunday will mainly be spent sleeping and relaxing), so you'll be able to see the beautiful bride.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sheer lipsticks: from Makeup Factory to Chanel (and some Lipstick Queen in between)



This summer the sheer, glossy lipsticks have really taken over - so many different brands released these new lighter formulations and most of us actually "forgot" that the sheer lipsticks have been around for years before (guilty as charged). I usually prefer more opaque lipsticks but especially in the warmer months I like sheer lipsticks mainly because they are just so easy to use and I can get away with a sloppy application. 

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Escale (49)
The most recent sheer lipstick that I got is the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Escale (49) - a nice light shimmery pink. I was actually deciding between the Chanel and Dior Addict lippies but the SA at the Chanel counter was very lovely and I was already buying the loose powder so the only logical thing was to get the Rouge Coco Shine (well, it was logical to me). If I had to describe this lipstick in one word it would be nice. And I don't think nice is good enough for a lipstick with such a high price point. The texture of the lipstick is smooth and soft but I find that it simply doesn't feel comfortable enough on my lips - it feels like it's just sitting on top of my lips. Also, the rose scent is a little bit overwhelming (I really like perfumes based around the note of rose but the scent of rose in lipsticks is not very appealing to me). It lasts quite well on the lips and even after the initial shine is gone there is still some colour left - the colour which is nothing quite unique but that's my fault really, I should have gone with something punchier. Overall, a nice lipstick and I'll probably use it up just because it's such an easy to wear colour but I would definitely not repurchase it (What's that? Never say never? We'll see).
Makeup Factory Glossy Lip Stylo in No. 30
Next up is the Makeup Factory Glossy Lip Stylo in No. 30 - another new lipstick launch this season, the Lip Stylo only comes in 6 mostly neutral colours. No. 30 is a light pinky beige colour with blue shimmer which fortunately isn't too big and doesn't end up on my forehead at the end of the day, phew. The texture of the Makeup Factory Lip Stylo is much more buttery and glossier than the Rouge Coco Shine and the lips actually feel hydrated after the colour and shine wear off. Because it is so soft and quite pigmented I can get away with applying just one layer. Also, another plus is the SPF of 15.

Lipstick Queen in Jean Queen
Lipstick Queen in Jean Queen which was already featured in my April Favourites is a gorgeous sheer raspberry pink colour and I actually prefer the texture of this lipstick over the Chanel and the Makeup Factory sheer lipsticks. It's very smooth, feels almost like applying a light oil (although it's not greasy at all) and the finish is beautiful - it looks as if I had applied a coloured stain with a clear gloss on top because there is no shimmer to it and the texture is so light (not as buttery as the Makeup Factory Lip Stylo - with that one it is clear that you have something on your lips). The Jean Queen colour was actually created as a perfect colour to go with jeans and however silly this may sound I kind of get it - it's such a lovely sheer pop of colour, perfect for that fresh, casual almost-no-makeup look.


L-R: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Escale, Lipstick Queen Jean Queen, Makeup Factory 30
Have you tried any of the above lipsticks and what do you think of them? I still have the new Dior Addicts and the Chantecaille Lip Chics (ok, ok, and the Rouge Bunny Rouge sheer lipsticks) on my wishlist and would love to read your recommendations.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Makeup Mavens

Random photo of some products that I'll be reviewing soon(ish)

Welcome! Makeup Mavens present makeup you may have missed. We will recap the weeks past highlighted posts, always keeping you in-the-loop and feature the finest beauty finds to help you stay looking gorgeous!

This week, Hopelessly Devoted to Makeup had you beholding the regal-ness that is Giorgio Armani's Eyes To Kill in Purpura #03

Lipstick Luvvies experimented with BECCA's Halcyon Days Palette. Pop on over and see what beautiful results she achieved!

Love Song for My Lipgloss introduced us to the sheer loveliness that is Giorgio Armani's gloss d'armani. How many will you be picking up?

Mookie On The Bench focused her attention on  Sarah Chapman Skinesis Eye Recovery, an illuminating eye cream perfect for those dark circles!

Product Doctor is head over heels in love with Edward Bess' Luxury Eye Brush. Another beauty blogger falls for his charms!

Raspberry Rouge had us blushing over BECCA's Flowerchild Mineral Blush, and after reading her review, I'm lusting after that shade.

The Black Panties had us all experience some serious infatuation with her insane lashes thanks inpart to Geisha Ink Mascara+ ! 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Eye Recovery


One of my unintentional New Year's resolutions was to simplify my skincare routine so since then I have been basically using only these products: cleanser, moisturiser, eye cream and an SPF in the morning. I will post about all the products in the future but today I'll start with Sarah Chapman SKINESIS Eye Recovery, the eye cream which I have been using since February. I have just used the last drop of this product so I feel I can now give a proper(ish) review.

The Eye Recovery is formulated to help with dark circles, lines and puffiness and is filled with peptides and antioxidants. Now I don't have any bigger problems with wrinkles or puffiness yet (I'm still 25) but I have some tiny lines around my eyes and do get some dark circles occassionally when the nights are too late or mornings too early. So I'm probably not the best person to judge the line-smoothing claims of this product - what I'm looking for is a moisturising eye crean that would soften those occasional dark circles and wouldn't irritate my sensitive eyes like certain products have in the past (L'Occitane Almond velvet eye gel, you know I'm looking at you!).

Ingredients of the Eye Recovery (click to enlarge):


First of all, I really like the packaging - I find these pump bottles much more hygienic than the jars, the only downside is that you can't really tell how much product is left in the bottle. The consistency of the Eye Recovery is quite light and moisturising - luckily it isn't thick at all and  I particularly liked using it in the morning as it didn't leave a film on my skin and would make a nice base for foundation. It also doesn't feel as silicony as some eye creams, for example the All About Eyes by Clinique which I have just started using. I think that the Eye Recovery might not be rich enough for those with very dry skin - when the skin around my eyes would get very dry I just put a tiny bit of argan oil on before the eye cream and it worked really well (however I wouldn't use oils around my eyes on an everyday basis as I find they can make my eyes look puffy).

After using this product for 3 months I can say that there wasn't any noticeable improvement on the fine lines however, I have noticed that my undereye area looked a bit brighter (which might also be due to the small illuminating particles in this product). All in all I really liked how moisturising and gentle it felt on my skin and I might repurchase it - right now I've started using the All About Eyes by Clinique which I got as a GWP and we'll see how it will compare to the more expensive Eye Recovery.

The Sarah Chapman SKINESIS Eye Recovery is available at Space NK and on Sarah Chapman's website as well.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bourjois 10 Days Nail Polish (No. 17)



One of the latest new products launched by Bourjois are their 10 Days Nail Polishes, which are supposed to last for up to 5 days - kidding, kidding: up to 10 days. Of course the not-so-small-print on the back of the bottle says: Up to 10 days hold including touch up. Thanks for clearing that up!
Excuse the sloppy application - It's not me, it's the brush (Ok, it's me and the brush)
The colour that I got is No. 17 - a dark raspberry red without any shimmer, nothing terribly unique but still a pretty colour. You can see more colours available on the Bourjois website. Now I can't really judge the long-wearing claims of the polish yet as I've just painted my nails (Update: the nail polish started chipping on the fourth day. I think that was quite good as I didn't apply a topcoat, but definitely nothing outstanding.) however I can say that the texture of the polish is quite thin (thinner than most OPI polishes) and the pigmentation of this particular colour is really good so I only needed to use two coats (to be completely honest I don't really bother with nail polishes that require 3 coats or more). Also the finish is very glossy, I didn't need to use a topcoat at all. 


Of course there is a "but" and in this case it's the weird angled brush which in my opinion makes the application much more difficult than a regular brush. Also, I've noticed that with my brush the bristles are not cut completely straight and that there are some longer bristles which then help to make an even bigger mess. 

The Bourjois 10 Days Nail Polishes cost a little bit over 5€ and currently there is a special offer in some of the Slovenian stores (DM and Müller): a free full-size nail polish remover with the purchase of every new nail polish which makes it quite a good deal in my opinion.

Has anyone else tried these new nail polishes? Please tell me I'm not the only klutz who can't propertly apply this polish!

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