Tuesday, February 21, 2017

EVENT: Lancome x Jaesuk Kim @ Sun Studios Alexandria


I have been the most honoured to recently attend Lancôme's launch celebrating their collaboration with renowned international fashion illustrator, Jaesuk Kim (JSK) at Sun Studios.

JSK is best known for illustrating the Susu Girl (as seen in the illustration above and on Lancôme's Gift with Purchase makeup bags towards the end of the post). Susu girls project a chic representation, showcasing Lancôme's key values via JSK's artistic aptitude as Susu girls are modern, elegant and joyful while encompassing Parisienne elegance.


The evening kicked off with a speech by General Manager, Ali Shoraka welcoming media, talking through the collaborating with JSK and providing insight to the Lancôme's vision and direction as a brand.

We were welcomed to witness JSK at work as he created a masterpiece with 3 paint colours with water in minutes. It would take years to master such amazing water colour craftsmanship!

Jaesuk Kim and Ali Shoraka
Susu Girl

Below you can see JSK putting final touches on his Susu Girls prints by applying gold, silver and bronze leaf for guests. We were so lucky to each take home a beautiful individualised leaf print of JSK's infamous Susu girl. I am currently in the process of finding a suitable frame for my Susu girl print!

I have fallen in love with Susu girls, Lancôme couldn't have picked a better illustrator to collaborate with and I cannot wait to hopefully see Susu girls on Lancôme's packaging!!

Jaesuk Kim
Gift with Purchase
Gift with Purchase - Photo courtesy of Lancôme

I wouldn't usually be in awe of GWP makeup bags, but JSK's illustration on a Lancôme GWP is a timeless piece to collect. The first of these collaborations launched 12th of February, exclusively at David Jones until 5th of March. Now that you've seen the visual aesthetics, it's time to fuel your visual hunger one event at a time. The cakes you see photographed below, were delicious, I had about 4. So much for healthy eating!

Photo Courtesy of Lacome Australia


Have you seen JSK's Susu girls before?


*Lily not Louise attended this event as a guest of Lancôme.

Friday, February 17, 2017

EVENT: Scout Cosmetics Skincare Launch @ Chiswick Restaurant


I recently attended Scout Cosmetics' skincare launch at Chiswick. Scout Cosmetics is known for their natural and organic makeup products, now they are back with a beautiful range of holistic, certified organic skincare range using home-grown superfoods. From nature with love.

We had a beautiful 3-course meal as Sylvie Hutchings, Founder of Scout Cosmetics walked us through the newest members to join the Scout Family. Scout Cosmetics was born following Sylvie's cancer treatment, the last thing Sylvie wanted to use on her self was more chemicals. From cosmetics to skincare, Scout Cosmetics has made a mark in the organic industry.


There's me snapping away with a glass of white wine. Photo courtesy of Platinummc


A list of products launched:

  • Daily Revitalise Cleansing Crème with Lemon Myrtle, Papaya and coconut
  • Super Fruit Exfoliating Wash-Off Cleanser with Blueberries, Grape Skin and Acai
  • Balance and Replenish Light Moisturiser with Calendula, Red Mandarin and Pumpkin
  • Nourish and Hydrate Moisture Defence Crème with White Tea, Pomegranate and Macadamia
  • Cell Renewal Peptide Serum with Green Tea, Ginseng and Fig
  • Vitamin C Brightening Serum with Kakadu Plum, Tumeric and Rosehip

Key Australian Certified Organic Superfood Ingredients forming the foundations of the new range:

Desert Lime: Promotes collagen productions and skin repair by boosting hydration. High levels of Vitamin C to help reduce pigmentation and increase antioxidant levels. Great for sensitive and irritated skin.

Davidson Plum: Powerful Antioxidant designed to fight free radicals causing the signs of ageing. It also acts as a stabiliser for Vitamin C so it perfectly complements desert lime. For a plump and firmer skin surface.

Kangaroo Apple: Works to reduce inflammation and brighten the skin for a more even skin tone and texture. Promotes radiant and smooth skin.



Each product within the range contains over 80% certified organic ingredients. Ingredients injected into the new skincare range includes but not limited to Virgin Coconut, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B3, Sea Buckthorn Berry oil, Bulgarian Rose and Bilberry.

Scout Cosmetics Skincare range is designed to deliver results. Products possess beautiful subtle scents with natural ingredients. You will feel like you are putting nature on your skin.


The beautiful Sylvie Hutchings

You guys know that I always take care of your visual hunger, so below are some food photos. We had a delicious 3 course share plate, but we received a dessert each, which was great because I really cannot share a Pav - I would eat it all while no one else is looking. The food was amazing, tender and a lot of the produce are all grown on site. There's a veggie patch area you can see from inside the area we were in. This couldn't have been a better restaurant to launch a Scout's skincare range.




With these beauties. Left is Tashi from @teacupofmakeup and right is Mel from @aussiebeautytalk
Photo courtesy of Platinummc

 Disclaimer: Lily not Louise attended this event as a guest of Scout Cosmetics

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Natural Instinct Tinted Face Natural Sunscreen Review


This is the first time I have encountered a sunscreen using naturally derived ingredients, my partner mostly refuse to wear sunscreen due to the amount of chemicals, he felt that if the sun doesn't get you, the toxicity in the sunscreen will. I've always been on the fence about his philosophy and felt that I'd rather protect my skin. Well, now I know that I can still protect my skin using a product that excludes over 400 harmful ingredients.

Today we take a look at Natural Instinct!

 ABOUT NATURAL INSTINCT TINTED FACE NATURAL SUNSCREEN


  • UVA and UVB Broad Spectrum
  • Contains Zinc Oxide UV blockers to reflect harmful UV rays.
  • Hydrating tinted formulation uses naturally derived ingredients to provide broad UVA and UVB protection. Preventing signs of ageing.
  • Delivers an even skin tone blending to a natural finish.
  • Powerful antioxidants: Rosehip Oil, Green Tea and Vitamin E to replenish and deeply moisturise the skin.
  • Shake well before use and re-apply every 2 hours. Can be used under foundation.
  • Tinted Protection with Anti-oxidants
  • 3 Hours Water Resistant
  • SPF 30
Price: $17.95AUD

Natural Instincts Tinted Face Natural Sunscreen
Natural Instinct Tinted Face Natural Sunscreen - Blended

MY VERDICT

  • Natural Instinct Tinted Face Sunscreen comes in a convenient squeeze bottle, the sunscreen itself doesn't have any particular scent, the tint appears quite dark which blends out to match my medium skin tone. I personally feel that the sunscreen may appear too dark on fair skin however it would suit NC30 and onwards perfectly.
  • Just an FYI for my oily-skinned gals and guys, the finish of this sunscreen is slightly oily, it is however suitable for my dry skin because I long for that shine and natural glow. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I know that non-naturally derived sunscreen contains a certain chemical to make the product matte and non-oily... I honestly don't mind the finish as it can be easily with translucent powder over the top to slightly matify my face - but also remember my skin is quite dry. The tint is great for good skin days and did manage to hide very small blemishes/discolouration, however you may need a touch of concealer to cover more visible imperfections.
  • The sunscreen did not cause dry patches to my face and was overall comfortable to wear throughout the day. It just gives me a piece of mind knowing that I am using a sunscreen with no nasty chemicals that may cause further damage to my skin and wellbeing long term.

Have you tried a natural sunscreen? Would you pick a natural sunscreen over your current sunscreen?

Disclaimer: This product was provided for editorial purposes, all opinions are my own.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel Review


At 9pm on a weeknight, someone started knocking on our screen door. The sun dismissed the sky hours ago, it was pitch black. I was hesitant to open the door, who could it be at this time of the night?! Eventually I switched on the door light and there stands the delivery man with a Body Shop Bag. I opened the bag and there laid the beautiful emerald bottle of liquid peel.

Today we will look at an innovation in beauty that is a game changer!


ABOUT DROPS OF YOUTH LIQUID PEEL

  • Liquid peel is a revolutionary exfoliator, no more harsh abrasive scrubs and say hello to a gentle peeling solution to lift impurities from your skin.
  • Removes dead skin cells and residuals.
  • The texture is gel-to-peel, leaving your skin clean and purified from pollutants.
  • Reveals fresh, smoother and more luminous youthful-looking skin.
  • Reduces blemishes, signs of ageing and sun damage.
Price: $36.95AUD

HOW TO USE

Use 2-3 times per week for best results. Dispense 2 pumps onto fingertips and massage onto face for up to 20 seconds until exfoliating ‘residues’ appear noticeably and are peeled off. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Always remember to use sunscreen!


MY VERDICT

  • This is the first time I have ever tried or used a peel exfoliator, however I have been told on numerous occasions to avoid scrubs and harsh exfoliators on my face due to my severe dehydration. I have since been using cream exfoliators but for some strange reason I miss the act of scrubs!
  • I have been dispensing 2 pumps of Liquid Peel for my entire face, the peel comes in a translucent liquid gel form. Once I started massaging the gel onto my face in circular motions, the gel converted to a peel with slight solidification after 10-15 seconds (I assume this process also took away my dead skin cells).
  • I have read a review indicating the peel is difficult to wash off, under water yes it is, as a result, I have been rinsing my face under water and washing off the peel thoroughly with a foam cleanser.
  • By using this product 2-3 times per week I found my clogged pores to ease significantly while my skin appeared soft and smooth. My recommendation is to use this peel in the shower.
  • I found this to be the perfect product to alternate between my cream exfoliator!

Gel to Peel in action!

Have you tried a liquid peel?
Disclaimer: This product was provided for editorial purposes, all opinions are my own.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Shu Uemura Chinese New Year Rouge Limited Edition Neon Balms



Shu Uemura Chinese New Year Rouge Unlimited Neon Balm
  • The packaging features Plum Blossom, a symbol of longevity, prosperity and romance. A sign to a posperous new year.
  • Chinese New Year Edition lip balm
  • Neon colours in a smooth veil
  • Moistures lips while providing a coloured glow
  • Available in 2 shades: Melt in Orange and Glow in Pink
Price: $46 AUD

TOP: Melt in Orange BOTTOM: Glow in Pink

My Verdict

  • Shu Uemura continues to blow me away with their incredible, delicate  and elegant packaging. This is why I can never part from high end beauty products... the beautiful plum blossoms on the packaging makes me weak at the knees.
  • When I first saw the colours, the following dialogue ran through my mind "No.. no... No.. Noooo... How will I wear this colour?!". It wasn't until I applied the balm onto my lips, I realised it was sheer. Ah silly me. The swatch photo above is unfiltered, untouched and taken in natural lighting.
  • The balms provides a slight tint of colour while enhancing the natural colour of my lips. The texture is smooth, non-waxy and extremely moisturising. I find the pink neon balm exceptionally flattering for my lip colour.
  • I was required to re-apply the balm after approximately 40 minutes, exceeding 60 minutes, my lips did feel slightly dry so make sure to keep a balm in your bag!
  • This is perfect for natural everyday wear or work wear!

*The products featured in this post was provided for editorial purpose, all opinions are my own

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

LUSH Valentine's Day Collection 2017


My partner was the first guy to gift me a hand made Valentine's Day card. V'day was never really a thing to me until I received my first handmade card! He made the day special for me, in a sense that I became more demanding and wanting hand made cards every Valentine's, Birthday and Christmas!!! What you see above with the beautiful Lush goodies are just a few cards my partner made for me :)

Unfortunately due to our now busy work schedule, handmade cards are rare... now we just give each other Lush!

Below are just a few of Lush's limited edition Valentine's Day Collection this year.


CUPID BATH BOMB $6.95

An opulent bath time bouquet of calming rose and bergamot. A fantastically floral fizzer is full of uplifting bergamot, rose and violet leaf absolute, and its subtle sweetness is sure to melt your heart as it melts into your bathwater.

My boyfriend had dibs on this! Every year I gift him more and more bath bombs, he loves them and I LOVE that he loves them!


LOVE YOU, LOVE YOU LOTS SOAP $6.95

This is a beautiful soap with rose petal infusion, rose oil, rose syrup and even fresh rose petals. Oh my goodness, this soap smells amazing, like roses and lollies. I have already used half of this soap, my skin always feel well nourished and smells divine after each wash.



THE KISS LIP SCRUB $9.95

This smoothing blend of fine sea salt, caster sugar and fair trade cocao butter will soften the skin and leave a delicious taste on the lips. A little almond and mandarin oil sweetens, and the edible hearts are just for enjoyment!

I have always loved Lush's lip scrubs, I've owned Mint Julips and Popcorn (the most delicious of all - I kind of started eating it rather than using it as an actual scrub.....). I am so excited that there are edible hearts in this lip scrubs, makes the product even more special!


THE KISS LIP GLOSS $9.95

Pucker up, this beauty is infused with fair trade shea butter from the Ojoba women's cooperative in Ghana. This soft hydrating butter will moisturise your lips while the Kalahari melon and organic jojoba oils add a touch of the exotic. Organic illipe oil and agave syrup to give a lovely slip and delicious shine to your lips.

This is more of a balm that will give you a gorgeous shiny and frosty lips. It's super moisturising due to the shea butter and lasts for hours. Your lips won't experience any post-balm dryness.

If you are keen on any of the above or would like to see further products from Lush's Valentine's Day collection range, click here or head in stores now!
*The products featured in this post were provided for editorial purpose.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Simple Summer Look with Antipodes Cosmetics



I've never really thought about which season I like and which I didn't, I dislike the cold and gloomy days because I spend 75% of my working hours out of the office... yet at the same time I dislike the humid and stinking hot summers.

I don't think I need to tell you guys how much I love Antipodes right? It's a re-occuring brand on my blog, it's also a brand that I would buy/gift friends and familys. We all know Antipodes as a skincare brand, but Antipodes is expanding it's cosmetics range and I am beyond excited!!

Today I want to showcase an easy breezy summer look featuring the use of Antipodes Mineral Foundation, Natural Hair Kabuki Brush and lipsticks


ANTIPODES MINERAL FOUNDATION IN PALE PINK $39.95

- Hydrating, skin-perfect foundation features Vinanza Performance Plus to reduce facial flushing and earth minerals to help balance oil production
- This foundation is lightweight and suitable for all skin conditions including normal, oily, blemish-prone and rosacea.
-Dermatologically approved for Sensitive Skin*
- Available in 4 shades (01, pale pink, 02 light yellow, 03, medium beige, 04 Tan)
- SPF 17

MY VERDICT

This foundation was very impressive! It's finely milled and does not appear cakey following application. I was quite surprised that it did not significantly highlight or enlarge my pores like most other mineral foundation (I personally feel that if the powders are not finely milled it'll accentuate my pores).

The foundation provided a very natural coverage, I have been using it on no makeup, make up days. Despite my recently tanned skin, I was surprised that 01 Pale Pink was still workable (however I would probably now suit Medium Beige).

I love using this mineral foundation during this sweltering summer weather. My face won't melt off or feel unbreathable as I do when wearing liquid foundation.

Overall, giving this formula a two thumbs up!


ANTIPODES KABUKI BRUSH $29.95

- Natural hair
- Even and flawless application
- Soft natural hair (cruelty free, no animal was harmed in the making!)

MY VERDICT

An adorable and travel friendly brush, although this product was made from animal hair (I think it's goat hair?) however Antipodes assure their consumers that no animals were harmed!

This brush is the perfect size to grab all minerals from the lid. The bristles are natural so they are not as soft as synthetic brushes, so you may or may not like this brush based on personal preference. However, this brush performs quite well and provides an even application.

ANTIPODES LIPSTICK $31

- Available in 6 shades
- Nutrient rich avocado oil infused with lipstick
- Colour rich

MY VERDICT

The two shades I own are "Remarkably Red" which is not a true red, it has more of a purple undertone - this is my everyday go-to shade. The lipsticks are pigmented, smooth on application and fairly long lasting. I love the texture, it's not tacky, sticky or heavy, and sits feathery light on my lips. "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" is a stunning fuchsia, a colour I haven't been able to bring myself to wear!

The other thing that is worthy of mention is that these lipsticks are cruelty free without nasty chemicals so you won't need to be too concerned when you accidentally ingest some lippie on your lips!

VIDEO DEMO



*The products featured in this post were provided for editorial purposes, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sephora Showcase: Best of Sephora 2017



I have been lucky enough to attend the spectacular Sephora Showcase to check out the best in Sephora to be launched within the first half of this year. Some of the products are already on the shelves either at Sephora stores or online, others to be launched and it's worth the wait.

I personally noticed a boom in the natural and organic market, I suppose consumers are becoming more aware of what goes on our skin. Ok, so this is a really long post, so I won't keep you for any longer, lets start!


FARMACY


Farmacy is a natural skincare brand that is farmer cultivated and scientist activated. Their products contains naturally derived ingredients with no nasty chemicals. Farmacy have approximately 10 farmers working with them at the moment, growing and nurturing their key patent protected ingredient Echinacea Purpurea, Green Envy - containing the highest known concentration of potent natural antioxidant that helps to protect/firm the skin and normalises skin pigmentation. Farmacy also carry a few honey products!

Hero products includes Honey Potion, Honey Saviour and Sleep Tight Firming Balm




NEST FRAGRANCE

You probably have already seen NEST Fragrances in Sephora, there are already 7 gorgeous fragrances available in stores (if you haven't had a smell, do yourself a favourite and spray yourself with Nest next time you are at Sephora!). The newest edition is Black Tulip, key notes are Black Amber Plum, Pink Pepper and Japanese Violet. This is a provocative, seductive and alluring scent! I think you'd agree by looking at the beautiful art-work!



KAT VON D

Kat Von D needs no introduction. Let's get straight to it.

Kat's expanded her Lock It range, including more foundation shades, from the lightest light to the darkest dark, so all women of all colour are included. Inclusive in this range extension is Kat's Lock-It brightening powder and setting powder. I had a play with the brightening powder and it is the most wearable under eye powder for summer

If you watch Sephora on YouTube, you would've seen Kat's Pastel Goth Eyeshadow Palette, how crazy are the colours!? Don't fret, combined with Kat's new Alchemist Holographic Palette (triangle  shaped photographed below), every single shade in the Pastel Goth Palette will become ridiculously gorgeous and wearable.

I highly recommend everyone to go in store and swatch the Alchemist Holographic Palette once it launches in the next few months. Because the photos will not do this product justice, you gotta see it to believe it.




YOUTH TO THE PEOPLE

Youth to the People is a relatively new brand with 3 products (cleanser, serum and age prevention cream) launching in Sephora Australia. Imagine Superfood combined with Skincare. For those of you who cannot stand the taste of Kale... well...Youth to the People have included superfoods like Kale in their skincare, for you to use and not to taste! Believe me you will never know you are putting Kale based ingredients on your face, the products are barely scented.

Products are free from parabens, sulfates and phthalates.



TARTE COSMETICS

Lo and behold, Tarte has created a "Chill Out" line for the everyday women, those who want to work out and look good at the same time. Products include a waterproof mascara, tinted moisturiser, exfoliating stick and H2O moisturiser.

I couldn't resist but to take a shot of some of Tarte's popular palettes/makeup products, just look at them... urgh, my life is complete.





SEPHORA COLLECTION

If you are wondering what the most adorable collection is below, it's Sephora's limited edition Valentine's Day collection. Get your partner to get it for you, or buy it and gift it to yourself, because this collection is simply too adorable!

Other release coming to Sephora beauty includes charcoal micellar water, rouge tint collection and smoky eye stick eyeshadow.


ERNO LASZLO

I actually attended Erno Laszlo's cocktail party last year and did a post (click here) about their infamous double cleansing range, so I won't go into too much detail here. However, let me introduce to you Erno Laszlo's newest set: White Marble Collection. This collection works to illuminate and brighten the skin.

I had a play with the toner and it smelt/felt incredible! The back of my hand was so soft!


FIRST AID BEAUTY

First Aid Beauty, aka FAB (how good is that!?) is a simple yet effective skincare brand that will address common skin concerns with scientifically advanced formulas free from parabens and synthetic fragrances. FAB will treat your skin by providing both immediate relief and long term solutions, ideal for sensitive skin!

FAB's Ultra Repair Cream is their hero product, receiving 2016 Allure Best of Beauty Winner and have received countless positive feedback from women with sensitive skin.


GIVENCHY

Givenchy is an all time favourite stand to visit.

Their lipsticks are... I dare say, infallible and forever perfect/gorgeous. Their new release, Rouge Interdit lipsticks will leave you wanting more. I had a touch up by Givenchy's Makeup Artist, Ken at the event. The colour applied on me was No. 8 (the first lipstick from the right photographed) and it was just the most stunning purple pink shade I have seen in a long time. I'll have to hunt it down. The texture was creamy and non drying.


 SMITH & CULT

I have seen Smith and Cult ALL over Instagram, the founder of S&C Dineh Mohajer also created Hard Candy - WUT WUT!!! SHE IS AMAZING!! S&C is described as an expression of our unrefined thoughts and emotions - I love this idea so much! S&C's nail polishes are as gorgeous in photos as they are in real life. The bottles are HUGE! I couldn't believe the size until I saw them in real life.

Smith and Cult are bringing out more lip shades and eyeshadow quads!


ANTONYM

Antonym is a natural beauty range, free from nasty chemicals and is cruelty free. All products are either certified organic or certified natural with eco friendly packaging. Antonym carries a brush set, where the handles are made from bamboo, their products are absolutely beautiful.

I am taken away by their baked highlighters (which can also be used as a blush/all over illuminating powder). I honestly cannot wait for this to hit the shelves!



ZOEVA

Zoeva is launching 5 new lip and face brushes - a makeup artist's dream - to go along with their new brow collection, including a highlighter and brow sculpt as well as the most affordable mascara that can be layered (it will retail in Sephora AU for approximately $15-20).

Another new to Sephora product I need to mention is their face highlight/sculpting squads (photographed below) based on seasons! Imagine a bluey-silver highlighter, cosmic!



IT COSMETICS

I have two IT Cosmetics concealers and I love them both for my under eye area. It's the only brand I'd use for my under eyes on special occasions because the coverage is phenomenal.

There are 4 new products from It Cosmetics.

- Je ne sais quoi face palette
- Bye bye under eye eye cream
- Bye Bye Pores Primer
- Superhero eyeshadow palette

I am most excited about Bye Bye Pores!


THE BASE BY LARA BINGLE

If you are not familiar with this brand, The Base by Lara Bingle is a collection of the ultimate bronzing and tanning products to achieve a natural, safe and healthy golden glow.

The line also includes cosmetics (i.e., cheek to face tint, bronzing makeup base and LB cream which is like a tinted moisturiser).


MAKEUP FOREVER

Exciting times for Makeup Forever lovers, they are extending their already incredible Ultra HD range by including a powders and boosters.

I am quite focused on my brows lately, and the Express your Brows range caught my attention, bringing us a new brow liner to define with buildable application and brow gel, a tinted brow groomer!

Makeup Forever won't neglect your lips, releasing the most intensely pigmented range, Artist Acrylips. Working with Jessie J to bring you rich, bold, textured and highly pigmented lip paints.



PER-FEKT

Per-fekt is a new brand to me and possibly to you as well! The founder of Per-fekt is Richard Anderson, a leading entrepreneur, who has successfully launched some of today’s leading beauty brands including Yves Saint Laurent and Bobbi Brown Essentials.

Per-fekt is developed for time-poor women who want more multi-tasking products on the market save time during application (ME ME ME!). Per-fekt offers multi-functional products that are quick and easy to apply, long-lasting, and offer an alternative to traditional beauty products.

Hero products includes Liquid Gold, Lip Per-fekt Hydrating Balm and Skin Perfection Gel.


DR JART

Dr Jart is a high performing Korean brand, I remember seeing them at the last Sephora Showcase in mid 2016. I received a sample of a whitening cream. Mum is into whitening, I gave her the pot to try and she loves it so much that she would only wear it on special occasions.

This time Dr Jart brings another high performing product, called Rubber Mask. You apply the creamy serum, followed by the rubber mask that is actually made from seaweed (I know, what!). The back of my left hand was tested and it felt incredibly soft afterwards.


BEAUTY BLENDER

Beauty Blender is 15 today! Happy Birthday Beauty Blender :)

What a great achievement and milestone! To celebrate the birthday, BB brought a limited edition shade. Reminds me of a pale cherry blossom!


COMMODITY

Commodity was another brand I was introduced to at the last Sephora Showcase, I received a cocktail their fragrances and my favourites were Rain and Book.

Commodity is bringing out some new scents, I also heard that 2-3 scents will be made into candles (Book is one of them!).


BECCA

Becca has really made it's mark in the beauty industry with their AMAZING highlighters.

Two of the most exciting products from Becca to launch is First light priming filter which is a primer Soft light blurring powder. I *shamefully* do not own any Becca in my collection, this will need to change!


ESTELLE AND THILD

A brand I was introduced to at the last Sephora Showcase, I LOVE their serum. All their products are certified organic by EcoCert. I learned the story behind Estelle and Thild today, the founder, Pernilla Ronnberg did not feel comfortable using any skincare on her two little ones (Estelle and Thild) so she created her own skincare line that is safe for the skin. Estelle and Thild became an instant success throughout Scandinavia and I can see why!


JUNE JACOBS

June Jacobs is a beautiful natural brand.

They are releasing something special for frequent travellers.

Yes! Travel friendly masques!! I have a trip planned in June and you guessed it. June Jacobs is coming with me in it's travel friendly, beauty to go packaging.


ARCONA

Arcona wow-ed me, it's a high performing natural brand, their products are infused with  enzymatic-based ingredients such as high concentrations of antioxidants, plant lipids and extracts, sea vegetables, essential oils, vitamins and minerals.

The one product that really caught my eyes was Magic Black Ice which is considered as a peel and a mask. This product contains Icelandic volcanic sand which physically exfoliates and acts as a magnet to attract congestion and excess oil. As well as black lava and charcoal to purify.



COVER FX

Need I say more?! Just look at the swatches! (It's unedited, unfiltered and 100% untouched!)

3 new shades guys!! From Top to Bottom: Blossom. Rose Gold and Halo.

YOU NEED THIS.



MARC JACOBS

Marc Jacobs is a lover of colour, launching a range of colour lip and eye products.

Marc found that there are many liquid lipsticks on the market, however none nourishing and moisturising on the lips. So he created a semi liquid lip "Liquid Lip Cream". True to colour, matte and of course, non-drying and highly hydrating.

For those who are prefer to stay away from colour, Marc Jacobs offers beautiful glossy nude lipsticks. To top off any lipstick, there is also the hi-shine lip lacquer,  more pigmented than your usual lippie and perfect to wear alone.

For eyes, there's the Highliner, for those who love a pop of colour around the eyes. It's a gel liner so the formula glides on pigmented and perfectly.






There were a few brands I didn't get around to, unfortunately my time management skills (usually excellent) wasn't too great when I get lost in the world of beauty and missed out on visiting a few brands, these includes NUDESTIX, CAOLION, STUDIO 10, MURAD, ALTERNA, OUAI and BLITHE.

Believe me I was hard at work and barely ate. Expect the all of the above to be out between February to June 2017.

Is there anything in particular you are excited about for this first half of launches at Sephora this year?
*Lily not Louise was invited to Sephora Showcase as a guest. A massive thanks to Sephora and One Day Dream for hosting such a spectacular event!