CYO Cosmetics launches at Boots

There's a new budget beauty brand in store - all the way from the USA. C.Y.O launched in Boots stores this month, and nothing in the collection is over £7.50! Its budget beauty, aimed at teens and twentysomethings, but actually accessible for everyone, with products for everything, from loads of lip products, to brilliant palettes, bold eyeshadows, and lots of face products - 200 products in total to choose from. The hashtag is #MixLayerHack - … [Read more...]

MAC’s new Metallic and Holographic Lips

There are two new lip tends for this season - holographic and metallic. Trust me, you heard it here first, you will be wearing both or either of these come February/March! I've tried both MAC's new offerings, and I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the Grand Illusion Glossy Liquid Lip Colour Holographic shine (£18). The name doesn't trip off the tongue, but the product itself is fun and if you like a high shine lip, then this is … [Read more...]

Chanel Neapolis: New City SS18 Makeup Collection

Chanel's latest makeup collection - Neapolis: New City - is bright, beautiful and bold - like the city which inspired it, Naples. Chanel's Global Creative Makeup and Color Designer, Lucia Pica, hails from the Italian city, and took inspiration from every corner of it to create this brilliant, yet simple, spring/summer palette. Neapolis, means 'new city', emphasising the focus on the old and new of Napoli (Naples) that equally inspired this … [Read more...]

MAC Studio Waterweight Concealer and Powder

MAC launched their Studio Waterweight Foundation in 2015. I have to admit that I have never tried it. I've been a bit off the MAC radar in the last few years, to be honest, but three years after that launch, MAC are adding to the Waterweight collection with some new products. The Studio Waterweight Concealer (£18.50) and Studio Waterweight Powder/Pressed (£28) both launched at the start of this year, along with a new brush, the 106 Triangular … [Read more...]

Blue Monday, Blue Lipstick?

Today is Blue Monday. We're all meant to be down in the doldrums, full of the January blues, having failed at all our New Year resolutions, generally full of self-loathing. Ouch! I sincerely hope nobody feels like that, dear readers, it's really not that bad! It's going to snow this week - is that not fun?! Anyway, I digress. A little blue lipstick called Blue For You landed on my desk last week, and it is perfect for a Blue Monday beauty … [Read more...]

MAC’s Lunar New Year collection

The only negative about this collection from MAC is that it is exclusive to Selfridges, which means it will be nigh on impossible to get hold of. But, if you do, you won't be disappointed. To celebrate the Chinese New Year  - which falls on February 16 this year, and 2018 is the year of the dog - MAC has launched this mini collection of five lipsticks, an eyeshadow palette, and a blush duo. The packaging is adorable, and the colours are … [Read more...]

Lipstick Queen Girls Will Be Boys Unisex Lipstick

When I told my husband about this new 'unisex' lipstick from Poppy King's Lipstick Queen he looked confused. "Surely ALL lipstick is unisex," was his response. "If I wanted to wear lipstick, I could wear any lipstick, no?" And he's right. I don't get this new launch from Lipstick Queen. I can see the good intention behind it, but I think it's missed the mark spectacularly. In these gender fluid times, surely makeup can be worn by anyone, … [Read more...]

Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector new shades

Clarins launch two new shades of their Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector for spring... at the end of this month. Yes, the spring collections are almost here, and this is the first to land on my desk for 2018. Yes, okay, it's not a collection as such, but spring is in the name! These two new shades are universally flattering,and will illuminate your lips with a wash of sheer colour. Choose from Hot Pink or Plum. Clarins give you two new … [Read more...]

Bobbi Brown’s new Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF15

Here's something to cheer you up this January -a new Bobbi Brown foundation! I love a Bobbi base, and this new Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF15 is a full-coverage base, with a natural finish. It offers mattifying coverage that is breathable and weightless, and will never appear cakey or flat. It's been created with a high speed cold fusion prices, and is and ultra fine, silky emulsion with lots of fab wear-extending ingredients in it, … [Read more...]

Through the Decades with Eylure

It's Hogmanay soon, and as we see out another year, we'll all be reflecting on the past, as well as welcoming in the new - but which decade would you choose if you had to? In 2017 Eylure celebrated their 70th anniversary, and produced  a series of images showing beauty looks through the decades, from the 1940s to the present - showing just how much things have changed in beauty trends over the years. From curls and sets in the 1940s, to the … [Read more...]