The latest lip foil product I am loving by Lottie London

Lottie London is a new brand that I have recently discovered. I was browsing around the make up counters in Superdrug (I know, I have an addiction!) and this particular stand really caught my attention as I walked past. I decided to try out two shades of the iridescent lip foil toppers and I am excited to share my thoughts on them!

How to wear them

These are perfect to use as part of your every day make up, but I think they would be amazing for creating a super glam look, especially for an event like a festival. It is not easy to find a lip shade that works with a festival eye as at the moment, the festival make up trend for 2018 is a super sparkly style using stick on jewels around the eyes and forehead, chunky glitter, full feathery lashes – the works! These lip foils were exactly what I was looking for to wear to Made festival at the weekend and it completed the look I was after. These lip foils would also be so nice to use on holiday – I’m picturing a nice tan combined with the shimmer of these shades which would be gorgeous.

The lip foil tube is transparent so you can see the colour of the product inside which is really handy and although they come unboxed, I really love the holographic silver stars on the side of the tubes which are a pretty addition to the packaging and these look great in your makeup bag or on your dressing table.

Shade Range

I hadn’t actually heard of lip foils before so I wasn’t too sure what to expect, but when I first swatched these I was impressed at the bright pigmented colours and was so excited to test these out.

There are four shades to choose from and I am loving the sassy names which are ‘U Wish’, ‘Drop Out’, ‘Sinner’ and ‘Over it’. I think my favourite shade is ‘U Wish’ which looks like a glittery white shade at first until it interacts with your skin when it turns into a shimmery holographic pink sheen. I would say that each of the colour options available would suit a variety of skin shades also which is great.

Wearing the shade ‘Sinner’

wearing the shade ‘U Wish’

image: Lottie London

Formula and finish

Formula wise this glided onto the lips like a dream and I was surprised at how pigmented they are as the consistency is shimmery and semi-sheer. I also like the fact that they feel smooth and silky, with no thick stickiness which I really don’t like with lip products and try to avoid. It took seconds to dry down and after one coat and you’re good to go! When the light catches on these lip toppers they look so pretty and add such a nice finishing touch.

Worth the money?

At £5.95 for a tube, you really cannot go wrong. Drug store make up is really having a moment and I am finding that you don’t always need to spend a fortune on top end designer make up brands. You can equally get a fabulous product for more than half the price and often just as good! I would say that for this price, these lip toppers are a good deal. They probably are not something that you would choose to wear every day, but they would be a great addition to your lip product collection.

You can purchase the Lottie London lip foil range here or you will find the brand is stocked in most Superdrug stores.

I hope you enjoyed hearing my thoughts on the Lottie London lip foils. As you can probably tell I’m so impressed.. if you love shimmery lip glosses that are not sticky as much as I do, then I definitely recommend giving these a try. Let me know if you’ve tried anything from Lottie London before and what you think about their products.

The latest Urban Decay eye pallet – ‘Born to Run’

The ‘Born to Run’ collection is probably one of the biggest launches of the year for Urban Decay and after the huge hype around this I cannot tell you how excited I was to get my hands on one of these eye pallets myself!

Urban Decay already have a great track record of bringing us fabulous eye shadow combinations such as the best selling neutrals from the Naked pallet range but they have really stepped up their game with this latest collection and this is a guaranteed sell out product this Summer. The Born to Run eye shadow pallet is a gorgeous mix of neutrals, rich metallics and sultry deep jewel tones. There are 21 shades to play with in this kit and you can easily create a natural day time look right through to a dramatic evening eye and I am obsessed with the selection of colours available in this range.

Packaging and overall feel

My first impression of this pallet was that the packaging not only looks great but it instantly felt a like a really high end quality product as soon as I picked it up. The box is strong and sturdy and includes a really good full length mirror inside the lid. The theme behind this collection is all to do with adventure, exploring, travel and being on the go, and the case is decorated in a selection a Instagram style photograph snaps of holiday destinations such as Las Vegas, Santorini and London.

The individual shades are not the largest, but you will definitely get a lot of use out of them as a little goes a long way due to how pigmented these shades are. This kit is priced at £39.50 which is towards a higher end price point but this is fair once you get to see and feel the quality of it.

Pigment and texture

The pigment is extremely rich, particularly the metallics and I feel these colours would work well on all skin tones beautifully. The thing I love the most abut Urban Decay eye shadows is how good they are for blending with minimal fall out. The texture of these is velvety and there is no crumbling or creasing with these eye shadows, allowing you to build up a fabulous rich colour quickly and easily.

Colour Range

I love a metallic eyeshadow for day or night and was instantly drawn to the pale rose gold shade ‘stranded’ which I have been blending with the rich brown shade ‘punk’ and this has been a gorgeous mix. However, since using this pallet I have found myself experimenting with colour combinations that I wouldn’t have thought of doing before. My surprise favourite has been using a metallic rose golden tone ‘ignite’ with a dark jewel green metallic ‘wanderlust’ and the result of these blended together is so chic and perfect for a dark smoky eye that is a bit different.

All of the shadows in this kit can be used wet or dry and you could even use them as an eyeliner or the use lighter shimmery shades as a face highlighter.

 

This kit truly is a beauty addict’s pick and mix heaven. Here is a list of the full range of colours:

BREAKAWAY (warm ivory shimmer)
STRANDED (pale rose gold with tonal micro-shimmer)
BLAZE (light metallic peach with pink shift)
WEEKENDER (light neutral beige matte)
STILL SHOT (bright peach)
RIFF (brown-nude matte with floating micro-sparkle)
GOOD AS GONE (deep brown with iridescent micro-shimmer)
HELL RIDE (deep fuchsia matte)
BAJA (burnt orange matte)
ACCELERATE (reddish copper metallic)
GUILT TRIP (smoky purple shimmer)

IGNITE (rose gold metallic)
SMOG (deep coppery bronze shimmer)
WANDERLUST (forest green with gold micro-shimmer)
WILDHEART (bright fuchsia)
PUNK (red-brown matte)
DOUBLE LIFE (metallic rust)
JET (black with deep shimmering purple shift)
DRIFT (charcoal satin with tonal micro-sparkle)
RADIO (deep emerald satin)
BIG SKY (frosted green shimmer with iridescent micro-sparkle)

Additional items available

This eye pallet is part of the Born to Run collection which also includes an all night setting spray, eye pencils in 44 different shades and 3 lipstick colours.

You can view the whole range here at the Urban Decay website.

Image: Urban Decay

I hope you enjoyed my review of the Urban Decay Born to Run eye pallet. Have you used this yet? Let me know your thoughts on it and what your favourite colours are!

The latest gel nail polish range from Nails Inc

A lady once told me that your hands and nails are one of the first things that people notice when they meet you and that has stuck in my head ever since. If you follow me on Instagram (and if you are not already, then why not? haha!) then you will know that I always make sure that I look after my hands and keep my nail extensions in tiptop condition.

I have acrylic nail extensions and have infills every 2 weeks with either regular polish or gels and although I have my usual favourite go to brands, I always like to try new products that become available on the market.

Nails Inc have always been a big name in the nail product industry. They continue to evolve and move forward with the latest trends and are always at the forefront of new innovating ideas, so when I discovered their new gel polish range, which is exclusive to Marks & Spencer stores at the moment, I just had to try this out for myself.

Usually with gel polish you need a couple of coats and the use of a UV lamp to set the formula onto your nails. You also need to have this soaked off professionally if the polish has been applied directly onto the natural nail. This new range from Nails Inc, claims that you only need the one coat and it will dry without the use of a UV lamp and that no soak off is necessary! Sounds good right?! This grabbed my attention immediately as the thought of being able to produce a salon quality finish at home myself was too good an opportunity to miss!

Shade Range

Considering this is new to the market, I was impressed by the selection of colours that are available. There are 64 options to choose from and I think they all look gorgeous, particularly the iridescent shimmery shades. They are all named after places in London as per the usual Nails Inc range which I really like. For this blog post, I have been trying out two of the shades: Cambridge Passage and Portobello Mews which are both so pretty for the Spring/Summer months.

Portobello Mews is the darker pink shade of the two that I tried and when its applied to the nails it has a slight lilac tint to it and looks so gorgeous with a tan. I have this on my toes at the moment and have been receiving compliments on the colour. It’s been so hot here in the UK lately so its been nice to finally be able to wear sandals for once!

Cambridge Passage is the lighter shade and is a really more of a subtle colour with a gorgeous shimmer undertone. I personally wouldn’t wear this on my toes as I prefer to have a darker colour on them, but it looks really chic on the hands, so if you are looking for a shade that will go with any outfit and add a classy touch, then this would be a good one to go with.

Portobello Mews

Cambridge Passage

Formula and Finish

Nails Inc say the following about this range:

Promotes a natural, barely there, flawless nail look. Enriched with Goji Berry extract known for nail protection, this range also has complementary light reflecting Blur Pearls means nails will look luminous and glossy.

This is important and I feel that more nail product brands need to pay attention to the ingredients that they use in their polishes and that they also help to keep the quality of your nails strong and nourished after using them. Some of the cheaper, drug store polishes available can be really drying on the nails and can cause them to weaken and chip easily, so it is better to invest in a higher quality product to try and avoid this if you can.

I have used Nail Inc products a lot over the years and I have to say this is probably one of my favourite ranges they have brought out. I was dubious about the claim that you would only need one coat, but was really impressed to find that this was true – one coat gave me a gorgeous glossy finish with a deep colour that was true to the bottle. There is nothing worse than choosing a nail colour and it looking nothing like what you had expected once it’s been applied! So overall, the pigment of these is rich and they have an excellent consistency and quality.

As well as the finish, I found these were really easy to apply onto the nails with a one stroke glide application also. I didn’t apply a top coat to these as was happy with the overall outcome without feeling like I needed to add this, plus I wanted to test how long lasting these would be without a topcoat being included.

Are they long lasting?

Both shades lasted me really well without chipping for around 8-10 days which would be perfect for going on holiday which I think was really impressive. Considering there was no need to use a UV lamp and how quick they naturally dried, I wasn’t expecting these to last as long as they did so I would definitely recommend this range for home use.

Worth the money?

The polishes retail at £11 for a 10ml bottle and I feel this is at a great price point for the quality and considering how little you need to use to do a full set of nails. These really are true to the ‘one coat’ statement and so the bottle will last you a long time.

You can purchase this range from the majority of Marks & Spencer stores or online here

View the rest of the Nails Inc collection via their website here

I hope you enjoyed hearing my thoughts on the one coat gel nail polish range by Nails Inc. I think this is a great collection with a nice assortment of colours. Let me know if you have tried any products from Nails Inc and what your thoughts were.

 

The new ‘Oh Sweetie’ lipgloss collection by Mac

Image: Pinterest

I always love the special collections by Mac cosmetics, whether it’s a cool, quirky theme or if it’s a collaboration with a celebrity. In the past Mac have worked with a range of celebs on collections from Mariah Carey, to Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Ariana Grande just to name a few.

Any new Mac collection usually sells out fast so you have to be pretty quick if you have a particular item that you have your eyes on before missing out! There are always a few favourites that I will buy from these collections and so when I saw the latest ‘Oh Sweetie’ lipgloss range I was so excited to try them and fell in love with pretty much every shade! This was not an easy decision to choose a favourite shade!

Shade range

There are 12 shades to choose from in the UK stores and online, but the collection was created with 16 shades so it might be that some have sold out already or that those shades were not available for the UK market. They all smell absolutely gorgeous and good enough to eat with their individual sweet scents.

I love the names of the shades too which are names of delicious desserts and sweet treats. These really are so cute and great for anyone with a sweet tooth! You have the choice of coconut macaroon, sugar cookies, raspberry pavlova, raspberry cream, gumdrop, strawberry torte, purple panna cotta, death by chocolate, caramel sugar, creamy peach pie, strawberry mouse or banana muffins.  I chose the Strawberry moose shade and it smells incredible.

Formula

I really like the texture of this as they are not like the usual Mac style lipgloss that we are all used to using. These are more like a creamy mouse formula with a frosted iridescent pigment. Super pretty, feminine and flattering. I also found that these were fairly long lasting without being sticky. There is nothing worse than over sticky lipgloss that you end up getting your hair permanently getting stuck in it! It did take a few minutes to dry and settle down after I applied it but it didn’t feeling drying on the lips in the slightest.

The advertising campaigns for this range have been so eye-catching and fun, but then all Mac special collections tend to be really slick and on trend.

Image: Pinterest

The ‘Oh Sweetie’ range is available in Mac stores now or online here and are priced at £15.50 each. I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts on this new range. Have you tried this range yet? If you have let me know in the comments what shade is your favourite!

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New moisturising body yoghurts from The Body Shop

When I was younger, The Body Shop was always somewhere that I would like to visit. If you are from the same 90s school era as me, you will remember their white musk perfume that everyone used to wear, the little pearl bath oils, the soap shaped like fruit or animals, the distinctive logo and the packaging that all of the products had. I feel all nostalgic just thinking about it!

Ethical Values

Not only were The Body Shop founded in Brighton (which I absolutely love, being a Brighton girl myself), but they have always been active campaigners against any form of animal testing and have a strong belief in ethically sourced and produced skincare, haircare, fragrance, body products and make up.

This is a really hot topic in today’s society as people have really woken up to environmental issues, so the fact they started with this mindset back in the late 70s is so inspirational.

I’m not too sure what happened, but the Body Shop really fell off my radar for quite a few years if I am honest, until recently when they have caught my eye again and I am so pleased about this because they have had such a style make over and I am seriously impressed.

The classic logo remains the same but the branding and packaging has had a sleek makeover. The products all still have those beautiful bold fruity scents too but the range of products has really expanded and it is not easy to go in there without picking up a load of products that you get the urge to try out!

The Body Yogurts

I went into the Brighton store the other day and fell in love with a brand new range of body yoghurts that have recently launched onto the market which are 100% vegan friendly. These are the cutest pots and have a generous amount of body cream in a selection of different scents, and let me tell you, they literally smell good enough to eat. I chose a pot of the mango as well as the strawberry and I have been using them daily. They have a cool gel like consistency and the thing I love the most about these is how quick they dry into your skin. The texture is nice and lightweight without any stickiness what so ever which is perfect for these hot summer days at the moment, when you still want soft skin but without feeling uncomfortable.

These body yogurts claim to give you 48 hours of moisture in the skin but I have been using these every day and been really enjoying using them as you can quickly apply it to the skin and get dressed pretty much straight away. If you’re anything like me, I just don’t have the patience to wait for a body cream to dry and creams like that put me off wanting to use them again.

Each body yoghurt is enriched with community trade organic almond milk from Spain and a little goes a long way – the only tricky part is choosing a favorite, but at £8.50 per tub you can definitely afford to treat yourself to more than one.

There are 6 gorgeous scents to choose from including: Mango, Strawberry, British Rose, Moringa, Coconut and Almond milk which are all nature inspired flavours.

Overall verdict

On a final note, The Body Shop now have a loyalty card scheme which is free to join and every time you earn over 500 points when spending in store, you will receive £5 back to spend. They will also send you a gift on your birthday and send out regular emails with discounts and deals to take advantage of. You can find these body yogurts and the rest of their gorgeous range in store or online here

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