NUXE Rêve de Miel

Sunday, December 22, 2013

As a self confessed lip balm addict, it's a bit of a crime that I haven't tried out this massively hyped product before now. With one tub sold every 28 seconds, NUXE Reve de Miel is definitely a cult product, and has generated a storm in the blogging community with many people declaring it their 'holy grail' lip balm. The hype didn't go unnoticed by me - this is one of those items that has been on my wishlist for what feels like forever, but I finally got round to it and picked it up the other day in Marks & Spencer's beauty department (possible the most underrated beauty haunt ever!).

At £9.50 this is definitely not the cheapest lip balm but I trust NUXE and the quality of their products, and this does feel luxurious. The packaging is understated but the thick frosted glass has a nice weight to it which makes this feel like an expensive product. The formula is very rich and thick with a texture unlike any other balm I've tried. It's almost a matte finish, and not remotely sticky or glossy. The ingredients include honey, plant oils, shea butter and grapefruit essence, which make the balm smell incredible - like citrus and honey, with a hint of Terry's Chocolate Orange. I like.

Most importantly, this stuff performs exceptionally. Despite the texture being drier than I'm used to, it smooths onto the lips really easily and is instantly hydrating. I love that it's not shiny so I can wear it during make-up free days without looking like I'm wearing lip gloss, and it's the absolute perfect product for prepping the lips before lipstick. It lasts ages aswell - I like using it before bed as an overnight treatment and it lasts until the next morning. Another great thing about this balm is that even after it's worn away, there's a noticeable difference in my lips so I don't feel like I need to reapply instantly. It leaves my lips feeling soothed, nourished and much softer. I'm so glad that I finally bought this and predict that it's going to be a bit of a lifesaver during the winter months! 

NUXE Rêve de Miel - £9.50 from NUXE, M&S or Space.NK

Urban Decay Naked 3

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The other day I popped into Debenhams for a bit of a browse and something caught my eye on the Urban Decay stand. Despite not being officially released until Monday 16th, a shiny new Naked Palette was sat tempting me with it's rose-hued beautifulness. A feminine mix of matte, pearl and metallic eyeshadows with that gorgeous pigmentation and softness that Urban Decay is known for... Well, I was never going to leave empty handed.

£37 down, I left the shop clutching a brand new array of eyeshadows to add to my arsenal and rushed home to put them to the test. Like the first two offerings, Naked 3 contains 12 different shadows, which are housed in the same sturdy tin packaging that we saw with Naked 2 - although this time round the tin is bronze and has a ruched effect.

Inside the palette, the theme is definitely rose gold, with pink-hued neutrals taking center stage. There's a great mix of warm and cool-toned shades, so there should be something to suit everybody. Here's what Urban Decay have to say about the shades;
Strangea pale neutral pink matte-satin. 
Dust – pale metallic pink shimmer with iridescent micro-glitter.
Burnout – light pinky-peach satin. 
Limit – light dusty rose matte.
Buzz – metallic rose shimmer with silver micro-glitter.
Trick - light metallic pinky-copper shimmer with tonal micro-sparkle.
Nooner – medium pinky-brown matte.
Liar – medium metallic mauve shimmer.
Factory – pinky-brown satin.
Mugshot – metallic taupe shimmer with slight pink shift.
Darkside – deep taupe-mauve satin.
Blackheart - smoky black matte with rosy red micro-sparkle.

For me, the stand-out shades are Burnout, a stunning pale shimmery pink with a gorgeous, soft texture;  Nooner, a simple pink-toned brown matte that's perfect for the crease; and Liar, a beautiful metallic medium brown with a grey/purple overtone. However, every single shade is absolutely stunning and I'm really looking forward to getting use out of all of them.

Included with the palette is a double-ended brush with a flat end and a fluffier end for blending. The brush feels great quality, and although I'm pretty loyal to my Real Techniques shadow brushes I'll think I'll definitely get use of it when travelling with this palette. As another little extra, Urban Decay have also included four samples of their popular eyeshadow primer potions which I think is a nice touch, especially considering I've never tried them. 

All in all, I'm completely and utterly in love with this palette and so impressed with Urban Decay's ability to pull it out of the bag every single time. This offering is completely different to their first two palettes while still managing to be an obvious member of the Naked palette family. The eyeshadows are all fantastic quality - soft, buttery and pigmented and every single shade is totally stunning. A very welcome addition to my collection.

Although out in some places now, Naked 3 is officially released on Monday 16th December. Will you be picking one up?

Urban Decay Naked 3 - £37

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Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Soap & Glory's makeup line is one that has impressed me time and time again. I first delved into the brand as a young teen when I tried their 'Sexy Mutha Pucka' lip gloss, and since then I've been won over by their eyeliner, mascara and highlighters. I love the retro fifties vibe of the packaging, and the products are all great quality, and perform well too. One Heck of a Blot is my latest love. I've been on the lookout for a true translucent powder for a long, long time, as generally I find they come up orange on my pale skin - definitely not the best look! This stuff ticks all the boxes...

As I said, this powder really is translucent and is completely invisible on application. It's a very light, fine powder that applies simply amazingly - you don't need to use a lot in order to see results yet it's very difficult to overdo and doesn't ever seem to appear cakey. The result after application is smooth, matte looking makeup that stays put for longer. This powder comes with a small puff included but I haven't used it much - I prefer to use a fluffy powder brush to dust the powder on, as I find it allows you apply a much lighter, more evenly spread layer. It is handy for touch-ups during the day, though. As with all Soap & Glory products, the packaging feels very sturdy and has a vintage, Benefit-esque vibe which I adore; and the product itself is embossed with the word "POWder" which I think is a pretty awesome touch. Coming in at £12, it's on the higher end of the price range for a high street product, but it's definitely worth the price. It's certainly the best high street setting powder I've tried! Soap & Glory - you really can do no wrong. 

And Katie © // QUINN CREATIVEs