I wanted to share these two gorgeous new palettes from Clarins which have just arrived on counters. I think they are both absolutely beautiful and would make for the most lovely gifts or just for a festive splurge!
Both products are named Odyssey as part of the collection and first of the palettes is this gorgeous face palette that has a beautiful mosaic design on the case which is made all the more elegant by the golden packaging itself. The mosaic design is repeated inside the product with the pattern being embossed into the powder with a golden finish. It took me a while to even want to use because the pattern is so beautiful! Combined together, the powder makes for the most beautiful peachy golden highlight which instantly lifts and warms the face. It is a great one for wearing in the winter months as it adds both a bit colour and sparkle and health to the skin which I just love!
Next is this absolutely beautiful eyeshadow palette that gives the opportunity for making a variety of pretty and feminine make-up looks. I love the four colours chosen for this palette and all make brilliant eyeshadows on their own as well as together. They are all so well pigmented and have the softest formulas so they are a dream to work with. In particular, the bright golden colour has such a soft texture that it feels like it could be a cream shadow, and this makes it so super pigmented and sparkly once on the lid and I just love it. The perfect party shadow!
There are so many different ways to wear these shadows. They look great altogether or the shimmery gold colour looks lovely all over the lid with black liner. Another look I love to create with these shadows is to wear the champagne colour all over the lid, then contour the eyes with the light brown colour and then to define the eyes and smoke them up by applying the dark brown colours in to the corners of the eyes and under the eyes as well. It is a great eyeshadow quad investment as I think you get so much out of it!
What do you guys think? Would you put these on your Christmas lists?
So I may be a little late jumping on the band wagon with this product but I am a new convert! I only started using it last week but I have to say that Benefit's 'They're Real' mascara is absolutely brilliant. I found out that it is the best selling mascara in the world and the best selling beauty product here in the U.K - very impressive and it's easy to see why!
The mascara instantly lengthens, lifts and dramatizes my lashes and it is totally mess free to use. Even after a couple of strokes my lashes are totally transformed. Here are my lashes before using it....
And here they are after...
I love the finish and how it fans out my lashes without making them appear at all clumpy. I love the packaging of this mascara too, it is unique and fun like so many other Benefit products. The only negative that I would have to say about this product is that it is a bit of a pain to remove. Ideally, I would use an oil cleanser to remove this with no problems but by using other cleansers you have to work that bit harder to remove it, however this is only a tiny setback from what is an amazing product!
Have you guys tried this mascara? If not, which is your favourite mascara? I love to read your thoughts in the comments :)
I'm sure some of you guys will know how much I love a good bath, I think having a bath is so relaxing and makes for perfect thinking and unwinding time. I'm always on the hunt for new bath time products as I love mixing up my bath routine with lots of lovely things. Here are some products that I have been using recently.
I have been loving this soothing bath oil from Espa. Bath oils are great for having a really indulgent bath and for making the skin feel super smooth. I like this one in particular as it has a gorgeous smell and it has de-stressing properties for body and mind, boasting soothing ingredients like sandalwood and frankincense to help unwind whilst the sweet almond oil softens the skin - just what I need!
Next is this geranium leaf body cleanser from my new found love, Aesop. I love this because it smells amazing and is so fresh feeling. My body feels totally nourished and clean (it foams up) after using it and of course the bottle is just gorgeous.
I'm a fan of a good face mask and this black rose cream mask from Sisley is at the height of luxury when it comes to face masks. It is very expensive but I honestly think this is one of the best face masks I have used - my skin feels incredibly soft and it appears more radiant and healthy after using it. I normally just pop it on before having a bath and then wipe off any excess afterwards. Love, love, love it!
I've just started trying out Percy & Reed products and I love this foaming treatment hair mask. You pop it on to wet hair after shampooing and the product comes out as a lightweight mousse which I love, you then work this in to your hair and leave it for a good five minutes then rinse. The results are a deeply conditioned and healthy hair and the product also adds volume to the hair - what more could you want!
I thought I could sneak this one in because although you don't actually use it in the bath it is part of a bath time routine! I find it so important to all over body moisturise, particular in the winter when my skin is drier. I adore this sugar lychee body moisturiser from Fresh because it keeps my skin completely nourished and smooth until my next bath time but also because it has the most gorgeous smell - good enough to eat! I love Fresh products and I know they are quite a big deal in the U.S but you don't see it so much over here which is a shame because I love their products!
Last, but of course not least, is this amazing Feu De Bois candle from the amazing Diptyque. No bath time can be fully complete without a gorgeous candle burning and this one is a perfect winter warmer. I love the richness and deepness of the scent, it is a heady mix of burning embers and Lapsang Tea - total luxury!
Here are the products I have been loving this week, they are all brilliant and I would totally recommend all of them as staple products! Hope you enjoy!
First up is this fantastic creamy concealer kit from Bobbi Brown in the colour Natural Tan. I think concealer duo's are a great idea anyway but I'm sure some of you guys will know how much I love Bobbi Brown concealers in particular. This is the perfect under eye concealer and is great for all year round because you can mix the colours to find the perfect shade. I love how long wearing the concealer is and it totally transforms the appearance of my skin. Definitely a make-up bag essential!
NARS Albatross is one of my favourite powder highlighters and after not using it for a while, I have put it back in to my make-up bag! I just love how golden and dewy the finish is without being too over powering or unnatural. In the pan, it looks really bright and white but when on the skin it turns in to the most beautiful golden colour that is undeniably gorgeous. I have had mine for a while as well and they last such a long time so this is definitely a good NARS investment!
Next is this lovely lip tint and balm from Rimmel 1000 kisses range in the colour Kiss Me. They are the most handy things to have as they provide both colour and moisture in one product. On one side is a pen-like tint which gives the most lovely colour that lasts all day and on the other end is a balm which you put over the top to keep lips nourished, but also to add a bit of extra shine. I love the colour range and the pen style applicator is great as you literally just colour in your lips!
This is a beautiful blusher from Sisley cosmetics Phyto-Blush Eclat range called Pinky Berry. I haven't used much Sisley before but it's one of those brands where you instantly like everything! I love this blush, everything from the fun packaging to the product itself, it's a great everyday rosy colour that comes all wrapped up in beautiful, sophisticated packaging that is ultra modern and luxurious. The blush itself has the softest formula and instantly awakens the skin.
Last of all, I have been absolutely loving this cream shadow by Benefit in the colour Busy Signal. I think this is such a beautiful colour and it is such a simple product to just throw on to instantly liven up eye make-up or to use as the perfect base for a smokey eye. I have been wearing it all over the lid with lots of mascara so it is a make-up look that takes seconds and it doubles up as a liner as well so it has multiple uses. The consistency is so silky and soft and it is so well pigmented, what I also think is amazing about this product is how well it lasts on the skin and it doesn't crease for such a long time. Totally recommend this range of cream shadows!