It is never an easy task switching up your beauty regime, particularly when it comes our holy grails.
So here are are my initial views on ‘Pillow Talk’ – a lipstick I recently purchased from the Charlotte Tilbury counter in Selfridges, London.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF PILLOW TALK
So I had tried it on in store and was happy to note that it is a very wearable colour. There seems to be so much out there now that isn’t! Out of all of the colours I tried, this appeared to be the nicest one on me. It is a muted pink and the rose gold packaging is so pretty.
ON THE LIPS – PILLOW TALK
It is a matte revolution lipstick so is supposed to make lips look fuller without the need for lots of extra steps i.e. line with lipliner etc. The first thing I was pleased to note was that it wasn’t as matte as some can be. Matte Mac lipsticks I find can be very drying on the lips. This one was far from drying and didn’t feel uncomfortable at all. I would say it wore well for around 6 hours but fades well and evenly. My lips did not feel like they need a scrub with lip scrub which is usually the case after wearing matte lipstick.
I feel was very muted and more brown-pink on my skintone; which is very fair. The lightest in any foundation.
CLAIMS – PILLOW TALK
It contains papaya and orchid which I believe gives it that soft texture. It also contains 3D glowing pigments. I can’t say I noticed this but I will continue to try this on and see how it fares over time. The lipstick is £24.00 which is standard for high-end lipsticks. They also threw in some CT samples which was nice of them! The staff are also willing to wipe the lipsticks for you to try and recommend products. Hoping to grab one of the eye palettes next.
Is slightly easier to put on as it has the angled bullet. Mine tend to get a slant to them eventually so I think this being the case does make it easier to get in to the corner of my lips.
What do you think?
With summer close by, it is no wonder we are already spending our time, looking for unique looks to try.
Moms are the best, that special lady we all love, the one and only that holds an extra special place in our life and heart. She deserves something great this Mother’s Day. Read on for some gift ideas to show her how much she means to you.
If your mom is a classy lady, then spoil her with a classic, Red Door by Elizabeth Arden. A bouquet of rich flowers all packed into the iconic Red Door fragrance.
50ml EDT @ £27.00 @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Pair it with some more classics, Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour cream and or their Eighth Hour Lip palette.
Available at Littlewoods Ireland
Keep it cute and sweet with this Primark mug set and cute hanging plaque , she will treasure it.
No one can brings peace, harmony and balance in our lives like our mommies. So thank her with another classic, Samsara by Guerlain with scents of Citrus, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang and Sandalwood evoking balance and harmony.
30ml @ £25.00 www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Flowers are always special and a beautiful personalised floral gift basket in Pink and Lilac is perfect.
Available @ £39.00 @ www.gettingpersonal.co.uk
For the cool and modern mom, Gucci Rush an enticingly addictive fragrance.
50 ml EDT @ £35.00 @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Spoil her with a Luxury Hamper filled with delicious treats.
Contents Yorkshire Popcorn Strawberry & Cherry 90g. The Buttermilk Confectionery Co Salted Almond Brittle 100g. Simply Cornish Strawberries & Cream Shortbread 200g. Thomas J Fudge Roasted Almond Blisscuits Dipped in Milk Chocolate x 8. Ooh! Chocolata Milk Chocolate Flower 70g. Choc on Choc Pink Hearts 80g. Choc-affair Raspberry & Rose Hard Boiled Sweets in Milk Bottle 170g. De Bortoli Willowglen Rose 75cl. Pintail White Iris candle in Flower Tin.
Available @ www.cuckooland.com
Let her be queen for a day with this cute Queens of Mom gift box
The Queen of Mums Gift Box is exclusive to The Great Gift Company and is presented in a reusable box which is beautifully presented and finished off with luxurious ribbon, Queen of Awesomeness Mug. A bright and cheerful mug for her to keep and a daily reminder of her status - Queen for a Day inflatable crown. She'll wear it with pride, you watch - A jar of "Yummy Mummy" jelly beans.
Available @ www.thegreatgiftcompany.co.uk @ £25.00
Each- and- every new year we wow to do better and take on new challenges, promising ourselves that this year we are going to do better than the year before. But come mid-year, and we start to take stock of all our set out intentions to move forward and out of our comfort zones. We realise that we have not achieved half of it. So, the question remains, how do we go about achieving our set out intentions? Personally, I believe that the key to that is Confidence.
Read on to discover my personal tips on achieving New Year Confidence.
Take care of yourself
It is amazing how much of a difference a new hair colour or smelling beautiful and glowing skin can have on your self-confidence. Looking good and feeling great is a fantastic boost to your self-image. So, take the time to take care of yourself indulge in those small things like a new lipstick or trying a new eye-make look. It will turn your mood around from feeling glum and grey to bright and sparkling.
You cannot look all pretty and not be dressed nicely, if you dress nicely, you’ll feel good about yourself. A nice dress or a pants suits will make you feel successful, presentable and ready to tackle whatever the day hold and brings. Invest in good quality items and build your capsule wardrobe with pieces that will make you feel confident when going for that all important meeting or interview.
Re-brand your self-image
Our mental picture of who and what we are, so often determines our confidence. If we feel good or negative about ourselves, we reflect that outwards. In the way, we carry ourselves and how we allow others to interact with us. Let 2017 be the year where you make the choice to re-brand your self-image. Make small changes, like having a mantra, my favourite is, I AM BEAUTIFUL, I AM WORTHY, I AM CONFIDENT, I AM CAPABLE, I AM NOT LESS THEN OR BETTER THEN THOSE AROUND ME, repeat this every morning in front of the mirror and with time you will start to carry yourself in that manner and not allow yourself and others to make you feel small and worthless. Remember, who you want to be and how others perceive you, is your choice. So, choose to show you true worth.
This is an important part of re-branding your self- image and building self-confidence. Positive thinking can open- up new opportunities. It is all about the energy you bring into a situation, so if your energy is positive you will be more open to feel good about yourself and to become the best version of yourself.
A smile lights up your face and will instantly make you feel better and it will help you to be kinder to yourself and those around you. A small but beautiful thing that can have a wonderful chain reaction. Your smile is one of your best assets so use it well this new year.
Good posture will make you feel taller and more confident. If you stand tall and walk with confidence into any room people around you will take notice. Stand straight and pull your shoulders back and stand tall and walk talk and be proud and have confident in yourself, your beauty and that gorgeous smile.
Have a wonderful 2017 and may you achieve at least one of your set out intentions for this new year.
With 2017 a few weeks away it is good to set out our resolutions early and as the beauty diva’s, that we are, the best place to start is our beauty bag. So here is us, giving you a handy push in getting your beauty resolutions sorted with all the tools you will need to give your beauty bag a 2017 refresh!
Smile with confidence this New Year, with Instant Whites Home kit a 7 day teeth whitening system that is sleek and mess free! The kit includes a 7-day supply of uniquely filled swaps that are clinically proven to whiten teeth up to 9 shades in just 7 days and at a price of £29.99 it is a steal.
Up to 9 shades lighter, I will be smiling from ear- to-ear all day every day at any stranger that passes me by.
The one thing that we as women do best is to Prim and Prime, that is why in 2017 it should be top of our goal list.
This New Year invest in an effective Micellar cleanser from the Cult beauty brand Embryolisse’s. Renowned for their unique formulas that nourish and moisturise your skin. Embryolisse creates products that does not disappoint when it comes to prepping your skin.
Our second fav product from the brand is the Embryolisse CC cream. The perfect base, with its unique skin adapting technology, the formula matches your own skin tone leaving you with the picture-perfect look.
Offering a complete skincare treatment, as it moisturises and smooths out the outer layers of your skin. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid which helps the skin to retain essential moisture whilst the Biosaccaride restructures the skin and helps to protect against premature ageing.
Brilliant product! as it is formulated to ensure your skin always looks fresh. Saving you all those hours, you spend trying to match the correct colour for your skin tone. You now have no reason not to sparkle in 2017 with glowing white teeth and a radiant skin.
Any make-up addict will tell you, that quality tools are essential, because you do not want to be buying new tools every week.
So, to remain the best version of You, invest in quality products and Brushworks can offer you that. They have an amazing selection of quality brushes and sponges in all shapes and sizes at reasonable prices. Making it easy for you, even on a tight budget, to enjoy the finer things at affordable prices.
We all know that having the right brush, means creating the perfect look for day or night is as easy as one, two, three!! We urge you to make this note right at the top of your resolution list, “Throw out all those old make-up brushes and sponge and invest in Brushworks tools.”
This resolution is simple, you are a lady so elegance is what you need even if you think you do not want it. The following products all in Gold, one of the most expensive metals on earth, will add a touch of elegance to your beauty regime in 2017
Whether it’s a slight tinted glow from Fake Bake or the perfect rose gold tweezers from Rubis (because yes tweezers can be pretty too). These luxury tweezers are like no other! Steeped in heritage and even used by Rolex to insert rubies into their masterpieces. It is safe to say these are the tweezers of all tweezers.
Ring in 2017 with sheer opulence and decadence! With just a spritz of Monsoon Rose Gold If that hasn’t tempted you then this certainly will - a spritz of Monsoon Rose gold. This delectable rose themed fragrance is infused with crisp top notes and smothered in warming vanilla base notes to keep you smelling amazing all day and night.
We are all creatures of habit and we all have our go to look, that never disappoints. Perhaps it is your favourite eye shadow stick or that lipstick shade you love.
Throw caution to the wind this New Year and add a shot of something new to your beauty bag.
We know that trying out new colours can be daunting and often make you feel like picking the perfect vamp purples or cobalt blues are as much stress as figuring out how you are ever going to believe in love again now Brangelina are over. With the party season fast approaching It’s not as scary as it seems to try out a few new looks by simply selecting a shade lighter or darker from your classic look so you can subtlety test out what suits you best.
Lord and Berry have the perfect solution with their newest eye shadow range called Reglam sticks. These little wonders are perfect, to take that leap of change in 2017. Add the dark shade to the corners of your eyes to make your eyes smoulder or lighten the inner of your eyes with an iridescent pearl tone to achieve that wide-eyed look.
Happy New You and yes have a beautiful 2017!!!
Spending a lot of time trying on new outfits can often be quite a tedious and time-consuming process.
It's almost that time of year again and the countdown to Christmas is on! And with the festive period come the stress of gift shopping. So, with the big day just a couple of weeks away, here are some ideas of what your friends, loved ones and family might find under the Christmas tree this year.
Gift sets add an extra special element to your gift for the same price as a single bottle and the additional products, such as shower gel and body lotion, are great for layering the scent for a longer lasting fragrance. Your loved one will be smelling great all day long!
Gift set for under £30-
Ghost Deep Night EDT 30ml & Candle Gift Set - £24.50
Ghost Deep Night is the fragrance of love with powerful notes of Indian Rose and Belle De Nuit blossoms. Orange and apricot notes add a fruity twist whilst a base of vanilla and amber add depth for a romantic and sensual fragrance perfect for strong, confident women.
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Gift set for Under £50
YSL Black Opium EDP 30ml & 50ml Shimmering Body Lotion Gift Set - £49.50 / Save £10
Discover Black Opium, the new feminine fragrance by Yves Saint Laurent. This new glam rock fragrance is full of mystery and energy. An addictive gourmand floral with notes of: Black Coffee, for a shot of adrenaline; White Florals, to instantly seduce; and Vanilla – for sweetness and sensuality. WHAT’S STOPPING YOU?
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.
Gift set for £50+
Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP 50ml & Shower Gel 75ml Gift Set - £74.50 / Save £11
Marc Jacobs Decadence collection is an invitation to indulge. The sensual woody scent symbolises the ultimate in feminine glamour and sophistication.
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Gift set for Him under £40JOOP! Homme Aftershave 75ml & Shower Gel 150ml Gift Set - £32.50 / Save £14
Joop! Homme is a strong, masculine fragrance featuring oriental notes to create a sensual and bold scent for young men. The first burst of cool, fresh spiciness from bergamot and cinnamon unfolds into a subtle, warm floral woody body.
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
Gift set for him under £50
Hugo Boss – The Scent EDT 50ml & 8ml Spray Gift Set - £46.50
Reawaken the senses with the seductive power of BOSS THE SCENT, the new fragrance for men from HUGO BOSS: Irresistible, unforgettable – like a savoured seduction. BOSS THE SCENT has been created for the BOSS Man who plays
seduction slowly, passionately and as an experience to be savoured and returned to time after time.
Available @ www.thefragranceshop.co.uk
All things shiny and embellished are super-apt for Christmas and they are also massive news in the style stakes this season. Bag your sister of friend a cute little bag just right for that new year’s bash.
Bag @ Dune London
From costume jewellery to candles, to make up brush holders, whatever you need to fill that last-minute Christmas stockings.
The gift that keeps on giving
Let your love one’s kick of the new year’s get fit season with a Fitbit fitness tracker to help them stay on track with their new year’s goals.
Fitbit @ Harvey Norman
Lingerie will never go amiss, whether you buy it for yourself or urge your man to buy it for you.
Lingerie @ Littlewoods Ireland
Some “Me time” would be vital after a hectic festive season and with the Ritual’s Advent Calendar Set you can cherish the daily ritual of a moment for yourself. With a range of wonderful products like the Ritual of Sakura Shower Foam, the Ritual of Laughing Buddha Fortune Oil and The Ritual of Ayurveda Body Cream.
Available @ www.rituals.com
So, whatever is on their and your Christmas Wish list make sure that it is a Merry Christmas with any of our gift selections.
Shoes @ Debenhams
Smokey eyes, dewy skin, and nude glossy lips were the trend during this seasons Fashions Finest S/S17 London Fashion Week event.
It's a sultry glam look that's dramatic enough for the catwalk and perfect for a night out. While the dark smokey eye may not be suitable for everyone, this makeup trend is much requested and here to stay.
There are many ways to achieve a smokey eye, and adaptable ways to wear it to enhance your features.
Here are some tips to find your best smokey eye:
Start by applying an eyeshadow primer first. This will allow even blending, prevent creasing, and keep your shadow staying in place.
2: Find the right shape to apply eyeshadow and accentuate your eyes.
It could be that crisp-angled-edges and using tape when applying eyeshadow looks great on you. Or an eyeshadow that's applied to look more "oval (less geometric)" and is blended out to the temple, works best for your face.
However, heavily packed on basic black shadow tends to make the eyes look smaller. The idea is to "open up" your face.
3: Pairing gold or silver eyeshadow (if you're a warm or cool tone) with your black smokey eye is a great way to make your eye color "pop" and add glamour to your look.
Add a bit of shimmer to the inner corner of your eye to make your eyes appear larger and more spaced. You can also add glitter to the center of your lid for dimension.
4: Do use a pencil liner on your upper and lower lids and blend it out. You can also apply eyeshadow close to your lash line (on top of the liner) for added effect.
Photographer Ioana Mitroi
The makeup on runway models during London Fashion Week S/S17 for Fashions Finest was provided by sponsors at Academy Of Freelance Makeup AOFM ( www.aofmakeup.com) and led by Key Makeup Artist Ann-Marie Lawson (ww.LawsonMakeup.com )
Written by @dinahraphaelle www.DinahRaphaelle.com