Nars Guy Bourdin – One Night Stand Cheek Palette

Nars Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Cheek Palette

I searched high and low for the Nars Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Cheek Palette. It was sold out on the Nars and Space NK websites and I was on my 4th phone call to a local  Space NK shop  when the sale assistant said the magical words ‘ We have one left!‘ HOORAY! I literally jumped up and down on the spot for five minutes in excitement.

Upon collection, I was NOT disappointed. It is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. 

Guy Bourdin:
Guy Bourdin’s spellbinding and cinematic narratives served as the apex of the sexually charged fashion photography of the ’70s—and François Nars’ first inspiration to become a makeup artist. Now, NARS celebrates Bourdin’s legacy with bold, uninhibited colour and high-impact finishes inspired by the audacious, high-fashion and decadent world of Guy Bourdin.This palette comes in a protective box featuring one of Bourdin’s colour striking saturated images. The palette has the traditional Nars insignia with a splash of red lipstick with Guy Bourdin embossed on the front. The packaging screams high fashion! Ooh la la!

Contents:
0.14 oz x 6:

  • Blush in Laguna (diffused brown powder with golden shimmer)
  • Deep Throat (flirty, sheer peach)
  • Orgasm (peachy pink with golden shimmer)
  • Mistinguette (bright pink)
  • Goulue (medium pink)
  • Devotee (highlighter)

Great Value for Money
4 blushes, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter palette for £45 in the UK.

Bitter-sweet?
Now, I realise that this palette is somewhat bitter-sweet for those of you who already own  Laguna , Deep Throat or Orgasm as you are only getting more of the same. However for those of you who haven’t yet purchased any Nars blushers, this would be a great addition to your collection.

This is a versatile compact collection of  Nars’ most popular blushes and bronzers. Everything you need to sculpt, highlight and enhance your cheeks.  I am WELL CHUFFED with this!

At the time of writing, still available to buy at  Sephora.

Nars Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Cheek PaletteP1060784Nars Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Cheek PaletteTop Row – Devotee Highlighter, Mistinguette, Deep Throat
Bottom Row – Laguna, Orgasm, Goulue

 

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MAC Warm Soul Mineralize Blush – Review

Mac Warm Soul Mineralize Blush | Sam Loves

I am totally in love with MAC’s Warm Soul Mineralize Blush. It is SO pretty on the cheeks and provides a lovely natural warmth to the face. I’ve also found that it can double up as a bronzer and is perfect as an everyday subtle blush.

Colour and Finish
It’s not your typical pink or coral blush – in fact it looks quite average in the pan but don’t be fooled by this as it looks beautiful on.  It’s a rose gold bronze colour with warm undertones. It contains tiny flecks of gold which gives a subtle golden shimmer. It can be applied lightly so that it looks sheer or can be built up. It’s not highly pigmented, so it never looks to heavy.

If you aren’t big on blushes but want a hint of colour this may be for you.

Warm Soul – LOVE the name. It’s actually very apt because it gives instant warmth and a subtle golden glow.

Available to purchase at Selfridges and MAC for £20.00.Mac Warm Soul Mineralize BlushMAC Warm Soul Blush

Mac Warm Soul Mineralize Blush

Swatches : Left -applied heavily to illustrate pigmentation and effect. Right -slightly lighter application. 
Mac Warm Soul Mineralize Blush

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Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Medium

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I have a love hate relationship with under eye concealers. I love them because they correct the appearance of dark circles concealing any signs of tiredness and lack of sleep. But I also hate them because they can settle in creases and emphasise the appearance of fine lines. It’s essentially a choice between the lesser of two evils- dark circles or fine lines? Personally, dark circles are a NO NO especially when I want to achieve a flawless make-up base.

My favourite under eye and blemish concealer is the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I love it because it’s full coverage and completely covers my dark circles making me look fresh and rested. It doesn’t smudge my mascara, it’s long lasting and has a nice creamy consistency. It claims to provide 16 hours of coverage -( I can’t confirm this as I’ve only ever worn make-up for a maximum of 12 hours). It’s also very versatile as it not only conceals dark circles, but also blemishes and red pigmentation. It’s cheap as chips and is extremely economical as a little goes a long way. I just love this concealer.

Application
I apply a small amount under my eyes using the doe foot applicator, I gently buff it in to the skin using a small flat foundation brush and then tap lightly with my fingers to seal the edges. Remember to set with a loose or pressed powder to add extra staying power and minimise creasing.

If you prefer not to wear a full face of foundation but want something to cover problem areas this may be the answer as it provides full coverage.

The only drawback is that there are only 4 shades in the range  Light, Fair, Medium and Deep so do test before you buy.

Affordable and effective
I think the consistency and effect of this concealer matches if not exceeds the performance of other higher end competitors. You can purchase 6 Collection concealers for the price of 1 YSL Touché Eclat. Absolute bargain!

Available to purchase for £4.19 from retailers including Superdrug and Boots.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Medium

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Medium

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer Swatch in Medium

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Glossybox November 2013 Contents and Photos

Glossybox November 2013

I was VERY excited to receive and open my November Glossybox and I wasn’t disappointed! It’s jammed packed with the following 5 juicy goodies:

I can not wait to try ALL of these products and am very happy with this month’s installment. Here’s some photos to tantalise…Glossybox November 2013

Glossybox November 2013Woopie! Look at this stash of goodies!

Elegant Touch Rapid Dry for NailsClaims to dry nail polish in 60 seconds which is great for busy women on the go. Contains Vitamin E.

Jelly Pong PongMoisturising Lip Stain made from Beeswax.

Yves Rocher Hand CreamThis smells edible. It’s chocolate marzipan in a tube! YUM! Nice consistency -not watery or too sticky.

Vichy - Idealia Life SerumSerum for Sensitive Skin. To be used morning and evening.

Emite Make Up Micronized Eyeshadow NectGorgeous Champagne Shimmer Eye shadow. Free from nickel, oil, parabens and perfume.

If you would like more information, you can visit Glossybox.

Love,

Sam x

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Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara -for Dramatic Bold Lashes

I love mascara and how it can enhance your eyes by making them appear bigger and more engaging to others.  If you like a wide eyed false lash effect look without actually applying false lashes, Lancôme Hypnose Drama Mascara may be the one for you.

The applicator brush is curved and packed full of small bristles which means it picks up a good amount of mascara from the tube and gives lashes a thorough coating. It darkens, lengthens and volumises  lashes. I love this mascara because it lasts all day, doesn’t smudge and gives me definition and volume.  I think this is my 8th repurchase in 01 Black.

When I use this mascara, my eyelashes look striking -dramatically thicker and fuller- it’s not called Drama for nothing!

Available to buy for £22.00 at lots of retailers including Boots,  Selfridges or John Lewis

Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara

Lancome Hypnose Drama

Lancome Hypnose Drama

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Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation Review – LOVE LOVE LOVE!

I have been using Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation for the last 6 months and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE it. This is a liquid skin perfecting foundation which gives a semi-matte flawless finish without being cakey or visible to the naked eye. I am a big fan of Chanel makeup and their foundation range is one of the best I have come across. I really believe in spending a bit more and investing in a quality foundation as it’s the base of your makeup which you want to last all day.Staying power and longevity are a big thing for me as I don’t want my makeup sliding off my face as the day progresses. It is a high end foundation, but I believe you get what you pay for. I recently recommended the Chanel foundation range to 2 friends and they too have fallen in love with their purchases.

The consistency of Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is light and watery because of its silicone and water formulation. It therefore needs a good shake before you use it. I would say that it’s a semi – matte finish  as it gives my skin a glow without being as dewy as Chanel Vitalumiere. It contains SPF 15 and has a fresh floral scent.

Why I love Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation
I love this light liquid  foundation because it gives me a flawless and natural finish. It perfects my skin in terms of blurring the appearance of my pores and it’s also very long lasting . I really like the light/medium coverage as well as the scent – it smells expensive! Most of all, I don’t feel like I’m wearing a mask because it is imperceivable to the eye. I wear shade B30.

Could it be for you?
I think this foundation would suit dry, normal and combination skin. It doesn’t cling to my dry patches around my chin and it doesn’t make my forehead look luminous or shiny. The finish is light/medium coverage so I wouldn’t recommend Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua if you prefer a fuller coverage foundation.

You can purchase Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation at Boots, House of Fraser and Debenhams 30ml for £32.00

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua FoundationChanel Vitalumiere Aqua FoundationChanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

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Glossybox October 2013 Contents, Photos and Review

Glossy Box October 2013 Inside Contents
Glossybox October 2013 Inside Contents
Glossybox October 2013 Inside Contents

Glossy Box October 2013 Inside Contents

Glossy Box October 2013 Inside Contents

I was very excited to open my October 2013 Glossybox. I love the Dark Romance theme in preparation for Autumn Winter trends and the informative leaflet which comes with the Glossybox.

Contents:

Harmony Moisturising Smoothie Serum 20ml
Harmony Moisturising Smoothie Serum 20ml
MeMeMe Cherub's Blush- Cheek and Lip Tint 12ml
MeMeMe Cherub’s Blush- Cheek and Lip Tint 12ml
Monu Illuminating Primer SPF15 20ml
Monu Illuminating Primer SPF15 20ml
Gamila Secret Original Cleansing Bar 30g
Gamila Secret Original Cleansing Bar 30g

Thoughts

I am looking forward to trying the Harmony Smoothie Serum and the Monu Illuminating Primer. If you would like more information please visit Glossybox .

Thanks for visiting!

Sam x

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