Friday, 20 March 2015

GOSH SS2015; Nail Lacquer, Eyelight Trio and Xtreme Liquid gel Eyeliner.

In February I attended the GOSH SS2015 Press Day, to see what new products were instore for the season ahead. I will be focusing on three product ranges that are available as part of the SS2015 launch, the Nail Lacquers, Eyelight Trios and Xtreme Liquid Gel Eyeliner.

GOSH SS2015 Nail Lacquers
The nail polishes aren't new in themselves, but 7 new shades have been launched in line with the brighter and pastel shades predicted for Spring Summer. These are in a fast-drying formula and high-shine finish and a big brush with rounded tip, which I love. I have 5 out of the 7 shades (in order as they appear above); Snow White is what it says on the tin, a white nail polish I'll probably never wear, clashes with my skintone. Seafoam is a gorgeous pale blue that I wouldn't have picked personally, but quite like. Apple Bloom is a pastel green, French Dream a pastel lilac pink. And finally Sunkissed, a gorgeous coral, right up my street. These retail for £3.99 each, instore and online at Superdrug.
GOSH SS2015 Eyelight Trios
Next up is the Eyelight Trios, these are round eyeshadow compacts with 3 shades in differing textures, an irridescent highlighter, a glitter and a satin finish. I absolutely love these, gorgeous pigmented shadows at an affordable £6.99, they are also perfume and paraben free. There are 4 shades in total, I have the 3 above, 004 Vanilla Sky, 003 Chunky Chocolate (my fave) and 002 Fairytale.
GOSH SS2015 Xtreme Liquid Gel Liners
Last but by no means least is the Xtreme Liquid Gel liners; these are new and come in 9 colourful shades in a long lasting, waterproof, smudge proof, fast drying formula, that's perfume and paraben free. The tip of the applicator is very thin for easy application along the lash line, but you can build up for a thicker line if you prefer, but these are not suitable for use on the waterline. The shades include (in order as they appear above) 003 Gunmetal, 005 Bronze, 001 Black (pure black), 002 Black Night (contains glitter), 008 Royal Blue, 004 Silver, 009 Turquoise, 006 Plum, 007 Lavender.  If you're looking for affordable colourful liquid liners, you can't go far wrong with these at £5.99 each.

Have you tried anything from the SS2015 range yet?

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Premae Mattifying Mousse Foundation!!!

Premae skincare is the brainchild of Dr. Clare Eluka, qualified allergy practitioner and one of UK's top 20 natural beauty experts. She launched Premae in 2011, inspired by her own acne and eczema issues, Premae is now a multi award winning brand, with its recyclable packaging and vegan ethically sourced ingredients, they also support charitable bodies like the Allergy Foundation.
Premae Wonder Woman Event
Earlier this month I was invited as a Brownbeautytalk writer to attend the Premae Wonder Woman Event at the W Hotel in Leicester Square, and gifted the Mattifying Mousse Foundation, I was coloured match to shade 09 Maple.

Premae Mattifying Mouse Foundation
I was shocked to be colour matched to 09 Maple out of the 15 shades available, the makeup artists did have a hard task on their hands, colour matching in dark club like conditions. I was sure the foundation, that states it's for dark olive to light golden complexions, would be too light for me. I'm shocked to find it's a nice match, saying that thought, I doubt it'll still match come summer. I dot the foundation on my face with fingers and buff it in with a brush; it glides onto skin, and feels very soft. Premae state the foundation is suitable for all skin types, I have combination skin and and find this gives a luminous finish, it doesn't exacerbate oily areas too much and feels comfortable on dry areas, so I wouldn't let the word Mattifying put too many dry skinned beauties off. I do have to touch up once or twice throughout the day on my T-zone, which is typical for me.

Premae MMFoundation swatch and blended swatch
This is the world's first Mango Butter based foundation, it also contains Jojoba, Lavender essentials oils and Rose, the coverage is buildable to about a medium coverage. Mango and Jojoba help shield the skin from free radicals, and Dr. Clare states that with long term use the skins texture gets softer, who wouldn't want that?! Premae state it's soft enough to sleep in, as its gluten, nut, paraben, petrochemical and SLS free. I haven't been brave enough to sleep in it, mainly because I don't want brown pillows when I wake up in the morning.

Premae Mattifying Mouse Foundation Ingredients
I'm really enjoying using this foundation, and it's great to know that long-term it's doing my skin good, and on the odd occasion I do fall asleep in my makeup, I won't wake up the next day and feel guilty.

Have you tried this foundation or anything from the Premae Skincare range? The MM foundation can be found here and cost £29 for 15ml.

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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Hema CC Perfecting Foundation and Pretty Lips Lipgloss

Hema; the Dutch equivalent to Ikea, except with beauty item launched in the UK in September 2014, they have everything from clothing, toys, kitchen utensils as well as furniture and the aforementioned beauty. There are 3 UK stores in Victoria, Bromley and Kingston, as well as an online store. The beauty range offers a wide variety of products from Mascara, makeup brushes to blusher, makeup bags and foundation, at an affordable price. I received the CC Perfecting Foundation and Pretty Lips Lipgloss, both with SPF15.

Hema Foundation and Pretty Lips Lipgloss
At £12 the CC Perfecting Foundation is one of the more expensive base products that Hema offers, so it’s definitely an affordable range. This base product claims to firm the skin, with the addition of natural oat extract , while giving a flawless medium to full coverage, mattifying finish and added SPF15. The SPF 15 can also help to prevent sun damage, it does not flashback in photography or appear ashy on the skin. It’s housed in a clear plastic pump bottle, with the standard 30ml of product with no added perfume and comes in 9 shades. I have shade N0 7, which is a perfect match for me (I usually fall between NC45-50 depending on the season). Being a colour correcting (CC) base, it has a good mixture of yellow and orange undertones, which help to balance out pigmentation on the skin and prevent those areas going ashy. I am absolutely loving this foundation, it’s a good colour match, lasts well and has buildable coverage. I do find that I require a touch up or 2 throughout the day, especially in my T-zone, but still feel this will be suitable for most skin types.
Hema Foundation Swatch
The Pretty Lips SPF15 Lipgloss is a new addition to the Hema lip range and actually looks like a tinted lipbalm, so I was initially confused as to why it was called a lipgloss. Hema state it’s a combination of lipstick and gloss and comes in 8 shades, it’s housed in a colour coded lipbalm type tube, that twists up to reveal the product. I received shade 17 Spicy Brown, which is a muted pinky brown shade, that is quite perfumed, but that dissipates quickly once applied. The pigment on these is very sheer, the gloss has a lot of slip to it and a glossy finish that’s comfortable to wear, but not as hydrating as a balm.

The Hema beauty range is available at The foundation range starts from £3.50 and the Pretty Lips Lipgloss is £5.50, but I couldn’t actually find these on the website.
Have you tried anything from this range?
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