Sunday, December 21, 2014

Jimmy Choo Man - Jimmy Choo for Men

Jimmy Choo's fragrance for women has been a great success over the last number of years, women have loved a taste of Jimmy Choo in their lives without the hefty price tag of the shoes (we can dream).  Jimmy Choo Woman is a very popular mass market fragrance which is sweet enough to capture a young audience but also classic enough to be appreciated and lusted after by all ages.  It has even spawned a number of seasonal limited editions.

Its a bit of a no brainer for Jimmy Choo to release a male fragrance - simply called Jimmy Choo Man*

Notes: Pink Pepper, Pineapple Leaf, Melon, Lavender, Suede and Patchouli

As you can see from the notes it has a lot of fresh and fruity ingredients as well as musky notes.  The mix of notes mean that like its female counterpart it will be a very popular fragrance for men of all ages, not particularly suiting a specific age.  The fragrance will have mass appeal and I can see it being a big seller this Christmas.  Jimmy Choo Man is a scent of mass appeal, if your looking for a gift for a man in your life, be it a father, husband, brother or nephew it will be perfect. 

The "Face" of Jimmy Choo Man is Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington better known as John Snow.  I think he is the perfect face of the fragrance, like the scent Game of Thrones has a wide and varied fan base.  If your a fan of the show you will know that John Snow/Kit Harrington is the moral compass of the show but is also manly and very hot (although if reports are to be believed he is a little short)  so you can understand the vibe the scent is going for manly yet sensitive. 

Jimmy Choo Man is our now and would make a perfect Christmas Gift 50ml €55.00 100ml €77

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Stila - Eyes are the Window Palette - Spirit (and Stila Holiday 2014 gifts)

I know it might seem like I have been cheating on my beloved Stila with Charlotte Tilbury lately, fear not we are still very happy with each other (think of it like me going to see the film "The Drop" with himself and looking in wonder at Tom Hardy, looking as his fab lips and then Tom Hardy with a puppy ......what was that film about again?)

Since Stila are 20 years old this year and they are spoiling us with a selection of new eye shadow palettes.  I kinda knew I wouldn't be able to pass by the Harvey Nicks Dublin counter without picking one up.

There are 4 different palettes - each palette has 12 eye shadows and costs €38.00 (makeup maths means that each shadow costs just over €3.00).  Stila eyeshadows cost £12.00 to purchase individually, I love to pick up palettes because they are better value for money and you get a good shade range.  Each palette has a different theme - Mind, Body, Soul and Spirit.  I went for the Spirit Palette because it has Stila's best selling shades over the past 20 years.  Some of the shadows are old favourites (like Golightly) and some are new shades to me.  Spirit has a very classic shade range, nothing too out there or over the top.  With many palettes there are usually one or two shades that are used consistently and a few that are ignored (if ever used) I can see most people using all of the shades in the Spirit Palette. 

All of the shadows are soft, buttery and pigmented as you would expect from Stila Shadows.  I have read (on the internet where I like to stalk all things Stila) that some of the shades in the other palettes are not as pigmented as the Spirit Palette.  As I dont have the other palettes I cant speak for how pigmented or soft the shadows are, I can say if your looking for a classic eye shadow palette with soft, buttery and pigmented shades the Spirit Palette is a brilliant option.  There are 2 shades that are matt and are not as pigmented as the other shades in the palette. 

The palette is a move away from the heavy cardboard packaging on other Stila palettes.  It is a shiny plastic with a magnetic closure, it get covered in fingerprints but its also sturdy and feels like it would travel well - as well as looking a bit fancier than traditional Stila palettes.
Stila always have a inspirational quote on the inside of their packaging (usually from inspirational women) this time its a quote about the spirit from Leonardo Da Vinci.

As you can see the palette will suite everybody from the makeup novice to the makeup lover, there are basic shades of amazing quality for everybody.  

If your a fan of Stila you will see some very well known shades.  Lets have a look at some swatches, I will swatch them on my finger and then show you how they transfer onto my arm (mostly cause they were so buttery soft and pretty). 

Top Row : Kitten, Puppy, Pigalle

The very famous Kitten which is a fabulous champagne gold
Puppy a classic brown - a more matt shade - not as pigmented but a great transitional shade
Pigalle another famous Stila shade and something a little bit different 

Swatched on the arm you can see that puppy doesnt show up as well as Kitten and Pigalle.

Second Row: Oasis, Jezebel, Barefoot

                                                                 Oasis, Jezebel, Barefoot

Wheat, Golightly, Espresso 

Wheat - back in the day What was more of a favourite to me than Kitten, it has less of a chunky shimmer to it.   
Golightly is one of my all time favourite brown shades and all time favourite Stila shades - as a bronze/brown it really makes my grey eyes stand out.  Back in the day when I favored crazy eye makeup Golightly was still a favourite of mine because it was so flattering on the eye.   

 Espresso - a matt brown (sorry for the blurry shot)

Wheat, Golightly, Espresso on the arm - as you can see Espresso doesn't transfer as well but it builds up nicely when applied to the lid with a brush.  
Bottom Row : Cassis, Slate, Pewter

                                                                  Cassis a milky matt shade
Slate -  a beautiful almost purple grey
                                                             Pewter - a silvery grey

On the arm : Cassis, Slate, Pewter

The top row of the palette has Pigalle which is perhaps is the most extreme shade of the palette, the middle rows offer you a great variation on classic neutral eyes and the bottom eye allows you to create a great smokey eye.  

I think the Spirit palette would make a wonderful Christmas gift for somebody its neutral shades means it would suit most age groups and the sturdier packaging makes it seem like an extra special gift.  

Stila have some wonderful Christmas gifts at amazing value, they have teamed up with US Jewellery brand Baublebar to make the ultimate Christmas presents.  Each set contains various classic Stila products along with a piece from Baublebar.  With each set (which are great value) your getting some beautiful makeup along with an accessory.  They really are the perfect Christmas present and are also phenomenal value. Who wouldn't love that?  

Stila Bejewelled €31 
Best of Black €61 

Best of Kitten €57

Glow and Behold €26

Merry and Bright €26

New Years Eve Glam €52

You can pick up the Spirit Palette and Christmas sets from Stila  (although you will have missed shipping), from Harvey Nicks and Stila Counters. Pin It

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stila Masterclass with Brand Ambassador Sascha Jackson

Stila are having a Masterclass with one of their Pro Artist Sascha Jackson on Thursday 4th December.  The one hour classes cost €40 which is redeemable against Stila Products - just an FYI the kinda amazing Eyes are the Window Palettes cost €39 or you could pick up one of Stila's adorable Christmas gift sets.

If you ever look at Stila on QVC (I know I do) Sascha is who you will see as the Face of the brand.  I happen to know I will get along great with Sascha, not just because I am a HUGE Stila fan but also because we love some of the same Stila products including   One step correct Longwearing primer and the Convertible colour (my hands down favourite Stila product.   Stila are celebrating their 20th Birthday this year and have some incredible Christmas sets.  This is a perfect opportunity to learn some tips and tricks while picking up a present or two. 

To book Call 01 2910450
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Friday, November 21, 2014

YSL Black Opium

My mam wore YSL Opium in the 80ies and all that that implies.  For me that implies shoulder pads, red suit jackets and big huge hair - SERIOUSLY HUGE HAIR.  My mam is generally not a lady for a signature scent but YSL Opium was her scent for a long time.  When I think of YSL Opium and my mam during that time I think Dallas and Dynasty - basically massive hair and shoulder pads.  Mother dear is still a fan of very groomed hair but thank god she has gotten rid of the shoulder pads. 

This year YSL have released an updated version of Opium called Black Opium*, I was interested to try it out because as a child I always remember Opium being quite a heady and overpowering scent.  Black Opium is a little more sparkly (including its pretty fantastic looking bottle) and a little more modern than the original.  The scent is still a strong, powerful and sexy scent but think of the YSL Opium Woman woman being slightly more rock chick than Dallas chick. 

The scent although strong - definitely a sexy evening fragrance - it still has some sweet elements to it.  While having a perfume discussion with my personal perfume guru Artdonatella told me she thinks that YSL Black Opium is a mix of Lancome La vie est belle and Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb.  I love both fragrances so I am a fan of YSL Black Opium.  I did take time for me to adjust to the fragrance (especially after wearing lighter fresher fragrances all summer). 
Lets look at the notes of the fragrance.

Top Notes:  Pink Pepper, Orange Blossom, Pear
Heart Notes:  Coffee, Jasmine
Base Notes: Vanilla, Patchouli, Cedar

Whats interesting to me is the base note of YSL Black Opium is Patchouli.  I love the Patchouli, I love how rich it makes fragrances, but there is something about the way Patchouli mixes with my skin that makes it not suit me.  I adore the fragrances Angel and La vie est belle but they just don't sit right with my body chemistry one of the things I love about them on others is Patchouli.  I don't have this problem with YSL Black Opium.  If your looking for a fragrance that's a little sexy with some sweetness try YSL Black Opium. 

YSL Black Opium costs €58.00 for 30ml and €79.00 for 50ml. Pin It

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dublin gets Charlotte Fever

Last week Charlotte Fever took over the beauty hall of Brown Thomas Dublin when Charlotte Tilbury made an appearance at her counter.  The beauty hall was packed with excited fans waiting to get a glimpse of the genius behind Ireland new favourite brand.  The hall was packed with half the female population of Ireland and the interesting thing about Charlotte's appeal is there were women of all ages and from all walks of life there, from the very young to the lovely Nana (who was buying Light Wonder Foundation).  Being a huge fan I had to go in to Brown Thomas to stalk meet her.

Charlotte took the time to meet EVERYBODY take a selfie but more importantly she gave you a breakdown of what products she though you should be using.  She really took the time to talk to everybody and give tips on how you can be the best version of yourself.  When I got up to Charlotte she said "Your Glowing" being Irish and unable to take a compliment of any kind I thought that translated into "your sweaty and all your makeup has come off" (it was a VERY crowded beauty hall).  I said oh sorry it must be from "Out there" pointing to the crowd of well mannered and excited women patiently awaiting their turn.  "No Darling, Your Wearing Wonder Glow" she replied.  Charlotte has the power to spot her own product Wonder Glow at 10 paces because I was in fact wearing Wonder Glow mixed with my foundation.  I told her whenever I use it people say I am glowing, which she was delighted to hear.  She then told me that I should try the Uptown Girl Palette (which just happened to be next on my list) and also some of the Matte Revolution Lipsticks.

 Charlotte is undoubtedly one of the most passionate and enthusiastic people with regard to beauty and her products - I overheard her say to one of the people with her that if she had suitcases of Magic Cream she would give it away-  because she is so animated and passionate about her beauty products you dont notice how amazing and flawless her skin is.  Us Irish girls know a thing or two about pale skin and how it can show us redness and discoloration but Charlotte's skin was flawless ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKINGLY FLAWLESS she said it was her Magic Cream. Magic Cream is going top of my Christmas List.  Although Magic Cream is spendy at €90 I did hear that Charlotte was offered a deal to sell her Magic Cream separately from her make up line (such is its legend) and it would be sold for a much higher price, Charlotte wanted the cream to be available to as many people as possible so she refused and has tried to keep the price as low as possible.

When I went to meet Charlotte I wore mostly Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Products, I had picked up the whole Dolce Vita kit (which I will tell you about another time) which I wore on my eyes.  For me the most impressive thing about Charlotte's range is how it can make you glow. I love the blush in the shade Ecstasy I have been following Charlotte's rules about applying blush to make you look more alive and brighter and I always apply it at the end of my makeup so I can judge how much to apply. 
My hero product (so far) is the Filmstar Bronze and Glow I have been using this EVERY DAY since I got it.  If your looking for subtle easy face shaping/brightening you need Filmstar Bronze and Glow.  The packaging is stunning, the product is amazing and so simple to use and leaves you with subtle soft contouring (if your looking for heavy Kim K style contouring this is not the product for you).  
Wonder Glow is a must have product for me, whenever I wear it (which is most days now) I mix a little with my foundation and everybody says I look glowing.  It still blows my mind that Charlotte can spot this product on somebody.  When I first played with it on the back of my hand I wasn't overwhelmed (then again I am a fan of the mega JLo Glow) but people keep saying I am glowing wearing it and I have become more than a little obsessed with it.  

Its beyond my control to visit the Charlotte Tilbury counter without making a purchase and since Charlotte was there to launch her limited edition 11th Girl The Supermodel I had to pick up some products from the look.  I picked up the lipstick in the shade Confession a nudy/pink.  That's another thing Charlotte has this self confessed bright lipstick girl buying nude shades.
From the left we have the liner in Pillow Talk, Confession and to the right the wonderful Bitch Perfect.
Confession is the perfect My lips but better shade - its not too nude and feels fantastic on the lips.

As I said earlier the next eye shadow palette on my list was the Uptown Palette so I debated the Fallen Angel Palette (for about 5 seconds).  Since the counter was so busy I didnt even swatch it, I thought this baby needs a home.  At €59 its more expensive that the regular eye shadow palettes but the formula is slightly different and the shades can be used dry or wet for more intense colour.  

As you can see from below the palette is the same size as the other eye shadow palettes but its decorated with Charlotte's signature stars.  I love the fact that there are no applicators included in the palettes, in my opinion if your going to pay €50 for an eyeshadow palette you will have some beauty tools in your possession. 

The shadows themselves also have Charlotte's signature stars on them (they go once you use the shadows).  The shades are buttery soft and so pigmented.  

To the left I have the quad swatched dry and to the right its swatched damp - as you can see the colours are stunning dry.  Dampening your brush really just ups the amp on these already pigmented and beautiful shades. This is a limited edition palette so if you want to pick it up do it sooner rather than later.  I am more than a little obsessed with the top two shades.

As we waited to meet the wonderful Charlotte we were given samples of some of Charlotte's lipsticks and some lip shaped treats - perfect for me the lipstick lover.

I am totally besotted with Charlotte's packaging - its so classy and vintage inspired.  The lipsticks truly look like something Marilyn Monroe would have in her handbag. 

There is something genius about Charlotte's products, the skin care items make your skin look glowing.  The eye products make your eyes look a little brighter.  The lip products make your lips look a little pouty.  You still look like yourself but as Charlotte says a better version of yourself.
Every time I visit the Charlotte Tilbury Counter my list gets a little longer and especially after meeting her and seeing her enthusiasm first hand my love for the brand has grown more.

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