Sunday, 27 November 2016

ARTDECO MAKE UP REVIEW AND SWATCHES

Hi there!
Do you know the brand Artdeco , are you familiar with it at all?



I was reorganising my make up stash last week and I came across these few products I bought ages ago.
I kind of fell in love again with all of them and this post is a little shout out to a brand I think really deserves more credit.

 

Sold in Debenhams, Beauty Bay and in beauty centres across the country, Artdeco is a german brand that sells incredibly good make up.
A big range of products, new collections coming out regulary and a very good quality make Artdeco a very established brand.

I have got some swatches of what I have got for you, and I will post some make up look on my IG next week with all of them in action.
Overall I am very happy with everything I have tried so far, it's not the cheeapest brand out there, but why not indulge every now and then?
If you are looking for a special present for a make up obsessed friend that has already everything you can think of, well it may be a good idea to give this brand a chance to impress her, I am sure there will not be disappointment.

Here we go with some pictures...
Glam Vintage Blusher




 

Excuse me if I feel like a posh vintage diva when I have got this compact in my hands.
It is a blush with 3 shades in it, where the lightest one can be used as an incredibly nice highlighter.
It has a sheer effect with a nice shimmer in it, I apply it with a dome brush mixing the 3 stripes together for a more natural glow.

Art Couture Lipstick


 

A bright, intense red with a light shimmer in it.
I like how soft is on the lips, fact you really start to appreciate after months and months of matte textures.

Golden Vintage Lip Laquer


 

Ah glossy pink lips, I missed you! This is so far my fave product, it gives taht  kind of vinyl plumped effect and, deep love for that, it is not sticky at all.

Golden Vintage Lipstick



 

These golden cases really makes me feel like I am in a Gatsby movie.
The lipstick is very similar in texture to the Art Couture one but this shade (70) is more pinkish.
It has a very metallic/brilliant finish and is soft and buttery.
It doesn't last very long on the lips but I don't mind to show off a bit in public with this precious case!

If you go on   Artdeco website  you will see how stunning are the new collections, I am drooling over the Crystal Garden collection.


Hope to speak to you soon

Good Night!

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Saturday, 19 November 2016

PIXI BY PETRA NEW LAUNCHES AW16 COLLECTION

Hello my beautiful people
I don't know you but I am all over blogs, social medias, magazines and catalogues to discover the new AW16 and Christmas collections.
One of the brand that really did it right this year has to be Pixi by Petra.

Few weeks ago I was invited to a press beauty event to browse the new releases and I had a major fan girl moment when I was introduced to Amanda Bell (Pixi's Make up and Artisitc Director) and skincare guru Caroline Hirons, I mean, could it get any better?




Yes, it actually did, once I started discovering, trying, swatching all the beautiful things that were showcased.



Pixi is a independent brand that has seen its popularity going sky high in the past few years thanks to excellent quality products with fair prices....eehm Glow Tonic anybody? Yes, that's it.


The new collection sees some kit at an incredibly good price that are a really good idea if you want to try more things.

Look at that....

This Endless Silky Eye pen Kit is only £18 for 5 pencils!


I am a big fan of the shade Oyster Glow, a champagne shimmery shade to use on lower lashline, cupid bow or under the eyebrows as an highlighter.



Oh and then look at that, The Ultimate Beauty Kit 3rd Edition.

Would you believe this mega massive super eyeshadows (40!!!!)/blushers/highlighter palette is only £28?


I keep thinking this could be a perfect Christmas present for the make up obsessed friend. Or for myself.




Yes, definitely for myself.

Another juicy palette I was shown (and kindly gifted) was the is the Palette Rosette.
A nice selection of rose, taupe and natural shades, both matte and shimmer shadows, and those  contour powders that we like so much.



The shadows are incredibly pigmented and buttery, they remind me of the Make Up Geek shadows or the Anastasia Beverly Hills ones.

What was my fave?
Here we go...the Fairy Dust Favourites.



Those pigments people, those pigments...
The stack is only £12 and is available in two version, the Matte Classics and the Metallic Warmth.

Cover me in the Metallics please!!
They are so intense and the powders are fine and blendable.



Regarding the skincare selection, this is what I am pretty sure you will all want to buy.

The Best Of Bright is a selection of travel sizes of Pixi's best seller and most iconic products: The Glow Mud Cleanser, The Glow Tonic and the Glow Mud Mask.



If you haven't tried these products this is a good change to do it, considering the kit will cost you only £20.

What I am definitely buying are those Lash Nourishing Make Up Remover.


I am constantly looking for something that can remove all the make up without giving me the most horrendous puffy eyes the morning after. I trust the aloe vera will help me in this matter.

I am so glad we have a Pixi counter in M&S in Manchester but you can shop the full range here, where you can get 10% off the first order if you sign to Pixi's newsletter.

Now, let me order my pigments and eye make up remover!

So is there anything in particular that caught your eyes? 
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Monday, 14 November 2016

MUA LUXE BRONZE AND SCULPT CONTOUR KIT, WHIPPED VELVET BRONZE, BRONZE AND HIGHLIGHT SHIMMER REVIEW AND SWATCHES

Hello People,
are you all having a nice week end? Really hope so!

Today I want to review some products from MUA that have proven to be incredibly worthy a purchase.

Don't we all love a nice drugstore brand, with cool products we can buy without feeling guilty when we look at the price?



MUA is one of those brands, with a great range of products and frequent new launches.
Thanks to the 3x2 in Superdrug, I recently stocked up with few bronzing/contouring/highlighing products , all from the MUA Luxe range, so here we go, here is my review and some swatches.

The Bronze and Sculpt Contour Kit is a compact with two powders, a matte brown one for contour and a shimmery golden bronzer to use as a highlighter, thanks to the subtle shimmer.



I found the matte powder easy to blend and quite resistent throughout the day, whilst I must admit I did not really find the shimmery bronzer very useful as highlighter, I prefer it as a old style bronzer, to be applied all over cheecks and forehead.


Available in 2 shades, light/medium and medium/dark, it's only £5 and totally worthy for my opinion.




 The Whipped Velvet Bronze in Majestic Gildis one of those products you need to become familiar with before loving it.


It has a mousse consistency, incredibly similar to the Colour pop shadows and bronzer if you know the kind.


I did not managed to apply it with brushes or sponges, this has to be applied and blended with your fingers.
It has quite a shimmer in it, that's why you need to be careful unless you want to look like a Christmas tree.


I use this one as an highlighter, much more than the one present in the Bronze and Sculpt.
It doesn't last an entire day, forget about it, but if fixed with a transparent setting powder (or a coloured one if you want to tone the shimmer down) it can last a decent ammount of hours.
For £3 is something I can totally recommend.

Whipped Bronze blended
Now, last but not least, the shimmery sticks.

The Highlight Shimmer Stick is one of the creamiest stick products i have ever tried.
To keep the hard consistency and do not melt in the case, stick products must have some solid  ingredients that helps to keep a hard texture, that's why so many stick products tent to dry out skin.



This highlighter is an exception, it is incredibly soft and easy to bled.
It has a subtle shimmer, not a chunky glitter explosion as other out there, and once again, you will probably find easier to apply it with your finger tips.



The Bronzed Shimmer Stick has exactly the same consistency of the previous one, but of course, has a bronzed brown shade.
It gives the skin that metal, wet look, so I guess I will be use this mainly during the summer.


I will probably pop all these products in my make up bag for my next holidays and travels, these are those kind of multi function items that can save space and if they get smashed in the luggages (it has happened to me so many times!!) oh well, never mind, not a big money loss!




Each stick is £4 and remember that at the moment, Superdrug is still offering the 3x2 on make up.

What do you think of MUA? Anything else I should try?



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Thursday, 10 November 2016

NARS MAKE OVER IN SELFRIDGES EXCHANGE MANCHESTER

Hello gorgeous!

When I first moved to Manchester, I was having a make over nearly every week.
All those counters, all those brands, the talented MUA's, I mean, I was totally addicted.

Then, time started to be not enough for the billions of things I have to do so I kind of forrget how relaxing and pampering this experience can be.

Luckly, I was invited by Selfridges to have a makeover and that's it, I was back on tracks.
I decided to have my make up done at NARS: The collection and the new lipsticks were something I had my eyes on so I was ready to give it a go.




I was so brave to walk into Selfridges Exchange completely make up free, I still cannot believe that, and there I was, in the competent hands of the Nars MUA, Josie.


I went with a precise idea of what I wanted, I showed her some pictures of a smoky eys and glowing complexion look,paired with bright red lips, which is by all means my fave make up look ever.



This is the products breakdown, as they were kindly written on my Nars Face Chart.

Moisturizer: Aqua Gel
Make up primer: Radiance Enanching



Foundation: All Day Luminous Foundattion in Punjabi
Concealer:  Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard
Loose Powder: Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder





Cheeck: Dual Intensity Blush in Frenzy
Bronzer: Laguna





Brows: Brow Defining Cream in El Djouf

Lips: Velvet Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red

Eyes: Mekong, Galapagos, Frenzy





Now, few considerations.

* The experience was very pleasant, Josie was nice, gentle and very competeentt in choosing the right products and shades for my skin type and the look I wanted to achieve.

* The favourite product used has to be the All Day Luminous Foundation. It really does stay all day, has a good coverage and doesnt leave patchy oily skin.
   Totally approveed.

* I was so glad to rediscover Mekong!
   I bought this shadow years ago and then I kind of forgot about it.
   Now I am back in love with its intense brown with golden shimmer colour.








If you want to enjoy the same Nars Make Over you just need to book at any Nars counter, if you live in Manchester you can find Nars in Selfridges Trafford Centre and Selfridges Exchange.
It will cost you £30 but the price is totally redimable against any purchase at the counter.

Hope you enjoyed the post, talk to you soon!
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