Avon calling!

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Spread the word, Avon is officially hot! Even though Avon brochures have been floating around for 128 years, now is the first time I actually think of Avon as a reputably chic brand. I guess the whole door-to-door beauty buying thing has always had the stigma (to me at least) of a community of older women buying ‘smellies’. Please don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Avon! Getting inexpensive quality makeup, hair products and skincare goodies delivered right to your door? Why the hell have I always considered Avon a guilty pleasure?!… Not anymore. A girl in my building recently became an ‘Avon lady’ and (although she didn’t use the infamous catchphrase) she handed me the latest book. Enter my new Avon addiction. I’d forgotten how fun it is flicking through the pretty pages of (affordable) new cosmetics, and hearing the knock on your door when they arrive. I literally sprinted from my front room. For my first order (since being a pre-teen ordering via my lovely mum) I was surprisingly very… no VERY restrained. I picked up four Gel Finish nail enamels, in Sheer Love, Creme brûlée, Dazzle and Sterling. – This might sound a little odd but I swear whatever outfit I’m wearing when I shop for nail polishes, it sub-consciously influences my decision. It was most definitely a pale sweater when I ordered these.

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So, here’s the verdict…

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Sterling
This one’s by far my favourite. I love cool metal colour,alone and multi mixed with the pink shades. It’s got a slightly dull shine, but in a good way.

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Dazzle

This is a great girlie shade of pink without being too close to the million pink polishes I already have. It’s super shiny even without top coat (as pictured). It took two coats to get the right colour consistency.

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Crème Brûlée

I chose this one as it looks like it would go with pretty much anything (clothes and other nail polishes). The first coat looked pretty uneven and transparent, although the second coat did the trick! It looks quite elegant and simplistic when worn alone.

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Sheer Love

They got the name right! I really adore the soft nude/pale pink hue. Although, like real love, it took loads of effort and time to get it right! The first two coats were far from opaque. But, with a steady hand and a light third and final coat I got the look I wanted!

These generously sized pots are just £3.50 each for 12ml. I can’t wait to order some more colours!
Which one’s (if any) do you like?

Find out more at www.Avon.uk.com

I’d love to hear what you lovely lot think of Avon!

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Glitter: Fun or Finished?

 

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Chanel Haute Couture SS14

This glitter-fest of a post may send a shudder down the spines of women who normally wear minimal (or no) makeup. But, backstage at SS14 runway shows makeup artists were busy face-planting super models into barrels of glitter. Well, maybe not literally – but what a fun mental image.

As little girls, brightly coloured pallets of glittery makeup fascinated us – Usually given from a distant Aunt as a girly yet ‘grown up’ gift. During our pre-adolescent first meet with tinsel tat makeup, we fell in love with the fun of putting glitter on our faces. But, over time the glitter faded from our makeup bags, giving way to subtle matte shades of serious eye shadows and perfectionist foundations. Let’s face it; most of us are probably starting to feel by now we’ve reached a kind of makeup maturity. With the exception of the odd Christmas do, how often do we reach for a sparkly shadow or glitter eyeliner? It’s time to let glitter make us smile again, ladies! I say bravo to Peter Phillips (who showed he’s got some big glitter balls) when he slathered models under-eyes with full on silver glitter at the Chanel Haute Couture show. Dior, Jason Wu and Emilio Pucci too showed us how to work glitter back into our lives with a modern mantra. As festival season approaches, we predict glitter will be a main course on the makeup menu.

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Dior SS14

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Jason Wu SS14

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Emilio Pucci AW14

Tempted to join the glitterati? Try my fave products for stand out eyes…

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MAC Blacktrack Fluidline Mascara £15

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Eye Of Horus Goddess Mascara £17

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Eye Kandy Glitter in Jawbreaker £6.50

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Laura Mercier Sequin Eye Colour, available at John Lewis £18.50

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NYX Eye Pencils Kit available at Next £20

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Urban Decay Heavy Metal Eye Liner, available at House of Fraser £14

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e.l.f Glitter Eyeshadow Applicator £3.95

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NARS Glitter Pencil £18.50

What do you think of the glitter makeup trend??

Happy (look) Good Friday!

 

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No work on any Friday, let alone Good Friday, could only mean one thing for me this morning… grooming!

I’ve gone for teal and gold look for an early dinner with the boyf…

Nails

I actually get excited when I realise I’ve got a nail polish stashed away that perfectly matches an outfit. It’s the first time I’ve worn this marina hued teal polish from a M&S set (they do some really cute sets all year round). I slicked a coat of Rimmel clear top and base coat polish to for shine.

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Hair

This was surprisingly quick and easy! I blow dried it (after using my go to styling products) then used my Andrew Barton I Love Curls curling iron to roll it up and loosely pin with bobby pins. I gave it a light spritz with Superdrug‘s own hairspray and allowed to cool (about 15mins). Then released and ran my fingers, not through it, but over it, then spritzed again with hairspray. Voila!

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Makeup

I mixed Estee Lauder Double Wear in Ivory with Rimmel Lating Finish 25 hour foundation in beige to get the right colour match and coverage (this stuff’s gotta last today!). My favourite concealer when I’m feeling a bit puffy eyes is always Garnier Tinted Eye Roll On. For a rosy cheek I applied Rimmel Stay Blushed in Sunkissed Cherry to the fleshy part of the cheeks. It gives a nice dewy finish that that most powder blushes don’t. I based my lips with a really tiny blob of concealer then used Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Caramel Daisey.

 

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Outfit

This is my bargain buy dress from MissGuided Sweat Deal section. They have some fantastic discounts on allover Easter weekend by the way girls! I love the deep teal colour and comfy yet clingy fabric. I paired it with an asymmetric gold ring and necklace from good old Primani – gotta high five Primark for costume jewellery. With the sun shining I can finally welcome my New Look wedges back into my life (I picked them up last summer but think they’re pretty timeless as far as wedges go).

Perfume

With such a low cost look it’s nice to linger in the sophisticated scent of Jimmy Choo! This stuff smells like class and going the extra mile when used with the Jimmy Choo body lotion. A christmas gift from my lovely fella : )

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Have a fantastic Friday and a lovely Easter weekend beauts!

 

Beauty Best: Eye Creams

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I’ve been using eye care products from the tender age of twenty and now (many many years on) to me the thought of going without the stuff is unthinkable. But why the heck we should bother spending our hard earned cash on buying a separate moisturizer for our eyes? Well, believe it or not the skin around them is actually as thin as an egg shell, therefore extremely delicate. Facial creams are not specifically tailored to meet the nutritional needs of our precious peepers. I’ve been playing eye spy with a a ton of eye care lately and these five are by far THE best I’ve ever tried…

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Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream, £24.50

Packed with essential oils and anti-oxidants, boasting ‘Younger Looking Eyes By Morning’. They really wern’t lying. After just one night with a teeny blob around my eyes my skin felt more supple and looked brighter and well rested.

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Burt’s Bees Radiance Eye Cream, £19.99

Burt’s Bees lovely little pot goes straight to the top of the list for value for money. It illuminated the eye area and felt light and silky. With Royal Jelly as a core ingredient my lids and under-eyes really soft. It even had a sweet tea scent. Nice touch. (Ideal for wearing under makeup.)

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Natura Bissé The Cure Sheer Eye, £91

I almost heard the sound of you just gasping just now! Yes, that is the price. But, hear me out… If you’ve tried Natura Bisse skincare before than you’ll understand the hefty price tag. The brand originated in super luxury UK spas and now retails for home use in stores like Harrods and more recently Liberty’s. The Cure Sheer Eye contains self-adapting pigment matching, so the instant I smoothed it on my dark circles appeared to naturally fade away with a feather light consistency. After just a couple of days use my eyes feel nourished. Although accidental over pumping of this pricy potion nearly brought on a heart attack.

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Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector, £29

Designed for all skin types the refreshing cool applicator tip feels great in the morning and de-puffed my unsightly bags while the subtle colour tint eased dark circles.

 

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Neal’s Yard White Tea Toning Eye Gel, £23.25

The white tea formulae and blend of natural antioxidants not only cares for the eye area but protects it from damaging pollutants. The cool gel texture helped wake up my eyes and soothed under eye bags and skin felt tighter.

 

Application: Dab evenly around eye contour using ring finger (we’re less likely to apply pressure and drag the skin if we use our ring finger).

Beauty Trick… A little goes a long way so with any eye care product you only need to use an amount the size of a grain of rice for each eye.

What’s your favourite eye care product? We’d love to hear from you…

Burt’s Bees NEW Lip Colour Review

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This week, the full range of Burt’s Bees new Lip Colour Collection finally hit stores. After tons of testing, and a top lippie tutorial from celeb makeup artist, Katey Denno, here’s the buzz (lame pun totally intended!) on new Burt’s Bees lippies…

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“Natural Beauty products are the future, but also a look back to our past. Our grandmother’s would only ever of used natural makeup.” Katey Denno.

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An assortment of ‘nature inspired’ colours, the new range is created using 100% naturally nourishing elements, such as botanical oils, Shea butter, and Burt’s Bees signature ingredient, bees wax. Promising to bring a new dimension of colour, sheen and care to our parched pouts, new products in the spring range are tinted lip balms, Lip Shimmers, Lip Shines and Lip Glosses. So, what’s verdict?…

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Us ladies usually fall under two lip categories. Gloss lovers, or gloss loathers. To be honest, this season I’m drawn to the shine like a magpie – having been over exposed to the dominating matte trend of the past few years. From the first glide of this wand my lips felt moisture fed, and a sweet vanilla scent lasted for ages. Only downside to this one was the need to reapply throughout the day. But, all in all the Burt’s Bees Lip Glosses are perfect if you like a subtle shine without too much of a sticky pout.

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A new spin on traditional Burt’s Bees lip balms, taking the brands passion to another level. With a hint of sheer modern hues and sweet flavour, the Tinted Lip Colour leaves even chapped lips instantly softer. With a shade for every skin-tone, this little lip hero got a resounding thumbs-up from my posse of testers (aka all my female friends and rellies). Denno advises, “Stick to a shade that enhances your natural lip colour, or take a chance with a shade you don’t normally wear”.

 

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Infused with peppermint oil and antioxidant-rich fruit seed oils Lip Shimmers are slender tubes of goodness, with a stronger colour pop. When applied, the Lip Shimmer has the look of a moisture rich lipstick, with a surprising and long lasting plumping tingle. So if you like a little more definition from a lippie but don’t like the usual tight matte feel, go for a Lip Shimmer. The sharp Rhubarb shade gets my vote!

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These deliver a super shiny high gloss finish and sharp glassy colour, WITHOUT becoming a hair magnet at every slight breeze. Success! A Lip Shine in Whisper shade has secured a place in my makeup bag. Katey’s tip for choosing a shade is simply, “Don’t sweat it – all shades are natural enough to suit almost anyone.”

MUA Katey Denno’s Top Tips:

TIP #1 Layering

As a MUA, I do a lot of layering to get the right look. For a super balmy, dewy look with just the right amount of colour – drench lips in your favourite Tinted Lip Balm shade and the cover with corresponding shade of Lip Shine.

TIP #2 Finding Balance

Balance is key for illuminating your face. Try this look: Press Rhubarb Lip Shimmer into your lips and finish with a light coat of Spring Slender Lip Gloss.”

TIP #3 Subtle Red-Carpet Lip

To recreate my red-carpet lip on yourself, start with three coats of Red Dahlia Tinted Lip Balm and then take Rhubarb Lip Shimmer and lightly sweep itover your cupids bow, then press a light amount into the centre of your bottom lip.

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Burt’s Bees Lip Colour Collection is available now at John Lewis and other leading stockists. Lip Glosses £8.99, Lip Shimmers £5.99, Lip Shines £6.99 and Tinted Lip Balms £5.99. Visit http://www.burtsbees.co.uk for more info.