Monday, December 30, 2013

Lip Six

Good morning!!  Here's my last 6 lip choices.  My Xmas day lip was Nars Cruella.

Top row (L)  Buxom Full On Lip Cream 'White Russian'    (R)  Clarins Rouge Prodige in 134 Orchid Pink

Middle row (L)  Guerlain Rouge G in 863 Provocative (Holiday 2013) (R)  Giorgio Armani Rouge D'Armani in 512

Bottom row (L) Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Natural lipstick in N45   (R)  Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Sonya

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Christmas candle edition

Merry Christmas lovelies!  I wasn't planning to blog today but was just checking my draft posts and found this and thought if I didn't post it today it would have to wait another 365 days!!

These are the candles I have been burning like mad in the run up to Christmas Day!

Twisted Peppermint is my favourite of the bunch! It smells so sweet and Christmassy-peppermint candy canes and mandarins, vanilla and sugar.

Merry Cookie is shortbread in a candle! 

Tis The Season is liked mulled cider and apple pie!  I love my sweet scents!

Cinnamon Frosting smells like walking into Cinnabon,  so sweet and warming!

Red Velvet Cupcake is exactly like my favourite cupcake, I couldn't resist snapping it up.

Mint Chocolate is a bit like After 8 mints-and who doesn't love those at Christmas!

And finally Frosted Gingerbread!  Gingerbread is one of my all time favourite scents, I just love it.  Slightly spicy and definitely warming, I have loved walking in our apartment when this has been burning. 

I really love Bath and Body Works Candles, I know you can't get them easily in the UK but if you visit the US or Dubai do pop into one of the stores and treat yourself.  The throw on them is incredible.

I hope you have had a wonderful day-surrounded by love and happiness.  I know I have and feel very blessed and lucky.

Lots of love


Saturday, December 21, 2013

MAC RiRi Holiday 2013-first look

I have to admit I caved and bought 4 items from this collection-however I suspect I am now firmly RiRi-ed out!

Here is a sneak peek at what I bought, I haven't had time to play with the eyeshadows yet although I have brought them with me and was planning to swatch them at least this morning.  I have NO idea how you beauty bloggers in the UK manage to get good photographs at this time of year!  I arrived home yesterday and today the weather is awful and gry and raining so no swatches today.

Both lipsticks are amazing!  Semi matte and long lasting without being too drying.  I am so glad I bought them and have RiRi Woo too.  Pleasure Bomb is bound to sell out immediately

What do you think of this collaboration?  Hit or miss?


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Elemental Herbology Bio-Cellular Super Cleanse

Well hello!  I actually feel like I haven't blogged for ages-life has just totally taken over and I am relying on scheduled posts at the moment.  I honestly don't know where time is going!  A sure sign I am getting old I feel!!

Here's a review of the Elemental Herbology Bio-Cellular Super Cleanse.

Elemental Herbology is a skincare brand I have discovered in 2013 and the Bio Cellular Super Cleanse is the third item I have purchased from the range and enjoyed using.  

Firstly-who are Elemental Herbology?  Elemental Herbology was created by Kristy Cimesa and her philosophy is to produce products which are packed with nutrients, luxurious to use and deliver amazing results.  Kristy’s vision of creating a range of skincare that is devoted to balancing the main elements that affect the skin – hormones, lifestyle and environment – has been brought to life with Elemental Herbology.

The first thing I tried from their range was the Moisture Milk moisturiser which I reviewed here.  The second thing I tried was the Cool and Clear Facial Cleanser which was a great morning cleanser.

The Bio-Cellular Super Cleanse is a thick cream cleanser.  I have been using it in the evening after my first 'make up removing cleanse' as my second cleanse.  The cleanser is packaged in a squeezy tube which is my personal preference to keep it sealed and hygienic.

The Elemental Herbology website describes this as a milk but it's much thicker than that.  It's not a balm cleanser, it's more like a cold cream you apply to dry skin, massage and then rinse off (I use a damp flannel).

The cleanser is rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 to purify the skin and stimulate cell turnover.  

Other ingredients;

Apple AHA’s rich in Malic Acid exfoliates dead surface cells to help improve the skin’s texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Kombuchka™ helps increase skin radiance and vitality.
Lipofructyl Argan rich in Essential Fatty Acids is intensively nourishing and moisturising.
Vitamin C helps to reduce the appearance of pigmentation.
Rosehip helps to nourish and calm.
Camellia helps to smooth and moisturise dry and mature skin.
Ubuntu Baobab and Macadamia Oil help to radically improve moisture levels and soften the skin.
Lavender Oil helps to soothe and calm sensitive skin.

I find this cleanser is very soothing on the skin.  My skin has been clear and felt nourished since I have been using this cleanser.  It's definitely a 'second cleanse' product to give your skin nutrients and skin care benefits rather than a 'cleaning' cleanse because I don't feel it's very good at removing make up on it's own.  But as a 'second cleanse' cleanser it's really good.

I bought some more things from the brand to try which are still sitting patiently in my stash but so far Elemental Herbology can do no wrong!  I bought mine from Space NK here

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

L'Oreal Collection Privée lipsticks in Cheryl's Barely Greige and Julianne's Barely Peach

L'Oreal have recently launched a limited edition collection of tailor made nudes for every skintone, chosen by 6 of L'Oreals iconic spokeswomen.

I chose Cheryl (Cole's) Barely Greige and Julianne (Moore's) Barely Peach.

I really like the packaging on these lipsticks.  The matte black bullet is accented with gold and looks more expensive than its £8.99 price tag.  The lipstick bullets are a really good shape for precise application and the colour applies smoothly.  The finish on both lipsticks is very glossy, almost akin to a lip butter.  Sadly on me, Cheryl's Barely Greige is so close to my own lip colour it just looks like I have slicked vaseline on my lips.  I think this colour would have been great on me if it had a matte finish and I would have loved it.  Julianne's Barely Peach works a lot better on my (NW15) pale skintone.  It's a glossy pale pink that really brightens my complexion and makes my lips look plumped and juicy.  This has gone straight into my handbag for the perfect day time perk me up.

The lipsticks feel very hydrating on the lips and are very comfortable to wear with no bleeding outside of the lip line.  One of the best drugstore lipsticks I have come across.

Have you tried any of the L'Oreal Collection Privée range?


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Urban Decay Naked 3-and swatch comparisons to Naked 1 and 2

Is Naked 3 the biggest beauty launch of 2013?  The hype around it has been insane!  I managed to buy mine direct from Urban Decay in the US but I believe the pre-ordered palettes from Look Fantastic in the UK have started popping through letter boxes.  Expect a flood of Naked 3 reviews on blogs over the next few days.

Mine is going to be a very brief review, including swatches from the other 2 Naked palettes-the bronze hues of Naked 1 and the taupe hues of Naked 2.  Naked 3 is more rose/pink/gold based.  Every single shade is new.  The good news is the formula is very consistent with the other two palettes-the shadows are so pigmented and almost creamy.  They're a pleasure to apply and a dream to blend.  Mostly shimmery or frosty, however the matte ones are easy to work with too.  There is some fallout from the frostiest shades such as Trick or Dust but nothing a quick swipe of a fluffy brush can't sort out.

Here's a run down of each shade:

Strange-Matte neutral cream
Dust-Metallic frosty medium pink with micro gold and silver glitter
Burnout-More peach toned than Dust and less metallic and glittery.  Medium pink/peach with a satin finish
Limit-Matte medium pink that pulls slightly mauve
Buzz-Copper toned rose with a metallic finish
Trick-Fairly similar to Half Baked but slightly browner with a rose gold undertone and silver sparkle
Nooner-Matte medium rose, pulling towards a warm plum
Liar-A warm taupe with grey tones and red microshimmer
Factory-Medium brown with a satin finish and gold microshimmer
Mugshot-A darker taupe than Liar with a light rose undertone
Darkside-Cool toned purpled taupe with a satin finish
Blackheart-Matte black with red micro shimmer

I find myself pulling to the right hand side of the palette more than the left, with my favourite colours being Liar, Factory and Mugshot.  They are definitely going to get lots of use-but being taupe toned I wonder if I could have done without this palette and just used up Naked 2?

This will be a massive seller this Xmas and I am glad to get my hands on one even if I feel somewhat like a lemming following the crowd!

The formula is impeccable, Urban Decay shadows are probably the ones I find easiest to work with with incredible pigmentation and lasting power.  But I think I have more love for Naked 1 and Naked 2 at the moment.

Are you going to be buying Naked 3?



Hello lovelies,

I have decided to do another blogsale as I am flying home on Friday 20th December.  PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY!!


The "rules"
**To purchase, please leave me a comment with the item(s) you would like.  First come first served.  Happy to answer any questions-you can leave a comment, email or tweet me @expatmuaddict with your question.  If you can't comment on the post (you should be able to post as a guest) please just tweet or email me**

1-Prices are in GBP and I would prefer to only post to the UK-if you are an international buyer please leave me a comment and I will quote you on postage.  I will not be able to send perfume or nail polish abroad.  If you live in Dubai and wish to purchase from the sale you MUST be able to collect from my office in the DIFC.  Please convert the GBP price to AED using the current FX rate of 5.98

2-Postage will be £2.50 +30p for each additional item and will be senton a trackable service.  I cannot guarantee Xmas delivery as I will not post until Saturday 22nd December.

3-Payment is by paypal only using 'send money to friends and family'.

4-Payments must be made within 24 hours

Please use google for swatches-I have been honest about the size and condition of each item.

Ok, boring stuff done, lets have some shopping fun!

Brand new and unused MAC Mineralize foundation in NC15 RRP£27, selling for £18+pp

Swatched only and in original packaging- Limited Edition Mac Divine Nights Mineralize Eyeshadow in Exquisite Ego RRP£19, selling for £10+pp

Brand new and in original packaging-completely sold out and Limited Edition Mac Divine Nights Lustre Lipstick in Flair for Finery RRP£16.50, selling for £14+pp

Used less than 5 times, Dior Bronze Poudre De Soleil in 010 Bonne Mine/Healthy Look £12+pp

Brand new and still sealed Lancome World Duty Free palette, 6 eyeshadows, 3 lipsticks, 2 blushers and a highlighter, mini mascara, lip pencil and eye liner  £15+pp

Brand new and still sealed Lancome World Duty Free palette, 6 eyeshadows, 3 lipsticks, 2 blushers and a highlighter, mini mascara, lip pencil and eye liner  £15+pp

Brand new in Box, limited edition Dior eyeshadow palette in 651 Nude Glow, RRP£38, selling for £23+pp

Brand new in box limited edition Bobbi Brown Bellini palette-10 neutral eyeshadows, 4 glosses, lip and eye brush £25+pp


China Glaze 'Not in this Galaxy' £4+pp
Barry M 'Chameleon Lilac' £1.50+pp
Barry M 'Blueberry' £1+pp

Butter London 'Tea with the Queen' £6+pp
Essie 'Coat Azure' £4+pp
Ciate mini in 'Mistress' £1+pp
China Glaze 'Infra Red' £4+pp

Brand new and unused, Limited Edition from the 2013 Dior Birds of Paradise collection Eye Gloss in (top) Golden Sand 530
(bottom) Zenith 740 £12+pp each

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil in Champagne Diamonds, sharpened once £10+pp

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition 2013 Lilac Rose eye palette, each shadow used no more than once each £12+pp

All new and unused Bobbi Brown lip glosses in
Left-Citrus 4
Middle-Pink Sequin 13
Right-Nectar 6
All £8+pp

MAC lispticks-usage shown
Left-Lustre lipstick in Charismatic (used twice only) £8+pp
Right-Retro matte lipstick in Runway Hit (limited edition and sold out from this years Retro Matte collection, used once only) £10+pp

L-R on pictures above

YSL Pur Couture lipstick in 51 Corail Urbain-used one but please note condition of the lipstick case £7+pp
Nars lipstick in Damaged-used twice £5+pp
Lipstick Queen lipstick in Saint Pinky Nude-used once £5+pp
L'Oreal Collection Privee in Cheryls Nude-used once £4+pp
Lipstick Queen lipstick in Smitten-used once £5+pp
Too Faced lipstick in Marshmallow Bunny-swatched only £5+pp
Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink

Brand new and unused Kiehls Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, RRP18, selling for £9+pp

Nars mini laguna bronzer, used once £4+pp
Nars Limited Edition Fairy's Kiss palette-each shadow swatched once, sold out everywhere £18+pp

Benefit Porefessional-used 3 times but includes a mini size which will make it a full size product, £13+pp

Caudalie Divine Oil 15ml £4+pp

Maybelline Colour Tattoos, usage shown (once or twice only)

Bad to the Bronze (US formula) £4+pp
Tough as Taupe (US formula) £4+pp

MAC Archies Girls Pearlglide Intense Eye Liner in Black Swan-limited edition, sharpened once £5+pp

Brand new in box Topshop Lipstick in Charmed £4+pp

Brand new and unused Illamasqua Intense lip gloss in Mistress £6+pp

Brand new and unused Tarte mini size cheek stain in Flush £5+pp

Bourjois Colour Boost lip pencil in Peach on the Beach, used twice £3+pp

Brand new and unused L'Oreal Super Dust in Force 3 £5+pp

Guerlain La Selection De L'Ete compact-includes on the top layer a completely brand new bronzer and on the lower level four eyeshadows, each used once £20+pp

Brand new and unused Max Factor Max Effect polish in Fantasy Fire £2+pp

Brand new and unused lip glosses-all deluxe sample size
Buxom White Russian £4+pp
Smashbox Pout £3+pp
Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Pink £4+pp
Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Naked £4+pp  

Brand new and unused lip glosses
MAC Dazzleglass in Roman Holiday £8+pp
MAC Cremesheen Glass lipgloss in Loud and Lovely £8+pp
Stila (deluxe sample size) Stay All Day liquid lipstick in Dolce £2.50+pp 

Brand new and unused Opaque Rouge liquid lipstick from Hourglass
Left-Rose £10+pp
Right-Muse £10+pp 

Brand new and unused MINI liquid lipstick from Hourglass
Icon £4+pp

Brand new and unused Lip Tar from OCC in Trollop RRP12, selling for £5+pp

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie in Never Say Never £11+pp
Buxom mini lipstick in Menace (brand new but top is slightly damaged from when I took the lid off to photograph, very similar to MAC Rebel) £3.50+pp
Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment £4+pp

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Nylon Nude RRP15.50, selling for £7+pp

Brand new and sealed Ole Henriksen Total Truth Eye Creme 15g £10+pp

Brand new and sealed Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter eye treatment £5+pp

Diptyque Philosykos 50ml eau de toilette, usage shown (no more than 5 squirts) RRP50, selling for £30+pp

Estee Lauder 2013 Bronze Goddess, limited edition and sold out, usage shown (less than 1/5th used) £22+pp

Brand new and unused, in box Herstyler Grand curling wand in purple.  Bought from US for $183 plus tax (£130), selling for £60 (am hoping maybe a hairdresser will see this and want it for their use)

Jinxssy bracelets-all new and handmade.  All come with a pouch OR a box

Left (white) £12+pp
Right (pink) £12+pp

Happy shopping

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