New Video | January Sales Haul

I have just posted a new video on my YouTube, I would love it if you would check it out. It is a haul of all the products I purchased in the January sales and mini reviews of some of the products I have tried already. Featuring brands such as By Terry, Soap & Glory, Dior, Laura Mercier and more. Be prepared, its a long one!

 

Wish List #2 | December 2014 Christmas Wish List

December Wish List

I have combined this month wish list with my Christmas Wish List as I thought that the products I am lusting after this month are the things I have put on my Christmas List.

1. NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette

Every time I browse the Space NK website I keep coming back to the NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette. The palette contains Laguna Bronzing Powder, Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush, Deep Throat Blush, Sex Fantasy Blush and Final Cut Blush. I already have two Laguna Bronzers in other palettes but I just want this palette. I don’t know why as I have lots of blushes already, I think it is the fact it’s limited edition so I know if I don’t get it now then I won’t be able to. The blush colours look beautiful and the highlighter looks lovely too. The NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette retails for £45 and is available here.

2. Lush Rudolph

When I went to the Lush Christmas Product Launch I saw this gift set and I knew it was the one I wanted this year before I had even seen what was inside – I was sold on the knot wrap alone. Inside is the Snowman Jelly, Yog Nog Soap, Dashing Santa Bath Bomb and Golden Wonder Bath Bomb. I have tried the two bath bombs before but not the soap or the shower jelly so I hoping Santa brings me this so I can try them. Lush Rudolph retails for £19.50 and is available here.

3. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater

I have heard a lot about this brand from American beauty bloggers and decided to browse their products to see what I wanted to try first. I have been really enjoying hydrating facial sprays recently so this product really appealed to me. It claims to lightly refresh, hydrate and relive dry and tight skin. I love the smell of rose products so this sounds perfect. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater retails for £11.95 and is available here.

4. Sarah Chapman Morning Facial

Sarah Chapman is a much talked about brand at the moment so I was excited when I received some of her products in various Space NK gift with purchases. So far I have really enjoyed all of the products I have tried and I now have my eyes on her Morning Facial. Claiming to hydrate, boost radiance and and plump fine lines this product sounds like it would be perfect for my morning skin care routine. I know it is pricey but I believe in spending a bit more money on a serum and saving on other steps of my routine. Sarah Chapman Morning Facial retails for £45 and is available here.

5. Laura Mercier La Petite Pâtisserie Soufflè Body Crème Collection

Last Christmas I got a couple of sets of Laura Mercier body products in the sales and I have fallen in love with them. This set just looks beautiful, you get six body crèmes in the following scents, Ambre Vanillé, Almond Coconut Milk, Crème Brûlée, Fresh Fig, Crème de Pistache and Tarte au Citron – don’t they all just sound delicious. I already love the scent of the first three so I am looking forward to trying the other scents if I find this under my tree this year.

6. Forever Puff Ovo

Whilst read and watching various beauty bloggers I have learnt that it is better to press your setting powder into your skin in order to keep your foundation locked in place. I heard about the Forever Puff from Glam Life Guru aka Tati and thought that it looked like a good quality powder puff, not like the cheap ones you can get from drug stores. Each one has a foam on the inside and a velour outside and can be cleaned in the washing machine so they are good as new again. They come in a variety of different sizes from compact size to body size. Forever Puff Ovo retails for $12.99 and is available here.

Obviously Christmas is not just about receiving and giving presents, I love spending time with my family and friends and I am wishing for them all to be happy and healthy, but this is a beauty blog after all!

What are you wishing for most this Christmas. Let me know in the comments below.

Review and swatches | Soap & Glory The Perfect Ten Palette

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Whilst browsing through the Boots Christmas gift guide I stumbled across a new eyeshadow palette from Soap & Glory called The Perfect Ten. I already enjoy using the What’s Nude palette so decided to pick this up. It was included in the 3 for 2 on gifts and went towards earning me extra Boots points from their £12 worth of points on a £50 spend promotion.

The eyeshadows come packaged in a cardboard palette which includes a small double ended brush and a pretty decent mirror. The brush is ok, it is nothing special and it would be difficult to use to create an elaborate look, however it may come in handy if you were going away for the night and wanted to pack light.

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As the name suggests there are ten eyeshadows in the palette, 3 matte and 7 shimmery/satin, that range from a light cream to a shimmery black and include cool and warm toned colours. I was disappointed that there isn’t a light brown matte colour but after using the palette I don’t mind this so much, read on to find out why.

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Vanilla is a matte cream with great pigmentation and it is perfect for the brow bone and inner corner for a more subtle highlight. This shade is available in the What’s Nude palette.

Minky is a rose gold shimmery shade with silver glitters that has a little bit of fall out when applied due to the chunkier glitter. This shade is available in the Off the Wall Flowers palette.

Pink T is a muted pinky tan matte that is perfect for the crease. I think this works just as well as the light brown shade I was looking for in the palette. It is smooth and blends out shadows beautifully. This shade is available in the What’s Nude palette.

Aubersheen is a medium purply taupe satin shade with small purple sparkles that looks lovely all over the lid and blended out or in the outer corner to add some depth. I’ve called them sparkles because you can see the individual pieces of glitter but it is not chunky at all and does not cause any fall out.This shade is available in the What’s Nude palette.

Gold Coast is a pigmented yellow gold satin shade that reminds me of Urban Decays Half Baked.

Taupe Cat is a medium brown taupe satin shade with small gold sparkles that like Aubersheen looks lovely blended all over the lid.

Sunset is a coppery satin shade with gold glitters. This shade really makes blue eyes pop and is perfect for an autumn inspired eyeshadow look.

Brownie is a medium brown satin with small gold sparkles which makes it look almost bronze when swatched.

Black Gold is a matte charcoal grey which despite its name has no gold or warmth in it at all. This is great for deepening up a look or using as a subtle liner. This shade is available in the Smokey Dokey palette.

Smokin’ is a black shimmery shade with silver glitters. The glitters in this are not as chunky as those in Minky but they are definitely more visible than the sparkles in the other shades. This shade is available in the Smokey Dokey Palette.

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With natural light – a truer representation of the colours

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With ring light

I think this palette is great for those people who do not have many neutral shadows – or for those who cannot help themselves and have to try every neutral palette going. It has a good range of colours from light to dark and cool to warm and I like that they have included three matte colours. I was disappointed that I already had three of the colours in my What’s Nude palette, but even now I know this I would definitely still have purchased it as it is a great palette at a great price.

Here is a look I created using the palette.

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Close up eye look

I used Pink T in the crease as my transition colour, Minky on the inner half and Taupe Cat on the outer half of my lid, Black Gold in the outer corner and Gold Coast and Brownie on the lower lash line. I lined my upper lash line using Urban Decay Demolition Liquid Liner and added two coats of Benefit They’re Real Mascara. On my lips I am wearing a combination of MAC Draw Me Close lip pencil, MAC Hue lipstick and Laura Mercier Baby Doll gloss.

Soap & Glory The Perfect Ten palette is priced at £16 and is available from Boots.com. It is limited edition so grab it while you can and it is still in the Boots 3 for 2 promotion.