Thursday, 21 August 2014

3 New Things

Narsissist Eyeshadow Palette
ASOS, £50 (use code 'ASOSGLAMOUR' for 20% off!)

To say this has been difficult to get ahold of is a massive understatement. I saw it on the John Lewis website, fell in love and was immediately saddened to see it was out of stock. Nightmare. So I set up an email alert to tell me when it was back in stock, received it a week or so later and couldn't afford to buy it (story of my life). 

Mat came to the rescue when a few days later ONE came back in stock, so he snapped it up for me and now it is all mineeeeeee. It contains 15 beautiful wearable shades, matte and shimmery, that can hopefully create the perfect day and night eyeshadow looks. I'm ridiculously excited to have an excuse to do night out eye makeup just so I can use this!

Magnum Creme Brulee
Exclusive to Selfridges, £3 each

Celebrating their 25th birthday had to be a grand affair for an indulgent brand like Magnum and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious new addition to their ice creams! If you fancy a sweet treat, head to your nearest Selfridges (they're in Trafford, Birmingham & London) and pick up the new Creme Brulee flavour. 

They taste exactly like Creme Brulee, with little chunks of caramelised sugar and caramel sauce, and Mat & I devoured ours in less than 3 minutes. They're limited edition and available until September, so make sure to pick one up before they're gone.

The Art of Eating Well by Jasmine & Melissa Hemsley
Amazon, £17

I rarely see cookbooks as a must-have purchase, but this one immediately caught my eye. The Art of Eating Well is a cookbook for those who want to eat healthier and feel better & more energetic, as well as shift a few pounds, which is completely natural when you start to eat a more nutritious diet.

Written by two (gorrrrrgeous) sisters, Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, this is full to the brim with tasty recipes. I've already been eyeing up their black bean brownies, beef ragu & courgetti and Sri Lankan lamb curry. I love that they've reworked some classic dishes such as fish & chips and also not restricted the recipes to being vegetarian, gluten free or dairy free, which seems to happen a lot with 'healthy eating' cookbooks. Although, that being said, there's a whole section dedicated to vegetarian mains, so it's great for everyone and is full of variety!

These are the new things in my life this week, what's new in yours?
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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Clarins Autumn 'Ladylike' Collection

Last week I had the pleasure of spending my lunch break at the Lowry Hotel with the lovely Clarins PR girls, to introduce me to their Autumn makeup and skincare launches. Clarins has never been a brand I've turned to for cosmetics, I have to admit, but I was pleasantly surprised at the products they had lined up to launch this year.

If you've fulfilled your cosmetics buying quota for the month, I'd probably stop reading here as there's some seriously gorgeous stuff!

Clarins True Radiance Foundation
House of Fraser, £27

My one problem with full coverage foundation is that it generally has a cakey texture and feels heavy on my skin, so I was slightly skeptical of this when hearing it was full coverage. After a cheeky blend on my hand, my concerns were soon gone, as this foundation has a fine, fluid texture, making it super easy to blend.

This foundation is pretty much perfect for a city girl like myself, as it has a unique plant extract that fights the loss of radiance by helping to stop pollution particles from settling on your skin. That, coupled with radiance boosting pigments, gives you a flawless and luminous base. I think I may have found rival for my beloved Laura Mercier foundation!

Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette (Nudes)

Selfridges, £32

The new Autumn Clarins collection is heavily focused on this 'Ladylike' character, bringing out a woman's femininity with strong but soft shades. This little palette is one of my favourites from the collection, consisting of 4 neutral shimmering shades in the most gorgeous shiny gold compact.

At £32, it's not the cheapest palette, but it boasts four shades that are staples in an everyday eyeshadow look. They can also be used wet or dry, depending on the intensity you're looking for. Snap this one up quickly though, as they're limited edition!

Clarins Feed 10 Cosmetics Gift Set
Free with 2 Clarins products (one to be skincare)

A free gift with purchase is pretty standard amongst premium cosmetics brands, but Clarins have dubbed this their 'Gift with Purpose'. Partnering with American charity Feed Projects, founded by Lauren Bush, you can pick up the Feed 10 cosmetics bag and products with the purchase of 2 Clarins products, one to be skincare.

I love the idea behind this, as for every Feed 10 gift they sell, ten nutritious school meals go to needy children in developing countries through the UN World Food Programme. I think it's great to see a measurable donation with your purchase, so you can enjoy your beauty treats whilst knowing that ten children will be given the nutrition they so desperately need.

This set features 10 travel-sized iconic Clarins products in a handy pouch, perfect for taking on your holidays!

Clarins Ombre Matte Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow
Coming this August, £19

I'm not going to go into huge detail about these just yet, as I have a post planned where you can see how lovely they are and also how to create the perfect everyday eyeshadow look with them, so keep an eye out (terrible pun) for that.

A silky soft creamy texture that turns into powder to give your eyeshadow the longevity you need, they're the perfect addition to your makeup collection. They come in 6 neutral shades and will be available this August.

Top tip: Use these over their Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base, which works as a primer to brighten your eyelids and help your eyeshadow look flawless from day-to-night.

Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick
Selfridges, £19.50

This Autumn sees Clarins add five new autumnal shades to their Rouge Eclat lipsticks. I'm particularly looking forward to #19 Chestnut Brown, so I can channel my inner Kylie Jenner with some seriously-lined, brown-toned lips. They're available this month, but don't appear to be online just yet, so keep an eye out for them.

Which products are you looking forward to trying from the Clarins Autumn 'Ladylike' Collection?

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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

New Hair, Don't Care

I hate the hairdressers. I'm going to put that out there, controversially or not, it's just how I feel. I find them bad on many different levels, from the inane small talk to the feeling of disappointment when you leave the salon with the opposite of the haircut you actually wanted. So I do what every hairdresser-phobic girl does and I avoid them. Cutting bits of hair off here and there, hoping it'll do.

Then I was invited down to Umberto Giannini, which has recently popped up inside Harvey Nichols in Manchester city centre. Hidden in a corner, behind beauty brands and their immaculate stands, I had no idea it even existed. It really threw me off as I was in my 'I can totally cut my hair just fine by myself' bubble, but when I looked in the mirror at my ratty ends I knew it was time to face my fear head on!
Fortunately I was in the super capable hands of my stylist Ryan, who was full of helpful suggestions without forcing some mad hairstyle and colour on me. He listened to my indecisive ramblings and took a really subtle approach to my hair 'refresh'. 

I'm naturally brunette but have always dyed my hair that slight bit darker than my natural shade, so as you can imagine, my ends were really over-processed and loaded up with dark brown. He added a few lighter slices of colour to my hair, not colouring directly on my top layer of hair or straight to the roots, so it allowed me to have a really low maintenance colour. Perfect for me, as I only really visit the hairdressers when I really must, every 3 months (ish).

A quick trim and some loose waves later, I felt much happier with my hair. No major restyle, but a nice refresh for summer. He sent me off with their Jet Set Brunette shampoo & conditioner, which I may review soon, once I've used them a little more. Not such a frightful experience after all... I'm such a drama queen!

My cut & colour were complimentary of Umberto Giannini, but all thoughts & opinions are my own.

Harvey Nichols
21 New Cathedral Street
Manchester, M1 1AD
T: +44 (0)161 828 8840

Where do you go for your regular cut & colour?
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