MAC The Perfect Cheek blush is one of two blushes released in the 
MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection.
MAC describes this as a neutral pink beige
in a matte formula.

30/10/2012

MAC Marilyn Monroe Blush in The Perfect Cheek Review, Swatches


MAC Legendary blush is one of two blushes released in the 
MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection.
MAC describes this as a pale soft coral
in a satin formula.
 
On my NC30 skin, it is definitely a pale coral 
with very faint shimmers.
It is quite sheer, 
although a single swipe will yield product.
In terms of the colour
I feel that because its so pale
it might look chalky on skins deeper than NC30-40,
which is a shame really
just a little bit darker
would make it wearable for most skin tones.
 
Although, that said, the paler/sheer cheek colours
would look good with the dark lipsticks
in this collection.
 
On my NC25-30 skin, 
it gives me a pretty flush. 
Similar to that of MAC Launch Away Blush
which is another pale blush
released in the Hey Sailor summer collection this year. 
 
And I've been using this pretty much every day!
 



MAC Legendary Blush: Blended, Swatched
 
Available from your local MAC store or the MAC website, 
while supplies last!
 
What do you think? ♥
 
Livia xx

29/10/2012

MAC Marilyn Monroe Blush in Legendary Review, Swatches


Hello everyone! 
I have just received my order for the MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection 
and I am currently working on the individual reviews. 
I am so excited to share them with you.
Here are some preliminary photos and swatches.

09/10/2012

MAC Marilyn Monroe Collection Haul, Swatches



In early May 2012,
Lolita Lempicka launched a new fragrance named 
Lolita Lempicka L'Eau en Blanc 
or “water in white”.

"The fragrance is dreamy and romantic, 
inspired by the scent of white violets, 
which is interpreted in the signature Lolita Lempicka gourmand style. 

The top notes include powdery iris and violet leaves. 
Violet flower in the heart is enriched with sweet aromas of 
cherry, raspberry and licorice, 
while the base is woody and oriental due to accords of 
vetiver, tonka bean, heliotrope and musk."
- Fragrantica.com

It is definitely a floral gourmand type of scent, 
with a soapy/powdery finish.
Slightly sweet, slightly woody, slight musk
but I can barely smell the cherry and raspberry it claims.

Personally, I don't mind this perfume, 
it's just not something I would fall for.
It is pleasant one though, and safe for work.
It is not something I would wear on an evening date or out partying.
But rather, it makes me think of pleasant picnics in the park.

It typically lasts 3-6 hours on my skin,
with mild to moderate sillage.

The fragrance is available in 30, 50 and 80 ml.


Have you tried this fragrance?
What do you think? ♥

Livia xx

Lolita Lempicka L'Eau en Blanc Review


I am slowly getting into perfumes, and while perusing my local House of Fraser, I smelled a whiff of this walking past the perfumerie and was immediately drawn to the Lancome counter. When I asked the lovely lady attending, it was the new Lancome fragrance -- La Vie Est Belle perfume.

Housed in a gorgeous glass bottle, this scent is as sweet as it looks.

My first thoughts were 'it smells just like candy floss!' with a hint of vanilla and praline. It is so very slightly powdery, which I find keeps the sweetness from being overpowering. I wanted some time to decide on what perfumes I buy, so the lovely lady gave me a sample to take home.

"La Vie Est Belle is a new Lancome fragrance, available on the market from fall 2012. The concept of this fragrance is centered on the idea of natural and simple beauty, freedom from conventions and the choice of once own vision of happiness.

The fragrance is a kind of outlook on life, inspired by joy and pleasure in small things. This gourmand yet elegant composition is developed by perfumers Olivier Polge, Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo.

The final formula is the result achieved after three years of probation and 5000 versions. Iris is the key ingredient of the perfume, surrounded by orange blossoms and jasmine in the heart.

The composition’s opening provides fruity flavors of black currant and pear, while the base is warm, gourmand and powdery due to almond-like accords of tonka bean, praline, patchouli and vanilla.

The flacon is a redesigned version of the classic Lancome bottle from 1949. Actress Julia Roberts is the face of the campaign, shot by director Tarsem Singh." - Fragrantica.com

I've tried it a few times and I've got to say, the scent does linger on for a long time around 7-12 hours.

The only downside is that because of how sweet this smells it sure does not help an empty stomach!

Lancome La Vie Est Belle Eau De Parfum is priced at £39/56/70 for 30/50/70ml respectively. It is available from your local department store (House of Fraser, Selfridges, Debenhams, John Lewis) or the Lancome website.

What do you think? ♥ 

Livia xx


PS. I would suggest checking out this perfume (and any scents for that matter) in person before buying it as we all tend to have differences in tastes, and what works for me may not work for you. (although I do adore this perfume!!)

06/10/2012

Lancome La Vie Est Belle Eau De Parfum Review


Explore your wild side with the Japonesque Safari Chic brush set
the perfect, take everywhere 3-piece set 
featuring unique animal print brushes.


A signature microfibre case holds the distinctive, ultra-plush brushes
expertly designed for flawless makeup application.


This exclusive set is animal-friendly -- handmade using synthetic hair.

The fibres are ultra-soft, yet firm.


This set includes:
1 x Powder brush - I love for applying blushes and bronzers
1 x Shadow brush - for a sheer wash of colour
1 x Crease brush - also good for blending


For £28, this ultra-soft trio is available from www.HQHair.com.

What do you think? ♥
Livia xx

05/10/2012

Japonesque Safari Chic Brush Set


Wildly chic, create a perfectly luminous complexion 
with Japonesque Safari Chic Bronzer Brush.





Exclusively designed with unique, animal print bristles, 
this is an extra-soft, dome-shaped brush,
much like the MAC kabuki brushes,
with its short stubby and high bristle density features.

With regards to the animal print design,
I think it would have been better
if there were several orange spots
opposed to one giant spot,
but it really doesn't bother me at all.

I have been using this to apply powder foundation and powder blushes.

But it can also be used to apply bronzers, luminizers and shimmer powders.

It delivers exceptional results – every time. 

I love it!

Made with synthetic fibres, the Safari collection is animal-friendly.
Priced at £19.50, this amazing brush is available from www.hqhair.com.

What do you think? ♥

Livia xx

Disclaimer: Some products in this post were provided for consideration for review. These are my honest opinions as always!

03/10/2012

Japonesque Safari Chic Bronzer Brush


I just love curling my lashes.
If there was only one thing I could do to brighten up my look
it would be to curl my lashes.
It instantly makes your eyes look wider
doe-eyed and brighter.
Enter a new favourite beauty tool:
the Japonesque Go Curl Pink Pocket Eyelash curler.

I love it's unique compact efficient design.
It is tiny. Probably half the size of the usual eyelash curlers.
The easel back flips down for the leverage needed to produce a curl. 
A spare curling pad is tucked inside at the bottom.
It is made of lightweight plastic, which can feel cheap ish, but it sure does the trick:
The Go Curl Eyelash Curler from Japonesque creates 
amazing deep sweeping lashes, and long-lasting curls:
I once tried to curl my lashes (without mascara)
and when I woke up the next morning, 
I was so pleasantly surprised that the curl still remained!
The only con I have is that due to its design
it can be quite difficult to see which lashes you pinch
as part of the design can obstruct your view.
But I've found the results to be quite amazing
so its still worth it!

Join breast cancer awareness month with this amazing little pink gem,
which should be added to my list of favourite curlers in my post: my lash curling history.

Find your pink pocket curler at HQHair.com 
priced at an amazing affordable price: £10.
For every item purchased, 
$1 will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness Research.
I definitely recommend it!
What do you think? ♥
Livia xx
Disclaimer: Some products in this post were provided for consideration for review. These are my honest opinions as always!

01/10/2012

Japonesque Go Curl Pink Pocket Eyelash Curler

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