Tuesday, 21 August 2018

touch in SOL Metallist High Shine Bouncy Cream Shadow Palette

I am so very sure by now that on this blog touch in SOL needs no introduction, but just incase you have not heard of this brand and have never seen any of their products before... touch in SOL is a Korean Beauty (K-Beauty) brand and it has been designed to embrace the spirit of Korean innovation. touch In Sol is fun, innovative and uses some of the most advanced technologies. If you know anything about Korean Beauty, you will be aware that they are very much ahead of us when it comes to beauty innovations.  Thankfully, we are now able to get hold of them here in the U.K.

Right now, there is a whole host of newness coming from touch in SOL and I have been very lucky to try absolutely everything the brand has to offer so far and I am yet to find a product I dislike.  New to the stash comes the Metallist High Shine Bouncy Cream Shadow Palette, which for the purpose of this review will be referred too as Bouncy.  I am already a huge fan of the Metallist Foil Shadows (review here) and to see a palette as stunning as this, I couldn't wait to try it.
touch in SOL Metallist High Shine Bouncy Cream Shadow Palette
touch in SOL Metallist High Shine Bouncy Cream Shadow Palette
touch in SOL Metallist High Shine Bouncy Cream Shadow Palette
Described as being a metallic shadow palette with super high payoff and a unique jelly formula that melts into skin, providing vibrant colour payoff and a high-shine finish, this palette is every bit as amazing as the description tells you it is. Packaged inside a dusty pink hard plastic casing, you have the ability to see all six shades inside the palette thanks to the see-through section in the middle. 

The six shades are as follows:
  • Snow Jam – is a creamy white metallic.
  • French Ganache – is an orange beige metallic shade.
  • Suede Cacao – is a dark brown metallic.
Then on the bottom row, we have:
  • Maple Mood – is a coral beige metallic.
  • Sangria Rose – is a crimson burgundy metallic.
  • Mystic Tonight – is a fuchsia purple metallic.
From all of these shades, the one I have used the most is Suede Cacao followed by Maple Wood, a shade I never thought I would use.  When it comes to the formula, this is where the palette goes from being beautiful to being really quite unlike anything else I have used. The formula is very much like a gel-cream-powder, it applies like a gel, gives the coverage of a cream and dries like a powder, quite unique and something you will have to try for yourself to understand what I mean. Within the palette, each shade has its own bounce, hence the term 'Bouncy' and the shadow bounces under your finger as you begin to swatch it and there is very very little fallout.
touch in SOL Metallist High Shine Bouncy Cream Shadow Palette
The Swatched from left to right are all unedited and were taken with my compact Canon Camera during the afternoon. The first swatch to the left is taken as is without the flash and not in direct sunlight, then we have a photo taken with the camera flash before finally a photograph taken as the sun was blaring and in each of the three swatches, you can see how pigmented each shade is, even Snow Jam right at the very top, which is just stunning.

I have always applied Bouncy using my fingertips because it gives the best intensity of colours, but you can use a brush to build up the colour to achieve your desired look.  I love the sparkle and glitter each shade has and without being too OTT with the glitter, there is enough to make your eyes sparkle whether you are wearing one shade or mixing them to create a full eye look.

If Bouncy has caught your attention, you can read more about it HERE where it is also on sale for just £34.








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Monday, 20 August 2018

Look Incredible August Deluxe Beauty Box 2018

Can you believe we are racing towards the end of August already? As the Christmas themed items hit my inbox, there is still an abundance of non-festive items to share and the first one is the Look Incredible Deluxe Beauty Box which, if you mind the pun, is INCREDIBLE.

If you want a beauty box which features some incredible brands, many of which are high-end brands, then this subscription box is more than worthy of its price. At £35 this box is incredible value but if you want something a little more purse friendly, then there is the Standard Box which costs £25.  However, if you want something out of this world, then there is the My Secret Box, the premium subscription Look Incredible have available and it costs £65.
Look Incredible August Deluxe Beauty Box 2018
Look Incredible August Deluxe Beauty Box 2018
The Look Incredible August Deluxe Beauty Box 2018 features four incredible brands and every item included is makeup, which is something I know will appeal to some of you reading this.  The brands included are Dior, NARS, Benefit and Too Faced which means for £35 you're laughing!

The first item out of my box comes from Benefit and it is They're Real Mascara (RRP £21.50). This award winning mascara is one of my absolute favourites, though I prefer to use the formula with the wand from Rollerlash, but that's just me.  
Look Incredible August Deluxe Beauty Box 2018
Look Incredible August Deluxe Beauty Box 2018
A mascara which is described as being intensely volumising it also lengthens, curls, lifts and separates the lashes and all without smudging. I always ensure I have a tube of this mascara in my stash, so I am pleased to see it in this box.

The next item in the box comes from Too Faced and it is the Pure Gold Ultra Fine Face & Body Glitter (RRP £17). Described as being an ultra-fine, loose glitter formula that’s guaranteed to instantly amp up the glamour factor of any look, it can be used as an eyeshadow, highlighter, lip topper, or even body shimmer with a bit of glitter glue. 
Look Incredible August Deluxe Beauty Box 2018
It is also infused with real gold to give it that extra bit of sparkle and with the festive season fast approaching, I can imagine this will come in very handy!

The third item in the box comes from NARS and it is the Dual Intensity Blush (RRP £30) and it is just stunning.  Nestled inside the black NARS packaging, I have the shade Adoration and it consists of two shades - A light sparkling pink and a hot sparkling pink and together they can be used wet or dry depending on how pigmented you want the pinks to be.  
Look Incredible August Deluxe Beauty Box 2018
I like the idea of using the lighter shade more as a highlighter and I am looking forward to seeing how they turn out.   I love the embossing of both shades and I love that the compact also features a mirror.

Finally, in this incredible box, we have Dior.  Never have I had a beauty box which features anything from Dior and here we have a Dior Addict Hydra Gel Core Lipstick (RRP £28).  I have the shade Purity (138) but there are other options too so each box might be different.  Dior describes this lipstick as being 'breakthrough' because it has what is referred to as a hydra-gel core and a top coat that creates a mirror shine effect. 
Look Incredible August Deluxe Beauty Box 2018
Look Incredible August Deluxe Beauty Box 2018
Purity is a peachy nude shade which I hadn't expected to like but it is so pretty and hydrating that I have been wearing it a lot over the last week.  As always with Dior lipsticks, the packaging is just stunning, screams luxury and always makes me want more!

So there you have all the products within the August Look Incredible Box and isn't it just amazing? I would love to know if you spot any of your favourite products!









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Sunday, 19 August 2018

Lookfantastic x Clinique Beauty Box

Limited edition boxes are quite the thing right now and one brand who does them exceptionally well is Lookfantastic. In the past, they have teamed up with me Illamasqua, Caudalie, ESPA, bareMinerals and Omorovicza to name just a few. Now they are back with something very pink and that is their Clinique Beauty Box.
Lookfantastic x Clinique Beauty Box
Collaborating with Clinique, this box which has a value of £93 costs just £35 and what I love about boxes like this is that if you are not too familiar with a brand, want to try a few products before splashing out on a full size or even if you want to be reacquainted with an old favourite, boxes like these are perfect.

This little capsule box covers everything you need from a pop of colour to cleansing with this collection of hero products and two of them are full-size makeup products. It launches on Lookfantastic today and features the following;
  • High Impact Push-Up Mascara in Brightening Black 4ml | worth £7.00 
  • Pep-Start Double Bubble Mask 12ml | worth £9.00 
  • Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm 15ml | worth £7.00 (a GTG team favourite) 
  • Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto Replenishing Hydrator 50ml | worth £36.00 
  • Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Super Strawberry (Full Size) | worth £18.00 
  • Quickliner for Eyes in Really Black (Full Size) | worth £16.00 
If you like the look of this box then you can grab yours here.  
I would also love to know who you would love to see a beauty box by - which brand?




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