Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Laura Mercier, Voluminous Hair & A New Bag

I haven't delved much into the Laura Mercier brand so when I was given the opportunity to try these three items from the Limited Edition Summer Jewels collection released in May 2012, I jumped at the chance.

The first item I want to talk about is my favourite out of the three.  It's the Shimmer Bloc in Pink Tourmaline which features a quartet of:

warm iridescent pink
pink-beige shimmer (akin to UD Sin)
pale opalescent pink
frosty ivory

When these four shades are combined with a brush they give a shimmery pink finish which can only be described as a powder version of the effect Benefit High Beam gives.  Gorgeous!

I am VERY fussy when it comes to highlighters, with Dior's Amber Diamond Shimmer Powder and Benefit High Beam being my favourites.  There's something so pretty about the way a highlighter can bring attention to your cheekbones, reflect the light and make you look all glowy and ethereal.  I'm all about the glowy skin!

This highlighter has impressive pigmentation and it doesn't take much buffing to get the desired effect.  The baked shades when considered separately would make great eye shadows as well.  I like the fact that you can use the shades individually, say if you wanted a more bronzed look then you could just dab your fingertips in the beige-pink and apply it that way.  Great for when you are travelling or on your holidays!

Although this highlighter is shimmery, it's sheer texture ensures that it never looks overly frosty once applied.  I would stick to using this solely as a highlighter and not a blush due to the fact that it's paler in colour.  It's completely day-appropriate giving cheekbones a gorgeous glow.  Love this! If you like Benefit High Beam, this will be right up your street!

The other two Laura Mercier products are the Baked Eye Colours in Silver and Rubellite which can be used wet or dry.  By using them with a damp brush, you can increase the pigmentation ten-fold and get a really intense finish.  The silver shade appeals to me more as I can't see myself wearing a hot pink eye shadow.

The silver metallic shade would serve as a perfect base for a gorgeous smokey eye.  The pigmentation of these baked eye shadows is intense, with no fall out, they have a smooth texture and good longevity on the lids.

The Rubellite shade could possibly serve better as a blush shade for most people.  Used sparingly, it gives a nice pink flush to the cheeks with no shimmery particles to speak of.  This has definitely given me a thirst to go buy some items from Laura Mercier, namely the Starlet Mosaic Shimmer Bloc and Lip GlacĂ© in Bellini.

Another product which has impressed me this week, albeit a impulse buy was this Andrew Barton I Love Volume Body Building Shampoo.  I was looking for a new daily shampoo and popped it into my ASDA delivery for the week with little to no expectation of it's performance.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that it left my hair feeling light, bouncy and more voluminous.  I love it when that happens...you just randomly find a star product that works for you.  I have fine hair so it's really important that I use a shampoo that doesn't leave a residue or weigh my hair down.  This shampoo is reasonably cheap, smells good, does what it days on the tin (or bottle) and is widely available. 

I have been doing a bit lot of Ebay browsing lately and I picked up this little studded gem for only £9.99.  It's a Dune box clutch with an optional carry chain.  Let's face it...if it's studded, I'm having it!  I thought it would be a neat little addition to perk up an otherwise simple outfit.

I have my eye on a few other things on Ebay at the moment including two lust-worthy Topshop jumpers, a pair of Reiss platforms and a Reiss dress.   Wish me luck!

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