Too Faced La Creme Lipstick

Ok, so it’s no secret that I’m on a serious lip product binge at the moment. I’m not quite sure if it’s the change in season, the sun that’s finally peaking out, or just a weird phase I’m going through at the moment, but I just can’t get enough of lipstick. I’m not going to complain though, as it’s let me find some absolute gems. Case in point, Too Faced’s brand new, seriously pretty and pigmented La Creme Lipsticks.

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Like everything from the brand, the packaging is on point. It’s gorgeous! From the pink boxes which look like they were plucked out of some chinoiserie dream to the golden bullets, the La Creme lipsticks are not designed to be forgotten about!

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The range comprises of a rather impressive 22 shades, and I was kindly sent three to try out. They’re a great indicator of the shade range that’s available (and who doesn’t like a nude, pink and red to try?) and there has been at least one of these little gems kicking about in my makeup bag ever since they arrived!

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick topless

Topless is the shade that, probably unsurprisingly, I reach for the most. I can’t help it – I’m something of a nude lip aficionado, and this is just so pretty. Described as an apricot nude, this is one of those colours that’s going to suit everyone! On the lips, Topless gives a your-lips-but-better hit of natural colour, and I am obsessed with the nourishing super creamy formula. Rather than being a pink based nude like a majority of my lipsticks, Topless leans more to the light brown, meaning it feels lovely and current to wear.

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick Clueless

Clueless is one of those get-onto-my-face-right-this-second shades which makes me feel like I’m about 12 again. It’s the prettiest blue-based shimmery pink which makes teeth look super-white and makes me feel somewhat Barbie-esque in the best possible way! The formula of Clueless feels super rich and balmy, and I can apply straight from the tube. I got three hours of glossy colour before I felt the need to top up, and even then, when it fades down, the Lip Creme leaves lips with a pretty stain.

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick 9021OOhh

9021Ohhh is the lipstick with possibly my favourite ever name, and thankfully it’s a gorgeous colour to match! Described by Too Faced as Candy Apple Red, 9012Ohhh is your perfect, must have, searched for red. It doesn’t lean too pink or orange, so most skin tones should be able to enjoy the colour, and I’m so glad, because it is stunning! Like the other shades in the collection, the formula of the Lip Creme is an absolute dream to use – it feels rich and creamy to wear, and never dries out. The finish has the perfect amount of satin shine, and it wears for around three to four hours before I felt the need to freshen it up. Crucially for a red, it’s easy to control, and once it’s on, it’s on! There was no smudging or smearing, just a perfect red which is going to look so pretty with clear bronzed skin and neutral eye makeup!

Too Faced La Creme Lipsticks are priced at £17.00 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter

So, Urban Decay have just released their new summer 2016 collection, and I have to say, it’s incredible. From the new products to the packaging, everything in it is the definition of covetable, and I’m absolutely in love with all of it!

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The product which is probably the one I reach for most out of the collection is the stunning Aferglow Highlighter in Sin. A take on last year’s Afterglow 8 Hour blushes, there are three highlighting shades to choose from: Sin is a neutral champagne shimmer which should suit most skin colours, Aura a pretty pink shimmer, and Fireball which is a warm red based highlighter which should add a glow to even the deepest of skin tones.

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Packaged like their namesake blushes, the Afterglow Highlighter promises to make even the most tired of complexions glow, so, as you can imagine, I was absolutely desperate to try it out!

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Sin is definitely a highlighter you can reach for daily, and I’ve been loving how easy and buildable the formula is. For day, I swirl a highlighting brush (this one) and the apply a light dusting to my cheekbones, nose and cupids’ bow. For a slightly more night-time look, I use a smaller, more densely packed brush which deposits a little more product.

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Since the powder is so finely milled, it’s easy to apply without it looking too shimmery or frosted. Instead, it blends seamlessly into skin, leaving it looking naturally healthy, glowing and perfect for summer!

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Sin is priced at £19.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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To mark Essie’s 35th birthday, the brand is releasing six of it’s best loved, most missed shades. From inky navies which have inspired bidding wars on Ebay, to the perfect nudes and neutrals, the Retro Revival collection is one you seriously have to check out!

Essie Starry Starry Night

Probably the most talked about shade from the collection is Starry Starry Night. First released back in 1985, the original formula contained real diamond dust for the most delicate of shimmers. Once Essie ran out of the diamonds, the polish was no more, and you can still (sometimes) find bottles of the stuff on Ebay going for hundreds of pounds! This reincarnation is slightly less glamorous in the fact that it just has regular glitter in it, but it’s no less pretty.

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Two coats give a beautifully rich, jelly-like finish to the polish which dries to a deep navy. Since the glitter particles are a little bigger than before, you will need a thicker top coat to achieve a perfect, gel-like look, but it’s really worth it! Starry Starry Night glitters and glints in the light, and is a really fun way to wear a dark nail.

Essie Life of the Party

Life of the Party is an absolute stunner of a deep ruby. Shot through with the perfect does of shimmer, the polish is the absolute embodiment of glamour.

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With perfectly even coverage, I could almost get away with a single coat. To achieve a beautifully rich finish, I stuck with two. It has an even finish, and I can’t wait until the Festive season where I think it will come into it’s own!

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In a Bikini with a Martini might be the nail polish with the all time greatest name, and it’s a seriously pretty polish to match! Described as a frosted, iridescent pink, it’s definitely the girlies choice of the bunch, and it is a really beautiful, Barbie pink!

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With a subtle touch of iridescence, In a Bikini with a Martini can do double duty, both as a polish and as a top coat. When finishing off a regular pink manicure, In a Bikini with a Martini gives a perfect amount of sheen and glitz. On bare nails, they brighten them up, leaving them looking so pretty and glossy.

Essie Sequin Sash

Sequin Sash is the polish which is probably the biggest surprise of the bunch, as it looks so different on the nail than it does in the bottle.

Essie Sequin Sash swatchProbably the thinnest of the six varnishes, Sequin Sash is a super delicate peachy pink which is shot through with the finest silver glitter. One coat of the polish gives nails a fairy-like sparkle whilst three coats gives an almost-opaque covering.

Essie Cabana Boy

Essie’s Cabana Boy dates back to 2005 and is probably the shade that launched a million neutral nail shades. I love the super-cool taupe/mushroom shade which feels super current despite being over a decade old!

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Somewhat surprisingly for such a light shade, Cabana Boy applies like an absolute dream. It’s super smooth, and is almost opaque in a single coat. It looks like moonlight on nails, and it’s a gorgeous Spring-time shade!

Essie Birthday Suit

Probably my most reached-for shade from the line up is Birthday Suit, a must-have super nude, which is one of those polishes every girl should have.

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Three coats turned it into a super shiny, peach-toned nude which made my fingers look super long and thin (always good!) It’s the perfect choice if you’re looking for a no-brainer manicure look that’s going to keep you looking smart and polished.

Essie’s Retro Revival Collection is full of real keepers, and the bottles are priced at £7.99 each, and are available here (UK) and here (US)

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Every Sunday I treat myself to something of a Spa afternoon. It’s nothing too fancy or extravagant, but just a way to get prepared for the week. I leave a hair mask on, give my self a good scrub, and just basically relax for an hour or two before the craziness of the next week descends. The newest addition to my line up has been Lush’s brand new Ocean Salt Scrub, and in a word, it’s delicious!

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Packaged in one of the brand’s signature screw top tubs, Ocean Salt Scrub is more liquid-y than I imagined, but it’s an absolute god-send if you’re after soft, smooth skin. And really, who isn’t?! It smells incredible thanks to the limes which are soaked in vodka in the formula. They’re then mixed with grapefruit, avocado butter, coconut oil and seaweed absolute. First of all, this smells absolutely incredible – it’s a soft zest scent which is just the epitome of summer. I’m also in love with the texture, the soft scrub feels like it gives skin a really good buffing without getting too rough, and my skin feels so soft after using it. This is definitely a summer staple!

Lush Ocean Salt Scrub is priced at £7.25 for 100g and are available here.

Liz Earle Super Skin Eye Cream

I’ve had something of a fascination with eye creams for pretty much as long as I can remember. There was always something so ‘grown up’ about smearing lotions and potions around my eyes, and I’ve been wearing a little every night since I was about 15 or 16. Extreme? Probably, but I figure it’s been a pretty good routine to get into, and my skin certainly isn’t complaining!

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My latest find is Liz Earle’s newest release – Superskin Eye Cream, a rich formula which feels nourishing and cooling to apply. The cream has a beautifully rich consistency, so it’s perfect or dry and older skin types which need a real hit of moisture, and despite the thicker texture it never feels heavy on the skin. I’ve been patting on a little every night, applying it with my ring finger to freshly cleansed skin along with a little oil. Liz Earle have included rosehip, borage and cranberry seed oils in the blend to really nourish the skin, whilst Paracress extract lifts and firms skin and Pomegranate fruit and green tea extracts work to diminish dark circles. If, like me, you have seriously early mornings, and you don’t want to look like it, just pop a little of the Superskin Eye Cream on the night before, and no one needs to know!

Liz Earle Superskin Eye Cream is priced at £35.00 and is available here.