11 February 2016

Clarins Spring Collection

Clarins Spring Collection

Clarins Spring Collection

Clarins Spring Collection

Clarins Spring Collection

Clarins Spring Collection

When it comes to Clarins I'm always a big fan of their seasonal releases, especially their Spring collections as the always seem to nail it. Their past Spring releases have embodied blooming flowers and light pinks and this year is no different. I've included all of their latest releases in one post to save you on scrolling time. 

Firstly, let's talk about the new shades they've added to their incredible Joli Rouge Lipstick range. Because of the success of these lipsticks they have added a number of new shades ranging from Cherry Red (featured in this YouTube tutorial) to lilacy pink hues. What I love about these lipsticks is that although they're super hydrating they also last and leave a lovely stain/tint on the lips.

Next is their new Spring Instant Glow Collection, which the name itself just suggests everything you need in a collection. There are 4 new shades of the Rouge Eclat Lipsicks, along with two new shades of the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors (amazing, I know). There's a beautiful mini, super compact eye shadow palette which contains a mix of the most stunning bronzed shades and then also 6 new of their Ombre Iridescent Cream to Powder Shadows. Then finally a new Multi-Blush cream to powder blush in the shade Rose, which seems very fitting. 

Lastly, is something very exciting. As you know from previous posts, I'm a huge fan of the whole Instant Light Lip Perfecting range and Clarins definitely listened to their customers as they've release a new Lip Perfecting Base. This aims to prolong lip products whilst also keeping them in place. I like to use this in the morning before I apply anything to my lips as it acts as a lip balm, hydrating the lips and then also creates a beautiful base for lipsticks. 

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3 February 2016

From Lancome With Love Collection

From Lancome With Love

From Lancome With Love

From Lancome With Love

From Lancome With Love

If ever there was a perfect Spring collection, I think this would it be. The Lancome 'From Lancome with Love' spring collection is a range of stunning pastel shades and insanely cute packaging. Their Miracle Cushion foundation has had a beautiful Parisian illustrated make over with the cutest image of a girl holding pastel shaded balloons. The case is limited edition and just pops right onto the existing Miracle Cushion foundation.

The new limited edition nail shades are a mixture of stunning milky pastel shades, I have the shades 148 which is a milkshake style apricot shade and 153, a deep milky pink shade. There has also been a twist added to the Rouge Love lipsticks with the release of 3 new shades, I have the shade 407 Pastel Tangerine, which is such a pretty coral shade that I just cannot wait to wear with a tan.

Then finally there are 3 new Lip Lover shades, I have 408, which looks almost like a bubble hum pink shade but just adds a lovely baby pink tint to the lips and is super comfortable to wear. 

As I write this post it's finally light in the morning and it's getting me so exciting for Spring! I think my favourite piece from the collection is the limited edition packaging for the Miracle Cushion foundation because it's absolutely stunning and is something that I would want to keep as a collectors item in years to come.

The full collection is available now online starting at £13.50.




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28 January 2016

Jo Malone Orris & Sandalwood Cologne Intense


Jo Malone Orris & Sandalwood Cologne Intense

Jo Malone Orris & Sandalwood Cologne Intense

Jo Malone Orris & Sandalwood Cologne Intense

Jo Malone Orris & Sandalwood Cologne Intense

Jo Malone Orris & Sandalwood Cologne Intense

There hasn't yet been a new fragrance launch from Jo Malone that I haven't loved and the new Orris & Sandalwood scent is no different. I absolutely love the Jo Malone Cologne Intense range they're basically a selection of the most seductive intense fragrances you can imagine. Everything from the black bottle to the range of scents just screams luxury.  The new addition to the Cologne Intense range is Orris and Sandalwood which I can only describe as a really intense version of powdery parma violets. I know that parma violets aren't to everyone's taste but the scent is in no way sweet but deep, musky and sultury. It contains top notes of Violet (durr) heart notes or Orris and then the base notes of Sandalwood. The combination results is such a beautiful and captivating scent which I think is suitable for both men and women. I think the addition of the Orris and Sandalwood really balance out the violet scent making it such a unisex scent.

As the name suggests the scent is very intense so you only need to spritz a small amount for it to last all day. It also pairs beautifully with the Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamon scent adding another level of complexity with the two also balancing each other out. 

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25 January 2016

Tom Ford Lips & Boys Selfridges

Tom Ford Lips & Boys

Tom Ford Lips & Boys

Tom Ford Lips & Boys


If you follow me on Snapchat (Gemmalondonlife) you'll have seen that last week I paid a special visit to the Tom Ford counter in Selfridges and this is because, until the 27th they have an exclusive pop up for their Lips and Boys collection. If you're familiar with the Lips and Boys collection from Tom Ford, you'll know that when they first launched all shades were only limited edition. Well now they're all back permanently with the addition of brand new shades. To celebrate this Tom Ford have a photo booth pop up right in the centre of the Selfridges beauty haul where you can have a play with the new shades, get your picture taken and even get a glass of champagne. 

What I love about the Lips & Boys collection (along with the fact that they're all named after men in his life) is that all the lipsticks are perfect handbag and even better, clutch sized. They're super dinky but still contain a good amount of product that will last a while. Compared to the original Tom Ford lipsticks they look so super cute on the dressing table! If I were to recommend a shade from the collection it would be either Flynn a really peachy pink shade or Henry which is a beautiful nude brown shade. They sit really comfortably on the lips and contain a host of skin loving ingredients to nourish any dry winter lips. This means that you can wear their brightest shades without a hint of dry chapped lips. 

The Tom Ford Lips & Boys pop up will be in Selfridges until January 27th but the entire collection is here to stay! Which is your favourite?

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22 January 2016

The White Company- Lime and Bay




I have a new favourite candle and it's perfect for new beginnings and the start of the year. The candle is part of the latest release from The White Company, the Lime & Bay collection. I love The White Company candles as they really throw out an amazing amount of scent even when unlit and fill the whole room with beautiful fragrance. I think fresh scents are perfect for this time or year as they almost feel like your cleansing your house for the new year. The candle contains notes of exotic mandarin, pink grapefruit, bergamot, orange, lime and lemon along with jasmine buds, lime blossom, gingers, crushed bay leaves and warming patchouli. The concoction of fresh fruits is what make this scent so unique and beautiful then the bay leaves, bergamot and patchouli add a level of depth and muskyness.

The range contains the Signature Candle (shown above), a Large Candle with 3 wicks, a set of 12 tTa Lights, a diffuser and Room Spray. I've tried all of these products from The White Company and they all last the longest time and are great value for money. 

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13 January 2016

The Best Of 2015


PRODUCTS


This year I wanted to film a real mix of beauty, skincare and fashion favourites. I didn't stick to the usual categories of one mascara, one eyeliner etc but instead I picked only the products that stood out to me over the course of 2014. Head over to my YouTube channel for more beauty & fashion videos!

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11 January 2016

Benefit Porefessional Matte Rescue & Instant Wipeout Mask

Benefit Porefessional

Benefit Porefessional Matte Rescue

Benefit Porefessional Instant Wipeout Mask

At the end of January Benefit will be launching the new additions to their Porefessional family. I'm a big fan of the original porefessional primer but the new primer promises to provide a matte finish all day but in a hydrating gel form. I feel like Benefit have really answered my prayers here as my only issue with the original primer is that it feels quite drying during the winter so the release of a gel version is very welcome. I find that when the weather is cold the last thing that my skin needs is a dry primer. The new Porefessional Matte Rescue (£21.50) comes in a cooling gel formula that applies smoothly to the skin and leaves your T Zone matte all day. This has been my go to primer for the past few months and I haven't found that it breaks me out or does anything strange to my make up, it just leaves my base looking smooth and, well, matte.

The second part of this release is actually a mask and let me start by saying that it's the only mask that I've ever noticed an immediate difference the next day. The Instant Wipeout Mask (6 sachets for £24.50) aims to tighten pores, remove blackhead and generally de-clog the area it's applied to. It works as a sheet mask and you apply it to the area that you want to be clear. I applied it to my inner cheek area and across the nose. I have to say that the sensation and smell is quite overpowering. It smells of really intense tea tree oil and feels really tingly on the skin, I had to lie down with my eyes closed because I couldn't keep my eyes open. Although over powering the results are worth it. The next day I woke up with a completely smooth and clear area on my nose where I normally have black heads and clogged pores. You get six sachets in the cute little briefcase box and I love idea that you press the big turquoise button to release the liquid! 

Both products launch on the 30th of Jan and will be sold exclusively to Benefit.


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