Friday, 29 July 2016

Tanya Burr Cosmetics: Soft Luxe

Hi Guys,

It's been almost a year since Tanya Burr relaunched her cosmetics line and the highly anticipated new collection has arrived and from the sounds of things, this is only just the start! It's a capsule collection, consisting mainly of matte products. Although the eye shadow palettes do include a selection of shimmer shades too.
The whole collection, from the actual product itself to the packaging, is beautiful and soft. The colours do vary from pastels and neutrals, to slightly more muted brights. The packaging is gorgeous and glitzy, with metallic accents and cute little polka dots. Plus to make the lip glosses and polishes distinctive, compared to the original bottles, they have been frosted over to give them a matte finish. 
 Tanya Burr Birthday Suit Palette - £6
There are two palettes in the collection, however I've only picked up Birthday Suit at the moment. Each palette contains four shadows, a mixture of matte, satin and shimmer finishes. The shades are made up of lovely dusty pinks and warm brownish tones. There are Marzipan; a subtle champagne, Toast; a pink toned soft brown, Soft Truffle; a warm rich brown and Cocoa Sugar; a shimmery brown with a slight silver glitter. Each shade blends beautifully and are highly pigmented, with little to no fall out. 

The second palette is Enchanted Dream, which contains more pink and plum shades, as well as a really nice all over the lid cream shade, which would make a great base for the other shades. 
 Soft Luxe Matte Nail Polish - £4.99
The three nail polishes are all matte and really suit the Enchanted Dream palette. There is New Chapter; a grey toned lilac, Soft Pyjamas; a dusky pink and Pillow Talk; a muted berry. The formulation of these polishes means that they dry really quickly, which is great if you need a quick manicure, as you can really rely on these. The longevity of them isn't bad, they last for around three days before chipping. I think unless you apply a matte topcoat over the top of them, it might be difficult to increase the wear time. 
Soft Luxe Lip Gloss - £5.99
The Soft Luxe Lip Glosses are the new matte liquid lipsticks on the market, there are currently three shades. Though I'm really hoping the colour range expands, as the formulation is lovely for the price. They're not sticky at all once applied and dry quickly too, without leaving the lips feeling dry either. The colours include Puppy Paws; a bubblegum pink, Martha Moo; a pink toned brown and Rhubarb & Custard; a brighter coral pink. Although they are all highly pigmented, Puppy Paws does go a little streaky on application unfortunately and I do find that the more you layer them, they don't sit quite right. But I've had no issues with Martha Moo and Rhubarb & Custard, as you only really need one layer of those.

I think applying Puppy Paws with a lip brush really helps, which is a shame as the applicator on the glosses is actually really good. It's a flat dofut applicator, which makes it really easy to line the lips and then fill them in quickly and effortlessly. 
(Swatches: Left to Right - Cocoa Sugar, Soft Truffle, Toast, Marzipan, Puppy Paws, Martha Moo, Rhubarb & Custard)
Overall Martha Moo has stolen my heart and the Birthday Suit palette is fantastic, for a quick everyday eye. Though I think I'm going to have to give in and pick up the Enchanted Dreams palette, the plums are just too pretty to miss out on!

The collection is available from both Feel Unique and Superdrug.

Eloise x

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Illamasqua Vanitas

Hi Guys,

Illamasqua have a new limited edition collection and it's dreamy. The Vanitas collection is a small collection, consisting of lipsticks in a matte finish and a gorgeous eye shadow palette too. The collection itself has been inspired by the still life paintings produced in the 17th century, with stunning tones of purple, roses and warm brown shades, in both lipstick and eyeshadow form. 
Possibly one of the best bits of the whole collection, apart from the makeup itself of course. Is that the packaging for both the palette and the lipsticks are rose gold... I didn't think I could love an Illamasqua lipstick anymore and then they release these guys! As well as in store they have re released the Freak Parfum, alongside the collection for the displays. Which is one of my favourite scents and it suits the subtle darkness in the collection. 
Rose Gold Palette - £44 
The palette consists of twelve shades, a mixture between ten very popular current shades and two limited edition. As well as being a good mixture of matte and shimmer shades, I really think you always need a good mix of the two in a palette to get the most from it. So this is perfect to travel with, although the packaging itself is a very strong cardboard. Which is probably going to be like marmite, you either love it or hate it. I love it, as it's slim and compact. It's just like the Sculpting Palette they also do, I've travelled with that plenty of times and never had a problem, so I personally see no problem with this one either.

Just like all other Illamasqua shadows, these are easy to work with and highly pigmented. The shimmers are so soft and easy to use with little effort needed. The mattes make up nine of the twelve shades in the palette and they do not disappoint, with their pigmentation making a statement.

The shades themselves are, Slink; a champagne shimmer, Stealth; a creamy matte, Servant; a matte soft peach, Vernau; a yellow toned matte brown, Bronx; bronze shimmer, Wolf; a matte chocolate brown, Forgiveness; a matte chocolate plum, Fist; limited edition matte plum, Rim; limited edition dark coffee matte, Tango; shimmery copper, Terra; a burnt matte orange and Obsidian; a true matte black. 
The lipsticks are made up of five shades, also including permanent and limited edition shades. The permanent shade is Shard; a deep pinky violet. Perfect for the autumn/winter months, it's probably one of my favourite deeper matte shades from Illamasqua.

The limited edition shades consist of a variation of colours, including one of my favourites, Born; a gorgeous nude. It originally launched as part of the Dusk collection last year and I meant to pick up more than one, (I never stock pile lipstick too) yet I never got around to it. But its back in lovely new rose gold packaging!

There is also Wanton; a lilac rose shade, back by very popular demand. I like to think of this one as a bit of a hybrid between Shard and Born, yet different, it's like the perfect in between shade. Then there is also Moth; a dark chocolatey brown and finally Resist; a pretty dusky rose.
Although not a part of the collection featured online, in-store Freak the original fragrance makes an appearance in the line up. So I thought I'd give it a little mention as it's a fragrance that deserves to be shouted about from the roof tops. It's a dark and exotic fragrance, with lots of floral notes. The top notes include, Black Davana, Opium Flower and Belladonna. Then transitioning into Poison Hemlock, Queen of the Night Blossom and Datura. Finally reaching the base notes of Oud, Frankincense and Myrrh. It's defientley like nothing else I've smelt before. 
(Swatches: Slink, Stealth, Servant, Vernu, Bronx, Wolf, Forgiveness, Fist, Rim, Tango, Terra, Obsidian, Wanton, Born.)
So if you love Illamasqua's bestselling shadows and gorgeous matte lipsticks as much as I do, this collection is a must to take a good snoop at. But be quick, as it's limited edition and I cant see this rose gold packaging sticking around for long!

Eloise x

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Glossybox June 2016

Hi Guys,

I feel like its been forever since I've written a Glossybox related post, but to be honest, even if I had of been blogging regularly for the past few months. I don't think the past few boxes would of been worthy of a post, unfortunately they've just not wowed me. But I have hope for June, it looks like it's going to be a good one...
I had seen last month briefly, that Glossybox wanted to focus on going back to their roots. To go back to the basis of offering something new, wether its a new brand or higher end product that you possibly wouldn't go out and purchase without trying beforehand. 
 The box itself houses four full sized products, one sample size and also a little extra bonus treat as well. It really focuses on skincare this month and is definitely packed full of products to get ready for Summer.
Ladival Sun Protection Spray SPF15 - £19.99 for 150ml
This is actually one of the things that I am most excited about in the box, as I've just booked to go on holiday and have become a teeny weeny bit obsessed over SPF. I'm on the hunt for the best ones, so I will definitely be giving this a good test run! It has no scent to it and is really light in texture, so it rubs into the skin really easily and leaves no sticky residue either. Plus it has protection against UVA, UVB and Infrared A Rays, while also protecting against four times the amount of sun rays compared to other SPF's. 

De Bruyere After Sun - £9.48 for 50ml
To go along with the SPF, it seems appropriate to have an After Sun in the box as well. I love the scent from this, for some reason it reminds me of those retro sweetie necklaces you used to get as a kid. Though after further inspection of the tube, it is actually coconut, so I have no idea how I thought it smells like sweeties! It's a milk consistency, so it feels lovely and cooling on the skin, especially after a day out in the sun.

Emite Makeup Lip & Cheek Tint - £12.50 for ml
I actually thought at first that this product was a gorgeous wine liquid lipstick, however after actually opening it up, it is in fact an oil. Lip Oils are becoming all the range recently and this one also tints the lips or the cheeks too. I think I prefer this on the lips for a really natural stain, although I think with the right amount it could look really lovely as a subtle flush to the cheek over a dewy foundation. It also has such a lovely rose scent, which I think you'll either love or hate. 

Spa to You Konjac Sponge - £6.99
Konjac Sponges have been around for years now and yet I've still never tried one. I remember a few years ago, when I first started reading blogs and watching youtube they were going through a bit of a phase. However that seems to of died down over the years, but maybe they're now making a comeback! A Konjac Sponge is basically a really soft sponge, which can hold a large amount of water and exfoliates the skin gently. 

Origins Gin Zing Eye Cream - £20 for 15ml
This is another one that I love the fact its been included in this month's box, although it seems like a teeny sample, its a third of the size of the full size tub. Gin Zing is such a popular range for Origins, due to its brightening properties. This eye cream in particular, leaves you looking fresh and awake after dabbing the gel like formula gently under the eye area.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Constructor Deep Conditioner - £1.09 for 20ml
As a bonus product this month, this little sachet was included. I will admit Im really rubbish when it comes to using conditioner and I really need to change that. Aussie is such a popular haircare brand, that I don't actually think I have ever tried. So this is my chance to boost the condition of my hair and give them a go too. It's made to target damaged hair, using Australian Balm Mint to add shine to the hair and leave it feeling a lot more manageable. 

I think overall its really not a bad box this month, nothing in there that I won't get use of and I'm really excited to try most of these products this month, unlike previous boxes recently. 

Eloise x

Friday, 17 June 2016

Father's Day with Lush

Hi Guys,

Lush have released their first ever Father's Day collection, to celebrate this Sunday with a little more fizz! It includes lots of brand new products, some with familiar scents, as well as bringing back a slightly troublesome Oxford St exclusive which I've been desperate to get my hands on. I would lie and say I've been a good daughter and picked up some treats for my Dad, but really they're all for me! Good thing my Dad isn't much of a Lush fan!
I've only picked up four out of the seven products. There is also a whole range of Smugglers Soul products as well, but I personally am not a huge fan of the scent. However it does include the Smugglers Soul Solid Shampoo Bar - £6.95, Smugglers Soul Multipurpose Cream - £14.95 and the Smugglers Soul Facial Scrub - £8.95. 

Smugglers Soul is one of the perfumes that Lush have with Gorilla Perfumes, it was released ... and has been a popular one ever since. Due to it's deep warm scent, it's main note is Sandalwood, making it quite rich and woody. So the scent has been transferred into making these new handy haircare and skincare items for Dad. (Or if you just love Smugglers Soul!) 
I've grabbed the Thanks Dad Soap - £4.95, I must admit it's mainly because it's so cute! It's a little building block of soap, with three of the sides all spelling out Dad. It's a gorgeous, fresh scent made up of orange oil and fresh orange juice. I really love how subtle all the scents are in this collection, they're just lovely and refreshing especially as we go into the (hopefully warmer!) Summer months. 
The only Bubble Bar in the collection is The Modfather Bubble Bar - £3.65, inspired by the 1960's. Again following on with the orange theme, using Brazilian orange oil. I think its a great size, I would say I could probably get about six baths from this, but it really just depends on your personal preference when it comes to how much to use. The water also turns a gorgeous bright blue shade with this one too. 

As much as I love the Super Dad - £3.95 Bath Ballistic for such a fun and bright design, the scent that goes alongside this is fantastic. It's not really something Lush does too often, a subtle scent, but when they do, they do it so well. It's calming and soothes, with a main note of sandalwood, I find it almost quite like baby powder though. It's not really what you expect from such a bright and graphic bath bomb. It takes its time to fizz around the tub as well, again being mesmerising and soothing to watch.
Possibly the most exciting launch in this entire range, is the return of the notorious Oxford St Exclusive, Lava Lamp - £3.95. This was actually discontinued to be reformulated, as it's not only a bath bomb, but also has three bath melts inside. However the little bath melts, although tiny, really pack a punch and due to their purple colour, they were dying bath tubs and customers the same colour... Which isn't really ideal, even if it does make your bath water look like a retro lava lamp. However it's now back after it's been tweaked a little and has wiggled it's way into the Father's Day range. It has a citrus scent, based on oranges, it's not overpowering, I find it actually really quite subtle. 

Now the only thing is, that when I used this I did find it left purple marks around the side of my bath. As well as a few little patches on my skin, but it did come off with a wipe straight away on the skin. The bath took a little bit more rubbing and some warm water, but it did come off and didn't leave a permanent mark or tint to the bath. It's just maybe something to be aware of, as you do have to clean the bath immediately. I can't say that it's still the same as before, as I never actually got ahold of one of the old ones. But I didn't find the staining to be too bad, nothing that was going to cause a problem anyway. 

There are also three gift sets available, which have a selection of these products inside. If you'd like to take a peek at the whole range overall though, they can be found HERE

Eloise x
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