sephora marsala pantone beauty look

sephora pantone 2015 marsala colletion

{Sephora + Pantone Universe 2015: Marsala Collection}

I’ve always had a fear of reddish brown make up. Latent memories of multiple aunts in gaudy dresses and obscene layers of makeup were all concluded with a few sweeps of the ’90s brown lip. A shade that’s still hugely popular in the Arab beauty world you know.

Fast forward to 2015 and I’m all like “hey girl, loving your marsala lip” (pronounced Mah-sal-la if you grew up with an Indian family like I did).

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fresh candles sugar lemon and grapefruit

fresh candles sugar lemon and grapefruit

{Fresh candles – scented citrus}

It’s a hard pill to swallow when you’re saying goodbye to your beloved fig and pine home fragrances but I know they don’t have place in the home on a hot summer’s day. If you saw my holiday fragrance piece you’ll know I’m a total candle snob and skincare pros, Fresh have caught my attention with their upcoming candle releases.

It’s not normally the fragrant playground I tend to spend my time in but I’ll admit it, I’ve started dabbling a little a few citrus notes…

Hesperides Grapefruit fresh candle

{Fresh – Hesperides Grapefruit}

These candles are perfect for the next time you plan to have a few bros over for a barbecue. Hesperides Grapefruit is a bright, invigorating scent that fills your home with notes that scream ‘clean’. If I had to pick one it’d be this baby.

Fresh lemon

{Fresh – Sugar Lemon}

The Sugar Lemon candle is essentially lemonade in wax form. It’s delicious and sweet but not overbearing. Ideal for scorching days, non?

This combination of lemon sprinkled with sugar is best served with a mojito in hand and your feet up as your sit in your balcony.

You can find these beauties on Sephora.com come July for $65 a pop.

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radiant orchid look closed

sephora pantone universe radiant orchid 2014 collection

{Sephora + Pantone: Radiant Orchid}

Don’t get me wrong, I adored last year’s choice of Emerald for the colour of the year but 2014 has it so much better in my eyes. Radiant Orchid is the shade on everyone’s lips and if you haven’t noticed already, Sephora are dedicating a LOT of floor space to celebrate it. Even if you’re not in to trends, this robust collection of vibrant purple against hues of cream and soft pink are rounding out my make up drawers perfectly for spring and summer.

radiant orchid pantone packaging

{Pretty, purple packaging}

Behold! Shiny, purple packaging worthy of leaving on display.

radiant orchid paint gloss trio nail ambrosia

{Nail Ambrosia Trio to match the Radiant Paint Gloss Trio}

Sold Separately the Nail Ambrosia Trio ($24) and Paint Gloss Trio ($31) are some of my favourite picks when it comes to quality and value. The texture of this lip product reflects it’s name, the finish is opaque and paint like but smells heavenly and feels like butter on the lips. The nails to match…why not?

Radiant Paint Gloss Trio

{Paint Gloss trio and Gazing Paint Liquid Eyeliner}

Like the Paint Gloss Trio the liquid eyeliners in this collection offer an opaque sweep of purple and pink (the latter shade is exclusive to The Face kit)  hues.

radiant orchid look

{The radiant orchid “subtle” look}

Well…subtle enough to a beauty addict :p

radiant orchid matte lipstick

{Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick}

You know me. I can’t say no to a matte, rich lippie and this Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick ($22) is no exception. Decadent in it’s texture and shade, my biggest problem with this baby is that my sister keeps stealing it from me…

radiant orchid cream blush

{Cream Blush as part of The Face: Radiant Femme Artistry Set}

Ah, le sigh. If you want to get your hands on this creamy blush that literally melts on to your skin then you’ll have to purchase The Face: Radiant Femme Artistry Set but it contains the lipstick among others so I’d say it’s well worth the $90.

The Eye- Radiant Femme Artistry Set

{The Eye: Radiant Femme Artistry Set}

I’m not an eye shadow kinda gal but this macbook-like palette made me squeal – mainly because of the three sets of colours that make up the top right corner. Romantic to daring it’s got all the shades you would need for any look.

Radiant Femme Artistry Set

{My favourite combo 1: creams and soft pink}

Delicious like ice cream.

The Eye Radiant Femme Artistry Set

{My favourite combo 2: mahogany and navy}

Esmeralda herself would have worn these.

radiant orchid look closed

{Using mahogany and navy shades}

     radiant orchid pantone swatches

{Swatches}

L-R: Radiant Paint Gloss Trio, Cream Blush,  Gazing Paint Liquid Eyeliners, Body Luminizer

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nirvana black and white sephora

nirvana black and white sephora

{Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black & White}

Okay let me be honest with you. I was outrageously sceptical when I saw these fragrances. “Great, another celebrity perfume I have no desire to admit I’m wearing,” I said. The next 10 seconds proved to be an entirely different story. 

elizabeth and james nirvana review 

{Nirvana White}

Following the success of their clothing line – Elizabeth and JamesMary Kate and Ashley Olsen decided to add a  fragrance duo to their arsenal.

Nirvana White was my first spritz and I was immediately whisked away in to a warm spring morning in Paris on my way to a bakery (one of many for the day) with the feeling of utter bliss. Perhaps it was the floral story of the fragrance that took me there. A beautiful blend of  peony, muguet (also known as lilly of the valley) and tender musk. This is the ultimate in feminine, fragrance housed in the chicest of packaging.

 nirvana black and white

{Nirvana Black}

This immediately took me to a memory that I’m yet to form. Dressed in an emerald, silky gown at a James Bond-esque ball, what else would I wear as my perfume? A weaving of vanilla, sandalwood and violet, this is for the events at which you want to exude class and sophistication. It’s feminine, dark, strong and sexy all in one perfume. To boot, it’s encased in a masculine package that makes me feel almost naughty opening. Did I mention this is the scent my man loved the most?

Three guesses what I’ll be wearing on Friday…

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