Thursday, July 21

Jouer Mermaid Glow Palette





Jouer's Summer collection this year is Mermaid themed with a whole load of shimmering metallics, glistening iridescent's and bold colours. The collection includes an eyeshadow palette, highlighting palette and five liquid lipsticks - all limited edition. Everything in the collection is absolutely stunning and perfect for packing a punch this Summer but when browsing the collection on Cult Beauty what really stood out to me was the Glow Palette.

The palette features five cream highlighters including three of their best selling shades and two new limited edition shades. The three best selling shades featured are: Camellia, a shimmering pearl white; Tiare, a shimmering gold; and Champagne, a shimmering rose gold. The two limited edition shades are Seashell which is a shimmering pearl pink and Crystal which is an Iridescent lavender pink. As always they come packaged in the click and lock packaging retailing at £35 for all 5 with 10g of product. 

I prefer more of a subtle look with my highlight so I find cream formulas are best to achieve this look. Plus, these ones are enriched with skin-friendly extracts including vitamin E, Japanese green tea and pomegranate extract. They melt into your complexion leaving a gorgeous luminosity with a silky finish. The formula of these highlighters is light, smooth and weightless so it blends into the skin seamlessly to leave a natural gleam. The colours are very buildable and you can even mix and match to create more of an intense highlight. 

My favourite shade has to be Champagne as it just flatters my skin tone perfectly. Mixed with a little bit of Seashell on top this creates the perfect lit-from-within kind of glow every girl desires. The creamy texture holds up well, even in the heat, and my highlight was still going strong after several hours of sunbathing. If you want to shimmer and shine all through the Summer then this is the palette you need but make sure your quick its limited edition!
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Thursday, July 14

Jouer Liquid Lipsticks




Liquid lipsticks have become all the rage recently with brands releasing new formulas and colours left, right and centre. A few months back Jouer Cosmetics appeared on my radar and I started seeing more and more hype about their long-wear lip crème liquid lipsticks. Fast forward a couple of months and I finally bit the bullet and ordered a couple of shades to try out. There are 16 gorgeous shades in the collection including four metallics and twelve mattes. I picked up three shades: Noisette (matt warm chocolate brown), Praline (metallic cool bronzed pink) and Cassis (matt cool muted violet).

The first thing I noticed about these products was the grooves down one side of the packaging. After further research I discovered the ingenious packaging allows you to carry your essentials in a customised unique palette by clicking everything together. The entire range of compacts are mix and match allowing you to attach what you need, when you need it. The liquid lipsticks retail at £14 for 6ml and come in a sleek plastic casing with a simple but stylish design. They have a 'doe foot' applicator which has a tapered tip allowing you to precisely apply the product in a smooth, even coat. If you don't like overly sweet scented lip products then these probably aren't for you as they smell like the sweetest vanilla frosting. Personally I was delighted when I first gave these a sniff but I know such a sweet scent will not be to everyone's taste.

The formula of these liquid lipsticks is hands down one of the best I have ever tried. They apply opaquely with one coat leaving a full coverage, highly pigmented, smooth finish. The formula is more of a whipped, mousey formula which is incredibly weightless and leaves the lips super soft and velvety. The shades are incredibly long lasting and so comfortable to wear on the lips - they don't dry your lips out after a few hours like many other formulas. You can eat, drink and smooch to your heart's content without having to worry about any transfer as it takes a lot to shift these bad boys. I've found the best way to remove is with an oil based cleanser otherwise you could be there for a while.

Overall, I would give these a solid 10/10 and I'll be keeping an eye out to see if they release new darker and more vampy shades come Autumn/ Winter. For now the gorgeous array of peaches, pinks, nudes and shimmering metallics is suitable for every skin tone and perfect for the warmer months.

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Thursday, July 7

Berlin City Explorer







Top: Miss Selfridge
Jeans: Topshop
Bag: Topshop
Coat: New Look
Trainers: Office

City breaks are my favourite kind of little get aways! Although you can't beat a sun holiday, I love exploring and can never sit still for too long. On our most recent trip we visited Berlin for a week to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday and this time my love affair for the city really began. There is so much history, great markets and shopping, the food is to die for and it holds some of the most beautiful, impressive monuments which leave you completely speechless.

Although we were pleasantly surprised to finish the break with a couple of days of glorious sunshine, the first few were not as hot and so I opted for crop jeans and this khaki side split tank top. Paired with my trusted superstars - this was the perfect get up for walking around and exploring all day. To finish the outfit I added a tassel shoulder bag from Topshop which is just the right size for all my essentials and a lightweight waterfall jacket which is easy to wear, comfortable and adds a little depth to a simple outfit.

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Friday, July 1

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Collection







Every Summer my most anticipated launch is the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess collection which always seems to deliver. On top of the limited edition fragrance which is my signature Summer scent, this year the line up included a gelee bronzer, a liquid illuminator and a multi-palette. Although I have my eye on most of the collection so far I have only picked up a couple of items which I will run you through today. 

First off is the cult favourite and classical Bronze Goddess which is the scent of the Summer. A combination of coconut tanning oil, warm sandy beaches and sweet and juicy fruit - you can really make out the coconut milk, mandarin and vanilla notes. This alluring and seductive scent is pretty much Summer in a bottle and is so uplifting and mood-enhancing that you'll find yourself day dreaming all day long. Although this isn't the longest lasting fragrance out there, when layered on top of the shimmering body oil it does seem to prolong its life. The oil features the same scent and can be used on both the body and the hair to add a subtle, shimmery glow. This is absorbed into the skin so quickly and does not leave any greasy residue like most oils do. It contains the perfect amount of shimmer to enhance a tan and illuminate the skin leaving a silky smooth finish. 

The multi-palette is one of the most beautiful palettes that I have ever owned including a illuminator, contour and a blush - everything you need to create a perfectly sculpted look. The powders are each made with a Prisma technology which is a mixture of powder, gel and liquid creating a smooth and glowy finish. The highlighter is a soft beige with a golden undertone which leaves a very subtle shimmer on the skin. The blush is a rosy pink with warm undertones with the tiniest amount of shimmer. The contour is a medium orange with a hint of brown and next to no shimmer. All the powders in this palette are soft, easy to blend and buildable. Perfect for someone new to sculpting or favouring more of a natural look.

Overall I have absolutely loved everything from the collection that I have tried and I cannot wait to get my hands on the liquid illuminator and gelee bronzer. 
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