Tuesday, 29 September 2015

No One Does Limited Edition Quite Like Chanel

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Be still my beating heart for when I see something as pretty as the Chanel Entrelacs Eyeshadow Palette I have to have it. Launched as part of their autumn collection, and therefore not around for much longer, this is limited edition in it's finest. Chanel normally release a five or six shade palette around Christmas too but I always seem to miss it.

This time I got to a Chanel counter pretty quickly and for good reason as this is beautiful. There's a good mix of shimmery and matte shadows in the perfect neutral hues so you can be certain that you'll use them all. Good job when it's an expensive Chanel palette! The pattern on the shadows is absolutely gorgeous, almost too pretty to disturb. It's inspired by patterns of the stained glass windows of Abazine Abbey which are said to be quite dear to Gabrielle Chanel herself.


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The Chanel Entrelacs Eyeshadow Palette comes with a couple of fairly okay double ended brushes which as usual I put to once side and then lost. To be honest you're always better using a proper brush than sponge applicators so I stick to my Zoeva brushes. The formula of the shadows is really lovely, lots of pigment and they blend beautifully. The range of colours means you can go for lots of gorgous day time looks or go all out an smoke things up for the evening. I've mainly been wearing it in the day, usually with a lighter colour all over the lid and one of the darker shades smudged into the crease for a bit of definition.

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Given the Chanel Entrelacs Eyeshadow palette is limited edition it's not going to be around for too much longer. So if like me you've always wanted to get your hands on one and you're all for neutrals, I'd go for this little beaut.

Have you tried a Chanel eyeshadow palette before and will you be treating yourself to this one?

Laura

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Sunday, 27 September 2015

Autumn Transitional Hues

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My favourite season is now officially upon us and I'm pretty happy about that. There's something about the crispness in the air, not to mention cosy jumpers and fluffy socks that I can't get enough of! I'm such a homebody, that's for sure. It's also a great excuse to mix up your makeup and pick out some autumn worthy hues.

I'm keeping it quite simple and low key but for eyes I really like a subtle burgundy hue. Anything too red and it can look a bit unhealthy, but the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate is ideal. It's got enough depth to it due to the little pieces of shimmer in the formula but it's definitely not glittery. I tend to pat this all over the lid with a finger and blend out with a fluffy Zoeva luxe crease brush. I'm not sure if I got a dodgy pot of this or whether its the colour but it doesn't have as much pigment or blend as nicely as some of the other shades in the range. Given it's quite a bold colour the lack of pigment is actually quite a godsend. I would much rather build up colour than end up with too much!

For cheeks there really is no better choice than the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush in Exposed. It's the perfect dusky pink that suits all skin tones and gives you that "I've just been out in the cold" kinda flush. On pale skin this is perfect for adding a little definition and contour. Of course if you still have a NARS Douceur knocking about then go for it. Both hues are right up there on my list of loves and they're pretty much on rotation all year round, but in autumn they come into their own for a subtle yet realistic pop of colour.

My lips have started to feel the change of seasons already and have been a bit dry and cracked so I've not been wearing lipstick too frequently. Instead I've been loving the Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose. Containing shea butter this is a super hydrating lip balm which has a lovely deep red wash of colour. I really rate Korres as a brand and have a couple of of these now. Super easy to apply (even without a mirror), these lip butters last quite a while on the lips and the colour is really pretty and flattering but not too in your face at the same time.

Of course I used autumn as an excuse to buy a new nail polish. If that's not a good enough reason I don't know what is! I've wanted to try Only Fingers and Toes for a while now but they're only stocked online and at Harvey Nichols and they're darn expensive. I went for the shade Maharani, which is a gorgeous brick red with a touch of brown. When it first arrived I was a little disappointed as I have a few other polishes in pretty much the same shade. Once applied though it's definitely a bit different and it's super glossy. Two coats provide a perfect amount of even colour. I didn't find the lasting power too good if I'm honest, I think this chipped in around four days but it's such a lovely colour that I'm not too sad.

Certainly not a colour, but I've put the gorgeous Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne back in rotation. It's quite a warm and comforting scent and I always receive lots of compliments on it. It's a bit more complex than the ever popular Orange Blossom but quite similar, so certainly one to try if you like that kind of scent.

What autumn shades are you plumping for now it's jumper season?

Laura

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Nip+Fab Kale Fix

Nip+Fab Kale Fix

Superfoods are well known for their antioxidant qualities so I try my best to include as many into my meals as I can. One leafy favourite of mine is kale. Not only is it versatile and super quick to cook, but it tastes amazing and gives a good dose of vitamin A (derived from beta-carotene), C and K, along with essential minerals. It's also thought to help reduce chlolesterol and protect against cancer - pretty impressive. But it's greatness doesn't stop there. Thanks to quirky brand Nip+Fab you can now include kale in your skincare routine.

The three-piece range from Rodial's little sister brand Nip+Fab has now launched and as we transition into the colder months thus exposing our skin to the elements, it couldn't come at a better time. The Nip+Fab Kale Fix range is designed for those with dry and dehydrated skin in mind, which as someone who suffers with both is music to my ears. It also aims to strengthen and repair the skin, while protecting it from free radicals and other environmental aggressors.

I was intrigued to see what the Kale Fix Make-Up Removing Pads* were like as often wipes don't remove all my makeup and leave my eyes streaming afterwards. I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn't the case as the pads really effectively removed my makeup and caused no discomfort. They're quite saturated and have quite a raised texture on one side, so they really cling to the skin and remove every trace. My skin feels very comfortable after using the Kale Fix pads as they're really nourishing due to a mix of kale and watercress. I also found them cooling and smoothing on my skin (perfect after a long day in front of a computer!).

The Kale Fix Moisturiser* is ideal for anyone with sensitive and parched skin. It's quite thick in texture but it sinks in well and leaves my skin super soft. Along with kale and watercress, it also benefits from almond oil to provide extra hydration, along with aloe vera and shea butter which in turn soothe the skin and leave it really soft. I've found this so comforting to use during a hormonal flare up as my skin has been quite sore. Within a week of using the Kale Fix Moisturiser my skin was much calmer. As someone with ageing skin this provides the perfect level of moisturiser to plump up my fine lines and keep things soft and happy. It's a definite favourite and perfect for morning and evening. Those with oily skin may want to reserve this one for the evening alone.

The treatment element of the range (and my must-have) is the Kale Fix Clay Mask*. Now I'm not the greatest clay mask fan as I hate the feeling that a lot of them bring as they dry on the skin. This is nothing like that; it's actually more of a clay/cream hybrid in terms of texture and comfortability. I've been multi-masking a bit more recently (more on that soon) and I love to add this after an exfoliating mask to really get the best of both worlds. It includes witch hazel to help draw out impurities, without leaving you blemish-ridden. Let's not forget the key ingredient, kale, which helps repair the tissue while watercress injects moisture to plump and soften the skin. Like the other products in the range it smells amazing and fresh.

What do you think about adding kale to your skincare routine?

Laura

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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Schwarzkopf got2b All Star 10-in-1 Styling Treatment

Schwarzkopf got2be All Star 10-in-1 Styling Treatment

When it comes to my hair, I'll admit I'm pretty useless and rather lazy. It's rare that things get fancier than a rough dry with a hairdryer and a few messy waves here and there. Recently though I've starting taking a bit more of an interest and have introduced a few new styles and products into my repotoire. Still quite minimal (read: lazy), but I'm trying!

One such product is the Schwarzkopf got2b All Star 10-in-1 Styling Treatment*. At under £5 this is worth every single penny. Billed as a multi-tasking hero, the Schwarzkopf got2b All Star 10-in-1 Styling Treatment has a lot of strings to its bow. I tend to use this when I want perfected hair with minimal heat damage and I've got no more than five minutes to spare. A little goes a long way (ignore the directions), so I tend to apply a small pump to the lengths of damp hair. The result is glossy, smooth locks which looks as though I've got busy with the straighteners when actually I stayed in bed for that extra 10 minutes. Come on, it doesn't get better than that, right? What's more is that my hair feels so much thicker and fuller and the frizz my hair seems to cling hold of is nowhere to be seen.
 
As my hair is very fine and soft I have to be careful not to overload it for fear it turning into a flat greasy mop. That's where a multi-tasker such as the Schwarzkopf got2be All Star 10-in-1 Styling Treatment is a bit of a godsend. First, it gives my hair all the sleekness and shine that I crave, but it's also super light and doesn't weigh my hair down. It's basically perfect hair in a pump!

Laura 

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