Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Lipsticks

UD Alice Through The Looking Glass Collection

Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Lipsticks

This limited edition Alice Through The Looking Glass collection from Urban Decay is just insane – the eyeshadow palette is full of bold beautiful shades and the packaging is luxurious and so much fun. The lipsticks are equally as vibrant and bold. I’m not really known for wearing a super bold lip but I’ve promised myself that I’m going to try & be brave enough to wear a few of these out and about.

There are five limited edition lipstick shades which are diverse and bold in colour they range from more wearable red, nude and berry shades to the more vibrant purple shimmer and a stunning blue. They are all very pigmented and feel lovely on the lips.

Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Lipsticks

The packaging is just as eye catching as the lipstick shades themselves, they have a bold bright floral kaleidoscope pattern on both the outer cardboard as well as the actual lipstick packaging. This collection is as you would expect from such a colourful film as Alice Through The Looking Glass, its fun, exciting and a little playful.

The lipsticks are named after key characters from the film and I still can’t decide what my favourite shade is. You will have to let me know what shade is your favourite.

Urban Decay Disney Alice Lipsticks

Urban Decay Limited Edition Alice Lipsticks

Alice – Sheen Shimmer

This is a beautiful creamy sheer nude with a pink shift which looks gorgeous when the light hits it. This is the least vibrant of the 5 lipsticks but the pink shift in this formula gives it that pop of pink shimmer and makes it just that little more special. Yes its a nude lipstick but as you would expect from Alice its subtle and beautiful with a sparkle running through. This is a very pretty shade indeed and Its so hard to pick up the shimmer in photos.

Mad – Hatter Metallized

This is such a fun intense purple and I so want this to look good on me but I need a little practice in applying it, as It looked a little patchy on the lips. Its so bold and vibrant and although gorgeous the colour intimidates me slightly but Mad Hatter deserves such a quirky shade and I’ve seen this on a few people and it looks incredible, so I’m determined to wear it.

Urban Decay Alice Lipstick Swatches

Mirana (White Queen) Metallized

This is a beautiful deep rich berry shade, its quite dark on the lips but I just love these autumnal shades and this is one of my favourites from the collection. It can feel quite dry on the lips & it took a little perseverance to get an even coverage but I think thats quite common with the darker more matte shades.

Iracebeth – (Red Queen) Comfort Matte

This is such beautiful pigmented true red and the colour stays put for hours. This is lovely formula to apply and it dries down to a matte finish and compared to most matte formulas this doesn’t feel to dry on my lips. Its a gorgeous bright red and one that would look good on anyone.

Time Metallized

I think this is the quirkiest shade in the collection and it is a gun metal navy with silver shimmer, so it has it all going on! This isn’t a one swipe & you’re done lippie you need to take your time when applying to make sure you get an even application. I salute anyone who is able to wear this out and about, I love this shade but out of the collection I think its the hardest to wear and to apply.

UD Alice Through The Looking Glass Collection

So I would say the Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Lipsticks* offer something for everyone and invites you to step outside your makeup comfort zone. At first glance you may think the collection is a little off the wall or too quirky maybe, but it wouldn’t be doing the film justice if Urban Decay released a tame, subtle selection of everyday Pinks and Nudes. This is a fitting collection for a visually vibrant film.

My stand out shades are Iracebeth (gorgeous red) and Mirana (deep, rich berry) I think I will wear these two the most.

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BareMinerals Radiant Future Collection

BareMinerals Radiant Future Set Exclusive to QVC

I just wanted to give you all a heads up – this 4 Piece Radiant Future Collection from bareMinerals is exclusive to QVC for only £30.50. So if you have always wanted to try bareMinerals now is the time, this collection has their best selling foundation & also some of their newly released skincare.

  • 1 x Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion (7.5ml) – a silky serum essence that helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin texture, promoting a youthful look
  • 1 x Bare Haven Essential Soft Cream (30g) – replenishes essential moisture to normal to dry skin, reviving overall resilience and suppleness
  • 1 x Prep Step Moistures Set Radiant Prep Cream (20ml) – formulated to smooth and ready skin for a flawless makeup application while addressing skin’s specific needs
  • 1 x Original SPF 15 Foundation (2g) – this weightless formula  provides adjustable, sheer to full coverage, perfect for concealing acne, scars, blemishes, hyperpigmentation, and smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • 1 x Flawless Application face brush – the natural, soft-tapered fibres of this professional brush are designed to provide sheer-to-medium coverage for a broad range of easy, professional-looking applications and doubles as an applicator for blusher or bronzer when turned on its side

bareMinerals QVC Exclusive

I’ve spoken about the bareMinerals Original Foundation quite a few times and I am a big fan of this. It gives great coverage, its lightweight and leaves your skin with a flawless finish. I always use it during the warmer months because it never feels heavy or makes my skin look greasy throughout the day. I do like that is also has SPF15 and its so easy to reapply or touchup as the day goes on. Its no wonder this is a bareMinerals best seller, it just works so well!

The Flawless Face Brush is perfect to apply the mineral foundation, the brush doesn’t pick up too much product at a time. Its quite a thick fluffy brush so its good at evenly applying the powder and working it into your skin. I wouldn’t say this is the only brush to use with this foundation but when its included in a set like this its a great brush to have in your collection. I do also use it to apply most powder products, so it gets a lot of use in my makeup routine.

Prep Step is quite a new product to the bareMinerals range and its a great primer for helping smooth out skin and provide a hydrated base for your foundation. Its enriched with shea butter and illuminating pearl optics so its also going to give your skin a subtle radiance whilst keeping it hydrated. This primer is exclusive to QVC so its a great product to see in this collection.bareMinerals barehaven skincare

I have never tried bareMinerals skincare so I’m looking forward to using this Bare Haven Essential Moisturizing Soft Cream & the Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion. They both sound hydrating and nourishing  The Moisturiser has a lightweight but rich texture. It contains a blend of peptides, ceramides and amino acids to help soften rough texture, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and also St. John’s Wort to help defend against signs of damage and dry, dehydrated skin. The Serum contains bareMinerals’ patented Long Life Herb Extract at its core, this formula leaves your skin feeling empowered, renewed and fortified, with enhanced resilience. It also features SkinMimetic™ Technology—a leading-edge complex designed to help protect your skin against visible signs of aging and damage and niacinamide which helps to improve skintone.

I’m excited to see how my skin looks after using this for a couple of months.

bareMinerals Radiant Future Collection QVC Exclusive

So all the products in this collection are focused on making our skin look radiant, I have to say radiance is one of my main skin concerns and I am obsessed with using products that promise to help improve radiance and hydration so this kit is 100% up my street.

4 Piece Radiant Future Collection* £30.50

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LookFantastic Beauty Box May 2016

May 2016 Look Fantastic Beauty Box

To celebrate a beautiful you, the May 2016 #LFBeautyBox is packed with beauty treats designed to show off and grow the beauty you were born with. This month, it’s all about treating you and your body, so get ready to look and feel incredible. May is your month! Worth over £50, and from only £11.25 a month, don’t miss out on this brilliant deal. Plus this month receive the June edition of the Elle magazine in every box!

Introducing the #LFHelloBeautiful* box which is jam packed with lovely treats for you to show off & grow the beauty you were born with. I spy a few of my favourite brands in this months box & I’m also excited to say there are a couple that are new to me too. That’s what I like about beauty boxes, the fact that you are introduced to products and brands you may never have discovered on your own. This beautiful box includes,

REN Wake Wonderful Night Time Facial – This is an overnight treatment which combines Glycolic and Lactic Acids to brighten and refine the skintone. It exfoliates, revitalises and delivers hydration, so its a great all round mask.

#LFHelloBeautiful

IOMA Optimum Moisture Cream – This is a new brand for me and you get a 7 day supply of individually packaged samples for you to put to the test (& take in your makeup bag when you travel). This day & night cream is enriched with PA Reviviscience which strengthens the skins natural barrier against environmental aggressors & Osmhydran which helps your skin hold on to moisture. So its protecting & hydrating. Ideal for dull dehydrated skin (like mine).

UNIQ One All in One Hair Treatment – This contains 10 benefits that will help your hair look and feel amazing. To name a few it promises to help improve shine, give heat protection, detangle, promote smoothness & it has UVA and UVB filters. Sounds like a great Summer haircare product. I have the coconut one and it smells like Summer holidays.

Wet Brush – I’ve always wanted one of these and I am so excited to use it. Wet Brush is designed to be used on wet hair without snapping or snagging hair and it also prevents split ends. How cool is this bright orange colour!

May 2016 lookfantastic Beauty Box

Vichy Liftactive Moisturiser – I adore Vichy products and this 15ml pot is a great sample size. This moisturiser has been specially formulated to firm and tone the skin. Specifically targeting signs of fine lines and wrinkles. So if you are all about radiant, plump hydrated skin this would be a great option.

Decléor – you get one of 3 products, I received the Decléor Intense Nutrition Cream which contains cranberry plant oils, argran and avocado to nourish and protect the skin. This sounds lovely and soothing and they say its great for perking up tired complexions.

Eve Lom Cleanser – This is just a sachet but you do get a muslin cloth too. This pioneering beauty balm was first introduced to the beauty industry 29 years ago, so it is a cult classic & very much at the forefront of balm cleansers. It is suitable for all skin types, that decongests, softens and leaves a highly receptive base for your beauty products to work with.

lookfantastic monthly beauty box May 2016

LookFantastic Beauty Box May 2016

You also get the June edition of Elle magazine which is a lovely extra.

These boxes always sell out super quickly so if you want this months #LFHelloBeautiful Box then you best be quick.

*PR Sample

Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Skincare

Elemis Biotec Skincare

The Elemis Biotec range is focused on combating depleted cell energy which is often the result of lifestyle, environment, diet and stress which takes its toll on our skin. It makes our skin look dull, dehydrated, less firm and fatigued & these three products help to reboot our skins performance.

Biotec Skin Energising Day Cream £75

Both the day & night cream are bi phase and are packed with so many amazing ingredients to improve skin function, help your skin look radiant, protect it and encourage cell turnover and function. The white part has a creamy texture whilst the green part is a gel, two pumps massaged in to your skin is all you need to deliver a boost of ingredients to help improve your skins performance,

Intensely moisturise skin with the BIOTEC Skin Energising Day Cream from Elemis. Specially formulated with an energising trio of acids, including Succinic, Lactic and Ferulic to hydrate and nourish skin, revealing a smoother, replenished complexion. With the brand’s Bio-Energy™ Complex of encapsulated Zinc and Copper, the lightweight moisturiser increases cell energy, whilst working to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Skin Energising Night Cream* £85

This is much like the day cream in texture and feels similar on the skin, it contains much the same cell boosting ingredients and is also a bi phase formula. It contains these incredible ingredients for your skin:-

‘Intensely hydrate skin whilst you sleep with the BIOTEC Skin Energising Night Creamfrom Elemis. Specially formulated with an energising trio of acids, including Succinic, Lactic and Ferulic to deeply nourish skin, revealing a smoother, replenished complexion. Powered by the brand’s Bio-Energy™ Complex of encapsulated Zinc and Copper, the lightweight moisturiser increases cell energy, whilst Calcium PCA and Sunflower help to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.’ 

New Elemis Biotec Skincare

I’ve been using the day & night creams for about 3 weeks now, I do think they have helped give my skin a lovely boost of hydration and radiance. I thought the formula was rich, creamy and made my skin feel incredible, instantly smooth and hydrated. It feels like they’re giving my skin a shot of nourishment, I would say that I saw instant results and also over the past few weeks I think my skin is looking less red, not so dull and a little more refreshed. They leave skin feeling silky smooth and very soft.

The day cream feels lovely under makeup and my skin felt really moisturised throughout the day. The night cream is my favourite because its rich formula just seems to work a little magic over night and I wake up with lovely refreshed skin.

The price point is more on the luxury side so if I had to recommend just one of them it would have to be the night cream over the day cream because I feel that overnight we get the most out of our skincare and we don’t pile makeup on top or SPF so I think the product is able to work a little better whilst we rest and I always see better results in the morning.

Biotec Skin Energising Day Cream

Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser* £39.50

This is a gel cleanser which you massage in with warm water and remove with a warm damp cloth, It did leave my skin very clean but I just wasn’t as impressed with the cleanser. I liked using it more in the morning because it felt energising on my skin but I felt like my skin didn’t feel very hydrated. Elemis say that:-

This step kick-starts the BIOTEC system, preparing the skin for optimum performance, creating a dynamic environment to activate the BIOTEC day and night moisturisers. 

But I’m not 100% convinced. I will continue to use it a couple of times a week and see if I grow to like it. I have read quite a few glowing reviews so maybe I am writing it off a little too soon. I might try it as a first cleanse and follow it with more of a cream based product. Its all trial & error I guess. The cleanser also contains some great ingredients for your skin:-

‘Specially formulated with an energising trio of acids, including Succinic, Lactic and Ferulic to reduces excess oil and rebalance skin, revealing a refreshed, revitalised complexion’

Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser

All in all I think these products are exciting and skincare seems to be getting more scientific by the day. Lots of advancements mean our products have a more impressive and potent list of ingredients which is deliver just what our skin needs. I’m excited to continue to use the Elemis Biotec Skincare System and I hope to see continuing results.

If you do want to try these but feel the price tag of the full sized products is just too much for you to commit to, Elemis do a great discovery version which includes a mini version of all three products for £35.00. This is a great way to try them all and see how they work for you.

Elemis Biotec Discovery Collection

Let me know if you have any Elemis products that you enjoy using.

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