Tuesday, 27 January 2015

W7 - New flawless foundation and In the nude palette

I have loved W7 products and found there face and eyeshadow palettes to be fantastic quality. So I'm really excited to try the new addition to the foundation family and the "In the nude" palette.  So I'm hoping that "In the Nude" really matches the quality of its sister palette "In the buff". 

They say : 

W7 Make Up is the inspiration of 2 entrepreneurial men, created in 2002. Their aim "that every woman should have access, to an extensive range of cosmetics at an affordable price".

The company has grown year on year and now boasts a collection of over 500 products. Including nail polish, lipsticks, eyeshadows and more mascara's than you could dream off. Plus with new products bring added, the W7 family keeps on growing. 

"She's flawless foundation" Shade 1

Includes sponge for better application, simply soak the sponge in makeup and apply directly on the face. Includes mirror for convenient application. Three shades available.

Initial use - Press firmly several times onto the sponge to release the foundation to the surface. Then dab the air puff cushion lightly and apply to the face in a patting motion as required for a smooth even finish.

This compact is taking the front running in bringing the Korean beauty regimes to the UK shores. It is called a "Cushion compact" in Korea and what it does is encourage you to pat your foundation on to the face, which should give a flawless airy finish. It will give a light coverage of foundation with a full coverage finish. Now i have shade 1 and i will admit that it runs quite dark on the sponge. I used a light powder to balance this out but i could use this alone in summer. So for pale ladies i would say this is a foundation you may need to await more shades to become available. W7 need to open up the shades on this compact as 3 shades is quite small for a new release. Also being the first I've seen using this technique and front runners to bring it to the UK market, they need to have more shades available to the public. 

It was easy to apply and i have used many cushion foundation's from Korea to make a comparison. If you find the sponge quite firm, then i would recommend using a powder sponge if you want a softer application. It will give the same results and also pick up more product so you can pat on quicker. So overall the compact works as well as the Korean versions. The only downside is the shades available to purchase. It applies well and evenly with the foundation being easy to apply with a few pats to the skin and a seamless blend-ability into the skin. 

"In the Nude" palette

An eye shadow palette containing 12 inspired shades for a softly smokey look.

A beautiful palette with a mix of matte and shimmer shades, giving the perfect amount of variation to create smokey eye looks. Now you can use the more chocolate shades to have a soft smokey creation with a golden shimmer, Or use the more darker shades on the right hand side to have the intense smokey look we have become accustomed too. Its such a versatile palette for any amount of looks and so affordable. The darker shades are so soft and they have so much pigment its really impressive. I found the shades easy to blend and they aren't too powdery as most eyeshadows can be. However they can feel dry to the touch.

Below is the look i created with the palette using mostly the second row of swatches in the palette, then using the darkest shade to just define the outer crease. This blended in beautifully to the chocolatey shades and didn't over power the look. 

Look created with "She's flawless" and "In the Nude" palette

W7 is still bringing out quality products with affordability. Brilliantly in touch with the beauty world, bringing out the cushion foundation "she's flawless". Also giving affordable alternative, to anyone on a budget with the "In the Nude" palette. 

Yves Rocher products

Yves Rocher is a brand i know of through subscription boxes. Ive had some samples and really liked the products ive tried so far. Its affordable and has a vast selection of products. 

They say : 

Yves Rocher is France's no. 1 selling make-up and skincare brand. Its sold in 88 countries worldwide. The brand's specialty is providing affordable, all-natural beauty products that use specially-grown botanical properties.  Yves Rocher has always been guided by the singular belief that every woman around the world has a right to beautyThat is why Yves Rocher made it a rule to offer high-quality products at affordable prices.

Yves Rocher can offer all women high-quality affordable cosmetics at local outlets because it is an all-in-one grower, producer and distributor that handles every stage of its products with no middlemen. This uncompromising course of action has always been the brand's standard and always will be.

Silky Cream  {Les plaisirs Nature}

The enjoyment of a melt-in body cream enriched with organic oats. Nourishing and deliciously perfumed with organic oats. This melt-in body cream brings, incomparable suppleness and softness to the skin veiling it with lusciousness.

This cream is presented in a lovely flip jar that can be reused, after you have finished with the cream. I have used this cream for the past couple of weeks and its beautiful. My husband has even commented on how much he likes this cream. It looks very thick and gives the appearance that it wont absorb, however when it touches the skin it goes translucent. Then when you look at your skin it is covered with a hydration layer, which absorbs within minutes and smells fresh. Beautiful cream i would recommend to anyone, needing hydration after a bitter winter on the skin. This is light and perfect for anyone who doesn't like heavy creams. 

Fizzy Bath Cube {Les plaisirs Nature}

The pleasure of a fizzy bath with luscious coconut. This fizzy bath cube dissolves into a multitude, of tiny perfumed bubbles that burst on your skin. Your bath smells wonderful. A luscious interlude that brings immense relaxation.

This little cube may look small, yet like they say "the best things come in small packages". This doesnt dissapoint at all. Just dropped into your warm water, its turned into a coconut rich relaxing tub. Coconut is perfect for the driest and most sensitive of skins. Also conditions hair beautifully so this water is nourishing, from the minute the cube fizzes away and you step in. Tiny bath cube and perfect satisfaction in one. 

Yves Rocher - Long-lasting botanical moisturising hand cream

Your hands are thirsty for moisture every day. Just like your face, your hands are highly exposed. Protect them by moisturising them daily. This moisturizing cream also has a long-lasting effect.
- Paraben free 
- Dermalogically tested
Botanical Extract with it's soothing and protective properties. Yves Rocher  selected Arnica Chamissonis, for its ability to shield the skin from external aggressions.  

So the hand cream whilst i will say the packaging, is really not to my taste in that it seems to need a slight rebrand. However its the product that matters and how it performs.This cream is thick when squeezed from the tube. However it rubs in well and absorbs with the warmth from your hands. So it doesnt sit and cause sticky or tacky feeling, which is whats important for me in a hand cream. You can feel the cream has been applied as your fingertips feel instantly softer. It smells lightly fragranced with floral  scents and tones. It is a long lasting cream and felt that my hands were softer, after application and not chapped or sore for a longtime. 

Yves Rocher - Anti fatigue foot gel 

Lavender has long been known for its relaxing and purifying propertiesIt is organically-grown. The fresh extract give us our organic lavender essential oil. Instantly soothes heavy-feeling legs and feet.

- Organic lavender essential oil for the well-being and comfort of your feet.
- Also refreshing peppermint essential oil.
Shea butter for its restorative action.
Apply 2 times per day on your feet and massage upwards on legs.

The anti-fatigue is new product to me for feet especially. However it makes sense to look after your feet, aswell as any other part of your skin. The lavender is a well known multi-purpose ingredient, that rejuvinates, relaxes and recharges skin and moods. So does the anti-fatigue work for feet ? 

Its definatly cooling and you can smell the peppermint oil within the gel. This is definatly good for the feet, if you are on them alot and need cooling down. Its fantasticly fresh and natural properties help keep skin supple. The feet are the part of the body that can breakdown so easy, so good care is important. This is definatly a product that can ensure this. 

These products are beautiful and affordable. They give a great standard of product, for each part of the body they are aimed at. Ive loved the Natural silky cream as its stunning on the skin and hydrates. Even though some packaging is not to my tastes, the products have shown me that packaging is not everything. We do get lost in packaging but Yves rocher is definatly is providing quality first class products. 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

MAC : Lightness of being Collection

The first post of 2015 and its showcasing the newest MAC collection. Now whilst it does have some glittery editions, plus i stayed away from the lip products. Im really happy with what i bought. 

They say : 
Open yourself to a new lightness of being with a free-spirited collection of uninhibited, poetic shades inspired by whimsical flights of fancy. Liberate yourself from darkened tones and explore the freeform movement of frosted lavender, pearlized champagne and pale mint green.  Shimmer elegantly in our new Mineralize colours for eyes and cheeks. Welcome to expressive colour for the modern spirit. 

Featuring 2 Blushes, 2 Skinfinishes, 6 Eyeshadows, 5 Rich Lipsticks, 2 Eye pencils, 5 Mineralise glass, 2 Studio Nail lacquer, 3 Brushes. 


So the mineralise packaging has a half glossy/half matte box. Its very simple chic and not over the top, I really like the new and improved style. 

Mineralise Skinfinish in Perfect topping

Now i was really unlucky to miss this when it came out first. Then decided to not obtain the last release as it wasnt the same formula. When seeing these swatches, even though nothing will rival the original beautiful perfect topping. This edition seems to be more to my tastes, i would just like to see more marble and lavender. Which hopefully will be present when the pattern goes down a little. 

I love the pattern and the finish is beautiful. Peachy golden highlight with a beautiful feeling and effect on the skin. I really am glad i purchased this edition. 

Mineralise Skinfinish in Lightscapade

Now lightscapade is a permanent fixture from the MAC collection. I do love how this pattern and collection suit the product. However i am for collections to bring something new to the table. I dont however mind these 2 Skinfinishes, as i feel the eyeshadows are beautifully unique. I love the new packaging but would love a little clasp, like on the blush to open it better. However the pattern and finish are stunning. 

With its beautiful mix of lavender and golden tones, lightscapade has a beautiful pearly-light golden finish. Beautiful subtle highlight or can be also used as a inner eye highlight. I love these 2 new additions to my collection. 

Mineralise blush in Please yourself

This was the only blush i wanted out of the 2 available. As its a beautiful pink with  hints of sparkle. Now its glittery apperance may put some people off. I would only wear this with all matte face products, to let this blush really be shown to its fullest. 

As you can see in the swatch, its a lovely berry pink colour with hints of shimmer. It will look beautiful in spring with the lovely hints of colour bursting through. Its a beautiful, highly pigmented blush. A welcome addition to my MAC family. 

Free sample : False Lashes mascara 

This is the first MAC mascara i have had to try. Im currently using a travel mascara, that i want to finish before i try a new one. Once i do try this mascara, i will add an update as to how it performed. 

Overall this collection was alright. The eyeshadows i saw were beautiful. However this collection is heavily shimmer based, if your not keen on shimmer then i would check your local MAC to see the products.  The skin-finishes are beautiful and im so glad i purchased these. Even though "Perfect topping" is a repromote and "Lightscapade" is a permantant fixture. They are beautifully presented within the mineralise packaging, also with the patterned embossing of the powder. This is also the same for the mineralise blush. Im very happy with the added additions to my collection. 

Did you purchase anything from this latest MAC collection ? 

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