Lust Have: No7 Spring Collection Gel Liners

As a recent convert to gel liners (Bobbi Brown I love you) I couldn’t wait to try the Limited Edition gel liners from No7’s Spring Collection and I’m happy to report that they didn’t disappoint.

The consistency is very creamy, which makes them easy to apply and “play” with to create the perfect look, once it dries, it stays put for hours. That’s what I love about Gel liners, no smudge. They come with a mini brush, which is handy to keep in your purse, but I find you get better control with a regular sized brush.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, there’s been some mixed reviews, but all in all, a pretty good effort from No7.

Currently available in three great shades, here’s what Lisa Eldridge No7 make-up artist and creative director said..

“Fabulous gel eye liners to focus your BardotKitten eyed look. Gel formulations are so mucheasier than liquids because their creamy textureallows for a longer application time…so time toperfect your flick!
In three great shades, black is a total classic, blue is a chic and softer alternative to black and the creamy bright turquoise is just fabulous for making a bold eye statement.”
 
Do they rival the Bobbi Brown ones? For me, no, but that doesn’t mean I can’t find a place in my heart, and make up bag for them. A snip at £10, no wonder they’re flying off the shelves. Right now available in the 3 for 2 offer.
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Bafta Make Up 2011 – Red Lips

Happy Valentine ’s Day Ladies!

If you only do one thing this Valentine’s Day, why no treat yourself to a red lipstick! Like the glamoratzi on last night’s Bafta red carpet demonstrated, there’s nothing like a touch of rogue to brighten up your look, and your day.

Eva Green rocking vampish red

Julianne Moore showing red hair and red lips don’t clash

Jessica Alba sizzling in a coral shade

Sarah Harding rocking the full “hollwwood” Look

Red lips are really accessible and surprisingly easy to wear – Berry, Cherry, Plum or Blood Red, you’ll find a shade that suits you. Whether you’ve got time to peruse the offerings at your nearest department store, or just pop in your local supermarket, you’ll find a red lipstick.

Try 17 Lasting Fix Lipstick £4.29 in Hot Chilli

Or Gosh Velvet Touch Lipstick in Lambada, £6.49 from Superdrug stores.

Or for a lipstick that doesn’t feel like a lipstick, try Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Colour in Old Hollywood, £16.

Longlasting tip – apply several layers of lipstick, blotting with tissue between each one.

Whether you’re being whisked away for a romantic evening, or sitting home alone watching Eastenders – you’ll do it better in red!

REVIEW: BOBBI BROWN LONG WEAR GEL LINER AND CREAM SHADOW EYE KIT

When I stumbled upon this eye kit on a Bobbi Brown counter last week, I couldn’t resist. This fab eye kit includes the award winning Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink, Long Wear Gel Cream Shadow in Velvet Plum, Dual Ended Cream Shadow/Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush and Mini Extreme Party Mascara. It’s the perfect solution to instantly update your eye make up.

Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner

Designed to give the look of liquid liner with the ease & feel of a gel formula. It claims to be Long-wearing, water-resistant, smear and crease proof, and it comes up trumps on all counts. Suprisingly easy to apply and extremely long lasting, it’s no wonder this product blows the others out the water, and it has the awards to prove it. The short handled brush gives lots of control – use flat for a thicker line, or turn to the side for pencil thin line. The product dries quickly but gives just enough time to “play” around for the perfect line.

Long Wear Gel Cream Shadow

Why o why have I never used a cream eye shadow before! I assumed that being a cream it would sink into the creases of the eye, how wrong I was.  This product is simply AMAZING! So easy to apply with the cream shadow end of the brush, or fingers if you feel more comfortable; It looks as vivid on the eye as it does in the pot. Whilst it’s a cream, it’s not too creamy. There’s time to “play” but it dries quickly and like the gel liner, doesn’t budge until it’s washed off. You can also layer it up for extra impact. The shade is a gold flecked colour with a hint of plum. Needless to say I’m a convert, I’m so impressed I’ll be back to Bobbi Brown soon to try some more shades.

The set also includes a dual ended liner and cream shadow brush and mini party wear liner. It’s a great starter kit if you’ve never used these products before and great value at £32 (the liner and shadow cost that alone) no wonder it’s sold out on Bobbi’s website, still available online from House of Fraser £32 and selcted counters nationwide.

LUST HAVE: Bobbi Brown’s New Rich Lip Color

There are at least two reasons to be happy today 1) It’s no longer January 2) Bobbi Brown’s new Rich Lip Colours are out.

Offering a new era in Lipsticks, Bobbi’s Rich Lip Colours look like a lipstick but don’t feel like one. The lightweight formula offers rich, long lasting colour and at the same time moisturises and conditions lips.

What’s more the range of colours are right on trend from chalky pastel pinks (bikini pink) to shocking reds (old hollywood).

Bobbi says: “What makes these lipsticks so modern is a formula that combines pigments with a colourless lipstick base. The result is crisp, clear colour and full coverage without a heavy feeling.”

Available now £16 in 12 shades….

Bikini Pink

Soft Coral

Bare Pink

Heather Pink

Mod Pink

Plum Rose

Rose Blossom

Guava

Sweet Nectar

Cosmic Raspberry

Old Hollywood

Crimson

The only problem is I want them all!

Make Up Trends Spring/Summer 2011 – Metal and Glitter

Our look at the key spring/summer make up trends continues…

 The 70s is back with a bang this season; the hair, the hats and of course the make up! Cue glam rock and heavy metal.

When Giles went glittertastic  during London fashion week back in September, showcasing serious seventies decadence , I must admit, I wasn’t sure it would catch on….

But the look doesn’t have to be quite so bold. Why not try smudging some glitter along the lower lash line for a hint of glam rock or in the eyes inner corners to make them “ping”.

Barry M’s Dazzle Dusts are one of my faves, and a snip at £4.59. These luscious shades can be applied bright and bold or shimmering and subtle, with over 60 original colours to choose from everyone can find a favourite pot or two or three…

Prada showed off something a little more wearable, but again, adapt the look to suit you. Silver is a super colour. It suits most eye colours and complexions, bu if you don’t feel comfortable taking a bold shadow up to the brow line, simply dust some silver along the lids for an instant update.

Add some(not too) heavy metal with Bobbi Brown’s award winning Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Graphite Shimmer Ink to give your make up a simple but effective hint of metal.

Whether you go for all out glam rock or a hint of sparkle, make sure you’ve got some glitter in your make up bag this season and release your inner disco diva.

Bobbi Brown’s Pretty Powerful Face Palettes

Don’t let “Blue Monday” drag you down –  add some colour, shimmer and shine to brighten up your day with Bobbi Brown’s new Pretty Powerful face palettes.

 

Bobbi embodies her “Healthy, natural makeup doesn’t mean nude or washed out” philosophy with these two fantastic palettes, each featuring four beautifully wearable pink and brown eye colours, a blush and a shot of bright pink for the eyes.

At £42 they don’t come cheap, but for 5 fabulous bobbi brown products encased in one super cute palette for all you ladies on the go, I’d say it’s well worth the price tag, and if it brightens up these grey January mornings, I’d go so far as to say it’s a bargain!

Pretty Face Palette – best suited for fair to medium complexions

Containing:

Ivory Eye Shadow, Pink Chiffon Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow, Pink Flannel Eye Shadow & Chocolate Caviar Eye Shadow

Pretty Pink Blush

Soiree Pink Glitter Lip Gloss, Bubble Bath Lip Gloss & Sandwash Pink Lip Color

Powerful Face Palette – best suited for medium to deep complexions

Containing:

Navajo Eye Shadow, Burnished Rose Eye Shadow, Rose Gold Shimmer Eye Shadow & Chocolate Caviar Eye Shadow

Plum Blush

Pink Pudding Lip Gloss, Pink Bouquet Glitter Lip Gloss & Powerful Pink Lip Color

You’ll be so busy creating new looks you’ll forget you ever had winter blues.

Available now at House of Fraser and Selfridges counters, as well as online at bobbi brown.