Wednesday, 26 October 2016

New In | Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipsticks

New In | Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipsticks

Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick | 318 Rose Rendez-Vous
381 Rose Rendez-Vouz

Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick | 122 Indecise
122 Indecise

Lancome L'Absolu Rouge Lipstick Swatches| 122 Indecise & 318 Rose Rendez-Vous
When you open up a PR package to reveal not only two beautiful new lipsticks from  Lancome, but also some pretty delicious pink macarons, if that's not a good day I don't know what is! 

Lancome have re-introduced 36 of their L'Absolu Rouge lipsticks now available in Sheer, Matte and Cream formulas, and packaged in a new sleek black and gold case with the signature rose logo detail placed on top. The design is so classy, and I love that you simply click the rose which pops open the lipstick tube, similar to the Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks I believe.

The shades I have are  318 Rose Rendez-Vous which is a pretty vibrant pink in a cream formula and  122 Indecise, a sheer classic red. Both lipsticks are lovely and smooth to apply and feel luxuriously creamy on the lips, although I've not yet had a chance to test them out through the day (I'm writing this on the day I received them - keen!) although they did wipe off of my lips very easily, so I don't expect they'd be the most long lasting. Rose Rendez-Vous has a little bit of shimmer to it which goes perfectly with the vivid pink shade of the lipstick, and was a lot more pigmented that I expected. I did swatch Indecise a few times in the picture to show the true shade, it is quite sheer as the formula would suggest, but perfect for those that might be a little nervous to rock the bright red lipsticks. I think it looks really pretty and fresh looking!

What do you think?


*Disclaimer: The products featured in this post are PR samples, however this post is in no way sponsored and all opinons are 100% my own.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Huge Christmas Lush Haul | 2016

Love, Catherine | Huge Christmas Lush Haul 2016

So I arrived back home after sunning it up in the heat on holiday for a week, and what did I buy online the minute I got back? A coat, a beauty advent calendar and the Lush Christmas products. If that doesn't scream Autumn then not much else will. Yep, we're officially into the colder months and I am so ready for all of the cosy nights and Lush-filled warm bubble baths. Clearly the five year old in me was just too excited for the festive items to be back and I had to make a little purchase.

Christmas Lush Haul 2016 | Magic Wand & The Magic Of Christmas Bubble Bar

Christmas Lush Haul 2016 | Magic Wand & The Magic Of Christmas Bubble Bar
Magic Wand | Reusable Bubble Bar

If I had to recommend one product you get from Lush this year it would be the Magic Wand, even if it's the only item you splurge on! Give it a little swish under your running bath water and it transforms your bath into sweet candy scented pink bubble heaven. And as it's reusable you do get a fair few uses out of it, mine usually lasts for about four baths, which is well worth the money. 

The Magic Of Christmas | Reusable Bubble Bar

The only thing that comes to mind with this one is 'Christmas'. It has a warm cinnamon and mulled wine scent which basically smells like all of the Christmas festivities rolled into one cute sparkly star. It reminds me of the Christmas markets! How many times can I say Christmas in this description? Christmas.

Christmas Lush Haul 2016 | So White Bath Bomb
So White | Bath Bomb

A play on Snow White, the So White bath bomb is the fairest of them all. It's a gorgeous fresh scent like Yankee Candle Clean Cotton with a crisp green apple kick to it. I wish they'd release it as a permanent item as it's not a specifically Christmas scent and is one of those perfect all year round fragrances! Despite it's snowy appearance it turns the bath a fresh green shade as opposed to the rosy pink it used to be.

Christmas Lush Haul 2016 | Northern Lights Bath Bomb
Northern Lights | Bath Bomb

I was a little overexcited to see this bath bomb back on the shelves this year. I'd purchased it a couple of years ago and l.o.v.e.d it, yet it didn't seem to make an appearance in last years Winter collection. The scent is very clean and floral with extracts of Jasmine and Ylang Ylang, but the best part of this one is the amazing colours it turns the water. When you pop it into the bath it fizzes to reveal swirls of lilac, blue and yellow which look so vibrant and pretty. Definitely give this one a try if you love colourful baths.

Christmas Lush Haul 2016 | Snowcastle Soap
Snowcastle | Soap

Disappointed was an understatement when my Snowcastle soap arrived, and it well..wasn't shaped like an actual castle. Not quite the princessy vibes I'd hoped for but hey, at least I got some shimmer. The soap itself has a lovely creamy marzipan scent which I think smells really similar to the Snow Angel bath melt!

Christmas Lush Haul 2016 | Candy Mountain Bubble Bar
Candy Mountain | Bubble Bar

You just can't make a huge Christmas Lush order and not include Candy Mountain, it's like the rules of Christmas Lush buying. It has that same super sweet Snow Fairy fragrance and as you crumble it under warm running water it leaves the bath with clouds of shimmery pink bubbles and a dreamy candy floss scent.

Christmas Lush Haul 2016 | Star Dust Bath Bomb
Star Dust | Bath Bomb

I think this one has had a little revamp since last year and it apparently turns the water an uplifting sky blue and releases lots of cute little sparkly stars! It has a lovely creamy vanilla scent, similar to the Butterball.

Christmas Lush Haul 2016 | Mistletoe Bath Bomb
Mistletoe | Bath Bomb

The design of Mistletoe really reminds me of the Rose Bombshell bath bomb, and whilst it's not exactly rose scented, it does still have a floral fragrance of Jasmine that is quite musky and sultry. It turns the water a beautiful shade of pink and purple!

Christmas Lush Haul 2016 | Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Scrub
Sugar Plum Fairy | Lip Scrub

The last item I popped into my virtual basket was this Sugar Plum Fairy lip scrub, partially because I'm almost out of my Sara Happ scrub and partially because it's cute AF. A lip scrub is a daily essential for me and even more so in Winter to keep my pout polished and soft. Sugar Plum Fairy smells and tastes like sugary sweet blackcurrants and is instantly my favourite Lush lip scrub by far!

Which Lush Christmas product is your favourite?


Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Day To Night Lashes | Ardell & Esqido

Day To Night Lashes | Ardell 318 Accent Lash & Esqido Lash Named Desire

Day To Night Lashes | Ardell 318 Accent Lash & Esqido Lash Named Desire

If someone told me a couple of years ago that I would become one of those girls who wears false lashes on the daily, I would have laughed at the very idea. Me and falsies used to equate to some wonky looking lashes, lash glue sticking my eyes shut and about an extra 30 minutes wasted. 

Yet by some miracle I found the Fleur de Force, Fleur Loves Lashes, which are 3/4 length, and they completely changed my opinion. They're perfect for everyday wear as they add a bit of flutter to my lashes yet still look totally natural, I've have so many compliments on my lashes since wearing them! But believe it or not, they are so easy to apply as they're so dainty and they take me far less time than it would the usual three coats of mascara. Better looking lashes in less time?! I'm in. 

So when I got the chance to try out the  Ardell 318 Accent Lash I jumped at the chance. They're really similar to the Fleur Loves set except a little shorter across the width, lovely for adding a bit of flutter and definition for everyday, but also perfect to add on top of another set of lashes for some extra drama in the evening! A pair of lashes they look especially great with are the  Esqido Lash Named Desire. They are a gorgeous set just on their own but look even prettier with the Ardell (or Fleur Loves) popped onto the outer corner for that added effect. Plus they also come packaged inside a beautiful white & rose gold box.

Just thought I'd note that I got both these lashes from who are definitely worth checking out if you are a falsie lover. They stock plenty of notable brands and have free delivery with no minimum spend, which let's face it, means you can then spend what you would have on delivery costs on another pair of lashes, right?! I know where I'll be buying my lashes from now on.