Friday, February 20

Bobbi Brown Hot Collection- Lips

For me, Spring Summer is all about the lips and in my opinion, the brighter the better. This month sees the launch of Bobbi Brown's Hot Collection, which amongst some pretty incredible cheek palettes and a rather divine eye palette, falls some of the most amazing lip products, perfect for Summer days and hot nights.

Inspired by Kate Upton's hometown in Florida, the tones in the collection are fun and playful and with three limited edition Sheer Lip Colours (£19.50) is the shades Berry, Pink and Orange and three limited edition Art Sticks (£19.50) in the shades Hot Berry, Hot Pink and Hot Orange, keeping the eyes simple with a flick of the Blackest Black Ink Liner and a coating of Bobbi's Smokey Eye Mascara, these lip products will be all you need to create an effortlessly hot look.

In my opinion, Pink works all year round and these perfect Pink and Berries are just a fun extension to carry on through to the Summer, however, I find Orange works best when the suns out and I'm a huge fan of these types of shades. Orange and Hot Orange are completely dreamy tones and I personally can't wait to wear them with an understated bronzed make up, be it at home or on holiday.

Currently only available exclusive in Bobbi Brown stores and Selfridges, the Hot Collection will go on further sale nationwide on February 27th.


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Thursday, February 19

Benefit Puff Off

As you can probably imagine, as a mum of a seven month old teething baby, rest is something I very much lack nowadays and my lack of downtime has definitely taken its toll on my eye area.

Days that I wake up without puffy eyes are few and far between and so the launch of Benefits Puff Off very much appealed to me.

Designed to "iron out" and smooth the look of puffy eyes and fine lines, this had my name all over it and I couldn't wait to give it a whirl.

Beforehand, I went down the route of more skincare based eye products, so I was interested to see Benefits take of a de-puffing, smoothing gel.

Puff Off works to cool, hydrate and smooth the under eye area both underneath and on top of make up, with a combination of the cool iron and the soft Pink gel with light defusing particles.

The first thing I noticed was that that iron designed tip was actually cool to the touch even before any product was released, which actually, I find very addictive and have found myself tapping on my eyes whilst writing this blog post. 

Applied directly from the cool tip and tapped in with my ring finger, I find the results are great with a brightened, fresher under eye area that is satin smooth to the touch. 

In terms of puffiness, which lets face is, beyond the cute packaging is what we're actually interested in, Puff Off definitely helps to reduce the look of puffiness and makes my eyes feel fresher, but I'm not too sure if there's much science behind it. The gel include a "peptide blend" which works with collagen to promote anti ageing, but I'm no expert and sadly I can't find too much information in regards to its use in the product.

Science or not, I really do like this product and applied on make up free days and on top of make up, it works equally well at smoothing and refreshing my under eyes which currently, is top of my cosmetic wish list.

  Available to buy now from Benefit stores and counters in the likes of House of Fraser, Puff Off costs £22.50 for 10ml.


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Tuesday, February 17

DKNY Delicious Delights

I've always been a fan of the sweeter things in life and fragrance is certainly no exception. In my opinion, the sweeter and fruitier the better and that's why I'm currently in love with the new DKNY Delicious Delights Eau de Toilettes.

I've been a fan of many of the previous Be Delicious scents and I know first hand from selling so many on board my flights, that so many girls are with me on this. There's something delightfully addictive about them and as if they couldn't get better, DKNY introduce Sorbet inspired scents- dreamy!

Fruity Rooty, Cool Swirl and Dreamsicle are the three new launches and they're each beautiful in their own right. Sweet and soft yet incredibly refreshing, they all offer different notes that offer a twist on the original scent.

Fruity Rooty opens with a blend of Blackberry, Blueberry and Mandarin and follows with a heart of Rose, Violet and Candied Apple Sorbet. With a base of Lily and Vanilla, this adds ever such a subtle floral tone which surprisingly compliments the scent extremely well.

Cool Swirl opens with top notes of Blackcurrant, Violet Leaves and Coconut Water and is followed by a heart of Magnolia, Jasmine and Pistachio Sorbet. With a base of Heliotrope, Musk and Patchouli, this is the the one that as a sorbet inspired fragrance, I didn't think I would like as much, but actually, it's really soft and very lovely.

Last but certainly not least, Dreamsicle has top notes of Mandarin, Raspberry and Blackcurrant and follows with a heart of Green Apple, Peach Nectar and Apricot Sorbet. Those notes totally steal my heart and with base notes of Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Vanilla, what's not to love? It's sweet but not too sickly and I can see myself wearing this a lot, particularly throughout the Summer months.

Launching in March, these 50ml bottles will cost £37.00 each.

I'd love to know whether you're a fan of DKNY Delicious fragrances, are you looking forward to the launch of Delicious Delights?

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Thursday, January 29

Models Own Colour Chrome

When it comes to nails, I don't really do colour. Call me a bore, but I tend to like to keep my nails as Nude as possible, however, these Models Own Colour Chrome polishes* are quite something, and so I thought I'd share them with you.

There's something really satisfying about this collection and for a collection that is made up of all things that on paper, wouldn't be for me, something about these really stood out.

I'm not sure whether it's because of the super shiny bottles which photograph quite fabulously, or the fact that these are so different from anything else in my collection but I honestly think they're really pretty.

I doubt I'll get too much wear out of them, because let's be honest, they're far from my day to day Nude/Black style, but I do think that particularly the Gold and Silver could come in super handy when it comes to nail art, which although I tend to only do around the festive period, it's sometimes nice just to practice- eh?

Pretty colours aside, these apply like a dream and there's something SO satisfying with every single stroke of the brush. It must be how the full coverage formula meets the metallic finish, but I loved applying these. Chrome Silver was the only shade that I feel needs more than one coat, but other than that, one actually gave a good finish.

Available in Chrome Silver, Chrome Gold, Chrome Blue, Chrome Pink and Chrome Green, you can get your hands on these at UK Models Own Bottle Shops as of January 31st 2015 and in Superdrug on February 11th, costing £4.99 each.

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Wednesday, January 28

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara

If you've been a long time reader of Belles Boutique, then you may be aware that I've never really found a mascara that floats my boat enough to give it holy grail status- yes I've tried some really good ones, but never one that's wowed me to the point where it's the only one I will repurchase.

Over the last few months, something has happened. I'm not sure whether it's because my lashes have changed or whether I'm doing something different, but I've come across three mascaras, that I find to be pretty excellent, and this is one of them.

Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes* has sat in my collection for almost a year(!) and I'm now absolutely kicking myself for not trying it sooner.

It's a 4-in-1 mascara that works to lengthen, curl, volumize and condition lashes and whilst I'm not too sure whether it provides the best volume, nor do I know whether it conditions them to any great lengths as I don't use it every day, it certainly lengthens and curls them beautifully and that's why I love it.

I'm not keen on the packaging if I'm honest, it's a little over the top and I'm not really a fan of the Crocodile skin look, but what does that even matter when the product itself is so lovely to use?

The formula is quite wet, which again surprises me as I normally like my mascaras a little bit drier, but maybe that's why I have been enjoying it- my preference may have changed without me even realising. 

Overall, it's really lovely to use. It doesn't go dry during the day, nor does is end up all around my eyes, it keeps my lashes curled and opens up my eyes a lot, which on a tired morning is just perfect.

Costing £17.76 from QVC in the UK and $20.00 for those of you lucky enough to have direct access to a Sephora, if you're on the hunt for what I believe to be a really nice mascara, then this could be well worth a purchase.

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Tuesday, January 27

Babyliss Curl Secret

The Babyliss Curl Secret* is a hair tool that's been on my agenda for a year or so, since it's huge launch back in 2013. 

I've always been intrigued by it, but wasn't too sure whether it would be for me or if it was a little gimmicky. After trying it a few times since getting my hands on it, I must admit, it is pretty good. 

On my first go, which I actually included a snippet in a weekly vlog, I wasn't too sure whether I loved it or hated it- purely because in all honestly, I found the concept a little terrifying. But wanting to give it a fair review, like everything, I used it more than once and I came to realise, that fortunately the pros of the Curl Secret certainly outweigh the cons.

The Curl Secret works by using its Auto Curl technology, which basically draws up your hair into a curl chamber, where it's heated from all directions. Initially, the thought of having my hair sucked up into an electrical appliance terrified me greatly. However, after using it for a little while, I did get used to it and by my second or third attempt, I was really impressed. 

Curling my hair with a wand can on occasion be hard work and time consuming, and when it comes to doing the back of my hair, it can be a nightmare, but the Curl Secret seems to take all of the work out of it and the automatic curl direction helps makes it such an easy process. 

Taking my hair section by section, I put the Curl Secret to around the mid-lengths of my hair and clamp down and within seconds (a few beeps) the curl is ready to be released, which it does so very easily. I leave it untouched and tight for a while, and then when my hair is completely cool, I give it a little brush through and it's a bouncy curly dream.

As well as the results from the tool itself, I'm also really impressed with the longevity of my curls. Normally, they would drop completely by the end of the day, but I think because the hair is heated from all directions, it helps hugely in setting the curl and my bouncy curls have been lasting for a couple of days at least- which is pretty unheard of for my hair.

With two heat settings to suit your hair type, as well as three different time settings for different effects, I really do enjoy using the Curl Secret, and I'm glad that I didn't give up on it after my first unsure experience.

A little bit costly, at £120.00, the Babyliss Curl Secret is well worth getting if you want curls but can't get to grips with a tong but because it does take a little getting used to, I would recommend you trying it out somehow before purchasing, if the price tag is a little bit of a stretch for you.

The Babyliss Curl Secret is available to buy now in the likes of John Lewis, Very and Selfridges


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Monday, January 26

Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors

I would go as far as to say that the Clarins new Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors* are probably one of my favourite products at the moment, and in terms of new launches, are the things I am most excited about.

As a huge fan of the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors already, before these launched I was really interested to see how they would perform, and honestly, I couldn't be happier.

As a new mum, I need products that are quick and easy to use as well as providing amazing results and that's exactly what these are.

Effortlessly easy to apply, they are packed full of Wild Mango and Shea Butter, leaving your lips feeling so moisturised and glossy smooth. They create a subtle lip gloss look, with the tiniest amount of pigmentation, which is perfect for every day. They're basically a stick form of the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors, with nourishing lip care and I adore them.

Available in six shades- Rose, Coral, My Pink, Orange, Red and Rosewood, 02 Coral is my personal favourite, which swatched above, probably comes as no real surprise.

Costing £18.00, these are available to buy now in the likes of John Lewis, House of Fraser, and Selfridges.


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Wednesday, January 21

MAC Pure Zen

MAC Pure Zen is amongst one of my latest MAC/lipstick purchases to join my collection, after the lovely Corrie recommended it to me quite a while back now.

Well and truly in my "safe" lipstick zone, Pure Zen is described as a Rosy Beige Nude in what I would describe as being in the same family as Hue- just a Peachier tone, which is why I just can't get enough.

Completely wearable, I find these kind of tones so "me" and I call them safe, because I can pretty much always rely on them. Whatever the occasion, whatever the make up- they work and for that, I will always have one to hand. 

Pure Zen is a Cremesheen finish, which in the past was never my favourite, but I've found I have grown to love it, maybe even more so than Satin. Creamy on application with a moisturising sheen, Pure Zen sits on the lips beautifully and has the ability to act as a sheer wash of colour, as well as a more built up semi-opaque colour on the lips, which is how I prefer to wear it.

Just like most MAC lipsticks, Pure Zen has decent longevity and stays on the lips a fair few hours before fading. 

Available from MAC stand alone stores and counters in the likes of House of Fraser and Selfridges, MAC lipsticks cost £15.50.

What do you think of Pure Zen? Is it the kind of shade that would suit you and your collection?


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