Do you love exquisite, girly packaging, caramel scents, & over the top luxury? Then you NEED to go and check out Viktor & Rolf BonBon Couture. Released earlier this year, this is the sexier, more luxurious version of the original....and it is SO YOU. With top notes of mandarin, neroli oil and peach, creamy middle notes of orange blossom,Sambac jasmine, & caramel, & base notes of sandalwood and patchouli, with vanilla and blonde tobacco . you'll be smelling like a goddess all summer long. This white floral/caramel fragrance is one you should be dropping major hints for this Christmas ;)
This time of year has the potential to really take it out of us....and it can show in our skin! I know it definitely shows in mine. I'm on my second jar of the Energie de Vie Sleeping Mask from Lancôme- and I don't see myself ever stopping using it! I put it on just before bed, and leave it on overnight (don't worry, it absorbs like a dream)- and I wake up looking ALIVE! My skin is plump, smooth, hydrated, and glowy absolutely every time I use this mask- I don't 100% guarantee many things, but I can guarantee you this. It works! Please, please try it- you'll never look back.
No one does a Christmas collection quite like Lush does- every single year the products seem to get bigger, better, and six million times more beautiful. 2016 is no exception, and it was unbelievably hard to try and narrow down my favourites :O But- here we go. I loveee the Golden Wonder Bath Bomb because of how happy & uplifting the scent is- think sweet orange oil, zesty lime, & cognac! The Santasaurus Bubble Bar was a HUGE hit with Micah- that kid has never had so much fun in the bath before (& he's begging me to buy more). I was rapt to see the return of the candy floss-scented Snow Fairy not just in shower gel formula...but a divine body conditioner- OBSESSED! It's not too late to dash in store to nab these, but be quick- they're limited edition!
Everyone knows that I'm always down to try a new serum- particularly if they involve brightening the skin. Who doesn't want brighter, more radiant skin?! I was sent the Societe Brightening Serum several months ago, and I've been using it with great joy ever since. Essentially, it's meant to target dark spots, pigmentation & discolouration- none of which I have CRAZY amounts of admittedly...but I do have a couple of sun-damaged areas that irk me. This serum has absolutely lightened these up- & this makes me very happy. I'm excited to keep using it to see if it makes them disappear for good!
This is a product that I've been using for nearly a year, and I love it just as much now as I did when I first started! The Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lift & Firm SPF 15 Foundation is an absolute DREAM to apply & wear. If you have dry skin, or aging skin, or both (like moi), this will most likely end up being your holy grail. It gives an excellent full coverage (yussss) with a satin finish- & it doesn't sink into any fine lines! A little bit goes a long way, and I've had great success with the longevity of this foundation- I've had a solid 9 hours wear with no touch ups- LOVE! Definitely check it out at your closest Elizabeth Arden counter.
As soon as I laid eyes on the new Bobbi Brown Wine & Chocolate Collection, I was smitten. Actually, as soon as I heard the collection was CALLED Wine & Chocolate, I was smitten. Two of my faves as the inspiration for a collection? YES PLEASE. I wasn't disappointed- look at these beauties! The limited edition collection includes two eyeshadow palettes, Sequin Eye Shadow singles (4 different sparkly/shimmer shades that are all to die for), two brightening blushes, as well as lipstick and gel eyeliner. The packaging is gorgeous, and I just KNOW these are going to sell out. Be quick!
Eye cream is one of those things that I SHOULD have started using about one hundred years ago- but didn't. Because I was so slack, this means that not any old eye product will do- I have some SERIOUS crows feet that need work. thankfully, the legends from Aspect Skincare sent me their Eye Cream several months ago, and I've been using it religiously ever since. It contains all the good stuff like shea butter, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Aloe and Glycerin, and it's beautifully nourishing. I apply it twice a day; in the morning before makeup application, and in the evening before bed. While I still do have some crows feet, I've noticed a significant improvement- I look far more awake, & the entire area is just more refreshed. I will definitely keep using this!
If you're like me and you're an absolute sucker for sparkly, glittery, shiny packaging, you're going to lose your mind over the latest MAC Cosmetics collaboration. MAC X Mariah Carey is absolutely BEAUTIFUL- and has arrived just in time for Christmas ;) Start hinting.... ;) The collection (which is pretty vast, actually) includes embossed lipsticks, lipglasses, two eyeshadow quads, blush powders- & so, so much more. My top picks? The Extra Dimension Skinfinish in My Mimi, the warm-toned eyeshadow quad called I'm That Chick You Like, and the gorgeous Bit Of Bubbly lipstick. These will be on counter from December the 12th- get ready!!!
See this product? It is EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING. It's heaven in a jar (that looks like it's been designed by NASA, incidentally). I love it so much that I hate using it....because I'm scared of it running out. La Prairie 3 Minute Peel is an exfoliating face mask that uses AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids, which get rid of dead skin cells), BHAs ( beta hydroxy acids, which work on unclogging pores), & leaves your skin looking brighter, plumper, & more smooth than you can imagine. You use the cute wee brush to apply the product in upward strokes, leaving it on for the specified 3 minutes (no longer, because this stuff is STRONG), wash it off gently...and voila! Hiiiiiii angel face! I love this product forever.
Ahhh, the Clarisonic! I'd been wanting to try this for AGES, so when one was gifted to me last week I was over the moon. I get the worst clogged pores, and I'm so excited to see if this product will make a difference. Only being sold in NZ recently, the Clarisonic has been a major hit overseas with its ability to deep cleanse the skin EVERY time. No more excuses for not taking your makeup off at nighttime; it's fun and easy to use...I'll report back with my thoughts- but things are looking good! You can grab one of these babies at Farmers stores and Forme Spas.
M.A.C Cosmetics Lipstick in Pure Heroine
You know those times when you see a product, pine for it, then rein yourself in by telling yourself you can't afford it? This happened to me with this lipstick. So when it arrived on my doorstep thanks to my lovely friend Nicola, I did a wee happy dance. It's a beautiful deep plum shade, with pink and purple undertones- aka, universally flattering, and I LOVE it! The Amplified formulation is my favourite by MAC, it's really comfortable and wears well- mine stayed on for nearly 4 hours. As you can see by the pic below, it looks relatively different on than in the tube, but you can play with darker lip pencils for different effects. I'll probably try it with M.A.C Nightmoth to get that full Lorde look. Lighter than Cyber, deeper than Heroine, Pure Heroine is their rebellious daughter.
LUSH Emotional Brilliance Lipstick in Strong
This particular lippy has a special place in my heart. All of the shades in the Emotional Brilliance range are divine, but this one stood out to me the most. The premise behind EB is that if you wear the shade, you will embody that particular emotion- and several months back, I needed Strong. Most of you know I lost a dear friend in July, and I wore this shade to his funeral. I haven’t reached for it much since because of various memories, but I’m wearing it tonight. It’s his birthday, and I’m going to his family’s house to celebrate all that he was, and all that he gave to the world- which was so very much. Without him, there would be no MUO, and that’s a fact. To sum up- if you need some strength, I would go and get this shade- because every little bit helps, right? Love you, Barnes, always missed.