Thursday, 29 September 2011

New Angel EDT by Thierry Mugler

I've been looking for a new perfume now that we're heading towards Autumn/Winter. My preferences steer toward light, sweet feminine scents for the best part of the year but in the cooler months I like to have something a little more warm and musky. I was recently sent the new Angel fragrance by Thierry Mugler and I have to say it fits the bill perfectly.

Originally there was Angel, the first ever Oriental Gourmand (a fragrance based on edible notes to you and I), a new and unique perfume with a delicate blend of exotic fruits and a base of chocolate carmel toffee and patchouli. The new Angel is inspired by all the glamour, sensuality and sophistication that is Angel, yet it's softer, smoother and more subtle.
This Oriental Gourmand fragrance is structured in three waves:

Heavenly Wave - Bergamot encounters pink peppercorn in a subtly spicy burst
Delicious Wave - The gourmand aspect is more delicate; discreet praline and pink fruits
Voluptuous Wave - New to the creation are the soft tones of cedar and luxurious white musk

It's everything I wanted from an A/W fragrance - still feminine, not too heavy and enough musk to add some depth and warmth. It's light enough to wear in the day time but it can also be layered for intensity for an evening out. This fragrance will definitely make me stray from my old favourite for Autumn, Balenciaga Paris.

Angel Eau de Toilette 40ml - RRP £46
Angel Eau de Toilette 80ml - RRP £65

Who else is a fan of Thierry Mugler fragrances?
Which is your favourite perfume for A/W?

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Boots 17 Autumn Collection

Yet another gorgeous A/W collection to show you! 17 was never a brand I'd explored much but this year they've had some fabulous collections - from the feminine Vintage Love to the bright and vibrant Miami Pop collection. This Autumn sees yet another stand out collection from 17. The matching metallic range includes three eyeshadow trios and three nail polishes, all based on colours from the Autumn/Winter 2011 catwalk for an on-trend makeover.
17 Trio Eyeshadow in Vengeance - £5.49
This beautiful trio contains aubergine, taupe and muted silver shades to create a more dark and dramatic look. I love a touch of plum so I'll be reaching for this palette for evenings out.
17 Trio Eyeshadow in Enraged - £5.49
This is my favourite trio, I was smitten from first swatch! The gorgeous selection of warm caramel, rich gold and deep chocolate eyeshadows are the ultimate shades to create a beautiful smokey eye. This trio offers amazing quality for just £5.49. The shadows are incredibly pigmented, ever so soft and a dream to blend!
17 Trio Eyeshadow in Broken Hearted - £5.49
Beautiful shades of green adorned the couture catwalk so if you want to create glossy jewel like shimmer on your eyes, this trio of emerald, smokey teal and silver will do the job perfectly.
 17 Fast Finish Nail Varnish - £2.99
L-R: Fury, Sulk & Revenge

These nail polishes are the ultimate shades for Christmas time. Whether you want dramatic gilded nails, a flash of aubergine or metallic teal, these polishes will create the perfect party nails.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Boudoir Prive September Box

For all the fellow beauty addicts out there, you will be well aware of the latest buzz in the beauty world surrounding monthly beauty boxes. The latest to launch is Boudoir Privéan online members-only beauty club made to help people discover and try high end beauty brands and products from the comfort of their homes.

How it Works
For a subscription fee of £10 a month you can expect to receive 5-6 deluxe size samples each month. Delivery is free and you can cancel anytime you like. It's as simple as that!

The website is absolutely gorgeous. Feminine, romantic and luxurious, Boudoir Privé is exactly to my taste. The beauty box which arrived didn't disappoint. The pastel pink box emblazoned with the black Boudoir Privé logo looks classically elegant and all the hidden delights inside are beautifully presented. Each box is accompanied by a Boudoir Privé Les Indispensables leaflet which provides details and tips on the samples featured inside the box.
 
Included in the box:

Tropic Skincare Body Smooth
This 100% natural body scrub not only smells divine, it contains the goodies sea minerals, jojoba and macadamia oil to nourish, smooth and hydrate your skin. 

Agent Provocateur L'Agent
I've heard a lot about the Agent Provocateur fragrances but have never sampled them myself. L'Agent has a musky, oriental scent, containing ylang ylang, patchouli and sandalwood.

Macadamia Hair Repair: Healing Oil Treatment
I'm a big fan of hair oils as my constant hair colouring tends to dry out the ends and I'm always on the lookout for new brands. I love the scent of this Macadamia Oil Treatment which left my hair silky soft and smooth.

Colbert MD Nourish: Eye Cream
I have to admit I have never used an eye cream and this is one of the reasons I think monthly beauty boxes are fantastic. Apparently a favourite with Kate Middleton and Sienna Miller and retailing at a whopping £90, this generous sized sample is a fabulous introduction to eye creams.

Zoya Nail Polish in Tao - 7.5ml
Tao is a beautiful steel blue/grey polish with a very subtle shimmer which I know will get a lot of use during the colder months. From Zoya's A/W Smoke & Mirrors collection, full size bottles retails for £9.98 each.

Cargo Cosmetics Boogie Nights Eye Pencil
I stay on the safe side when it comes to eyeliner, preferring to stick to browns and blacks. Receiving the Cargo Cosmetics eye pencil in Blue reminded me that a few years back my signature eye look included wearing a touch of colour on the lower lash line. This navy blue with a touch of sparkle is perfect for me as it's not too bright and will be a great alternative to black during the winter evenings.

Overall I think it's a fantastic concept and well worth doing if you're a beauty fanatic. I've heard people argue that some of the items received in beauty boxes could be obtained for free but for those who don't have the time or inclination to search out new products/test out the multitude of perfumes on offer, this is an effortless way of discovering new items and trying a whole host of new products you wouldnt otherwise get to trial.

To find out more or to subscribe, head on over to www.boudoirprive.co.uk

Friday, 23 September 2011

Clinique Black Honey Collection

Clinique's A/W offering showcases the The New Black, a colour collection inspired by a cult classic. What began in 1971 as simply a new Clinique lip gloss shadethe Black Honey colour instantly became a success. In 1989 when Black Honey – originally packaged in a pot - was later launched as an Almost Lipstick, no one realised the incredible impact it would have. During the decades that followed, Black Honey has changed formulas but the iconic berry shade remains. Legions of devoted women have turned it into a serious cult favorite and it has quickly evolved into a modern classic. Today, a single lip colour has inspired an entire collection featuring violet and berry hues for the eyes, lips and cheeks; The New Black is flattering on all skin tones and ultra- wearable for a completely feminine look.

Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad in Black Honey - £23
I adore this palette as it contains all my favourite shades in one convenient place. Both highly pigmented and easy to blend, the palette offers all the shades you need to create the perfect daytime smokey eye. 
High Impact Mascara in Black - £15
Packaged in sleek limited edition silver packaging, this mascara delivers intense, glamorous lashes in an instant. This was my go-to mascara whilst on honeymoon and made false lashes unnecessary for a night out. If you want long, voluminous lashes this mascara is the one!

Dual Ended Almost Lipstick & Long Last Glosswear SPF15 in Black Honey - £17
This dual-ended lip product delivers two doses of the flattering shade Black Honey - Almost Lipstick for a soft dewy finish or Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 for a high shine finish. The Black Honey shades look a little intimidating but once applied give a beautiful gentle wash of berry, perfect for Autumn!
Top - Long Last Glosswear
Bottom - Almost Lipstick
Brush-On Cream Liner in Black Honey - £13.50
This ultra smooth, creamy gel is a favourite of mine in black so I was delighted with this unique limited edition shade. A rustic deep brown with a very subtle hint of gold shimmer, Black Honey makes a great Autumnal alternative to black and adds a new dimension to the eye. It's fast drying, non-smudging and long lasting whilst still being easy to remove.
Which A/W collections are you loving?

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2011


I woke up yesterday morning to discover, to my surprise, that I've been shortlisted for a Cosmopolitan Blog Award in the 'Established Beauty Blog' category. I'm shocked and delighted to have made it to this stage, so a big thank you to those who nominated my blog. If you'd like to vote for me to win the award you can just click here and enter you email address to start the voting process!

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Illamasqua Theatre of the Nameless

New from Illamasqua this A/W is their Theatre of the Nameless collection, a potent mixture of decadence and decay that takes Illamasqua back to it's dark roots, evoking images of 1920's Berlin and ladies of the night.

Pure Pigment in Beguile - £15.50
Theatre of the Nameless sees a new product release with their Pure Pigments. This metallic, high shine pure colour powder highlights eyes, cheeks and brows. I love how intensely pigmented and sparkly Beguile is, when I first swatched it I was reminded of fairy dust. The pigment is finely milled so there won't be any grittiness when you apply this to your skin. The photo's below illustrate the product heavily applied, although with a lighter hand the dazzle is less full on and more subtle.

Shimmer Blusher in Morale - £16.50
Upon first look I was a little scared by this blusher. A vivid mauve with added sparkle, on first impressions I thought it would be a little garish. However, the shimmer is subtle and translates to a gentle glow rather than full on disco ball. It actually transforms to a really pretty rose pink once applied with a hint of gold warmth.



I'm keen to try the new Cream Pigment in Androgen from this collection - a gorgeous soft coral which looks as though it would suit fair skin tones perfectly for a peaches and cream complexion.

Nail Varnish in Taint - £13.50
The Theatre of the Nameless nail varnishes give a new waxy rubber look finish to Illamasqua's hard wearing nail varnish. This is the perfect shade to see you through A/W.

Has anything from Illamaqua's Theatre of the Nameless taken your fancy?

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Topshop Smoke & Mirrors Collection

With the arrival of Autumn, Topshop has released their latest makeup collection, Smoke & Mirrors. The limited edition 11 piece collection offers an assortment of muted autumnal colours inspired by the high glamour of the early 70s. Think dewy sunkissed skin, sooty alluring eyes framed by black velvet bambi lashes and delicate pink lips.

Eye Palette - £12.50
I love the opulent amber packaging of the eye palette with the geometric patterns reminiscent of 1970s wallpaper. The palette contains 2 lighter highlight shades as well as a plum and smokey brown shade for a more autumnal look. I love a touch of plum to accentuate my blue eyes so this is the perfect palette to take on the go, complete with a mirror.

Lip & Eye Pencil Set - £10
The lip & eye pencil set contains a sooty black kajal pencil for soft and smokey eyes and a muted brown lip pencil. Both pencils are soft and creamy for easy application and are long lasting. The lip pencil is the perfect natural shade to pair with dramatic eyes.

Nail Polish - £6
A beautiful baby pink. It looks more mauve in the packaging but dries as a brighter pink once applied. I'll be wearing this shade this weekend for cocktails and dancing!

I'm also keen to try out the lipstick Pillow Talk from the Smoke & Mirrors collection...




Will you be purchasing anything from the new collection?

Friday, 16 September 2011

Our Mauritius Honeymoon...

After two years of planning, our wedding and honeymoon are now over. Thank you all for your lovely messages on our wedding day. It was truly memorable and it's true what they say - it went by so quickly. I want to do it all again!

We've had a sneak peak of some of our wedding pictures and they're beautiful. We'll be viewing all of them on Sunday and selecting the ones we'd like in our album. I'll be writing a wedding day post once we've received our CD of images. 

Our honeymoon in Mauritius was incredible. It was a departure from our usual holidays where we like to experience local culture, take many day trips and where we're generally quite active. We had originally planned an active honeymoon but thank goodness we settled on a relaxing one. We underestimated just how exhausted we'd be after the wedding. The week leading up to the wedding was stressful and filled with late nights. With the excitement of the wedding day itself, the setting up and clearing of the marquee, packing our suitcases (the night before!) and the total 16 hour journey to get to our destination - I've never felt so tired in my entire life. 

Therefore our honeymoon was a chance to relax and enjoy our first experience of ultimate luxury. We stayed at Le Morne in Mauritius and I'd highly recommend it. Everything was outstanding, from the location, the accommodation, the food and the amazing service.

Here are a few snaps...

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