Thursday, 14 November 2013

New in:- Chanel Matelassees de chanel ombres palette in Charming

I just got my new Chanel Matelasses palette in charming from Boots and I just had to share it with you all! I found out that Chanel would be doing another 5 eyeshadow palette a few weeks ago and I was so excited that this release would be available to everyone and not limited to select boutiques as the past couple of limited edition releases have been.
The last time one of these types of palettes were available or rather where chanel had started this type of eyeshadow palette was with the Chanel ombre perlees. (I can stick up a picture if you want me to)

I have my eyes on a couple of other items from this collection but didnt want to go crazy as im on a new shopping ban and no this palette is not breaking any rules, this is an essential must have for me! 

But for now I'll leave you all to enjoy some pictures of this palette 
(that I took on the new iphone 5s in indoor evening lighting. )

The palette should be up shortly on Boots and Debenhams and John lewis 
Will you be picking up this palette? 



New in :- Benefit little love potions

Im loving these gorgeous goodies from Benefit in dinky little travel sizes 

Since I have such a huge makeup collection its not economical for me to have full sizes of all the products I like at all times.
 sets like this make my life so much easier so in this way I can eat my cake and have it :) 
I know thats really cheeky but its true! 

The set includes the following items 
 -Its potent eye cream 
-High beam highlighter
-Posie tint stain 
-Stay dont stray eye primer 
-That gal brightening face primer 
-The porefessional face primer 
-Watts up highlighter
-Hoola bronzing powder 
-Hoola lipgloss
-Badgal lash mascara 

(alot of highlighting and brightening products!)

These products are going to make great handbag/travel products for me, they also make great trial products if you are unsure of buying the full size as the set is just under £30 which is near enough the amount for one benefit product which are usually around the £20 mark give or take. 

Currently I have my eyes on the complete Benefit flawless range which I have used items from in the past but im thinking of getting the whole kit and kaboodle - the Flawless primer, foundation, fake it concealer, and flawless powder. But Im just procrastinating since Im putting myself on a shopping ban as I need to use up current items before I allow myself to buy anymore products for now. 
(I'll see how long that lasts!) 

Which benefit products are you loving right now? 



Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Soap and Glory goodies

As it gets cold again its good to treat oneself with some lovely beauty care products.
 Im currently testing out some soap and glory goodies which I bought from boots.

Here are some of the products that I have bought, I had to test out the great kisser lip balms
Theyre petroleum based but they smell great, the peachy one smells like apricot conditioner, really zesty, fruity, apricot. The coconut is lovely too, and vanilla has a pinky gold sheen think Mac rubenesque paint pot.

Im also really into handcream right now, probably due to the fact that I've really neglected myself over the past year (boo-hoo) The Hand food cream is not too thick and not too light so its ok to use during the day. its especially  great after being out in the cold/inside in the heating and after having hands in and out of water it also smells nice which is always a plus.

The Smooch operator is really hard and waxy as opposed to gooey, soft and glossy like the great kisser lip balms, Ironically I thought the smooth operator would be my night treatment but due to the surprising texture I feel its better under a lipstick during the day.

The Heel genius was a real surpriser i was expecting basically something the same/similar to the hand food but this foot cream is completely different, for starters its a minty colour, a very light gel-like texture and smaells lovely. I love that it contains fruit acids to gently slough away at any dead skin, between foot exfoliation treatments.  Also that it contains Allantoin which calms and soothes, now which busy girl or mum does not need that?

All products available from boots here 

Which soap and glory products are you loving? 
Have you tried any of these? 



Monday, 11 November 2013

Getting ready with BareMinerals ready products

A few months ago I started suffering from Acne and decided to equip myself with some makeup that is good for my skin and is quick and convenient for me to use, of course I had to choose bare minerals. 

I will do some skincare posts regarding this soon, also. 

Bareminerals ready  boost adrenaline rush in gold compact with gold blush brush QVCuk
a quick and convenient three in one product for the cheeks

Bareminerals Ready foundation with full flawless brush John Lewis
Very highly pigmented, much more than the loose foundations, good coverage and spf20

BareMinerals Ready the truth eyeshadow quad and slant eyeshadow brush John Lewis
very pigmented neutral smokey colours

I also have some larger kits but i wanted smaller convenient compacts which only had the products that I wanted/needed!

Do you have/love any bareminerals ready products ? 



Monday, 4 November 2013

makeup on the go

As a very busy person, I often find myself applying makeup on the go. 
I will complete my skincare routine, maybe apply my base products depending on how much time I have -this could be Laura mercier or nars tinted moisturiser or a proper foundation and Ill grab eyeliner and concealer/foundation, powder, blush and lipstick or lipgloss and apply that as soon as I have time.

Today I had to goto the mall as I had alot of errands to run, and I had a latte and cookie for breakfast at starbucks whilst I applied my face and got on with some paper work.

The products that I had grabbed in my rush today were

Mac select moisture cover concealer in nc23
Model co fibre lashxtend extreme black lengthening mascara
Mac brow pencil
Lancome liquid eyeliner
Lancome khol eyeliner 
on of my Home made lipstick palette with mac lipsticks 

Most items from Boots or Debenhams

I tend to grab different products each time 

How do you do your makeup in a rush ?



Wednesday, 30 October 2013

The prettiest pink rococo nail apparel

I sat down to do my nails and had to capture this pretty moment, its so pretty and pink! 
very appropriate for octobers breast cancer care month.

I really think that doing your own manicure is one of the best things you can do, sometimes when im stuck in a situation where I really need to think about something, I find that doing my 
nails really can help to relax me during the process and gives me a little breather as well as it allows me to think freely. Also, as your hands are on constant show to others as well as being in your own personal view all day long, so its good to have well manicured hands it really makes you feel much better and happier.

 Products used:- 
Rococo nail apparel in flower town luxe available here 
Leighton denny crystal nail file available here
Seche vite top coat available here

(also pictured Filofax breast cancer care edition, Avon pen Breast cancer crusade edition)

What do you have on your nails today ?



Monday, 28 October 2013

Birchbox October 2013

In this months box 
Egyptian magic all purpose cream 
Acane mask cocoon
Dr lipp lip balm 
laura mercier tinted moisturiser
ultra dex recalcifying and whitening toothpaste
The balm Stainiaclip and cheek stain
KMS curl up wave foam mousse

Egyptian magic all purpose cream -An amazing product made of a few natural ingredients
Acane mask cocoon -An overnight facial brightening mask totally new to me but very nice
Dr lipp balm -this is an over-glorified overpriced version of Lansinoh nipple balm but glad to get one
laura mercier tinted moisturiser -one of my fave TMs in a cute little tube (wrong shade though its ok)
ultra dex recalcifying and whitening toothpaste - Can you ever have too many TPs? 
The balm Stainiaclip and cheek stain- Im not a big fan of stains
KMS curl up wave foam mousse Im not into hair mousse but great to have one incase I need one.

you can get your Birchbox and any featured products from the birchbox shop here

What do you think ? 



Friday, 25 October 2013

iphone fun

New in iphone 5s 

(sorry about pic quality, it was taken using an iphone 4, and below pic taken with iphone 5)

   Bubby is so cute, she is 5 years old now, She grabbed a pack of crystals and blinged up my old iphone 4, nobody had a clue what she was up to she just sat down and got on with it. 
(she usually uses this phone to play on, mines was the iphone 5 prior to my new iphone 5s )

I think that she has done such an amazing job of it, and when I praised her for her efforts she said 'Mama, you should put it up on facebook'
 soooo cute !!!!

I had to share it with you all.



Thursday, 17 October 2013

Benefit Rockateur

Benefit recently introduced a new boxed blush called Rockateur rep £23.50, like many others out there I have quite a few of these boxed blushes, I have bellabamba, 10, and thrrob, in the full sizes and most of the others in smaller sizes the two im missing from my overall collection are hervana and sugar bomb both of which i do like I just havent purchased.

When i first saw the pre-launch pictures of rockateur I was so excited and knew immediately that I had to get this blush. 

Benefit had a few prelaunch sales of this blush but none were near me as they were a few select stores.

Luckily Debenhams had it online as a prelaunch too so I immediately snapped it up. get yours here 

Ive had it a while now and used it quite abit and you can see the print on the powder disappearing.

I dont think its very rock chick at all, infact I think its very glamourous, sophisticated and chic, it has gold and pink packaging with a black lace print which I love! 

there is also a new shaped brush in this compact which is more rounded and domed whilst still being a flat brush!

The colour is described as rose gold and I love, love rose gold!

I think the shade is quite a ballerina peachy Shade, very delicate and gentle, the shimmer in it so very subtle, ohh im in love! 

You can see it applied with the brush above, and below it swatched with my  finger.

 Just as a final note I realised that this shade goes well with the rococo nail apparel that I am wearing today which is in the shade 'flower town luxe' Im loving this shade and it was supposed to have its own post which is still to come so consider this a sneaky preview! get yours here

Have you picked up this blush ? 

What do you think? 

Raspcherry XOXO 

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Bourjois happy light foundation is back with friends and family!

Bourjois happy light foundation currently available for £7.99 normal RRP will be £11.99

This must be one of the most best high street/drugstore product launches if not the best ever! 
im so excited that bourjois has bought back happy light foundation, this was my foundation of choice until they discontinued it. 
It applied nicely, looked fresh and non mask light, had spf15 (I think) 
and came in a tube so great for travel. 
but that must have been about 16 years ago!

I think the formula has changed somewhat and no longer has spf protection, the packaging has clearly changed and now has a pump dispenser, I think the tube was better although I love pumps but tubes are easier for travel and I think every brand should have one tube choice available for travel purposes. 

The coverage is quite light, and luminous, alot lighter that the other foundations pictured namely healthy mix foundation and healthy mix serum, I think that the 10 hour sleep effect offers the most coverage. 

There are two happy light primers, Im normally dry skin but recently ive had acne, and now, oiliness so ive opted for the matte primer which works quite well, ive used it under the foundation and mixed with the foundation. I still want to try the other primer also.
The healthy light concealer only comes in two choices I chose the more yellow toned one no 21 ivoire

You can see the other bourgeois items that I have purchased myself to try, I try to avoid buying high street makeup as it is so accessible and I build up a huge collection very quickly and when I have clearouts I tend to give away bags of new high street makeup free to family and friends which is actually hundreds of pounds of product, but its much easier than parting with products from Chanel and Dior for example.  
So a few years back I banned myself from buying drugstore makeup for this reason, but the high street has really changed and some products now are matching their high end competitors 

I have pictured some of my bourjois collection, I do have some more products, but they can wait until future posts, funnily the one item I do not have is my all time holy grail item which is the bourjois liquid eyeliner, and I have seen they have a newer version of it which looks fab, it has pink packaging and a rubber on the top too- yes a rubber, where makeup meets stationary lol!

Products pictured
 Bourjois delice de soleil bronzing powder no 14 olive tanned skins
 Bourjois blush no 41 healthy mix
 Bourjois eclat mineral radiance no 05 dore
 Bourjois healthy mix correcting concealer no 52 medium
 Bourjois healthy mix foundation no 53 light beige
 Bourjois healthy mix serum gel foundation no 53 light beige
 Bourjois 10 hour sleep effect foundation no 74 beige
 Bourjois happy light  foundation no 52 light beige
 Bourjois happy light matte serum primer
 Bourjois flower perfection translucent smoothing primer
 Bourjois happy light ultra covering concealer no 21 ivoire
 Bourjois healthy balance unifying powder no 53 light beige

Bourjois products are available here

What products from the bourjois line are you using ? 



Monday, 14 October 2013

New in:- Clarins all about lips lip collection

Containing 4 types of Clarins lip products 
  • Colour Quench Lip Balm 02 Peach Nectar 7ml
  • Gloss Prodige 04 Candy 2.5ml
  • Rouge Eclat 13 Woodrose 1.5g
  • Instant Light Natural Lip perfector 01 Rose Shimmer 5ml

Now im a really big fan of Clarins Skincare products especially the beauty flash balm face and the beauty flash eyes, to name but a few. 
but I realised earlier this year that I have not tried any of their cosmetic products ever!

So I picked up their splendours summer bronzer and eyeshadow kits which I will review and include a face of the day, look also. 

I had £15 debenhams beauty points and now that you can spend your points online I decided to try this new service out, unfortunately I learned that you can only make a full payment 
 using points, if they are available to cover the cost of the order, I usually tend to just use up the points that are about to expire. Anyway I bought the clarins all about lips kit to try out all of the different lip products.

I was very happy to receive this kit, as its very versatile as far as product type is concerned 
all of the colours are very wearable and they smell very nice. 

They come in a makeup bag which is very small and squishy so should fit in most bags including small bags I can fit in a small eyeliner, small mascara, small eyebrow kit or face powder compact and mini makeup brushes in this bag. 
The bag looks white but also has a very pretty shimmer going through it 

Overall Im very happy with this purchase.

Do you use any clarins lip products? 



New in:- Les pinceau de Chanel pinceau poudre biseaute, angled powder brush no2

Angled powder brush review

I think you all know how much I love my Chanel products let alone the tan de soleil range 
These bronzers were all limited edition are sadly no longer available :(
 They do come with a very generous brush in the compact but in the case of the 4 facettes bronzing powder in bronze corail 507 (the one with the coral strip at the bottom) I do find that it is very pigmented and quite difficult to apply due to this, and this is why this has been my least used until now. 

When I first saw the angled powder brush my first thoughts were literally 'OMG, I need this brush for my chanel bronzers'
And finally, today I decided to treat myself from Boots I was really good and purchased it with my Boots advantage card points. The brush retails for £42 and is available here and here  and here 

The brush is quite dense, and is not very soft so it does pick up alot of product and gives quite a pigmented finish.
 Due to its angled cut it makes a great brush to contour the cheeks and is equally good for bronzer or highlighter. 
I also have the chanel blush brush which I have had a long time now and I will also review soon 

Products pictured 
Chanel les pinceaux pudre biseaute angled powder brush no 2 
Chanel soleil tan de pudre soleil 4 lumières 4 facettes bronzing powder 537 bronze corail
Chanel soleil tan de harmonie poudre de soleil luminous bronzing powder 907 sable beige
Chanel soleil tan de poudre hydratante effet hale moisturising bronzing powder 65 sable dor

These products have been replaced by the new Chanel les beiges collection, which I picked up as soon as it launched and I will be reviewing here soon. 

I was given samples of sublimage cleanser which is like clarins melt gel and a sample of weekend skincare moisturiser. 

Do you have any of the tan de chanel products?

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Glossy Box october 2013

Inside this months glossy box 
Mememe cherubs blush 
Katy perry killer queen fragrance sample
Monu illuminating primer 
Premae harmony multi vit smoothie serum
Eva cosmetics mystic diamond argan oil

not too excited about the mememe cheek and lip tint not just because its easily available from superdrug but because I dont look good in these kind of stain products i literally looked stained/dirty.
Always glad to try out good hair oils, but where a sample perfume is included in a paid for promotion or box I prefer a larger miniture bottle or atleast a few of these vial type bottles.
The smoothie serum sounds amazing, and as im having oilyness this product is right on time, im also interested to try the monu primer as Im loving their spa hand cream.

You can get your GlossyBox here



Friday, 11 October 2013

New in:- You Beauty discovery box

This is my first ever beauty box from you beauty, which is the new sister company of latest in beauty
You beauty boxes cost just £6.95 per box per month and you have the option to log onto the website before items are despatched and choose 2 of 4 items that will be sent to you which makes this box very unique alongside the price of this box in comparison to other beauty boxes.
I chose the compact Tangle teaser and noble isle bubble bath since I love bubble baths and I can rely on myself to use up a bubble bath much quicker than any other item.

Items in my box
Tangle teaser
Noble isle bubble bath
You beauty mirror
Nakd cocoa orange bar

I am very happy with the contents of my boxes, I have already eaten the cocoa bar  which has a hint of taste of terrys chocolate orange  for the most part it tastes of the dried up mushed fruit that it is made up of.

Other boxes I subscribe to are Glossy box  and Birch box

Have you tried you beauty boxes ?



Saturday, 30 March 2013

Currently Reading :- White lies and custard creams by Susan Alison

I love to read, when I can. And I love to read either printed books or e-books on my kindle/kindle app on my iPad mostly.

Currently im reading White lies and custard creams, as you can see on the picture this book has been praised by Jill Mansell  who has been one of my first favourite chick lit writers. 

BTW if you are on 'Good reads' be sure to add me you can see my profile here

Have you read this book, what are you reading now ? 



Friday, 29 March 2013

Swatches:- YSL touche éclat highlighter and under eye concealer

I had a question about the Yves saint laurent touche eclat  so i'm putting up some new swatches 

Touche eclat in no1 has been a universal and iconic product for many years and has not been wrong for anyone its a creamy pinky salmon shade but its sheer and not opaque which is why every skin colour has used this pen. 

(above I have swatched shades, 1, 1.5, 2, and 3)

I would use any of these shades considering that ive used no1 for so many years however my shades of choice would be 1.5 which is yellow based and great for covering up redness and sallowness or no 3 which is close to my skin tone and a true peachy salmon shade perfect for use as an under eye highlighter concealer for my nc25-nc30 bobbi brown warm beige skin shade.

I also realised that other people may benefit from these swatches other than people of my skin colouring so ive also swatched shades 4.5 which is similar to nc30 great for nc30-nc40 foundation shade and ysl shade 5 which is great for nc40 and above there are a few more shades in the range and I love how true to natural skin tones they are.

In case you are wondering I am shade BD40 in the ysl touche eclat foundation (I was mis-sold BD50 by the SA)

YSL touche eclat available here
YSL touche eclat foundation available here 

I hope you found this useful



Monday, 25 March 2013

Review:- Dior Celebration Collection

Im absolutely loving these items right now 
they were special limited edition items for the christmas holiday season 

The dior eyeshadow palette is all inclusive it includes everything you need for a complete eye look 
Eye primer, Tinted brown eye gel,  three eyeshadows, an eyeliner and two applicators with huge mirror it comes in a velvet pouch with a mini mascara.

The lip palette comes with a lip primer/balm three lipsticks in baby pink, peach, and hot pink shades, a hot pink lip pencil (I think it should have contained a neutral, nude or spice  lip pencil)

The brush kit contains a powder foundation brush, a blush brush, eyeshadow brush, and a lip brush. the kit comes in its own brush case which has its good and bad points, the worst thing is the long ribbon thing to wrap around it, the good point is the extra storage within the roll, it even has a zipped compartment to hold small products. I love that it has a powder foundation brush rather than a liquid foundation brush as previous sets had, because you can always use your fingers to apply a liquid foundation if needed but you are more likely to reapply powder foundations or setting and blotting powders on the go.

I purchased the items from debenhams and boots theyve probably sold out by now but Dior do amazing collections all the time so its worth keeping an eye out for them if you like any of these items. 

any thoughts?



Saturday, 23 March 2013

Haul:- Mac Archies girls

These are the  items that i'm currently playing with from the latest MAC Archies girl collection.

Items purchased

Eyeshadow quad palette in Caramel sundae from betty collection
Eyeshadow quad palette in Spoiled rich from veronica collection
Satin powder blush in Prom princess from veronica collection
Satin powder blush in Cream soda from betty collection
Satin lipstick in Daddys little girl veronica collection 
Satin lipstick in Betty bright from betty collection 
Kiss and dont tell lipglass from betty collection

from Debenhams  Selfridges  House of fraser and MAC

Will do some looks with these products very soon,  let me know if you want me to do some swatches/comparisons etc 

Did you get anything from this collection ? 



Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Review:- Mac Glamour daze holiday collection 2012

I think I did really well this past christmas and did not purchase too much from this collection 

Items purchased 
Devine desire quite coral exclusive set 
Primped out eye look bag sensual peach 
innocence frost lipstick 
in the limelight pearl nail lacquer
Small vanity blush
Easy manner blush

Mac innocence l/s -I love peachy coral lipsticks theyre so pretty to look at and also very complimentary on my skin tone
In the limelight n/p Im obsessed with minty nail polishes and have a crazy collection that i will share with you very soon 

Sensual peach kit features an eyeshadow duo in mulch which is a frosty chocolate brown with gold shimmer in a velvet finish and is macs top selling eyeshadow (last time I checked) I already had this in my mac 15 eyeshadow pro palette but I dont mind having another in this duo, since I love neutral brown beige duos.

 The other eyeshadow in this duo is dazzlelight which is a champagney light baby peach in a frost finish. I've never used these two colours together before but I like the effect it gives I use dazzlelight all over and the mulch in outer corner of the lid and on the outer v it gives a perfect day to night look. this duo reminds me of my favourite chanel duo of the moment chanel sable emouvant 37 although they are not exactly the same but you can get a similar finish.

 Opulash is an OK mascara, I already had it and was using it at the time I made this purchase its nice for volume and thickness but i did not feel it was what I need as I have voluminous, straight, short stubby lashes I need length and curve more than anything. so Ive back to mac my old one and will use this in the future.

I was glad to get stubborn brown powerpoint  eye pencil in this kit as I like the pigmentation and intensity of the powerpoint pencils I have a few in the shade feline which gives good colour and works on the waterline however these pencils do not have great staying power the colour quickly spreads down so these are best used blended out with a cotton bud or brush.

I have quite a few of the limited edition short brushes from mac but do not mind having another 275 brush as they are versatile to give colour on the lid or intensify the crease or even use as a highlight if you are starting out and looking for one mac eyeshadow brush I suggest this one or the 239 brush.

It was nice to get the bag in this collection however I do agree with Temptalia when she says that the bag should atleast fit the items that came in it.

Devine desire quite coral kit 
this kit was an exclusive edition and only available on 
It contains 
In a heartbeat cremesheen lipstick which is a soft peachy coral shade abit more coral than shy girl which is abit more beigey peach.

Born to love blush in a frost finish this is like style blush but without the gold.

Its nice that mac put in a little 129 brush but i do feel that this brush is not as good quality as other 129 brushes that I have had in kits before but its not totally horrible by anymeans infact its very soft so nice to use on my sensitive skin, this brush works well with all powder products such as blush, bronzer, loose and pressed powder

Pure flattery is a very nice peach coral lipglass  and works perfectly with in a heartbeat and innocence lipstick.

I really like the mac technakhol liners although theyre not as pigmented and as soft as the powerpoint pencils they're great handbag items as they do not require sharpening and they also qualify for back to mac. Photogravure is described as a brown black colour and you can see in the swatches that it is darker than stubborn brown. so this is a great shade to have if your always changing from brown to black eyeliners.

The kit comes with a nice case that has a mirror and a pocket and a removeable plastic insert that holds the makeup items, I plan to use this as a jewellery box, which i may use for travel also currntly im using a chanel purse as my travel jewellery case. 


Products Swatched 
Born to love blush 
In a heartbeat l/s
pure flattery l/g
Photogravure e/l
Innocence l/s
dazzlelight e/s
mulch e/s
stubborn brown e/l

The first thing I grabbed from this collection were these two beautiful blushed in 
Easy manner is a pretty peachy pink but it shows up more baby pink on me similar to well dressed blush.

Small Vanity is a neutral almost plummy blush with a brown beige undertone great on medium tones and to enhance the contours of the cheeks.

Ive also swatched easy manner and small vanity next to born to love for comparison purposes.

I love these products Im getting alot of use out of these products and do not regret purchasing any of them
theres probably still some items from this collection floating about on the mac website in the goodbyes section and in the CCO's.

What did you buy from this collection ?