Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Guest Post | Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt


Hi there everyone! I'm Lou from Lou Loves Beauty and I have the great pleasure of guest posting on Stacey's blog today.
We all know Stacey for her extensive make up collection, and one area that has made a huge impact on my life is her love for Jo Malone fragrances. I by no means have as many as Stacey but I do now have a little collection all of my own, bought on by no other than the lovely lady herself.
 
Today I'm talking about my most recent purchase - The Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne.

"Escape the everyday along the windswept shore. Waves breaking white, the air fresh with sea salt and spray. Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs. Mingling with the woody earthiness of sage. Lively, spirited and totally joyful." Jo Malone.

This has to be by far one of my favourites scents from Jo Malone, with top notes of Ambrette Seeds, base notes of Sage, and heart notes of Sea Salt - this truly is a unique and captivating scent.

It's fresh and light with an aquatic tone which stems from the sea salt and has a slight sourness to it which makes it a little sharp and uplifting. It's warmed up and softened by the woody and earthy tones of the sage, which adds a comforting and relaxing vibe, that makes this a scent for all seasons.

This fragrance isn't the sort of perfume that has people running after you in the street and asking what you're wearing because you're leaving a trail of it behind, but they will stop and think "damn, you smell good!" It's a 'I'm not wearing anything, its just my natural gorgeous scent' kinda fragrance which to be honest is lovely and understated, perfect for day and night time use, and ideal for someone that doesn't like anything too heavy, if that's you, this will be right up your street!
 
If you're near a Jo Malone counter you really need to give this a squirt, and I apologise in advance if you have to make an unnecessary purchase, because once you've smelt this there's no going back!
 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Guest Post | Revlon Colorstay Moisture Lip Stain 015 Barcelona Nights

 
 
Hey lovelies, I'm Abbie and I blog over at abeautifuldelight.co.uk I am so happy to be guest posting here on the lovely Stacey's blog today, I'm hoping that all of these amazing guest posts are giving her the chance to get lots of rest and pampering and I wish her a very speedy recovery!
 
As we all know, Stacey loves a good ol' lip product, so I thought it would only be right to do a blog post on the latest lip product to be welcomed into my makeup collection. Moisture stains are the latest creation to hit the beauty world with every brand jumping on the bandwagon and creating their own version. Ticking all the boxes, being a product that offers the gloss and shine of a lip gloss with the pigmentation and lasting power of a lipstick, why wouldn't you want to join in too?! I've tried moisture stains from plenty of brands already but Revlon always does well in my eyes and so of course, it didn't matter that I already had an array of colours to choose from in my drawer, when I spotted Revlon's offering, I had to pick one of their's up too!
 
With twelve shades to choose from, it wasn't easy to choose just one but Barcelona Nights caught my eye straight away as it's just my kind of colour, a gorgeous bright fuscia pink, perfectly toned to carry through all seasons. I love how sleek the packaging of this product is and how the colour of the tube reflects the colour of the product inside, allowing you to choose the colour from your handbag quick enough to top up without anyone even noticing. The pointed doe-foot applicator on this product allows you to glide the product on with ease whilst shaping the product to the lips perfectly without even needing a mirror, yep, I tried it! The product itself is seriously pigmented, the formulation a dream and the lasting power outstanding. This moisture stain is so smooth and silky, containing Vitamin E and Aloe it feels hydrating on the lips without being sticky, Revlon have the hair covered. The colour is seriously pigmented leaving a high shine stain on the lips as the gloss eventually starts to wear off throughout the day but the best thing about this product is the staying-power, this stuff seriously lasts all day! The majority of moisture stains I have tried last a good three to four hours but I would say this one has a good six hours plus and I still have to remove the remaining product in the evening, however with a colour this gorgeous, I find myself wanting to reapply it!
 
Have you tried any of the Revlon Moisture Stains yet?
 
Love

Monday, September 29, 2014

Guest Post | Michael Kors Bombshell Lipstick

 
 
 
Stacey’s Lip Six posts have been the cause of many a high end lipstick splurge, so it was only apt that I reviewed the latest object of my lippie affections. With a vast collection of bold lipsticks and an unhealthy obsession with the one and only Michael Kors, it was inevitable that at least one of the lip products from the designers beauty line would eventually make its way into my collection. Que the Michael Kors Lip Lacquer in Bombshell, a vibrant fuchsia shade embossed with the MK label and encased within the most luxurious, yet effortlessly sleek gold packaging. 


Everything about bombshell is perfect from the show stopping yet simple packaging (this really is a product fit to adorn any dressing table), to the long lasting, super moisturizing formula enriched with Shea Butter and Vitamin E. This beautiful Lip Lacquer is sheer enough for a subtle pop of colour, yet buildable enough to create a bold statement.


Bombshell is a little on the pricey side (£23), but my argument is that its a lot cheaper than one of his beautiful bags, or eye catching arm candy. If pinks not your thing, do not fret as this lipstick is part of three sub collections, Sexy (above), sporty (subtle nudes), and Glam (vampy reds). All of which can be purchased from the likes of Escentual and Debenhams. 


Have you tried anything from Michael Kors’ Beauty line?


Before I go I would just like to say thank you to Gemma and Stacey for letting me guest post on Expat Makeup Addict. Stacey you truly are a beautiful, brave woman. I wish you all the best wishes and a speedy recovery. 

A Hint of Sparkle

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Guest Post | Autumn Plum Look of the Day

Hi, everyone! It's Jen from Vibrant, Vivacious, Veracious Beauty Blog. So excited to be posting on Stacey's blog today. Quite the honour! If there are two things that warm my heart, it's makeup and Fall (and cats, but that would make three). So, in line with these sentiments, I'm bringing you my first Autumn-inspired makeup look of the season! It's all about plums, golds, and berries, typical Fall colours that I can't help but fall for each time the cooler weather breezes around. I hope you enjoy it!


For the complexion, I kept the skin matte with a medium coverage. I opted for the lovely YSL Fusion Ink Foundation in B10 Porcelain, which I'm sampling currently and really loving! The cheeks are all about a glowy plum finish. I applied Becca's Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Raspberry/Opal on the apples of my cheeks with a stippling blush, blending up to the temples. I then swept some of the ultra luxurious By Terry Blush Terrybly in Sexy Plum underneath my cheekbones and on my temples to contour. For the lips, I reached for my brand new Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Aura, a gorgeous sheer plum. It's Fall perfection! 
On the eyes, I started by applying Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Velvet Plum (a purpley-taupe with gold shimmer) all over my lids, concentrating on the crease and outer corner. It worked as a great plummy base! I then applied MAC Cranberry eye shadow on the outer half of the lid and Stila Oasis eye shadow on the inner half of the lid to brighten things up a bit. I finished with some winged out neutral brown cream liner (Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #89) and two coats of the lush Revlon Lash Potion Waterproof Mascara in Black. 

Here's a peek at the key products in this look, followed by a full breakdown of everything I used!


The Breakdown:
Foundation: YSL Fusion Ink Foundation in B10 PorcelainConcealer: BeneFit Fake-Up (on dark circles) and MAC Select Cover-Up in NC20 (on blemishes and redness)
Powder: Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot (on t-zone) and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light (lightly all over)

Blush: Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Raspberry/Opal (applied to cheekbones, blending upward) and By Terry Blush Terrybly in Sexy Plum (as a contour underneath cheekbones and on temples)


Brows: Maybelline Define-A-Brow in Dark Blonde
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion Original Formula
Eye Shadows: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Velvet Plum (all over lid, focusing on the crease and outer corner), MAC Eye Shadow in Cranberry (on outer half of the lid), Stila Eye Shadow Oasis (on inner half of the lid)
Eyeliner: Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel #89
Mascara: Revlon Lash Potion Waterproof Mascara in Black (on top lashes) and Dior It-Lash in It-Purple (on bottom lashes)

Lips: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Aura


And a few more shots of the look:




So there you have it! My first Autumn-inspired makeup look of the year. I always enjoy the transition to crisper weather and vampier shades of  makeup, so I'm ready to soak up all that Fall has to bring!

Thanks again to Stacey for letting me share this with you all. She's the best! xo

If you'd like to read more from me, you can check out my blogFacebook page, or  Twitter!

Jen

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Guest Post | Angel Eau Sucree Review

Hello everyone! I'm Ray from ToySaturn and I shall be your guest blogger this post. *tips hat*

I've got a sweet treat for you today in the form of Thierry Mugler's Angel Eau Sucrée perfume, and I'm really excited to share my thoughts on this because it is really is quite something to behold.


I have a few friends that love the original Angel, but I wasn't sold with how it smelt on my skin. 
 
But I'm always up for trying new things so when I spotted Angel Eau Sucrée, I wanted to see what it smelt like. It took a few attempts to find a bottle of this that had some left in, and I actually had to try about five bottles that were all empty first! In the end, I hunted down a perfume lady in Debenhams and ask if there was any I could try.

The iconic Angel star bottle has been iced, sprinkled in sugar and wrapped up in an angel blue and parma violet lilac candy striped box. There was a little lilac envelope in the box inviting me to register my perfume to join an online community. This was such a nifty little touch that I wasn't expecting. It made opening the box into an experience, and that isn't something that perfumers often pull off. It's a seriously pretty package from the second you get it in your hands. 


Top Notes: Red fruits sorbet.
Heart Notes: Caramelized meringue.
Base Notes: Vanilla and Patchouli.
 
I can't think of any other fragrances that smell anything like this. Vanilla is almost always a winner with me, and I love the fact this has meringue at the heart. Meringue! Whoever came up with the idea of putting meringue in perfume can be my new best friend.

I always feel a little nostalgic when I first spritz this on, and it makes me think of funfairs with sugary doughnuts and carousels. That's where my mind goes, although it may just be me. This scent stays quite noticeable for a fair few hours, and lingers on the skin for many more. I find it to still be very subtle on the skin still even after sleeping through the warm summer nights. That's what I call serious staying power. It outlasts everything else I own.


I ordered mine from Debenhams to take advantage of the "Try It First" guarantee, so I could see how the scent smelt on my skin, and I found that it smelt exactly the same on my skin as it did on the tester card, so I wasn't disappointed.

This fragrance launched on May 1st 2014, a limited edition for summer priced at £42 for 50ML. Personally, because of the sugary sweetness, I prefer this for winter and is the scent I plan on wearing throughout the season. I've already decanted a little into a tiny spray bottle for traveling even though it's three months away!



The only downsides to this perfume are that it doesn't come in a refillable bottle so you can't take it back to a source for replenishment (although it is in a gorgeous bottle, so maybe we can forgive it...) and that it is a limited edition, so who knows how much longer we can get our paws on it.

I'm definitely going to try and pick up a few more bottles before it vanishes forever. I really hope the house of Mugler have a change of heart and let this little beauty stick around for good.  Please oh please oh pleeeeeease!


I really hope you enjoyed reading today's post. If you wanna see more of my posts you can catch up with me at all the following places;
 

Thank you Gemma for organising this post. It's been a pleasure to help out and I hope everyone joins me in wishing a speedy recovery to the wonderful Stacey.  ❤


Catch you later! :)