Saturday, 28 December 2013

New fragrance: Rise EDP by Beyonce...


Beyonce launches her new perfume Rise in February of 2014. The concept that lies behind the creation of this fragrance was inspired by Beyonce’s on-stage persona, as well as by “female empowerment and finding the inner strength that makes women so beautiful".

The fragrance is more intimate and more natural than the previous ones, inspired by the works of singer's favourite poet Maya Angelou.




The composition is announced as an intoxicating, addictive and luminous floral.  The opening notes of the fragrance include apricot, Italian bergamot and iced basil sorbet. The main note of the perfume is Golden Symphony orchid, mixed with freesia and Sambac jasmine flowers. The base of the composition includes autumn woods, cashmere, musk and vetiver.

The fragrance is available as 15, 30 and 50 ml Eau de Parfum with an accompanying collection for body care.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Chistmas xx



Hoping that everyone has a very merry Christmas and a fantastic 2014 xx

Review; Ciate Mini Mani Month 2013...



Ciaté: Mini Mani Month


Change your polish every day of the month with this rainbow of color and texture sensations. This holiday calendar countdown includes a playful mix of mini Paint Pots, glitter sprinkles, caviar pearls, salon quality treatments, cute nail gifts, and some hidden surprises along the way. With 17 of Ciate’s favorite creme shades and seven textured manicure toppers, you’ll be entertained all season long. 

[Please note: I bought my MMC in America, so the set contents vary from those you'd find in the UK edition. But, to be honest, the UK edition does sound better. I didn't realise the editions would be different, otherwise I just would have just bought the calendar in Selfridges, rather then try to save a bit of money]...


This is a fabulously cute product; it is an advent calendar that, instead of chocolate, is filled with eighteen of Ciate's bestselling mini Paint Pots [one clear glitter for layering, and seventeen creme, shimmer, and chrome finished polishes], and six textured manicure toppers [Caviar pearls, glitter, and Sequins].

As a whole I think that this a great buy, that is very reasonably priced for the range and quality of the products that you are getting. Obviously I like some shades here more then others, but none of the shades in this collection were 'eww' for me and all of them are very wearable. The polish formulas I've tried are smooth to apply and dry pretty quickly. True; they aren't as hard wearing as my preferred OPI, but as I become bored quickly and am likely to change my polish a few times a week it isn't a major issue. Plus it is nice to get to try the Sequins and Caviar Pearls - I wouldn't buy any of the full-sized sets as I wouldn't use them often, so the bottles of these toppers make a fun addition to this collection.


However I do have two niggles, but one of them is probably more down to personal taste. My main issue is that a few of the Paint Pots are close in colour - particularly the nude, the orange, and the grey shades. The grey polishes are actually two of my personal favourite shades in this collection, but there is no real need to use similar shades at the end of the day - Ciate have hundreds of pretty polish shades, so I'd rather have something different instead. My second gripe is that this collection has four bottles of the Caviar Pearls in it; I'll try them out once or twice, but they aren't an everyday product. Give me the choice between a pretty polish or messing around applying the pearls & clearing them back up, and I'd pick polish without a doubt. Plus in my opinion four bottles is too excessive for a product that most people will only use once or twice.
 
 
So overall I would recommend buying this set in the sales, as you can always use the bottles you don't want for yourself as stoking stuffers next xmas :)



Mini Mani Month contents:

18 x 0.17 oz Paint Pots Nail Polish in Snow Globe, Boudoir, Hoopla, Hopscotch, Sugar Plum, Fit For A Queen, Candy Floss, Amazing Gracie, Pepperminty, Encore!, Starlet, Chinchilla, Members Only, Play Date, Ivory Queen, Main Stage, Pillow Fight, Tweed and Tails
2 x 0.17 oz Caviar Luxe in Metallic Pearls Smoulder (silver), Metallic Pearls Lustre (gold)
2 x 0.17 oz Caviar Pearls in Cupids Arrow, Midnight in Manhattan
1 x 0.17 oz Glitter in Twinkle Toes
1 x 0.17 oz Sequins in Dallas Dolly
Funnel

The Christmas Countdown Has Begun: Part III [days 18 - 24]...

It's the Final Countdown...


 



Our one-of-a-kind advent calendar comes in a show-stopping Pop Art box and is filled with 24 fun and flattering beauty treasures! It contains a bevy of Benefit bestsellers and three glitzy little look goods…a charm necklace & bracelet and an adorable barrette. It’s the gift that gets more gorgeous every day!


Ciaté: Mini Mani Month


Change your polish every day of the month with this rainbow of color and texture sensations. This holiday calendar countdown includes a playful mix of mini Paint Pots, glitter sprinkles, caviar pearls, salon quality treatments, cute nail gifts, and some hidden surprises along the way. With 17 of Ciate’s favorite creme shades and seven textured manicure toppers, you’ll be entertained all season long. 

[Please note: I bought my MMC in America, so the set contents vary from those you'd find in the UK edition. But, to be honest, the UK edition does sound better. I didn't realise the editions would be different, otherwise I just would have just bought the calendar in Selfridges, rather then try to save a bit of money]


Sunbeam liquid highlighter & Tweed And Tails nail polish
 
Girl Meets Pearl pearlescent primer & Sequins in Dallas Dolly [manicure topper]
 
Ooh La Lift undereye brightener & Starlet nail polish
 
Coralista Ultra Plush lipgloss & Fit For A Queen nail polish
 
Star Charm necklace & Hopscotch nail polish
 
Cha Cha Tint lip/cheek stain & Caviar Pearls in Cupid's Arrow [manicure topper]
 
Dandelion blusher & Play Date nail polish
 
 

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

The Christmas countdown has begun: Part II [days 11 - 17]...


I'm a big kid at heart so have not one but two advent calendars, and as they're both beauty related releases I'd thought that it would be nice to keep a little record of what the contents are...

Without further ado here is part 2 of my 3013 Christmas countdown calendars, from Benefit Cosmetics and Ciate nail wear...

 



Our one-of-a-kind advent calendar comes in a show-stopping Pop Art box and is filled with 24 fun and flattering beauty treasures! It contains a bevy of Benefit bestsellers and three glitzy little look goods…a charm necklace & bracelet and an adorable barrette. It’s the gift that gets more gorgeous every day!


Ciaté: Mini Mani Month


Change your polish every day of the month with this rainbow of color and texture sensations. This holiday calendar countdown includes a playful mix of mini Paint Pots, glitter sprinkles, caviar pearls, salon quality treatments, cute nail gifts, and some hidden surprises along the way. With 17 of Ciate’s favorite creme shades and seven textured manicure toppers, you’ll be entertained all season long. 

[Please note: I bought my MMC in America, so the set contents vary from those you'd find in the UK edition. But, to be honest, the UK edition does sound better. I didn't realise the editions would be different, otherwise I just would have just bought the calendar in Selfridges, rather then try to save a bit of money]


Badgal waterproof eyeliner & Pepperminty nail polish
 
Total Moisture face cream & Caviar Pearls in Gold [manicure topper]
 
Horseshoe charm bracelet & Encore! nail polish
 
 
Badgal mascara & Ivory Queen nail polish
 
Posietint lip/cheek stain & glitter in Twinkle Toes [manicure topper]
 
Hoola bronzer & Chinchilla nail polish
 
Sugarbomb Ultra Plush lipgloss & Members Only nail polish
 

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

The Christmas countdown has begun [days 1 -10]...


I'm a big kid at heart so have not one but two advent calendars, and as they're both beauty related releases I'd thought that it would be nice to keep a little record of what the contents are...

 



Our one-of-a-kind advent calendar comes in a show-stopping Pop Art box and is filled with 24 fun and flattering beauty treasures! It contains a bevy of Benefit bestsellers and three glitzy little look goods…a charm necklace & bracelet and an adorable barrette. It’s the gift that gets more gorgeous every day!
set includes travel sizes of:
• “that gal”
• the POREfessional
• high beam
• sun beam
• benetint
• chachatint
• posietint
• ultra plush lip gloss in dandelion
• ultra plush lip gloss in sugarbomb
• ultra plush lip gloss in CORALista
• hoola
• dandelion
• CORALista
• ultra plush lip gloss in A-lister
• BADgal lash
• stay don’t stray light/medium
• BADgal liner waterproof
• it’s potent eye cream
• girl meets pearl
• total moisture facial cream
• ooh la lift
AND…
• horseshoe charm bracelet
• star charm necklace
• ribbon bow barrette




Change your polish every day of the month with this rainbow of color and texture sensations. This holiday calendar countdown includes a playful mix of mini Paint Pots, glitter sprinkles, caviar pearls, salon quality treatments, cute nail gifts, and some hidden surprises along the way. With 17 of Ciate’s favorite creme shades and seven textured manicure toppers, you’ll be entertained all season long.

This set contains:
- 18 x 0.17 oz Paint Pots Nail Polish in Snow Globe, Boudoir, Hoopla, Hopscotch, Sugar Plum, Fit For A Queen, Candy Floss, Amazing Gracie, Pepperminty, Encore!, Starlet, Chinchilla, Members Only, Play Date, Ivory Queen, Main Stage, Pillow Fight, Tweed and Tails
- 2 x 0.17 oz Caviar Luxe in Metallic Pearls Smoulder (silver), Metallic Pearls Lustre (gold)
- 2 x 0.17 oz Caviar Pearls in Cupids Arrow, Midnight in Manhattan
- 0.17 oz x Glitter in Twinkle Toes
- 0.17 oz Sequins in Dallas Dolly
- Funnel

[Please note: I bought my MMC in America, so the set contents vary from the UK edition. But, to be honest, the UK edition does sound better. I didn't realise the editions would be different, otherwise I just would have just bought the calendar in Selfridges, rather then try to save a bit of money]


Coralista blush & Snow Globe nail polish
 
Stay Don't Stray eyeshadow primer & Boudoir nail polish
 
It's Potent eye cream & Amazing Gracie nail polish
 
Dandelion plush lipgloss & Caviar Pearls in Silver [manicure topper]
 
 
Benetint lip/cheek stain  & Hoopla nail polish
 
Barrette & Sugar Plum nail polish
 
A-Lister lipgloss & Main Stage nail polish
 
High Beam liquid highlighter & Caviar Pearls in Midnight in Manhattan [manicure topper]
 
That Gal makeup primer & Candy Floss nail polish
 
The Porefessional pore minimising primer & Pillow Fight nail polish
 
 
 

NOTD: Flurry Up topcoat by OPI For Sephora, over All I Want For Christmas (Is OPI) by OPI...

All I Want For Christmas (Is OPI) is part of OPI's Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 Christmas collection, and is one of the red shades.

It is a rich maroon colour, with a lovely, shiny creme finish - I'd forgotten how nice and sophisticated uncomplicated creme shades are. I'm normally not fond of red shades but this shade is blue based so it's not RED red, meaning I'm enjoying wearing it immensely, and have already worn it twice within a fortnight even though I have a ton of untrieds to go through...

Saturday, 7 December 2013

So pretty, but stil quite bad: Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom pow...


 

Boom Boom Pow is a mix of gold glitter and actual gold flecks in a clear base. I use it for layering over dark polishes - either all over the nail, over half of the nail, or as a gradient. It looks stunning with any dark coloured polishes, but it's especially gorgeous over blue or plum.

I really do want to tick yes for 'would you buy it again', but I have to be honest and admit that I wouldn't. Simply put; this polish is slow to dry and remains soft for hours after applying it, no matter which quick drying topcoat I use. It is so much slower to dry then any other glitter based polish that I own, that I have found myself using it less and less, in favour of other glitters in my collection.


with OPI Can't Let Go.


with China Glaze Sugar Plums

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

NOTD: Wondrous Star by OPI...




Wondrous Star is part of OPI's Mariah Carey Holiday 2013 collection and is one of the three golden micro-glitters in the collection. This is the glitter one that stands out, and is more unique, from the other two as the festive shade is given a bit of an edge by there being a few scattered flecks of circular black glitter in between all of the golden ones. Gold glitter sounds kinda tacky, but the shade isn't too yellow and the particles are so finely textured in this polish that it looks more like a foil-finish formula.

The formula for OPI is unrivalled; so smooth, streak and bubble free, fast to dry, and long lasting. Being a glitter bomb means that this polish does take a little bit more effort to remove, but it seems easier than a lot of my other glitter polishes.