I only ever hear positive reviews of the Marc Jacobs Beauty range and since its launch 3 years ago its been near impossible to get your hands on it in the UK, but a little birdie tells me that Harrods are now exclusively stocking Marc Jacobs Beauty in store and online. So we can finally see if the hype is justified, I have a wish list as long as my arm.
I think the first thing that strikes me about Marc Jacobs Beauty is the attention to detail right from the sales counter to the packaging down to the actual products, everything has been well thought out. Its luxurious makeup which makes you feel like you have invested in a lifestyle. The sleek black packaging looks minimal and beautiful and the products are just as beautiful and very hard to resist!
I have been trying out the new Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Volume Mascara* which is inspired by Marc Jacobs’s first beauty memory, of his mother carefully shaving fibres from a velvet ribbon to create her own couture faux lashes. This mascara gives your lashes a coating of jet black mascara, the formula is quite wet but once it dries down it leaves your lashes looking extremely full and long.
This mascara can look pretty good after just one coat for more of a daytime look or if you want to go for that epic false lash effect then 2 – 3 coats will make your lashes really stand out. The jet black pigment is smudge proof and won’t transfer throughout the day. This is a mascara that will keep up with you and still look great at the end of the night. No panda eyes here.
The packaging is everything you’d expect from this brand, its simple, classic and very sleek. Its jet black tube is very weighty and feels luxurious. The hexagonal shaped tube is very different but its a nice shape to hold and it feels comfortable in your hand when applying the mascara. The brush is an hourglass shape and quite big, which makes it easy to get in to the little lashes in the inner corner and right down to the lash line for that full dramatic lash effect.
I thought this would be a lot more expensive than it is, for a high-end luxurious brand its priced very well. At £20 this is well worth trying out and I guarantee you will love the volumising effect. To say I like this mascara wouldn’t do it justice, I am very impressed and think its going to become a favourite very quickly indeed.
What Marc Jacobs products are you excited to try? I have always wanted the Lolita Palette, its become such a cult product and the neutral shades look gorgeous.
I have some exciting news to share with you, you can now get your hands on Charlotte Tilbury makeup at John Lewis both in store and online. Previously Charlotte Tilbury only had counters in Selfridges so it’s great that John Lewis is now stocking this much sought after brand. To celebrate their launch into John Lewis I was kindly sent a few treats to recreate one of the 10 iconic Charlotte Tilbury looks, I went for The Dolce Vita* because the eyeshadow palette is just stunning. The Dolce Vita look is described as,
Ultra feminine and utterly alluring, the Dolce Vita plays the muse for very good reason. Her look is all about unbridled glamour: seductive lips, chiselled cheeks and a smouldering stare.
I have to say the look was harder than I thought to create but I used the video & followed the step by step tutorial and although I don’t quite look, Dolce Vita, I tried my best!
As I said Charlotte Tilbury has 10 Iconic looks from the cool edgy Rock Chick and Vintage Vamp to the more natural Ingénue, there really is a look to suit everyone. Charlotte has made the shopping process so simple, you shop your desired look and get all the products needed to recreate that specific look and they come in a beautifully packaged box. It’s such a no fuss easy way to do it and then if you need a little more help or pointers then you can follow Charlotte’s step by step tutorial videos which I found fab and it helped me create a half decent look.
As I said The Dolce Vita eyeshadow quad was the reason I picked this look, the shadows are just as beautiful as I’d imagined. All four shades have an element of frost/shimmer to them, you get four colours one to Prime, Enhance, Smoke and Pop.
Prime – a beautiful frosted Champagne colour which instantly brightens the eye and is a lovely base for the other colours.
Enhance – this is a rich deep rusty brown with a touch of shimmer and this is for blending out into the crease and across the lid to define the eye and make the eye look sultry
Smoke – this is a matte brown with a hint of shimmer and is for smoking out along the upper and lower lash line and creating that smouldering copper smoky eye.
Pop – this is where the magic happens, this is a stunning copper pressed pigment with such a POW of glitter. You press this on top of the finished eye look with your finger to make it look extra special.
All the shadows apply and blend like a dream and even if I don’t wear the full on Dolce Vita eye look every day the Prime, Enhance and Smoke shades can be worn daily and look beautifully Autumnal.
The Feline Flick Eyeliner was another product I was excited to try, I love wearing black felt tip eyeliner and I wondered what could be so amazing about this one and WOW let me tell you the nib is incredibly precise and has just enough flexibility to create a such a clean smooth flick. I am sold, even my husband noticed how on fleek my eyeliner was. This goes on jet black and stays jet black all day long, it applies effortlessly without any dragging or having to go back over the same spot again & again and I love that it doesn’t bleed or smudge. Oh, & its waterproof too, it ticks all the boxes. I think this is my new all-time favourite eyeliner and I have tried quite a few.
To create the eye look I also used one of my own black kohl liners in the upper and lower lash line to make them look more authentic and I also used my own black mascara (lots of it).
So after the eyes, I used the Cheek to Chic Blusher in Ecstasy which comes beautifully packaged (as all the products do) with a great sized mirror and the signature Charlotte Tilbury rose gold touches which are so pretty. You get two cheek shades in this blush, the outer shade is a dark peachy pink with a pretty frosted finish, and the shade in the middle is a more true pink with the most gorgeous gold shimmer running through.
So you Swish the outer shade up on your cheekbones & you Pop the middle shade on the apples of your cheeks. This duo really gives you not only a pop of colour but also act as a highlighter too, they catch the light and make your skin look fresh and glowing. make sure you use a light hand and get just a little product on your brush because this is seriously pigmented.
Now onto lips, I had three beautiful nude pink lip products to pull this look together and they were Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk, K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink and the Lip Lustre in Seduction. The lip products have quite a sweet scent and they smelt so good! These were such a pretty combination and the Lip Cheat was so creamy and easy to use, I don’t have many lip pencils but this was perfect for outlining my lips and getting a good shape ready to apply the K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick which comes in such decadent gold packaging and it just feels and looks luxurious.
The lipstick in Penelope Pink is such an easy shade to wear it is simple but pretty and was smooth and easy to apply. I would normally leave it at that but in the interest of recreating the whole look & applied the Lip Lustre on top and it has a pretty glossy but not sticky finish and it would be beautiful for a nighttime look.
The Beach Stick in Formentera Is a multi-use product which can be used as a cream blusher or as a lip tint. I am useless when it comes to cream blush but I would use this as a lip tint. I didn’t use it with this look because I have blush and 3 lip products so I will have a play about with it and see what I think. It feels nice and creamy and it has the same inviting sweet scent as the other lip products. Also, the packaging of this is so cute and pretty, it looks like a chunky lip crayon in rose gold packaging.
So that’s my take on Charlotte Tilbury’s The Dolce Vita look, I had such fun watching the tutorial video and recreating the look. I would say the quality of these products lived up to the hype and are well worth investing in. Everything looks and feels luxurious and its makeup that makes you feel good if that at all makes sense. I have been converted into a CT fan, that’s for sure.
So if you want to shop any of the 10 iconic looks or buy the products individually you can now do that at John Lewis. So pop over and see what look best describes you & let me know what you go for. I want to have a go at Rock Chick next I think.
Let me know if you have any Charlotte Tilbury product recommendations, I would love to hear them.
John Lewis provided these products so I could recreate my chosen look but the review is 100% my own thoughts.
The new Limited Edition Intothe Glow Colour Collection from Michael Kors is perfect for Summer. This collection centres around that sun kissed holiday vibe and includes vibrant colours for nails and lips also a bronzer and a dry oil spray so you can achieve that iconic Michael Kores sun kissed glow.
The products are all beautiful and look so luxurious in the signature gold MK packaging, it just screams take me on holiday!
I have two products from the collection and the first is this gorgeous fushia pink Lip Luster Lip Gloss in the shade Getaway*. The colour is bright & summery and the finish is very glossy and thick but it still feels hydrating on the lips. This shade is really pigmented it would look really pretty with a tan. I’d say its the perfect holiday lip gloss. I found the gloss applied evenly and didn’t feel too sticky on the lips.
There are two new Hydrating Bronze Gel Cremes in this collection, I have the shade Sun Chaser*. This is a liquid bronzer for face & body, at first this product scared me & excited me all at once. I’m quite pale and I was really worried that this bronzer would make me look like an Ompa Lumpa, although this looks really dark in the pot once you blend it out on your skin its more subtle and adds a pretty glow to your complexion. So I use just the smallest amount of this & I apply it like a highlighter on my cheeks & it makes my skin look really healthy, there is a slight shimmer but its not disco ball – more sun kissed goddess.
I have also worn this under my foundation as an illuminating primer, it is very lightweight and feels hydrating on the skin. It leaves your skin with a gorgeous glowing base for you to apply your foundation and look radiant and sun kissed. Its not shimmery but has an iridescent pear finish that catches the light and makes your skin look healthy and gives you that jet set glow. This pot is going to last me for many summers to come as you need just the smallest amount. So it might be an investment but one that you will get a lot of use from.
It was so hard to swatch the Hydrating Bronze Gel – this is it just swatched on my arm, I haven’t blended it in and its already quite sheer. When blended you’re left with a hint of colour & a luminous warmth to the skin. So don’t be put off by how dark / bold it looks in the packaging its not that intense on the skin, although it can be built up to give more of an intense look.
The Michael Kors Into The Glow Colour Collection includes,
Hydrating Bronze Gel Créme in Permanent Vacation and Sun Chaser £25
Lip Luster in Dew, Getaway and Fire Coral £21.50
Nail Lacquer in Blush, Daydreamer and Paradise £15
Bronze Powder in Glow £34
Liquid Shimmer Dry Oil Spray £40
So its quite the Summer holiday collection, let me know if you’re jetting off somewhere warm this year & if you have your eye on anything from this collection. I have to say the nail polishes look gorgeous too!
Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.