Sunday 29 November 2015

Chantecaille Holiday 2015 The Himalayan Collection: Cheek Gelée Hydrating Gel-Cream Blush

As pretty as the look is for the Tibet inspired Himalayan Collection, I wasn't really feeling the products when I checked them out instore; the lipsticks were a bit too bold for my liking and the eyeshadow duo just too shimmery.
Not one to be deterred I picked up the Cheek Gelée Hydrating Gel-Cream Blush.

The shade is called Happy and its a soft illuminating petal pink, its quite translucent so skin does show through.

Swatched below, then blended in,

The formula is a joy, it has a somewhat creamy/gel feel to it, its not heavy and it spreads over the skin and blends in impeccably. It feel moisturising and there is no sticky or greasy feel. Chantecaille state it has the lasting power of a stain and I agree with this.


There is everything to love here but I think the success of this is going to depend on the state of you skin and this is why this does not reach its full potential on me.
My skin has a lot of discolouration/acne scarring, and whilst this looks quite nice on me when I tried it on my mother (who has much clearer skin) it performed much better. My skin takes away some of the fresh pink hue and luminosity of this product, whereas on my mother the beautiful pigment and radiant glow are evident.
I think this is a great product, but you'll not get the best out of this if you have bad skin like me.

I bought this from SpaceNK

Sunday 22 November 2015

Becca Pearl Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured, Rouge Bunny Rouge Swell Bliss XXX Lip Plumps, Chantecaille Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duo Monte Carlo

I often get caught up with posting about seasonal/new product releases but there are some things I have been really enjoying lately that I wanted to share with you.

Heading towards the winter season, my skin can often look dull, which is where highlighters come into their own. Though the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured came out earlier this year, we only recently got the lightest shade, Pearl, here in the UK.

I really like the formula, its lightweight and spreads and blends extremely well, under or on top of makeup. Its not so emollient that there is any greasy feel and it sets nicely with no tackiness. Pearl is a high sheen white, although it swatches quite intense it does not look stark on the skin. The wear time is fantastic, around 10 hours.

Shown below Pearl and Moonlight


I am not fan of lip plumping products as I tend to find them irritating, so when I was sent some of the Rouge Bunny Rouge Swell Bliss XXX Lip Plumps I did not have high hopes, but these have been quite a surprise.
Heather Royal Jelly (Pinky Beige with micro-shimmer)

Acacia Royal Jelly (Milky Baby Pink)

Clover Royal Jelly (Pinky Rose with silver micro-shimmer)
I have the older packaging but the newer incarnation looks a bit more sleek. The glosses are super shiny and whilst there is a minty taste and a bit of tingling at first, these are not irritating in the least. The result is a really high gloss/shine finish which makes the area look more plumped. Though I do find these tacky in feel, this probably does provide the very long wear time.

L-R: Heather Royal Jelly, Acacia Royal Jelly, Clover Royal Jelly.
If you fancy anything from RBR, they have provided a 20% discount for anything in the range to all my readers. The code can be used via and is applicable for all the countries they ship to and there is no minimum spend. The code to enter in the discount box is RBR-VISIONARYBEAUTY20


Chantecaille Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duo in Monte Carlo was part of the Pre-Fall collection, but seems to still be readily available. I really like the formula of the Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duos, its as smooth as you like, lightweight and applies and blends like a dream, furthermore pigment is high and the wear is long.

Monte Carlo pairs a shimmery apricot and bronze, a classic combination, perhaps a bit too warm for me complexion but it was just too lush for me to pass up.


So there we have it, 3 great products for eyes, lips and cheeks, sorted.

I bought the Chantecaille and Becca from Space NK, the RBR Lip Plumps were sent to me for free.

Sunday 15 November 2015

Chanel Rouge Noir Absolument Holiday 2015: Signe Particulier, Coups de Minuit & Vaporeuse

So far not many holiday collections have caught my attention but I always have a soft spot for Chanel holiday offerings.

I decided that I needed to get the Signe Particulier Eyeshadow Quad  after seeing Lena's post here and I have to say I'm really pleased with it. Whilst the shadows aren't quite as soft/buttery as the 2012 Harmonie du Soir palette they do have good pigment, apply evenly and blend well.

The quad contains a sheer shimmery pale lilac pink, satin grey/taupe, metallic yellow gold and satin burgundy. I love the shot of the warm gold against the smoky purple hues.

Shown below, I've used the taupe and burgundy really lightly as they go on quite intense on my skin.


Coups de Minuit (12) Joues Contraste Lumiere is a sheer beige with a hint of peach, it has a sheen finish.

The colour is a touch deep on my pale skin to use as standalone highlighter, yet does not impart enough colour to use as a blusher so instead I use this over blushers and it really does add a pretty effect.
It has a smooth texture and blends wonderfully on the skin without highlighting pores. The only downside for me is the wear as I get fading after 5 hours.

Swatched below with some more typical highlighter colours L-R: Burberry Nude Radiance Highlighting Powder, Coups de Minuit and Dior Starlight.


My wild card was the Rouge Allure in #237 Vaporeuse. Often lighter shades of the Rouge Allures can go on uneven/patchy and make lines look more noticeable, but I took a chance on this as it felt a lot more creamy when I swatched it.

I do find this more forgiving than a lot of lighter RA, though do recommend smoothing the lips prior to application. The colour is a cool pink with a hint of mauve, its just verging on the too pale, too ice bitten look but manages to work to give a delicate cool pink tint to the lips.


I'm really happy with everything I bought, though as a complete look I think Vaporeuse does not work with the colours of the Signe Particulier Quad.
I have started to see less than favourable reviews for Signe Particulier on other blogs, and though I did not encounter any problems with application/pigment myself this might be one worth testing in store before buying to check you are happy with the pigment and feel.

I bought these from Boots.

Sunday 8 November 2015

Zoeva En Taupe Palette

Zoeva is a brand that I've heard a lot of good things about, the recently released En Taupe palette immediately caught my eye with its natural looking array of cooler toned shades.

The palette comes housed in study cardboard, though I would be inclined to keep its protective outer cardboard sleeve should you wish to travel with it. Inside we have 10 shadows in a good array of finishes and different depths.

The top row contains a matte cream, iridescent peach, matte mauve grey, matte tan and matte mauve grey with golden glitter. The second row contains a shimmery silver, sheer grey with pink duochrome, shimmery brown, shimmery taupe and a matte dusty mauve eggplant.

Pigment on the whole is good, there is quite a bit of powder kickup but the shadows feel quite smooth and blend ok, though the mattes are a bit dryer. I would say that these are the types of shadows that if you blend too much you lose the colour definition, which can make things look a bit muddy.

Shown below is the palette lid details and ingredients

I'm pleased with the amount of possible colour combinations and overall application and wear of this given its low price point (£15.50) and do think the quality is equivalent to more mid end brands but can't say that I'm blown away.
I also bought a brush from them, the highly rated crease #221, but I'm not that jazzed about it, overall whilst I can see the merits of this palette its not made me inclined to try anymore from the brand.

I bought this from

Sunday 1 November 2015

Chantecaille Protect The Wolves Fall 2015: Galactic Lip Shine Moonlight & Luster Glide Silk Infused Eye Liner Black Forest

I've fallen heavily for the Protect the Wolves Fall collection from Chantecaille, my review of the Protect the Wolves Eye Shade Trio is here and Ella Cheek Shade & Patience Lip Chic is here.

The Luster Glide Silk Infused Eye Liner in Black Forest is a densely pigmented stunning blackened green.

Its a very soft liner so not necessarily the best if you like a crisp line, but it just glides on so smoothly, with such rich pigment and lasts really well (even on the waterline).

Swatched below with the green from the Protect the Wolves Eye Shade Trio


The Galactic Lip Shines have been a new find for me, I initially dismissed them thinking they were just another lip gloss but in actuality they are more of a conditioning lip treatment that has the moisturising properties of a balm and the shine of a gloss.

The formula feels comfortable on and improves the lip condition, leaving the area soft. The shade Moonlight is a clear base with a cool toned pink iridescent.
Swatched below on the left with my other Chantecaille galactic lip shine in Aurora.

I couldn't capture the pretty iridescence but thought the below photo might help give you an idea of the colour, this is one application and I do not have pigmented lips.


I feel that this is such a well coordinated collection of flattering smokey hues for the eyes paired with soft neutrals for the lips/cheeks. With a high quality formulation throughout, I'm pleased with every item I bought.

I bought these from SpaceNK

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