Sampling Burberry Make Up

When fashion power houses turn their attention to the beauty world and decide to bring out their own luxurious make up lines, it can go one of two ways. 1: Be stunning, but super expensive or 2: Be stunning, super expensive and really bad quality.

Luckily Burberry hit the nail on the head with their offering. Chic, minimalistic packaging embossed with the signature "Burberry" check.

When I saw this special limited edition Mini Burberry Beauty Box on Sephora, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to try out a few of their highly raved about products, plus it only cost $32. Clearly everyone else had the same idea, as it's now sold out (sorry about that), but I couldn't keep it all to myself, it's just too gorgeous not to share.

Burberry Sephora Beauty Box
Burberry Skin Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base
Burberry Skin Light Glow Blush in Earthy Blush
Burberry Skin Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance £34 | Link
This beautiful base can be applied before foundation to perk up the skin, mixed in with your foundation to give a hit of radiance to more matte formulas. Or can be dotted along your cheekbones and the other high points of your face for a bit of added glow, which is what I've been doing. One thing I will say is that gives a very soft glowy finish, if you're looking for a #HighlightOnFleek kind of look, this is definitely not for you, it's beautiful but quite subtle.

Burberry Skin Light Glow Blush in Earthy Blush £29 | Link
It's billed as a blush, but I actually use it a few ways. Firstly as a contour, because it's the perfect matte shade for my pale skin and secondly as an eyeshadow. It's a lovely, easy to wear, all over the lid colour that adds a bit of depth and dimension and also looks gorgeous when combined with other eyeshadows. I can literally just sweep a bit of this powder all over my lids and it looks like I've made way more effort than I actually have (shh, don't tell anyone). You can't beat a simple multi-purpose product!

Burberry Lips Burberry Kisses in Military Red LipstickBurberry Lips Kisses Lipstick in Military Red £25 | Link
You can never have enough red lipsticks and this one is adorable, just look how cute and miniature it is, and don't get me started on the embossing! It has a lovely smooth formula with a satin finish, and the wear time was around 3-4 hours (without eating & drinking) which is ok in my books. I think when combined with a lipliner it could hold up a little longer, though I almost don't want to use it, just because of how cute it is, samples just get me haha.

Burberry Make Up Swatches
I'm very impressed with this little box, you can really feel the quality and attention to detail, Burberry did a great job.

Have you tried Burberry's Make Up range? Do you have any recommendations? What do you think of major fashion houses moving into the beauty market?

XOXO Claire

Autumn/Winter Beauty Edit 2015

Dark berry lips, intensely rich, jewel toned nails, metallic eyeshadows that literally look like liquid gold. Plump rosy cheeks that flush from the fresh, cool air. What's not to love about Autumn (or Fall) make up?

 In my opinion beauty really comes into its own at this time of the year. Summer is all about the minimalistic "make up" approach, but in Autumn you really can experiment and go wild. Despite the fact that I'm currently on holiday in Florida, which is not exactly known for its crisp autumn weather, (I almost always have a SULA - that's sweaty lip action if you didn't know) I'm still enjoying a whole host of seasonally appropriate products. So today I thought I would do a little Autumn beauty edit for you.

Autumn Beauty Edit

When it comes to bases, I tend to change my mine quite often. One day I'll try to achieve a lovely dewy glow, the next I want a complete matte look. Lately I've been mixing a radiance primer, like this one from Laura Mercier with my chosen foundation. I bought the Loreal Infallible Matte foundation a while ago, but I found it used to gather in my pores. So, I started mixing in a bit of primer and it definitely helped resolve that problem, plus you get a hit of radiance and added longevity.

Mac Lady Danger Lipstick

When it comes to autumn worthy lips I always turn to Mac, they do some of the most long lasting, buttery smooth formulas and the shade range is pure perfection. Two of my favourites shades are Lady Danger, which is a beautiful matte red and Dark Side, a dark (obviously) burgundy. They both have great staying power and really make a statement. When it comes to dark colour I always try to use a lip liner in conjunction with the lipstick, unless it's a liquid lipstick, just because it helps give a clean edge and helps the colour stick around a little longer. I'm huge fan of the Rimmel ones, they are so inexpensive, but really give more luxury brands a run for their money with their creamy formula.

Mac Mellon Pigment

Neutral eyeshadows have always been my standard, go-to colour palette when it come to my eye make up. For finish I'm definitely a metallic girl, as you can see from above and Mac Melon Pigment is one of my favourites. It's so versatile and looks good on every eye colour, sometimes I like to spray my brush with Fix + to intensify the colour even more, trust me it's beautiful. I do seem to use my pigments more often in the autumn season, this shade called Gold Stroke is another one of my faves (though I wouldn't exactly call it gold, would you?) Sometimes I like to dabble in cream eyeshadows though I do have a bit of creasing issue, even with my Nars Pro Primer, but this beautiful shade from Charlotte Tilbury is lovely as a light wash of colour.

Clinique Moisture Surge
Zelens Z22 Absolute Face Oil | Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

As the weather gets progressively colder, I always pull out a few products to help keep my skin under control. Even though I have combination skin, it can be prone to a few dry patches, mainly if I've had a few breakouts, so like to keep it nice and hydrated. This sample of Zelens face oil makes my skin look lovely and refreshed when I wake up, I'm still testing it but I like it so far. The Clinique Moisture Surge is a great nighttime treatment, it's a gel formula but does the job when I need a moisture boost.

Essie Sole Mate Nail Polish
Essie Truth & Flare | Essie Aruba Blue | Essie Sole Mate

Autumn doesn't have to be all about dark dreary nail colours, just look at these shades from Essie. I pluck them out as soon as October hits, and they don't go back till March. Truth & Flare is just stunning, so chic and it's one of those colours that just goes with everything. A metallic blue and burgundy are certainly staples in my nail polish wardrobe, to me these sorts of shades and autumn just go hand in hand!

What's currently in your Autumn/Fall edit, is there something I seriously need to considering adding to mine?

XOXO Claire

Gorgeous Packaging, But It's What's Inside That Counts, Right?

What is it about a beauty product that draws you in? Gorgeously chic, rose gold packaging (Charlotte Tilbury definitely got it right!) or the actual product inside. I'm willing to bet it's the first one, but just because something is aesthetically pleasing doesn't necessarily mean it's a good product - does it?

Below I've picked out 7 of my most beautifully designed products, to see if what's on the inside, can live up to it's packaging. Grab a cuppa because this post could be a long one:

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask Product Review

Drybar Gold Mine Shimmering Leave-In Conditioner $29 / Sephora
This one was a complete impulse purchase, I'm like a magpie when it comes to anything that sparkles, my eyes hone in and I have to have it. Now this is very much a princess product, not a necessary must have. I found it was an average de-tangler, which added a bit of shimmer that caught the light. I had high expectations, but they just weren't met.

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask £45 / John Lewis
When it comes to packaging CT is most certainly the leader of the pack. It's so sleek and classy, I think any woman would be proud to have something so beautiful sat on her dressing table. Moving on to the product inside, the first thing that struck me was the strong floral scent, it's very potent - but the mask itself is lovely. It really brightens your skin, gives an intense shot of hydration and makes your skin velvety soft. That being said, I do think that this mask is a little over priced, even for a CT product. I think it's something you would put on a Christmas or birthday list, not something you would re-purchase regularly.

Chanel CC Cream SPF50 £44 / John Lewis
Chanel is a very pricey brand, therefore I don't own many of their products. So when I collected together all my coppers to buy this monochromatic CC Cream I was very excited to give it whirl. Unfortunately I think this base is more suited to gals with drier complexions, on my combination skin it was a bit too greasy. It didn't offer much coverage, which I was expecting as it is a cc cream but it just left my skin way too shiny. I might try mixing it in with another foundation because at £44 it's way too expensive to waste.

By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Mistyrock
By Terry Ombre Blackstar £29 / Space NK
By Terry is another luxurious brand with beautiful gold packaging and these eyeshadow sticks are probably one of their most famous products. I currently have three shades and while two of them are nice enough, it's Misty Rock that really is the game changer! It's a cool toned lilac-grey/taupe with finely milled silver glitter, that just transforms your eyelids. £29 is quite steep for a cream shadow, but this one just melts into the skin and stays put for hours (though I do use the Nars eye primer). If you find yourself in Space NK and fancy a splurge, definitely consider this shade.

YSL Volupte Tint In Oil £23.50 / Feel Unique
Tinted lip oils are a new product to hit the beauty market and like everyone I was intrigued. YSL are renowned for their beautifully designed packaging. Personally I find their products a bit hit and miss, with this lip oil being a miss. It doesn't ofter much colour and after about an hour the tint is pretty much gone. It's a nice idea, but for me it just doesn't deliver.

Charlotte Tillbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick £23 / John Lewis
Ohh just look at that rose gold goodness, it's what dreams are made of. It goes without saying how I feel about the CT packaging, A+. But I will say that while I do love her lipsticks, obviously I have more than one, to me they just don't live up to my Mac ones. I always choose the black bullets over the rose gold ones. I think if you re-apply lipstick regularly the you will love them, but if like me, you like to just apply it in the morning, you might like a longer lasting formula.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polishes £16 / Look Fantastic
I don't own many luxury nail polishes, just a few DL mini sets. For me, the most important thing is obviously the formulation, but a cute bottle doesn't hurt, does it? Personally I'm all about the "square"shaped bottle, I like the symmetry when they are lined up on my shelf. Despite my love for these little bottles, I wouldn't say the formulation is worth the price for a full size. Essie polishes (in my opinion) have better application and opacity.

Just because something is encased in beautiful packaging doesn't necessarily mean it's a good product!

Where do you stand on the packaging vs product debate?

XOXO Claire
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