January 06, 2012

My Christmas Beauty Treats

Products Clockwise from Left :
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre-Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow-Colour 83 Illusoire (Brush Included)
Fanny & Claude's Fabulous Concoctions-Rich Hand Cream-Original Tea Garden
Barry M Nail Varnishes-115 Red Black (left), Limited Edition Nail effects in Silver Glitter (Right)
Chanel Inimitable Volume Length Curl Mascara-Natural Result- Noir Black (10)

First of all, Happy New Year Everyone! I've decided to start the new year by reviewing some of my Christmas beauty treats as I was very lucky to receive such gorgeous gifts. (Although I must admit, some listed were a gift to myself but shhhh.)

The first product I am absolutely loving is the Chanel Longwear Luminous Eyeshadow. As metallics are here to stay for S/S 2012 I was very happy to receive this glittering shadow in a smouldering deep grey hue. 

Depending on how intense you want the colour to be it can look like a dark brown shimmer which I love! Comes with a cute Chanel brush as the Eyeshadow can be worn as an eye-liner too. There's also 6 colours to choose from which are listed in the above link.

Say goodbye to dry wintery palms and say hello to Fanny & Claude's, Rich Hand Cream in Oriental Tea Garden. The scent is described as 'light,fresh green scent, blended with citrus and spice essential oils and nourishing avocado oil, it's an uplifting, refreshing cream'. I can't really argue with that-it is delightful. 

As the hand cream is quite thick you do need to use it sparingly, but for me that means it lasts longer, so no doubt I'll be using this product next year too. The packaging is also vintage inspired with polka dots which is an instant hit for me.

The product can be found online at Fanny & Claude's website (above) but I bought mine from a lovely gift shop called Legends of Longton,Preston Lancashire. It's definitely worth making a trip there as the shop is beautiful.

Thought I'd treat my nails over the festive period with some deep red nail varnish by Barry M, with a sprinkling of the Limited Edition nail effects on top. I expected the nail effects to have a marbled look like the other shades but it's just very glittery which makes me happy.
Some slight chipping going on here,oops!
Next up is the Chanel Volume Length Curl Mascara. I'm really happy with the product as I like my lashes to be quite natural and this brush seems to be the perfect for me. I don't usually spend much on mascara (as I often loose them quite easily) but as this was a present I felt really,really grateful and have decided to use on special occasions ONLY. Let's see how long that lasts.

Now I don't know if its just moi that suffers from this problem, but I must have scoured beauty halls for DAYS trying to find the right perfume. After dousing myself in a million scents, and carrying around countless cards spritzed with all sorts, I finally went for the one I wanted in the first place (why is that always the case?). Probably because I'm usually torn by which is a prettier bottle.But, I feel like I made the right choice with the Valentina fragrance. 

It is described as "A true feminine classic twisted with the pure insolence of Italian ingredients. On top: the exuberant freshness of Calabrian bergamot enhanced with Alba truffle. The irreverence of Amalfi orange blossom, touched by wild strawberry in the heart. And the captivating sensuality of Cedar woods and amber in the base notes. This fragrance truly embodies the irreverent aura of Valentina. "

Last but not least, I bought the Clarins Cleansing Duo, including the Toning Lotion (left), and the Cleansing Milk which you can find here. My skin routine is usually quite lazy, and I tend to use moisturiser only. 

After using these two products morning and night I have noticed that my skin looks healthier,feels smoother and is much more radiant. The Clarins lady also gave me some samples of the mini moisturiser too, so I'll be buying a full one of those on payday. I managed to snap up both full size cleanser and toner for £17 in the Debenhams sale so there may still be more available. I definitely recommend!

What beauty buys did you get this Christmas?


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