Oh. My. GOSH AW17

It’s my go-to phrase when it comes to GOSH launches but it remains the truth: every season there’s at least one item that will stay with me until the next launch – but often longer.

As I mentioned before, GOSH is a gorgeous family company from Denmark with most of its products being vegan – in fact, only their lipsticks are not as they contain beeswax.

And of course, they have an amazing, extensive range of makeup products that keeps growing and becoming more and more fabulous!

For Autumn/Winter 17, there’s plenty to love. The collection has hit the shops late last month and I cannot get enough of it.

The Chameleon Primer Plus+ Skin Adaptor Anti-Pollution (£14.99) is amazing. If you know GOSH, you know their primers are amazing and this is not different, but with a difference: apart from organic oak extract, it has micro capsules of colour that burst upon application and adapt to most skin tones.

And, as the huge trend in beauty dictates, it has all important anti-pollution agents, in the form of CityGuard, a complex of two components of marine ingredients, to help protect our city folks’ skin against pollution. A delight to use, alone or as I prefer, a makeup base that evens out skin tone.

Now, the LumiDrops (£7.99) have been a little fave of mine for quite some time and the latest shades are lush. Rose Gold and just Gold (which I purchased as soon as it launched) are gorgeous.

The liquid gold is perfect for highlighting without being too powdery and glittery, catches the light beautifully and gives that golden hour beam to the face. For me, it’s an amazing base for double highlighting, something I do often.

The Strobe’n Glow Kit (001 Highlight, £12.99) wheel is great: 4 gorgeous shades including a holographic white/purple to satisfy out unicorn dreams.

Admittedly, I’ve been using the medium gold as a highlighter (doubles up amazingly with the gold Lumidrops) and the other two gold shades as eye shadows – they are amazing; the lighter for brow bone and inner corner and the more coppery one for the lid.

Then, I add a metallic brown from the fabulous “To party in London” eyeshadow palette (£11.99).

Amazing neutrals and a couple distinct colours among the 9, in this compact and affordable palette with great pigmentation, blendability and colour pay off.

I love “To be cool in Copenhagen” and still use it almost every day so having a metallic one is a dream.

And of course, nothing better to make your eyeshadow pop and stay then a good eyelid primer. This Eyeshadow Primer (£8.99) with polymer technology is a handy chunky pencil and smoker is great and really takes the eye shadows to another level to increase colour pay-off and durability.

The last mascaras GOSH brought out, I’ll admit, didn’t quite work for me but My Favourite Mascara (£8.99) is in fact on its way to be, ahem, my favourite mascara as it’s rather excellent.

With organic oak extract, its smooth formula and irregular shaped bristles catch every single lash and definition is amazing. The volume is not crazy, but length is fabulous so I am sold. And it melts in warm water!

The Brow Shape & Fill (£8.99) is a fab slanted pencil for precise brow filling. Grey Brown is the perfect shade for me and the pencil is soft, filling brows delicately.

It also has a filling powder, which is very nice, but I’d rather see a little brow brush on the other end!

A great pairing with the Lift & Highlight pencils (£9.99): double ended pencil to lift, define and highlight – and has many uses. To be applied on brow bone, inner eye corner and my favourite, the cupid bow.

So many people swear by the banana powder and GOSH now has their own. A Banana version of their fabulous Prime’n Set Primer & Mattifying Setting Powder, which I love because it is a fantastic setting/finishing powder, this one also eliminates redness and pinkness.

The Colour Corrector Kit (£11.99) is a pretty compact to cover all you concealer needs with an amazing 5 shades – neutral, yellow (for purple of blue imperfections), green (to neutralise redness), purple (to eliminate yellow undertones) and peach (for brightening the eye area and olive-skin radiance boost).

I am not massive on colour correcting but the creams are smooth and blendable!

Brow serum is a thing I struggle a lot, mainly because I forget to apply twice a day and then I remember when I am doing makeup, it doesn’t dry and I think I might go hair all over my face (yeah, crazy, I know).

Having said that, I’ve been giving the GOSH Growth Serum (£16.99), which contains SymPeptide XLASH, a (rather irregular) go. Too early to say if it really works but I’m enjoying it.

GOSH also does brushes and they are rather fab. This Mix & Fix Blender brush (£9.99) is, I found, perfect for highlighter placement. Precise, quite firm and it blends the life out of them, without killing the rest of the makeup underneath.

From this review, you can see I will have a few items accompanying me for the new season…  Which one would be rushing to get your hands on?

You can get all the GOSH goodness from Superdrug.

written by Dani

You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

New (makeup) kid on the block

Ok, maybe my headline is not entirely true (clickbait alert!) but it does feel like it: e.l.f. is back and in a way it is new, for the first time at Superdrug stores.

I first found out about e.l.f. many years ago, at the very beginning of my blog life; the prices were super appealing and the products good. A massive hit in the US, in the UK they were only available online.

Eyes.Lips.Face. (e.l.f., you silly) fell off my radar a few years ago and getting the invitation to their launch party was like meeting an old friend. It was however, and old friend that grew up and is frankly looking quite hot.

From the range to the packaging, but mainly on quality, the brand has improved massively. It looks the part, and does the deed. And the prices are still quite unbelievable.

I have to start with the Intense Ink Eyeliner in Blackest Black (£4.50). I love a pen liner (bet you never heard me saying that, right?!).

Precise, super black and with an amazing finish and durability. Maybe the nib is a tiny bit on the soft side for me, but that in no way compromises performance. Love it.

Now, a gem: the Lip Scrub Exfoliator (£4.50). Looking like a lipstick and behaving like one (almost), just circle over the lips, massage gently and rinse to get rid of dry skin and get kissable lips.

Mine is Sweet Cherry and tastes lovely so double the joy. I’m a bit obsessed with his one.

The Nude Rose Gold eyeshadow palette (£12.50) is a little joy: super wearable shades, very compact and perfect to carry around for a day to night transformation. Pigmentation is decent and they are super soft and blendable.

The brushes are a good deal. I got a Precision Airbrush Blender powder brush (£12.50), which is packed with bristles and super soft. Their star Precision Multi Blender Massager Brush costs only £14.50. I really want to try that one!

The Natural Glow Face Palette (£9) is also a great makeup bag addition. Personally, the highlighter does not shine enough for me, but I’m not the rule.

It gives a lovely, discreet yet noticeable glow to the areas, and has that important discreet bronzer for contouring or just a healthy glow. The blusher shades – both peach – are amazing, silk and matte, just how like I like them.

The handy Baked Highlighter and Blush in Rose Gold (£5) delivers a bit more shimmer on the golden highlight front, it’s not too glittery but also on the discreet side; the blusher is the fave rosey peach shade and again, another addiction to on the go makeup bag.

Also, scrape the surface a bit before using. Only criticism is that their face powders could last longer!

The Radiant Gel Lip Tint in Dewy Berry (£5) is from their Aqua Beauty collection, and is a stain that intensifies on the lips. It does remind me a bit of lip oils, but not stick and with colour that sticks!

Not something I’d wear an awful lot, as love bold, but I see it having a place in more natural productions.

You can get the extensive and full of gems collection exclusively at Superdrug, online and at more than 200 stores around the UK from 1st June 2017. You can, of course, still buy from the e.l.f. UK site directly!

written by Dani

Bring on spring/summer 17!

 

gosh-ss17-makeup-launches-review-1Every season there are a couple of brands that will launch a product that stays with me for a long time. GOSH is certainly of them.

gosh-ss17-makeup-launches-review-2They are always focused on genuine Nordic ingredient, and are always introducing new ones into the lines. This season, meet the dandelion.

Personally, I really enjoy how affordable, high quality and extensive the range is; and for Spring/Summer 17, they keep growing it: there are tons of new products as well as additions to much loved lines.

For me, their pencil products are just amazing – application, durability, versatility – you name it and they have it.

Their new CCC (contour, cover and conceal) chubby concealer stick is no different. It comes in six shades including two shimmery ones which make amazing highlighters.

gosh-ss17-makeup-launches-review-9My favourite is the 001 Highlight Vanilla, which is a fabulous discreet highlighter, perfect to use alone or underneath a powder one for amped-up glow.

The cream is light and turns into a perfect finish upon blending. Amazing. They cost £9.99 each and are already available. They are perfumes and parabens free and shades 001 and 002 are vegan.

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Also already launched and creating a social media furore are the matte liquid lipsticks. No secret (or surprise) I became a fan of those pretty quickly and they’ve been the thing on my lips for almost a week now.

Coming in eight shades and costing £8.99, they apply like a dream with a velvety finish. It is not drying and doesn’t bleed, wearing out quite nicely too.

They are also vegan friendly and infused with dandelion leaves extract (full of carotenoids, vitamins A, B, C and D, minerals, flavonoids ad sterols) and LIPerfection, GOSH’s ecocert certified lip plumper.

The colours all carry a hint of pink, from the nudes to the purples, without a brown in sight (amen to that!).

gosh-ss17-makeup-launches-review-10For the eyes comes the Volume Serum Mascara, which has the finest comb brush I’ve ever seen.

It does take a little bit of getting used to and it gives lashes amazing definition. I think it’s perfect for bottom lashes and the RRP is £13.99.

gosh-ss17-makeup-launches-review-7In the eyeliner department, there’s a fabulous super pigmented Giant Pro Kajal (vegan friendly, £7.49), the Giant Pro Double Ended Liner (£10.99). Durability is great and application easy, although I struggle a bit getting definition with kajals.

They also have the Infinity Eyeliner (£6.99), which is soft as butter and durable like a marker pen. No joke. The Ash (006) colour is very close to black but not as harsh, making it a perfect shade to define without being too heavy. It is very close to Charlotte Tilbury’s The Classic.

gosh-ss17-makeup-launches-review-8Now, the Eye Xpression eyeshadow quads (£8.99) are super useful: perfect size to have on the go, fabulous, versatile shades with the exceptional quality of GOSH shadows. Warm neutral BackToNature has become a fixture in my makeup bag.

Have I mentioned how much I love their matte Velvet lipsticks? Oh! I do! And they are adding five shades to it: pretty pinks and mauves as well as a killer orange red. They cost an affordable £7.99 each.

gosh-ss17-makeup-launches-review-5And for the fans of Lumidrops (£8.99) highlighters, there are two new additions to the line, but this time blushers: a pink and a peach based. They highlight and colour at the same time. So pretty!

So, for a makeup refresh for the (sooooo expected) new season, you know where to go! GOSH is available at Superdrug.

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You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains a mix of products I have bought myself and PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Cheek and glow

seventeen-skin-wow-highlighter-cheek-stamp-blush-review-1Obviously it’s no surprise I am a huge fan of  luminous and colour products for the face. I have a huge selection I actually use regularly, on rotation and I am glad to add those two to it.

seventeen-skin-wow-highlighter-cheek-stamp-blush-review-2As I mentioned before, I thought I was a bit out of the Seventeen range, but discovering it was a joy. And that doesn’t stop.

At their blogger event, I mingled with actual teens (the horrors of being old) and found out two gems of a product, amongst a whole treasure trove of makeup wonders.

The Seventeen Skin Wow 3 way highlighter and primer is  glowy. Literally. It delivers a light peach shine, lifting the makeup and making skin glow.

It is light, blends well and it is not glittery, catching light wonderfully for great highlighting with good durability.

seventeen-skin-wow-highlighter-cheek-stamp-blush-review-5This little gem got me all excited: the Seventeen Cheek Stamp Blush is cute and handy.

seventeen-skin-wow-highlighter-cheek-stamp-blush-review-6Within this tiny little round box, there is a mirror and a cushion that picks up colour (which is on the lid) when its closed.

Open it and stamp the cushion to the cheeks for a flush of colour. It does need a bit of blending, but it blends well. Saturation is great and durability too.

seventeen-skin-wow-highlighter-cheek-stamp-blush-review-7It is available in five colours, mine is Stare Struck, a shimmery old rose colour.

And, as with all Seventeen products, the price is ace: the Skin Wow 3 way highlighter glow and primer costs £5.99 and the Cheek Stamp blush, £4.99.

You can get the Seventeen range from Boots in selected shops and online. Keep an eye out for promos!

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You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Discovering Mii cosmetics

mii-cosmetics-review - 2Discovering new brands is a huge perk of blogging and when you’ve been doing it for a while, it’s a bit rare to come across a brand you never even heard before.

Mii makeup was one of those, and I went into their immersion event, at the gorgeous ME London penthouse, with a very open mind and very curious.

mii-cosmetics-review - 1After a fab Mii spray tan, I got to explore their very extensive makeup range, for all tastes and complexions. And I got to try a few items, which surprised me with their quality.

The Celestial Skin Shimmer in Rose Quartz is as good as it is pretty.

mii-cosmetics-review - 5Within is mosaic, a mix of golds, pinks and corals, that mixed create a beautiful flush and glow to the cheeks.mii-cosmetics-review - 7

The lighter shade is also a handy and effective highlighter.

mii-cosmetics-review - 3Makeup brushes make me happy. I have more than I could ever use and I still manage to go through a fair few.

The Miracle Base Brush is packed with compacted soft bristles, making it quite firm. Made from liquid and cream foundation, I think this works very well with powder too, for a heavier application and great blend.

mii-cosmetics-review - 6Finally, the Forever Eye Crayon in Sorbet a shimmery beige leaning towards peach that also works wonders as a highlighter. On the brow bone and for me, it’s hero use, the Cupid bow to make those lips pop.

The durability is fantastic, it sets quickly after application, with enough time Tom blend and it comes in 8 colours.

mii-cosmetics-review - 4Mii is a salon brand, brought to the UK by Gerrard International, the same company behind the fab Jessica nail polish, which is also a professional brand.

The Celestial Skim Shimmer costs £27.50 and comes in two shades – mine, Rose Quartz and Aurora, the Miracle Base Brush, £21.50 and the Forever Eye Crayon, £17 each.

You can browse their fantastic range on the Mii cosmetics website.

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This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

A whole Cheekathon on board the Good Ship Benefit

benefit-cheekathon-palette-review - 3What if you could have all your cheek makeup needs solved by one fabulous, great value palette?

Well, Benefit granted you that wish. The Cheekathon palette has five shades of blushers and bronzers, to flatter all skin tones.

benefit-cheekathon-palette-review - 1In this palette, you get five full-sized – you read it right: FULL SIZED – blushers and bronzers, including their most loved and best-sellers.

benefit-cheekathon-palette-review - 1What do I get, Dani, you ask. Well…. Apart from the super pretty box (come on!), you get dandelion, the prettiest of ballerina pinks, hoola matte bronzing powder, great for contouring, rockateur rose gold for extra, slightly shimmery glow, dallas, another bronzer, warmer than hoola and CORALista, a pink-coral blusher, my favourite from the lot.

All on my face!!!

All on my face!!!

Now, the beauty of this palette is that you can use one, mix a couple or few or even use them all to create the ultimate look.

Oh, and the price? Only £44.50. Each individual sells for £23.50, so you are getting a lot for your money! What’s not to love?!

You can get the Benefit Cheekathon palette from House of Fraser, where you can also get the whole Benefit range as well as other fabulous makeup.

While I am on the Benefit subject, they have set up a fabulous addition to the Thames: the good ship Benefit, which is our good old H.S. Hispaniola prettified: think pink carpet on the Hoola deck, a They’re Real mascara restaurant (called Lashitude), afternoon tea at the Brow Lounge, a lower deck POREfessional Vault and Pinkton Parlour bars and a fantastic floating boutique, with the whole Benefit range with 10% off. No, not lying.

img_1059And it has a brow bar at the boutique to top it off. I had mine shaped, and OMG. No one is ever touching my brows again, I’ll be back soon, maybe his time I get a tint too.

Prices are £12.50 for shape and £19.50 for shape and tint.

Place is beautifully decorated, with a gorgeous view of Southbank and London Eye/Big Ben, the cocktails are delicious and I hear the food is great too. Check out their website; entry is free and you can also book online!

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Thanks House of Fraser for having me!

This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Desk to dance floor: a little help from Sleek makeup

sleek_eye_cheek_palette_review - 1Most of us know too well the small desk to dance floor struggle.
For that reason, I welcome products that make my life easier when turning from office worker into night out vixen, and that’s exactly what the Sleek eyes and cheek palette does for me.
The eye colours are very neutral (which is the thing for SS16), but there is a sparkly dark earthy, sparkling Marsala tone that will transform those day eyes into disco magnificence.
sleek_eye_cheek_palette_review - 2Admittedly, the brushes are not amazing, they do the job ok but I prefer taking my MAC handbag sized ones.
The blusher is matte and peachy, which suits a variety of skin tones (personally, my fave shade of blusher) and it also comes a sparkling version, quite close in colour and sheen to an expensive best-seller.

Overall, a great purchase, purse friendly in many ways: it’s compact and multitasking, and costs only £10.

You can get the Sleek A midsummer’s dream palette online at sleekmakeup.com and Superdrug and Boots. It comes in four colour combinations.
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Makeup in Minutes with Clarins

A little while ago, I was late for a cocktails and Clarins decided to give me a helping hand, picking me up from work.

And they offered me their fabulous makeup to get me ready; from work day pumpkin to party night princess. The catch? I had to do it in 15 minutes at the back of a taxi. And no tools. Eeeeek.

Well. Here’s what happened:

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Pretty lips and cheeks with Sleek

sleek makeup - lipstick and blusherI believe the very first red lipstick I bought in the UK was from Sleek. It was way before my beauty blogging days and I bought it for a fancy dress party.

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MAC Wash & Dry collection

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What a weird name, eh? But the colours are inspired on vintage laundromats, so it’s ok!

The MAC Wash & Dry collection, which is full of vibrant and fresh colours has already launched in the UK – the laundromat is indeed open for business!

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