Saturday, 17 September 2011

Makeup Mavens

This week we've got a fabulous selection of posts on skincare, makeup and nails so all bases covered. Add to that brands like Ellis Faas, Chanel, Chantecaille and Le Metier de Beaute along with a special giveaway, there is sure to be something you'll enjoy. Have a great weekend!

The Black Panties has a new favourite in her life, in the form of Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation. Read her excellent review to see if it could be your own 'photoshop in a bottle'!

Lovesong For My Lipgloss shares with us her skincare version of a cashmere sweater, Chantecaille Vital Essence. Her comprehensive review explains why it works so well.
Lipstick Luvvies tried out the latest limited edition nail shades, Les Jeans de Chanel, and searched her collection for similar colours. See how she got on and swatches of the trio here.

If you've always wanted to try Liz Earle's famous Cleanse and Polish, check out Raspberry Rouge's Liz Earle Giveaway and you could be a winner!

Mookie on the Bench tempts us with more Chanel, this time sharing her favourite shade of Chanel Le Crayon Yeux, the beautiful Berry.

Product Doctor's post on her bespoke Le Metier EOTD by Dustin featuring the latest Kaleidoscope, Silk Road, once again makes me green with envy (no Le Metier in Europe) and consider moving to New York!

Les Jeans de Chanel Nail Colours - swatches and potential dupes

Released for Vogue's recent Fashion Night Out, Chanel came out with three new and very limited edition nail colours called Les Jeans de Chanel. As the name suggests, they are based on denim so there is a light blue with the merest hint of subtle shimmer, a mid blue and a darker blue. In a similar way to last years Les Khakis de Chanel, the colours are designed to be worn on different fingers so you get all three shades on the one hand.

As you can see from the pictures (along with my denim collection!), Blue Rebel is the darkest. Blue Boy is a mid blue and Coco Blue is the lightest. Blue Rebel and Blue Boy are both cremes but Coco Blue has a minuscule amount of shimmer giving it a slightly different finish. It is actually my least favourite as the other two blues seem to have a grey base to them, so the white in Coco Blue makes it quite stark in comparison. Having said that though, when worn all together on one hand, as I have done for the past week, they work well.

Index finger: Blue Boy, Middle finger: Coco Blue, Ring finger: Blue Rebel, Little finger: Blue Boy

For all three colours I applied two coats and one top coat of Seche Vite. The photos were taken a couple of days after application so the wear has been good. All the polishes were easy to apply.

I have quite a few blue nail polishes in my collection so thought I would try a compare and contrast to see if I had anything similar. Out of approximately 30 bottles I felt sure I would but the only shade I would consider calling a dupe was for Coco Blue. I couldn't find anything in the same colour family as the darker blues because of the grey undertones, although the navy blues in OPI's latest Touring America collection look similar. When I get mine I will have a closer look and let you know if I'm right.

To give you a better idea of the exact colours of the Chanel, I've photographed each polish with the nearest shades I could find plus swatches. At £17.50 a bottle hopefully it will help you make a more informed decision on whether to buy.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Makeup Mavens

Searching for a tinted moisturizer? Check out Lipstick Luvvies review on Liz Earle Sheer Skin tint and see how it comapres to Laura Merciers. Liz Earle's might be an even better option for you.
Now that the summer is coming to a close, Lovesong for My Lipgloss has been inspired to create the perfect eye for fall and it's something definitely helpful for autumn makeup looks.

Mookie On The Bench's highlight of the week is Elie Saab's "Le Parfum". The orange blossom and jasmine are the primary notes and even though you may not like florals, don't totally dislike it, because it's soft and seamless effect on the skin.

Check out Product Doctor's blog on meeting Oscar de la Renta for Fashion and her overall thoughts on the Face of Fashion Kaleidoscope. You get to see her lovely face with Oscar de la Renta in an epic photo :) 

Raspberry Rouge discusses Cliniques Black Honey Lipgloss/Lipstick Duo. 10 years ago she thought it was a bit too dark for her liking, go check to see how she feels about it now.

Always hunting for an awesome blush brush? Stop on over to The Black Panties blog to see the differences are between Shu Uemura's #17 and #14 blush brushes, so you can see which one would be a perfect fit for you :)

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint vs Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser

I know there have been a lot of posts recently on the first makeup product from Liz Earle and having used the Sheer Skin Tint for a month, I can honestly say it deserves all the attention it gets. However, to give it a real test, I thought I would pit it up against one of my all time favourite base products, Laura Mericer's award winning Tinted Moisturiser.

Excuse the poor blurry photo! Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint in Bare, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Porcelain
I've been using Laura Mercier's iconic Tinted Moisturiser (I use the palest shade Porcelain) since I was about 14 and although I have about 10 base products on the go at any one time, it is what I usually return to, especially in summer when I favour lighter coverage. However, since trying out Liz Earle's Sheer Skin Tint I might have a new favourite.

The Sheer Skin Tint is the first colour product that Liz Earle has ever produced and it is released on 15th September. It comes in just 3 shades, Bare, Beige and Beach and originally I thought this wouldn't cover my very pale, cool skin. I was wrong. I use the fairest shade and although it looks a little yellow when dispensed, it blends well and is a great match. I have pictured it side by side with the Laura Mercier so you can see that there is only a slight difference in shade, and the difference in texture and finish.

Left to right: Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint in Bare, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser in Porcelain
For me, both products offer the same level of coverage. Enough to make me look healthy but not enough to obviously look like you are wearing makeup. This is perfect when I'm in a hurry as I hate using a great foundation that once I put it on, makes my skin look so flawless I have to add a lot more makeup to look normal, if that makes sense.

I've started swimming recently and look like a drowned rat by the end but the combination of Liz Earle Skin Tint, Chanel Bronzer, Clinique Chubby Stick Lip Balm and No 7 mascara and I am the picture of perfect health. It is quite a miraculous transformation. Even in the glaring light of an H&M changing room today I noticed how good my skin looked, and that is thanks to the Liz Earle.

Left to right: Large swatches of Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser (these are not properly blended, it is just to show the difference in finish)
The main difference between the two products has to be the finish. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser comes in 3 types, normal, oil free and illuminating. I only use the normal and that gives a relatively matte finish. In contrast, the Liz Earle Skin Tint is very dewy. At first I found this off putting as I have quite oily skin, but now I am more used to it I like it. It doesn't make my skin look so flat and it lasts incredibly well. However, if dewy doesn't do it for you, I would possibly try a different product. The Laura Mercier feels more runny and I find I need more of it to cover my face. The Liz Earle is a little bit thicker in texture and takes a bit more effort to blend, but you need less. I think the 40m tube will last me a long time. Both also contain an SPF, Laura Mercier SPF 20, Liz Earle SPF 15.

The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser costs £33 for 40ml compared to just £21 for Liz Earle's Sheer Skin Tint, the same 40ml size. The Laura Mercier shade range is far more comprehensive but Liz Earle is suitable for the paler end of the spectrum and at 1/3 cheaper, I know which one I will now be repurchasing. Liz Earle Skin Tint is a staple in my gym bag and now even my mum wants to try it and she can't stand anything beauty related.

If you order the Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint by mail direct from Liz Earle then you will get sent samples to try of all three shades so that you can double check which is right for you before you open the main product, allowing you to exchange it if you have chosen wrong initially. This saves a lot of wasted money so seems a great idea. I would love it if more brands did this.

Ingredients List of Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint
I am so impressed that Liz Earle haven't rushed into makeup. By taking their time they have released an outstanding product that is in keeping with their ethos and is sure to be an award winner in the future. If you don't like feeling caked in makeup and like a dewy finish then definitely give it a try.
 The fact that it can already compete with one of the most renowned tinted moisturisers out there speaks volumes.

Disclosure: Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint was a PR sample sent for consideration for review.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Makeup Mavens

The Makeup Mavens present makeup you may have missed. This week there's an array of products from Chantecaille, LMDB, La Roche Posay, Armani and Chanel. We've got posts on pretty palettes and blush, and one Maven shares a review on the brush that can do it all.

Chantecaille Classic Palette

This week Lipstick Luvvies introduced us to the new palette from luxury brand, Chantecaille. Head on over to read her brilliant review and take a peek at swatches of the gorgeous blush and shadow shades.
Finding suitable products for sensitive skins can be a tricky task, but Klara of Mookie on the Bench has discovered an excellent moisturiser from La Roche Posay. If you're looking for a soothing product to calm irritation and redness, check out her review of Toleriane Ultra.

In an effort to simplify her make up routine, Product Doctor went on a search for a multi purpose brush, and found Le Metier de Beaute's kabuki. Check out her great review and comparison to MAC's 182.

Raspberry Rouge finally gave in to Chanel's Fall nail colors and shared swatches of Graphite. Hop on over and take a look at the beautiful, shimmery shade.

After searching high and low for the perfect nude blush, The Black Panties stumbled upon Armani's Beige Violet. Check out her review and swatches of the pretty, natural shade.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Chantecaille Classic Palette compared to Tiger in the Wild Palette

Left to right: Chantecaille Classic Palette, Chantecaille Tiger in the Wild Palette
Having already posted quite comprehensively about Chantecaille's new Classic Palette for Fall, I realised I hadn't mentioned how it compared to the previous limited edition Tiger in the Wild palette. So this evening I dug it out and did a bit of swatching.

Left to right: lightest shade from Classic palette, lightest shade from Tiger palette, taupe from Classic palette, grey brown from Tiger palette
Although at first glance the top two eyeshadows in both look the same, they really aren't. The lightest colour in the Classic palette is a soft pink champagne compared to a far more beige/wheat colour in the Tiger quad. Again the minky colour in the Classic palette has a subtle pink undertone to it making it a warm mauve in comparison to the cooler greyish undertoned brown in the Tiger palette. Looking at all four colours swatched on my arm, they would make a really beautiful quad together, especially if you love taupe and neutrals.

Tom Ford Beauty now available online

Just a very quick post to let you know that the new Tom Ford Beauty range of products is now available to buy online from Selfridges. It is also stocked at Harrods and Harvey Nichols so should be appearing on both of their websites soon.

Loving that lip colour!

Although devastated that Pure Pink lipstick didn't make it into the permanent range (I am buying a back up), I love the look of some of the new shades, Casablanca and Flamingo are calling my name. The eyeshadow quads look very tempting as well. When my credit card comes back to life later this month I will probably try out a few bits but until then, British Beauty Blogger and London Makeup Girl have some great posts and swatches if you are buying over the internet and don't have the luxury of having easy access to Tom Ford counters.