NARS Summer 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Along with the new limited edition Thakoon polishes, NARS have launched their latest summer offering. The new summer collection sees a combination of warm earth tones and brazen shimmers.

* Ramatuelle Trio Eyeshadow (Limited Edition) (£33/$45) – shimmery silver/shimmery icy peach/matte apricot
* Marie-Galante Duo Eyeshadow (£24.00/$34) – an iridescent combination of orchid paired with regal blue
* Calabria Soft Touch Shadow Pencil (£17/$24) – shimmering plum
* Liberté Blush (£21/$28) – burnished apricot
* Moscow Pure Matte Lipstick (£18.50/$25) – strawberry red
* Vendanges Lipstick (£17.50/$24) – sheer grape
* Buenos Aires Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil (£17.50/$24) – Nude beige pink
* Never Say Never Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (£17.50/$24) – lilac rose
* Trouville Nail Polish (£14/$18) – seashell pink

Just over a week ago, I attended an interactive masterclass, conducted by NARS Jane Richardson where she created a look using the products in the new Summer 2012 collection.

What was different (and more beneficial, I thought) about this masterclass was that we we able to mimic Jane's artistry, step by step on our own faces using huge NARS palettes and the new summer products. I found this really useful and picked up a few application tips along the way.

All images courtesy of The London Lipgloss - cos like a twat, I forgot my camera! 

The Nail Files - Misa Grey Matters

Sunday, April 08, 2012

The weather's been a bit gloomy with sporadic showers today, and my nail polish choice mirrors the current climate.

Grey Matters by Misa is a cool light grey, infused with dark grey and silver specks. Up close it reminds me of birds eggs and looks so cool. A nice alternative to a plain grey which can dull the skin if the shade isn't right.

Grey Matters up close

I bought this in November, from Transdesign. I don't think they ship to the UK (I only order from them when stateside) but check, just in case circumstances have changed.

Two thin coats give perfect opacity and I'm really pleased I ordered this.

What colour nails are you sporting today? Oh and Happy Easter everybody!

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick - No 28

Sunday, April 08, 2012

I was browsing through the dozens of pics I've taken for planned blog posts and came across images I took back in early February to show off a lipstick I was wearing quite regularly at the time.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense in No 28 is described as a satin light taupe which is rather misleading. Yep, it's a satin finish but not 'taupe' in colour at all. It's more of a mid tone dusty pink. An ideal nude for every day wear with great pigment.

I must stress how impressive the pigment in these lipsticks are,  as they're formulated with 50% more pigment than that found in traditional lipsticks - and it shows. This nude doesn't give a 'barely there' effect on my lips as some nudes tend to do, you can clearly see the colour in the photo above.

My overall experience of this, is that while it isn't the most moisturising of lipsticks that I own (nothing a slick of lip balm didn't fix, but that's a given as lip base for me anyway), I wore this almost daily for approximately two months before forcibly removing it from my make up bag to give something else a go!

I really like the colour and it lasts pretty well, requiring minimal touch ups, other than the usual adjustment required after eating.

Rouge Artist Intense lipsticks are available in three finishes - matte, pearly and satin for varying effects and come in an impressive 50 shades.

Take a look at swatches of them on fair skin, by Karlasugar here
Swatches on dark skin here, taken by The Style and Beauty Doctor here

Priced £16.50 from Guru Make Up Emporium or $19 at

Have you tried the Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense lippies?

NEW! Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Coming soon to your local Boots or Superdrug, this nifty little pot will make future nail polish removal much easier.  Bourjois' new nail polish remover, may well have you ditching your bottles of nail polish remover and wads of cotton wool for its convenience will cut down the time you spend furiously scrubbing your nails free of polish.

Bourjois are not the first brand to introduce a formula-soaked foam sponge polish remover, but this works reasonably well. Does my polish remove itself in '1second per nail' as claimed on the bottle? Nope, on average it took around 10 + seconds per nail when I removed my NARS polish last night.

I kept reading in other reviews that this smells amazing - yet each time I took a sniff, I was knocked out by evil smelling toxic polish fumes which made me heave! The key is smell your nails AFTER removal, not stick your nose in the pot like I did. Yes, I can smell a nice fruity scent and so could a friend when she used it last night too. The formula also includes sweet almond oil, which is known for its nourishing properties. Overall it's a good product - which removes glitter polish too, with a bit of extra effort!

Funnily enough, when I was in Paris a few weeks ago, my friend's flatmate had a similar remover from Sephora which works, dare I say better than the Bourjois one! I literally dipped a finger in, twisted and off came the polish in like TWO seconds, it was amazing. My friend passed by the nearest Sephora an hour later to pick one up, but it was closed - argh!!

Sephora's version - which is REALLY good!

So anyway, Bourjois' Magic Nail polish Remover will hit stands in mid-April and for the price you can't complain!

How much it it? £3.99
Where can I buy it from? Boots and Superdrug (online too).

*PR sample

Review: Chanel Perfection Lumiere - Me Likey!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

It's true what they say, Chanel really does make a girl feel special and that's how I've been feeling each morning as I apply my new favourite foundation - Perfection Lumiere.

Since using up a few samples from counter after I spotted their new darker foundation shades, I've since purchased a full size bottle and it's been my go-to base ever since. I love this foundation. It's the perfect shade match for me (No. 94), blends well and lasts on average approximately six hours on me before I need to blot away shine - my skin tends to get quite oily by early afternoon and needs a touch up.

For obvious reasons, this is the first foundation I've tried by Chanel, but I'm pretty impressed with
the accuracy of the shade I use to match my skin tone. There are 23 shades in total, so check it out next time you pass by a counter and pick up a couple of samples as a commitment to this doesn't come cheap.

All I need are two small squirts of this on the back of my hand and I get medium to full coverage with a radiant finish. I like the finish it gives me, as it definitely 'brightens' me and doesn't leave a dull cast on my skin. It also has an unexpected pleasant scent to it too - kinda fruity! Good stuff.

How much is it? £36
Where can I buy it from? Chanel counters nationwide,

Thakoon for NARS - Nail Collection Summer 2012

Friday, April 06, 2012

I attended a brilliant NARS masterclass on Wednesday evening which showcased the new Summer 2012 collection (more on that later). Also on display was the new nail polish collaboration with designer Thakoon Panichgul which sees the launch of six summer brights which pack a real punch. This is also the first nail collaboration NARS have embarked on with a fashion designer.

Inspiration for this collection comes from the rich shades found in Indian spice markets.

Lal Mirchi - Mandarin Red
Anardana - Azalea Pink
Ratin Jot - Orchid Purple
Amchoor - Bright Yellow
Kutki - Powder Blue
Koliary - Cyan Blue

Here I am sporting Amkoor - a vibrant, egg yolk like, mustardy rich yellow (it's NOT neon), which is surprisingly far more flattering than I imagined a yellow polish could be. I purposefully chose Amkoor as I find yellow polish quite difficult to pull off and this shade is the best I've seen by far.

The formula is quite thick, so thin coats are required and opacity is reached with two coats - one coat leaves a very streaky finish.

I'm now on day 2 of wear but unfortunately I've already suffered chips to one nail (not pictured) despite wearing both base and top coat. Annoying. Nevertheless I still love the colour. I couldn't capture the exact shade of yellow with my camera (don't ask me how on earth to use the settings on that thing), so I've added an image of an egge yolk to get my point across!

I can highly recommend Ratin Jot and Koliary as lovely shades too. Be mindful that  Lal Mirchi is only available to buy in person at the NARS boutique on Bleeker Street, New York - but you can still buy it online.

Priced £14 each, you can currently pre-order the collection here online. 

*PR sample

Colladeen Visage - Skin Plumping AND SPF in a Pill?

Friday, April 06, 2012

For the past four weeks I've been trialling a skincare product, which claims to work wonders - no change there, don't they all? Colladeen Visage is already available to buy and is marketed as a complexion enhancer, however a new version has recently been launched which trials have proven protect the skin up to SPF10.

Colladeen Visage contains plant chemicals lutein and anthocyanidins, which help the body build a basic barrier against harmful rays.

Now I've been dutifully taking two pills a day as instructed and I've been told on three separate occasions that my skin is looking well over the past few weeks. Personally I think it's down to how much care I've taken with my make up on the mornings in question, but who knows, perhaps the Colladeen is adding to its current vibrance.

I have a two month supply and will continue to take them until they're finished, but it's unlikely that I'll repurchase for now. I have more than enough supplements to work my way through and combined with healthy eating and exercise I'm sure they'll continue to do just as great a job.

They don't cost the earth either at £18.95 for a month's supply and you can find Colladeen Visage at

Would you be tempted to try a pill which offered you sun protection or are you more likely to stick with traditional methods such as moisturisers?

*PR sample

Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelee - Topaz Chameleon

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Estee Lauder's Topaz collection hit counters a few weeks ago and I'm pretty confident that this has been one of the bestsellers in the collection.

The second Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée is easy on the eye. Encased in the usual decadent packaging that we're used to from Estee Lauder,  Topaz Chameleon is marketed as a Tribrid formulation, of powder, liquid and gel. For me, it looks like a mousse, applies like a powder, yet feel buttery smooth like a gel on my skin.

Topaz Chameleon flatters deeper, warmer skin tones with its warm bronze hues, better than its predecessor Modern Mercury, which featured in the Modern Mercury 2011 A/W collection. Both are incredibly pigmented and should be applied with care, so as not to leave a metallic mess all over your face.

You can use this as a highlighter, eye shadow, bronzer on your cupids bow, for contouring - this is a really multi-functional product. If you have very dry skin, you may find this a little difficult work with, likewise if you have very oily skin. 

How much is it? £28
Where can I buy it from? Estee Lauder counters and online.

*PR samples


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