Friday, February 28

Illamasqua Powder Eyeshadow in Justify- For Contouring

If you've been a reader of Belles Boutique for a while, then I'm sure you're aware of my love of contouring products and ever searching for the perfect product to sculpt in some cheekbones, I've been trying an alternative to Illasmaquas Sculpting Powder Duo and a dupe for their contouring cream Hollow, in the form of a Powder Eyeshadow in the shade Justify*.

A cool toned Brown, Justify is an extremely pigmented eyeshadow that fortunately for me, teams up as a great contour product. Formulated first and foremost as an eyeshadow, Justify blends into the skin really well and although only a little bit of product is necessary due to it's intense pigmentation, a little goes a long way and a sculpted look is very easily achieved.

I like to use this in the hollows of my cheeks and down my nose and often run it through the crease of my lid, where it softens the contoured look slightly and finishes the look perfectly.

I'm surprisingly yet to use it as a stand alone eyeshadow, but it's definitely falls within my ideal neutral colour palette and so I'm sure it will become a winner for me.

Available to buy on Illasmasquas online as well as in stores and counters in Selfridges, Justify costs £15.50 for 2g of product.

Have you tried an eyeshadow as a contour product? Will you be swapping creamy Hollow for this powder dupe?


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Wednesday, February 26

L'Oreal Color Riche L'Extraordinaire- Rose Symphony, Tangerine Sonate and Nude Ballet

L'Oreal Color Riche L'Extraordinaire glosses were one of the first products I picked up whilst in New York, but this week two shades that I hadn't managed to get my hands on in America were sent to me for their UK launch and I couldn't be more thrilled.

201 Rose Symphony*, 204 Tangerine Sonate* and 601 Nude Ballet are three gorgeous shades that are welcomed in a really lovely glossy formula. Initially, just like the Maybelline Color Sensational Elixir in Nude Illusion, I thought they were going to be more of a stain, following the current lip trend, but they're actually just extremely wearable, highly pigmented glosses and although a stain would be very lovely, they're really nice and comfortable to wear and so I'm not too disappointed.

Blended with both pigment and oil as opposed to the normal pigment and wax, these sit on the lips really nicely and are extremely hydrating and soft. I'm really pleased with the colour payoff of these Color Riche L'Extraordinaire Glosses and although Nude Ballet was the shade that I picked up in New York, it's probably my least favourite of the three and surprisingly, I much prefer Rose Symphony and Tangerine Sonate, which I think will be great Spring Summer shades. 

Really light and long lasting on the lips, I'm sure that the UK launch of these delightfully packaged glosses are going to go down a treat and if you want to get your hands on them, you will be able to do so in Boots, where they will be making their way to stands this month at the price of £8.99 each.

What do you think of these L'Oreal Color Riche L'Extraordinaire glosses? Will you be treating your lips to any of these shades?

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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bellissima

Back last September before things all got a little bit crazy, I placed a pretty huge Cult Beauty order and one of the products that I was most excited about receiving was this Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bellissima. I hadn't heard too much about them previously to ordering it but the shade stood out to me and I loved the idea of an opaque liquid colour.

Extremely full coverage on the lips, Stilas Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks apply to the lips extremely creamy and the colour pay off is unreal. They are a matte formula that dry onto the lips pretty quickly and although I used to be a huge fan of matte lips, I find them far too drying on me now. Worn alone, I must admit I find Bellissima that bit too drying and uncomfortable and so I tend to apply a gloss on top to increase longevity, keeping it looking fresher for longer. In the swatch above, I've applied the completely clear Clarins Gloss Prodige in Crystal* for a touch of shine and hydration and I really like how it works.

The shade is very me and will be a go to for me in the Summer months and is one of those easy to wear, although very full coverage, Peachy Pink shades that I adore.

Available in eight shades, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks cost £15 and are available to buy from Cult Beauty here

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Tuesday, February 25

Sarah Chapman London Skinesis Picks

It's been a while since a skincare range has got me so excited, but even on first application of each of these five Sarah Chapman Skinesis products, I was completely blown away.

Skinesis Ultimate Cleanse*, Overnight Facial*, Intense Hydrating Booster*, Overnight Body Treatment* and Overnight Hand and Nail Treatment* are all absolutely gorgeous products that each ooze luxury and contain some incredible ingredients.

I've been using them all pretty regularly and each and every time, my mind is blown. 

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Ultimate Cleanse (£40.00 100ml) is an incredible cleanser that fragranced with essential oils such as Camphor, Neroli, Chamomile, Jasmine and Rose smells delightful and is hands down the best scented cleanser I have ever used. Formulated as quite an oily balm, after melting into the pores, this turns into more of a milk formula when worked in with warm water and on removal with a Sarah Chapman Cleansing Mitt, make up is removed, skin is cleansed beautifully well feeling soft and looking brighter and my pores feel a lot more clear and although I'm currently trying another cleanser for a more clarifying cleanse that I love, this is a real contender for my best cleanser ever.

Skinesis Overnight Facial (£45.00 15ml) was the product within the range that initially had the most attention from me.  An incredibly addictive scented serum-oil that has been formulated to calm stressed skin as well as leave your skin glowing and radiant, this infuses your skin with a cocktail of antioxidants, vitamins, firming Dermaxyl Peptides and anti-inflammatory omega oils and is quite honestly such a luxurious product to use and after applying at night, I awake to skin that feels so incredible and looks super radiant and smooth.

Skinesis Intense Hydrating Booster (£57 30ml) is an incredibly lightweight oil-free serum that works to input some moisture, plump and restore stressed, unbalanced and dehydrated skin with a combination of ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid and Rose Water. Similar, although much more luxurious, to the likes of Hydraluron, the Intense Hydrating Booster is applied to clean skin underneath your moisturiser up to twice a day and has really such incredible, visible results. My skin goes through stages of being incredibly dehydrated and when it's at its worst, it's incredibly visible and this serum does such a great job at restoring my skin with hydration and providing a bit more of a glow, whilst helping to prevent against breakouts. Needless to say, this serum also smells absolutely incredible and I love applying this within my current skincare regime.

Skinesis Overnight Treatment (£49.00 120ml) is such a dreamy body product that although I must admit I don't use as often as the rest of the range, due to my fake tanning routine, the couple of times a week that I do indulge, it's a delightful and aromatic experience. Formulated as a super lightweight oil, it contains ingredients such as Argan, Camellia Flower, Baobab, Sacha Inci and Vitamins A, C and E as well as a high concentration of Matrixyl Peptide, Collageneer, Juvinity and Guarana to make your entire body glow and immediately after application, your skin is left feeling incredibly moisturised and smells beautiful. Long term, it supposedly works to firm your skin and so I've been giving particular attention to those baby-weight areas on application. 

Skinesis Overnight Hand and Nail Treatment (£35.00 15ml) is a product I've heard a fair few raves about and in short, is Skinesis' Overnight Facial for hands. Scented like the rest of the range and addictively reminiscent of some kind of aromatic sherbert, this overnight hand and nail treatment is a rich oil formulation that works in just one pump to hydrate, even skin tone and pigmentation whilst strengthening skin and nails for more youthful looking hands. The perfect night time treat, if you can keep them on all night, this paired with the Overnight Therapy Gloves, is the perfect luxury and I find I wake up to the softest hands that feel like they've been treated to a spa treatment in the comfort of my own bed.

The Sarah Chapman Skinesis range comes highly recommended from me and if you're into skincare or you just fancy a luxurious skincare treat, based on so many factors, I can't recommend these products enough. If you are tempted, they are all available to buy on Sarah Chapmans online store as well as in Space NK.

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Wednesday, February 19

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Light Deep Treatment Mousse

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle is one of those products that I've always kept stock of in my bathroom, for those moments when my hair has needed that little bit of TLC and so you can imagine how intrigued I was when I heard of Aussies newest releases into the 3 Minute Miracle range; 3 Minute Miracle Aussome Volume Deep Treatment Mousse* and 3 Minute Miracle Light Mega Deep Treatment Mousse*.

Both following the original concept of a deep treatment to provide hair with deep hydration and nourishment, these new releases differ ever so slightly in that they are actually super lightweight mousse formulas that apply like a super lightweight whipped cream and rinse out three minutes later as any other conditioning treatment would.

Leaving your hair feeling incredibly soft with the nicest of shines, if you're into deep treatments and want to try a product thats going to equally up your hair style game, these two treatments make the perfect easy to use in-shower hair treat.

Available to buy now, these two new additions sit perfectly amongst the rest of the 3 Minute Miracle range with an RRP of £4.99.

 Does your hair need that little boost of shine and hydration? Do these products appeal to you?

*This is a sponsored post
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Jo Malone London Rain Collection- Rain & Angelica and White Jasmine & Mint

Never more aptly named, is Jo Malones newly launched London Rain Collection. Consisting of four fragrances, the limited edition collection by Master Perfumer Christine Nagel was influenced by the concept of a scented portrait of London, capturing romantic and deeply intense rainy days; through both the urban and nature scenes of the city. 

Rain & Angelica* and White Jasmine & Mint* are both fragrances that had they not been Jo Malone, being far from my usual scent collection, would never have normally appealed to me but after just one spritz I was absolutely captivated and fell in love.

Never a more truer scent, they have both been created with the purest of notes, each of which come through perfectly.

Rain & Angelica was influenced by glassy beads of dew awakening a London park at dawn and with notes of Rain Accord, Angelica and Vetiver, it creates the most unique and inviting scent, so clear that it's almost indescribable.

White Jasmine & Mint is an incredibly fresh and clean scent, influenced by an afternoon cloudburst, drenching gardens exuberant with Jasmine, Lily, Orange Flower and Rose and refreshed with the dash of Wild Mint. Again, far from a scent I would normally go for, I've been spritzing this on of a morning and have received so many compliments, all with the question "Ooh, what is that?".
With notes of Fresh Mint Leaf, Heirloom Jasmine and Maté Leaf this is the most crisp and clear fragrance and each note pulls through on each spray.

Of course, with Jo Malones unique Fragrance Combining system, these fragrances can be teamed up with another fragrance to create something a little different and in this circumstance, Lime Basil & Mandarin is recommended with Rain & Angelica for a revitalising intriguing Citrus scent and Earl Grey & Cucumber with White Jasmine & Mint for an unexpected floral scent with accents of Bergamot and Mint.

 With each fragrance costing £82 for 100ml, if you want to get your hands on one of these unique fragrances from the London Rain Collection, you can do so on Jo Malones online store now and in Selfridges, John Lewis and House of Fraser as of March.

Do these freshly scented fragrances appeal to you? Can you resist a beautiful Jo Malone bottle on your dresser?

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Tuesday, February 18

YSL Touche Éclat Cara Delevigne and Jourdan Dunn Mini Movie & Get The Look

I recently attended a YSL Beauty event which was held to showcase some of Yves Saint Laurents fabulous up and coming beauty launches. With the stand out launch of a new limited edition Touche Éclat Wild which will be available at counters on March 1st, the new visual for YSL has me extremely excited.

Cara Delevinge and Jourdan Dunn are the faces of the new campaign and together took part in the incredible mini movie, where they enjoy a hedonistic night of dancing, with of course, Touche Éclat to hand for the ultimate radiance and glow.

It's not often that a visual or a mini movie captivates me like this one has, but with the incredible looks on display and the fact that I'm huge fans of both of the models, I can't help but love it and I'm so excited that YSL have given me access to their get the look face charts.

1. Prepare the skin with Forever Youth Liberator Serum and Cream
2. Follow with Le Teint Touche Éclat BD40 with a foundation brush
3. Use Touche Éclat 2.5 around the eyes and highlight on top of the cheeks, brow bone and lip contour
4. Apply False Lash Effect Baby Doll Mascara in black to top and bottom lashes

Finish with a touch of glamour:
Cheek: Blush Radiance 6
Lips: Vernis A Levres 106
Nails: La Laque Couture 25 Rose Romantique

1. Prepare the skin with Forever Youth Liberator Serum and Cream
2. Follow with Le Teint Touche Éclat BD60-BD70 with a foundation brush
3. Use Touche Éclat 2.5 around the eyes and highlight on top of the cheeks, brow bone and lip contour
4. Apply False Lash Effect Baby Doll Mascara in black to top and bottom lashes

Finish with a touch of glamour
Cheek: Blush Radiance 5
Lips: Vernis A Levres 107
Nails: La Laque Couture 22 Beige Leger

I'd love to know what you think of this campaign and your thoughts on both Cara and Jourdans looks, created by Lloyd Simmonds, YSLs Creative Director. 

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Friday, February 14

Dior Créme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm

Dior Créme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm* is a product that I must admit I have lusted after for quite a long time but never quite got around to picking up it for one reason or another.

Aesthetically, the packaging is a girls dream. Understated, feminine and honestly just beautiful to carry around in your handbag, the Dior Créme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm is one of those luxuries that you don't necessarily need to fork out on, but it is a lovely treat. The only downside for me, is that although I do love its simplicity, it is just plastic and for Christian Dior (and the £20 price tag) you'd hope that it had a little extra something about it. 

Carrying a floral Rose note, this smells very grown up and is definitely one for you if you're into Rose scents. It does a beautiful job at hydrating, smoothing and softening your lips although I can't say I notice too much plumping, nor do I feel anything that normally resembles that the product has any plumping qualities.

It's become my go to lip balm that I apply throughout the day as well as at night time and find it has kept my lips as moisturised and free of chaps throughout the recent cold and windy days. 

I had hoped that I would get a little bit of a Pinky tint to my lips after application, but unfortunately I don't get any colour pay off and it does just act as a pretty good, pretty packaged and pretty expensive lip balm.

Costing £20 for 7.2g of product, Dior Créme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm is available to buy at Dior stocklists and on Escentual.  

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Thursday, February 13

Bourjois Mega Liner

I've recently got back into wearing a little bit of liner and although I can't go too overboard or winged out because of my small eyes and lack of lid, I find a fine line from the centre of my eye to the outer corner compliments my eye shape and brightens up my Blue eyes perfectly.

I've been using Bourjois Mega Liner* most days recently and although it's advertised as an extra large felt tip like applicator, I actually find it really easy to apply a perfectly minimal line due to its angled sharply shaped nib.

It's super Black and intense which I like when I'm going for a slightly more made up look and I find it perfectly brightening for my eye area. Application is super easy and it applies just like you can imagine a felt tip would, with lots of pigmentation and no drag like you might experience with a pencil for example. The formula is quite inky, in that it's quite wet, but this dries really quickly and because I don't tend to wing it out or bring it too high up, I don't personally have to worry much about it transferring before it dries. 

Bourjois products continue to impress me and if like me you're into liner at the moment, you can pick this up in Boots and Superdrug where it costs £7.49. 

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Wednesday, February 12

Maybelline Color Sensational Elixir in Nude Illusion

Back in December when I took a trip to New York, make up shopping was a daily occurrence and something that I picked up which I must admit I didn't think I would love, was this Maybelline Color Sensational Elixir in Nude Illusion. 

Having become a handbag essential for me, it goes without saying that I'm really surprised at how much I do love this product. The perfect subtle Nude shade carrying ever such a Peachy tone, it has become my go to to add a little something to my lips without overdoing it. 

I must admit, I had hoped it would be more of a lip stain in terms of pigmentation and formula, but it's definitely more of a gloss, which is incredibly wearable for any occasion on its own or on top of a lipstick. 

Super moisturising and creamy on the lips, Maybelline Color Sensational Elixirs are unfortunately only available to buy in the US in Ulta, Target and Walgreens at the moment, where they cost around the $8-$9 mark, although I have a sneaky suspicion that they will be landing in the UK soon!

Have you tried any of the gorgeous twenty shades available? Will these be on your shopping list when they hit the UK?

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Monday, February 10

L'Oreal Colour Riche Les Ombres- Infiniment Bronze

Towards the end of last year I was becoming slightly obsessed by drugstore eyeshadow palettes and actually picked this L'Oreal Colour Riche Les Ombres quad up the day before I found out I was expecting, which in turn, with everything slightly up in the air, left this sat unloved in a Boots carrier bag for quite a while.

Fortunately, I came across the abandoned little Boots bag about a month ago and have been absolutely loving using this Infiniment Bronze quad since to create a Bronze smoked up eye on an evening. 

Super pigmented with just the slightest touch, this quad works to create the perfect look in four steps and it really couldn't be easier to achieve. Building up from step one to four, I actually used just one MAC 217 brush to create this look, which makes it great if you don't have lots of brushes to hand and also makes it a perfect handbag palette.

Long lasting on the lids and offering four beautiful shades with delightful pigmentation, L'Oreal Colour Riche Les Ombres quads are available to buy in Boots and Superdrug in seven different colour combinations, for £7.99.

Have you tried any of the L'Oreal Colour Riche quads? I'd love to know your thoughts.

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