Jane Iredale PurePressed Eyeshadow Triples*

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When I heard that Jane Iredale was releasing a couple of new shades of eyeshadow, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them. I’m a huge convert to their mineral powders, so I absolutely jumped at the chance to try out the shadow formulas.

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Packaged in a rose gold mirrored compact, the PurePressed Eyeshadow Triples contain all the colours you need to need to create a handful of eye looks. Whether you’re looking for subtle definition or you’re wanting something more dramatic – the triples will see you through!

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The first of the triples I tried out was Soft Kiss. Rich plums and a creamy taupe-chocolate shade. It looks quite dramatic in the pan, but the colour is easy to blend out, it’s perfect if you’re looking for a subtler look.

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The taupe shade blended into the crease, which a little of the matte pink on the lid looks really beautiful and feminine, and I love using the deeper plum shade as a liner.

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My second trio is in the colour way Pink Quartz. It’s a stunning warm-toned collection of shadows which is perfect for days when I want to have a natural, but still pulled together eye look.

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Using the shell shade as a bit of a base and highlighter, I use a light dusting of it under my brown bone, and on the inner corners of my eyes, then I dust a little of the chocolate into the crease, making sure to blend it out to a semi-sheer finish (easy because it’s metallic). Then I blend a little of the copper into the lid. I then get my trusty angled brush out to use the chocolate shade as a liner too.

The PurePressed Eye Shadow Triples are a great way to create beautiful eye looks, and they’re so handy, that they’re great for travel too!

Jane Iredale’s Pure Pressed Eye Shadow Triples are priced at £28 and are available here.

 

Michael Kors Wonderlust*

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I’m not going to lie – I love the run up to gift-giving holidays. Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day … you get the idea. It’s not because I particularly relish the days themselves, but I just enjoy the lead up, the new products which are released, and the buzz that surrounds them.

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So, brand new for Spring, or perhaps Mother’s Day is the latest fragrance from Michael Kors. Wonderlust is described as ‘Captivating, Confident and Sexy.’ And let’s be real, who doesn’t want a piece of that?

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Packaged in the most beautiful ombre peach bottle, which comes crowns with a golden cap, the perfume looks absolutely stunning. The weighty bottle feels super luxe, and the perfume itself feels very sleek, feminine and streamlined. I love it for day-to-day wear – it feels special without being too overwhelming.

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When first applied, the perfume has an almost creamy freshness due to the top notes of Almond Milk, Bergamot and Pink Pepper. I only need a quick spritz of the fragrance as it’s quite strong. Then as the perfume warms up a little on my skin, the mid notes of Dianthus and Heliotrope become stronger, making the perfume feel more sensual. It’s also a fun new take on floral notes. Rather than relying on my traditional jasmine, tuberose or gardenia, it’s nice to change things up a little!

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Then after a few hours of wear, the base notes really show through – Benzoin and Sandalwood create a real feeling of warmth and depth. They’re what give the perfume it’s sexiness and depthfullsizeoutput_da2

It’s an absolutely gorgeous scent, which feels different from the rest of my collection. Fresh with a gourmand edge, it’s a new direction for Michael Kors’ fragrances which seem to fall squarely in the fruity/floral category. This is a bit more grown up and elegant.

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Michael Kors Wonderlust Perfume is priced from £42.50 (my bottle is 100ml) and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser*

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It’s starting to feel a bit like the beginning of Spring (maybe, hopefully?), so I’m taking the season to heart and adding in a few new products to my makeup and beauty regime to kind of lighten things up a bit. And one of my favourite new products has to be the brand new Moor Cream Cleanser from skincare giant Omorovicza.

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It was actually one of their cleansers which made me fall in love with Omorovicza as a brand – they sent over their original Thermal Cleansing Balm, (review here), and I went a bit weak at the knees. Since then I’ve been fortunate enough to try a few other products, and I’m happy to say, their newest addition is no different.

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Packaged in a super sleek white tube, the Cleanser even feels seriously premium. It’s understated, and it looks absolutely gorgeous in my bathroom. (I know it’s about more than looks, but it’s just so pretty.) It looks more like a clay mask at first, but as the name suggests, it’s actually a Cream Cleanser which is enhanced by Hungarian muds.

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The inclusion of the mud means that the cleanser is perfect if you’re looking for something that really deep-cleans the skin and gets rid of excess sebum. Although the cleanser doesn’t lather, it deep cleans skin without stripping it, and it smells absolutely incredible thanks to essential oils of lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus in the formula.

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I tend to use the Moor Mud Cream Cleanser in the evenings, to really eradicate all the makeup dirt and grime of the day. Even though the formula doesn’t foam, the specks of mud give skin a gentle exfoliation, which leaves it feeling soft and cleansed and not at all dry or stripped.

Omorovicza Moor Mud Cleanser is priced at £49 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Harvey Nichols Beauty Gift with Purchase 2017

When it comes to freebies – I don’t think they come much bigger than this year’s beauty gift with purchase from Harvey Nichols. A rather chic forest green pouch contains a veritable bounty of products – a mixture of full sized and generous samples, which will see you well into the summer. To qualify for the gift, you just need to spend £195 on three or more beauty products (dangerously easy to do in store). In return, you’ll get possibly the best freebie I’ve ever seen. In the pouch, Harvey Nichols have included the following:

NARS Narsissist Blush, Contour & Lip Palette

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish

Mac Makeup Brush

Lipstick Queen Cupids Bow Jumbo Pencil

La Mer The Eye Concentrate (miniature)

Lisa Franklin Pro-Effect Luminescent Base

Dr Paw Paw Original Balm Ex Nihlo Fleur Narcotique Travel Vial

Iconic London Strobing Stick

Benefit The Porefessional

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up Glowbiotics Probiot•c Instant Resurfacing Pads

Dermalogica Precleanse

Rodial Smokey Eye Pen

Sisley All Day All Year Essential Anti-Aging Day Cream

Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift Clarins Mo•sture Rich Body Lotion

ESPA Nourishing Lip Treatment

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour

Cover FX Click Stick

David Downton for Eyeko Mascara

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Oil

Bare Minerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion Serum

Revitalash Defining Liner — Deep Java

Chelsea Beautique Brow Mascara

Code Beau ifUl Code Forget Fake Lashes

Harvey Nichols Large Cosmetics Case

 

phew!

The offer runs from March 21st and is limited to 1 per person.

Algenist Splash Hydrating Setting Mist*

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Up until a few years ago, I admit that I thought facial spritzes were a bit of an extravagance. I always kept a can of Evian in the fridge, so I didn’t really get what extras a facial mist could bring. Then I moved abroad and developed a love of dewy-finish makeup, and the rest, as they say is history.

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My newest addition to my mist collection (seriously, it’s a thing) is the brand new Algenist Splash, a hydrating mist which smells incredible and sets makeup like a dream. It also packs a whole punch of skincare benefits thanks to the formula’s  inclusion of mineral-enriched sea water, algalyte complex and alguronic acid. Packaged in a sleek blue bottle, complete with handy guide down the side to let you know how much you have left, the mist has become a bit of a favourite thanks to both it’s fresh scent and hydrating properties.

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I tend to use the mist a couple of times a day, and I absolutely love it! In the mornings, after cleansing in the shower, I tend to use a light spray of the mist prior to applying my moisturiser to soothe and calm my skin pre-makeup. Then, once I’ve got my makeup on and I’m happy with how it’s looking, I use a quick spritz just to set everything in place. The mist’s spray gives a wonderfully fine blast of product which is enough to feel refreshing, but not enough to disturb makeup. Then, after cleansing in the evening, I give myself a blast of the mist, again to calm and cool my skin prior to apply my evening oils.

It’s an absolutely gorgeous product, and I can’t wait to try out more of the range!

Algenist Splash Hydrating Setting Mist is priced at £30.04 and is available here (UK) and here (US)