Before it sells out (which it usually does) I wanted to tell you all about the new Benefit Cheekathon Blush Palette. Although I love Benefit I do think it’s quite a pricey brand but this new release is such good value, as it contains five full size Benefit box powders and a brush for £44.50, which is less than you would usually pay for just two Benefit Box Powders (£23.50 each). This palette is actually worth £117.50 so such a bargain and worth picking up before they sell out, it’s exclusive to House of Fraser but also available online.
I hope you’ll excuse the fact that I haven’t included swatches but I think this might be a product I keep in my collection untouched as I already have the individual box blushers and swatches are really easy to find online as they’re classic blushers/bronzers which have been around for a while.
If you don’t have any of the Benefit Cheek Powders then this is your chance to get five, I really do love them all and I am sure you won’t be disappointed! The only minor negative to this palette is the fact it’s a little too big too travel with (for short travel) but at the same time the perfect travel palette if you want to take quite a few blushers.
Available exclusively from House of Fraser, pick it up before it sells out!
Like the MAC palette it has 15 shadows, with a mixture of mattes and shimmers. They are all creamy and opaque, very much comparable to any higher end palette. I was shocked at how beautifully even the matte shadows applied and although I did wear a primer (I always do), they were very creamy and pigmented. Packaging wise I actually probably prefer this one, it’s streamline and lightweight- I would love a mirror but the MAC palette doesn’t have one either.
I do believe that the MAC one has slightly better brown shades but I think that’s because the ZOEVA Nude Spectrum palette caters better to this, it house beautiful warm browns whereas this Warm Palette does have a few purples, aubergines, burn orange shades- all very wearable but ever so slightly more daring than brown. I actually love the more colourful shades in this palette, in reality they’re not really colourful but just a little more interesting than another medium brown shimmery shade. I do think this palette has one too many pale, skin colour/highlight shades but they are always useful!
I’ve now got my eye on the ZOEVA Nude Spectrum Palette, I don’t need another palette but I do really really want this one, I think it would make the ultimate travel eyeshadow palette.
I always get excited about Clinique new launches, actually new launches in general and Clinique seem to be on fire with lots of new products launching over the next few months.
Earlier this month they launched their new Sweet Pot Sugar Scrub + Lip Balm sets, which look adorable and were apparently inspired by macaroons. One half has a sugary exfoliator designed to buff away dryness and the other has a lip balm to soothe and moisturise lips. I’ve tried out the shades that I have (Pink Framboise and Orange Blossom) and I think they’re nice but nothing overly exciting; the scrub is fairly gentle and the balm is a nice everyday one as it doesn’t offer too much colour, I can barely tell the difference between the two shades once on the lips. I’d probably pass on these just because you could get a Lush Scrub (with lots more product) and a lip balm for cheaper but they are really cute and I can totally see their appeal.
They will be adding two new lip products to their Pop range the Clinique Pop Glaze sheer Lip Colour + Primer and Clinique Pop Lacquer Lip Colour + Primer. I’m not too sure what the ‘primer’ addition is all about but I can’t see them being any different because of the added ‘Primer’. The Sheer Lip Colours comes in six shades and are an effortless, sheerer version of their original colour pop lip colours. I’m not usually a huge fan of sheer lip colours but I think these are really comfortable on the lips and would all look beautiful in the summer. The Pop Lacquers come in 10 colours but I personally much prefer the nude shades as I find bolder colours in gloss are too high maintenance and can often look dated. I have the shade Nude Pop and it’s a really beautiful colour but a little drier than I would like, application seems to pull a bit and there are better lip glosses out there.
My favourite from the new pop range are the Clinique Lid Pops, which are available in 8 shades. I think these are particularly perfect for anyone that doesn’t wear too much makeup or is a little scared of shadow as they aren’t overly pigmented which means that they are very easy to use. Most the colours are beautiful although they do have two silly blues which I think are fairly unwearable to an average makeup wearer. I wouldn’t say they’re for an eyeshadow expert as the pigmentation is on the sheer side (especially compared to MAC which are £2 cheaper!) but still really beautiful, the shade Cream Pop is a soft, pretty, everyday shade.
In April there will also be a New Chubby Nude Foundation Stick, which apparently offers a smooth, natural finish with the flexibility to build from sheer to moderate coverage throughout the day- available in 10 shades. I haven’t tried this so I can’t comment but just something else to look forward to! To coincide they’re also releasing a new Buff Brush designed to blend flawlessly.
If I get my hands on any more shades I’ll report back with swatches but until then I’ll be hoping that they announce some matte Colour Pops soon.
The last time I received something from Charlotte Tilbury in the post I didn’t even make it all the way up the stairs, I had to sit down and explore. I was so excited!
There are very few brands that can really do this to me, I am so fortunate to have more than enough makeup but there’s something about the Charlotte Tilbury range that really makes me happier than any other (along with Tom Ford and MAC). That said here’s my quick guide on what to buy and what you can possibly skip from the CT.
The first product I ever got from the range was a Colour-coded eyeshadow quad in Dolce Vita for Christmas 2014 and this palette is now my absolute favourite quad! I can’t recommend the quads highly enough, they’re beautifully packaged with a useful mirror, the colours are perfectly selected, they’re creamy and blendable- just perfect! Dolce Vita is my absolute favourite but Golden Goddess is a close second and Vintage Vamp is stunning too.
I recently added her Colour Chameleon (Bronzed Garnet), Nocturnal Cat Eyeshadow (in The Huntress) and Rock ‘N’ Kohl (in Amber Moon) eyeliner to my collection. The Colour Chameleons are really lovely and creamy, with very wearable shades. I personally don’t love eyeshadow crayons but if you do these are a great option. I reach for mine on a regular basis as I use it to line my lower lash liner and it’s the perfect product to do this with. The Nocturnal Cat Eyeshadow came as a duo with the Rock ‘n’ Kohl and they’re probably one of the few CT products I would skip, don’t get me wrong, they’re nice but nothing overly special. The single eyeshadow isn’t as creamy as the quads and I find that the shimmer is also a little denser, the eyeliners are nice but I think you get get some which are just as nice from the drugstore.
Onto lips, I only have two lipstick and a lip liner. The Lip Cheat (lip liner) I have is in Pillow Talk which is probably her most famous, the colour is a perfect nude and I really do think it helps give a plump look to the lips. The lipsticks are also amazing, I love their rose gold packaging and the quality of the actual product is one of the best I own. I have Red Carpet Red which is a Matte Revolution (review here), very glam, true red and Hepburn Honey which is part of the Kissing range, warm toned peachy nude.
I had the Filmstar Bronze & Glow for a really long time but it is pretty pricey at £49. When I first got it I wasn’t wow’d but the more I use it the more I love it, it’s a really easy to use, natural but still beautiful contour and highlight palette. That said it’s still almost £50 which isn’t cheap, if I were to break it I probably wouldn’t run out to replace it, despite the fact I use it almost daily. I don’t have the Powder & Sculpt brush which I have heard makes this product particularly amazing.
I hadn’t heard much about the blushers before I got the Cheek to Chic in Sex On Fire, the quality is beautiful; finely milled, as pigmented as I’d like and buttery soft but this shade just isn’t quite right for me.
I also tried the Brow Lift a while back and really loved it, the Feline Flick is also really nice but just didn’t last long enough for me to justify a repurchase.
I’m hoping to add more incredible Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks to my collection over the next few months as well as try the Magic Foundation which has been top of my wishlist since it launched. Would love some CT recommendations in the comments and to hear your thoughts on the range.
The new H&M beauty range has been all over beauty blogs the last month so naturally I had to try a few products out for myself and I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality, price and colour selection of all the products. I decided to apply all the products on video, share my thoughts and a bit of a haul. Let me know if you’ve tried the H&M beauty range in the comments!