chanel lipstick and charlotte tilbury blush haul

{Beauty  buys}

Since I’ve been back in the UK I’ve spent an obscene amount of ££ on beauty products. I know, I know. What’s new? Being back home means easy access to wonderfully British brands – two of which are featured in today’s post.

Read on to see my recent spurge…

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Dior shadow palette summer 2014 givenchy fuchsia le rouge

Dior shadow palette summer 2014 givenchy fuchsia le rouge

As much as I complain about the showers that brought along the slushy mud, beautiful fresh flowers have sprouted and inspired me to play with colours. Whilst hiking with the wonderful Curated Taste in Vancouver last week, I spotted the gorgeous flower below.

fuchsia flower

My first thoughts? I BETTER have a lipstick that colour at home and if I don’t I need to get one.

givenchy le rouge fuchsia irresistible lipstick

Lo and behold…I did. Presenting the perfect hue of fuchsia flower, Givenchy’s Le Rouge in Fuchsia Irresistible. Is it not perfection?

givenchy le rouge fuchsia lipstick

I’ve always been a fiend for the Le Rouge formula and have at least 6 shades hidden in my drawers. This gem was untouched and just waiting to burst out when the weather warmed up.

Dior summer 2014 eyeshadow palette

To complement the muddy surroundings of this eye-catching flower, I pulled out the new Dior, Colour Eyeshadow Palette – Transat Edition in Sundeck. Using the off-white shade as my base and the ashy brown shade for the crease – it’s a quick, easy look to master.

 dior summer 2014 eye shadow and givenchy le rouge fuchsia lips look

{Spring has sprung}

In keeping with the theme I used Clinique’s Cheep Pop blush in Plum Pop on my cheeks. Complements the lippie perfectly, non?

givenchy dior browm eyes fuchsia lips look

{Liptastic!}

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maybelline hi-light master glaze blush stick highlighter

maybelline hi-light master glaze blush stick highlighter

February seems to be the month of blush — who am I to complain? If it’s not a bold lipstick I’m cooing over it’s a brightly pigmented blush. I’m a sucker for colour. Maybelline’s on a roll with it’s offerings and this round of blushers is a shining example.

maybelline hi-light blush light bronze review

{Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Light Bronze}

Oh hello gorgeous and glittering higlighter/bronzer hybrid. If you’re a beauty nerd you’ll know how iconic the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick is for what it does to your cheeks. The Maybelline Face Studio Master Hi-Light blushes offer a variety of packed powders in one palette for poppin’ cheeks. Warm Nude is a blend of illuminating pinks and shimmering golds — the light catches the product perfectly on your J-Lo-esque cheekbones.

maybelline hi-light blush review pink rose

{Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Pink Rose}

The shade Pink Rose I would accept as more of a blush than a bronzer or highlighter – it might be a little too intense to sweep this over your forehead and chin so I’d recommend saving this for a multi-dimensional, romantic flush instead.

maybelline cream blush stick master glaze

{Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Sticks}

If I had to be selective about the formula of my cheek colour I’d choose a cream blush over a powder any day. That is if I’m judging entirely on the finished effect on my cheeks. There’s something about a cream that allows for a much more natural flush. Wouldn’t you agree?

maybelline master glaze face studio blush stick warm nude

{Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Warm Nude}

maybelline master glaze face studio make a mauve

{Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Make a Mauve}

Maybelline review face studio master glaze pink fever

{Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Pink Fever}

maybelline hi-light bronzer face glaze blush stick swatches

{Swatch party!}

Left to right:

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Pink Rose

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in Light Bronze

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Make a Mauve

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Warm Nude

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in Pink Fever

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dior bloom nail polish

Dior spring nails

{Dior Vernise Spring 2014 in Bouquet, Porcelaine Bloom & Top Coat in Perle}

Dior nail polishes have taken their place in my favourite nail polish formula of all time, right next to YSL’s offerings. There’s nothing more satisfying (in the DIY mani world) than layering on a shiny, sweep of colour with the utmost of ease. Believe it or not, more of my favourite shades aren’t easy to work with but the flat blush, quicky drying, glossy formula that Dior has to offer is sublime. Best of all? These spring shades are to die for.

Gimme moah!

dior bloom nail polish

{Bloom}

This vibrant shade is spring/summer perfect. A fuchsia that would compliment any skin tone.

bloom nail polish

{Glossy finish}

dior porcelaine spring 2014 nail polish

{Porcelaine}

The name on everyone’s lips and soon-to-be on everyone’s tips. It kinda reminds me of Chanel’s Riva (the perfect sky blue) and Dior are making this eggshell totally cool again. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This totally makes me think of a shade that Beyonce would wear.

dior bouqet nail polish

{Bouquet}

Oh hai pretty in pink coral shade that’s perfect for spring. While Bloom fit better for a summer pedi, Bouquet is the ultimate in daytime spring shades. I’ll take this beaut for a ride when I want a a feminine and fancy mani.

perle on bouqet

Introducing Dior’s new topcoat (reminiscent of YSL’s La Laque Couture) this shimmering Perle sets to a matte finish with a hint of sparkle (pretty cool of you ask me). I love the original effect it offers and it pretty much enhances most shades it’s partnered with.

Which of Dior’s new shades are you looking forward to most?

These beautylicious products were sent for consideration and were good enough to make the cut!

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