Staying fabulous at 50+

Colour Couture Cosmetics

Colour Couture Cosmetics is a brand that I hadn't heard of until very recently and I am very glad to have discovered them.  They have some fantastic products at amazingly affordable prices but the quality of the products is outstanding.

First up is the Colour Couture BB Perfect Beauty Base.

Colour Couture Cosmetics beauty base

This is perfect as a primer, it tones down any redness in the skin and has a slight blurring effect on any imperfections and lines.  It is also very moisturising and for those with perfect skin you could wear this without foundation.

Colour Couture Cosmetics beauty base swatch

As you can see it is not as thick as some BB creams on the market and it is very easy to blend.  It is not just a flat cover up, it actually leaves the skin with a dewy glow and it also has an SPF - 15

The RRP of this product is £5

The Eye Shadow Quad is a product that I have been using every day since receiving it.

Colour Couture Cosmetics eye shadow quad

As you can see the colours are very neutral, you can use them as a colour wash for a daytime look or really layer them for the ultimate smoky eye.

Colour Couture Cosmetics eyeshadow quad swatches

The shadows are lovely to apply and are very long lasting.  This is my 'go to' palette, I also use the darkest colour wet as an eye liner and it works beautifully.

The RRP is £5

The Complete Look Beauty Palette is an amazing little kit.  When I received it I actually thought I had been sent a book until I opened it.  Inside is everything you need for a lovely natural look, including a 'How To' guide.  The kit contains 4 eye shadows, a blusher brick, bronzer brick, eye liner, mascara and lip glosses.

Colour Couture Cosmetics

I'm not usually fan of kits like this as usually there is only one product out of the kit that I will use, I have to say that I use everything in this kit on a regular basis.

Colour Couture Cosmetics swatches

The eye shadow colours are the colours that I wear most of the time.  The second colour from the left is the one I use the most, I also use these shadows combined with the shadows from the eye shadow quad.

The blusher and bronzer bricks are my favourite products from this collection.

Colour Couture Cosmetics blusher and bronzer bricks

L - R Blusher, Bronzer

Now I am a long time fan of a very well known shimmer brick, which I hasten to add is very expensive.  Well let me tell you, I am blown away with the quality of the Colour Couture Bricks.  They have the perfect ratio of colour to shimmer, not a hint of glitter in sight, they are absolutely perfect, the best thing of all is the bricks are available individually for the amazing price of £5

Also contained in this kit is a double ended lip gloss, one peach and one pink and a double ended black mascara and black eye liner.

Colour Couture Cosmetics lip gloss swatch

The lip glosses are very sheer and non sticky, I found that they were a bit too sheer for my liking but they work perfectly over my normal lipstick.  The eye liner has a felt tip pen applicator and is very easy to use for either a thin or a thicker line.  It really impressed me as I find that with most liquid liners that once on the eye lid the colour can creep into eye lid crinkles, there was none of that with this, the liner stayed exactly where it was applied and remained that way until I removed it.  The mascara is a nice every day mascara that is buildable without clumping.

The RRP is £10

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Clarins New Colour Breeze Spring Make-up Collection Part 3

So here is the final part of Clarins New Colour Breeze Spring Make-up Collection.

Limited Edition Instant Light Blush.

Clarins Instant Light Blush

L - R Coral Tonic and Vitamin Pink

Skin enhancing liquid cheek colours to create radiant yet natural colour.  Enhanced with skin softening redcurrant and raspberry seed oil.

Clarins Instant Light Blush swatches

L - R Coral Tonic and Vitamin Pink

These look just like lip glosses and I have to say that I was concerned that they would feel sticky on the skin, I'm happy to say that there is no stickiness at all and they blend beautifully to leave a radiant flush of colour.

Available February 2012 £19

Limited Edition Eye Quartet Mineral Palette.

Clarins eye quartet mineral palette

Four satin smooth, wet and dry formula mineral eye shadows in subtle spring shades.

Clarins eye quartet mineral palette

Turquoise, Grey Green, Soft Flannel Grey and Illuminating White

Clarins eye quartet mineral palette swatches

L - R Illuminating White, Turquoise, Grey Green and Soft Flannel Grey

You can see just how subtle these colours are, they can be used wet for a more intense colour.  I tend to steer clear of blues and greens but these are absolutely gorgeous and very wearable.  The Flannel Grey makes a lovely eye liner when used wet.  The only colour I wasn't keen on was the Illuminating White and that is simply because there was far too much glitter in it for my liking.  I can definitely see me using the other 3 colours on a regular basis.

Available February 2012 £30

All of the new Colour Breeze Spring Make-up Collection is available at all Clarins counters and from

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Clarins New Colour Breeze Spring Make-up Collection Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of the Clarins New Colour Breeze Spring Make-up Collection.

Joli Rouge Lipsticks consist of 2 new shades of the Clarins moisturising and colour-rich signature lipstick and 2 new sheer shades.

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks

L - R  Pink Magnolia (sheer shade) Pink Coral (sheer shade) Baby Pink and Poppy Red.

Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks swatches

L - R  Pink Magnolia (sheer shade) Pink Coral (sheer shade) Baby Pink and Poppy Red.

As you can see the Pink Magnolia and Pink Coral are a lovely sheer, high shine lip colour.  The high-sheen finish is created by a shine-activator pigment which is enhanced by mango butter.  

Baby Pink and Poppy Red are soft and creamy giving a vibrant and long lasting finish.  The formula repairs and protects with mango butter, vitamin E and pro-ceramides.

Available February 2012 £16.50

Gloss Prodige Intense Colour & Shine Lip Gloss comes in 8 shades.  They are a non sticky, intense colour gloss.

Clarins Prodige Intense Colour and Shine Lip Gloss

L - R  Raspberry and Candy

Clarins Prodige Intense Colour and Shine Lip Gloss

L - R Raspberry and Candy

The glosses contain Clarins Maxi Lip Peptide,  They also have a blackberry and liquorice scent and flavour.

Available February 2012 £15.50

All products are available from Clarins counters and

Look out for part 3 tomorrow.

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The Winner of The Sephora Lip Glosses is.........

Thank you to everyone who entered my Sephora Giveaway.

With all of the extra entries that people completed there was a total of 103 correct entries.

Random Org chose number 21

Congratulations to Serenity of Beauty you are the lucky winner.

Please email me your address or DM me on Twitter @jadlgw and I will get your Lip Glosses posted to you on Monday.

Clarins New Colour Breeze Spring Make-up Collection Part 1

Welcome to Clarins New Colour Breeze Spring make-up Collection.  A combination of delicate colours to enhance and illuminate your complexion.

Ever Matte Foundation with SPF 15 is described as a light weight skin perfecting fluid foundation.  It contains a blend of minerals and plant extracts to deliver all day protection against shine, with a long lasting natural finish.

Clarins Ever Matte Foundation

The foundation comes in 10 shade choices from Ivory through to Chestnut.

Clarins Ever Matte Foundation swatch

I was sent 110 Honey to try, it is a tad too dark for me at this time of year, but will be perfect for the summer months.  The foundation is light but gives a good medium coverage that lasts all day.  It lives up to it's Ever Matte claim and this is due to the Tanaka Powder, which acts like a sponge and absorbs excess sebum.  Although this is a matte foundation it does have a special light-optimising pigment complex and this gives the skin a radiant glow.  The foundation has a gorgeous melon like fragrance.

Available February 2012 30ml £24

Ever Matte Mineral Powder Compact is a shine stopper powder that can be applied throughout the day without build up.  The powder comes in a beautiful pale gold compact, it has a decent sized mirror and it's own sponge.

Clarins Ever Matte Mineral Powder Compact

The powder is available in 4 colour choices 00 Transparent Opal, 01 Transparent Fair, 02 Transparent Medium and 03 Transparent Dark.  I was sent the Transparent Fair and it was the perfect colour match for me.

Clarins Ever Matte Mineral Powder Compact

As you can see from the photograph, the powder is made up of 4 blocks of colour, in real life there is only the slightest difference between all of the colours.  It applies perfectly with no ashy residue and most importantly for me it does not settle in my fine lines and wrinkles.

Available February 2012 £25

Limited Edition Colour Breeze Face & Blush Palette is such a cute palette.  Three shades of skin enhancing blush are embossed into the powder, they can be used alone or mixed together.  When mixed together they make a beautiful skin highlighter.

Clarins Colour Breeze Face and Blush Palette

I found that there was not quite enough colour to use as a stand alone blush, but used over the top of my usual blusher I ended up with a gorgeous subtle sheen.

Clarins Colour Breeze Face and Blush Palette

As you can see this comes in the pale gold compact and again has a decent sized mirror.

Available February 2012 £30

The collection is available at all Clarins counters and from

Look out for the rest of this collection on my blog tomorrow.

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Manatomicals For The Men In Your Life

It can't be easy being the husband/boyfriend/partner of a Beauty Blogger.  I mean, I'm on first name terms with my postman, there is a constant stream of goodies being delivered that I have ordered off the internet, products arriving that have been recommended by other beauty bloggers, products that I have purchased in blog sales and PR samples.  Every now and then my husband's little face lights up when he sees that I have been sent some 'manly products' for him to try.

Manatomicals is packaged specifically for men and I just love the messages that are on each product.





My husband absolutely loved the products, he said that the exfoliating face wash was very refreshing with a mild minty fragrance and it was perfect as a pre-shave scrub.  The balm was very soothing and kept his face moisturised all day.  He used this when we went to New York in December and the balm really helped to protect his skin from the elements.

The products contain no Parabens.

There are 6 products in the range.  

There are 3 hair and body washes priced at £3.50 for 300ml.

The exfoliating face wash is priced at £4.50 for 100ml

The after shave balm is priced at £4.00 for 100ml

The Shave Gel is priced at £4.00 for 125ml

How fantastic are the prices for these products.  These would be great starter products to get the men in your life on a skin care regime, with masculine and fun packaging along with the minty fragrance I'm sure most men would enjoy using them. 

These products would make fabulous gifts for your husband, son, nephew, male friends and colleagues.

The full range is available at Boots and selected Waitrose Stores.

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Sephora Lip Gloss Collection Giveaway

In December I went on my annual pilgrimage to New York City to pray at the altar of Tiffany & Co.

I won't bore the pants of you with all of my holiday snaps but I will share this one with you.

Ahh Times Square, if you look to the left above the Starbucks sign you will see the Sephora sign, this is my second favourite shop in New York.  I purchased quite a few items from there for myself, for gifts and I couldn't leave without buying a little something for my lovely followers.

So without further ado here is what you can get your perfectly manicured mitts on.

Not one but eight gorgeous Sephora lip glosses, four of them are exclusive shades.  Would you like a closer look?

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This giveaway is open to UK and Ireland only.

The giveaway will end on Thursday 26th January 2012 at midnight.

The winner will be chosen using Random.Org

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