Five Things

It’s time to bundle together the best of beauty from the past seven days. Edited down to five of the top products, videos, posts, releases and the rest that have had me clicking away:

1. YSL’s Bleu Celadon. A baby blue that transforms into an Essie Mint Candy Apple-esque mint on the nails, this has been my nail jam of the week. I bloomin’ love the YSL La Laque Couture formula and this one is no different, delivering a smooth stroke of colour that needed just two nifty coats. And so far, there’s not a chip in sight. 

2. Lily’s MAC Video. Girl, check out the editing on this. Lily is the Queen of MAC eyeshadows; whenever we end up by a counter together she gives me a tour of her favourites and nudges me in the direction of recommendations that 95% of the time I end up taking home. Not only did I enjoy a peek around her palette, the how-to’s on her favourite combinations at the end of the video have served as my eyeshadow inspiration all week. 

3. My J.Lo Limb Blend. I discovered this by complete accident when my tan was in desperate need of topping up before a leg baring occasion last week and needed equal doses of moisture and colour. Enter a pump of L’Oreal’s Sublime Bronze Firming Body Lotion Tan Optimiser with a pump of the Caudalie Divine Legs and there you have some pins that would give J.Lo a serious run for her money. Hmmmm, maybe… 

4. Karima’s Brush Video. I may have gone a bit brush-crazy in recent weeks and this video is not helping. I. WANT. THEM. ALL. I think Karima could be a professional brush describer; her spot-on observations and detailed explanations of use, shape and dupes makes this one ‘take notes while viewing’ watch. I now have like 20 Hakuhodo brushes on my shopping list. 

5. Clinique’s Chubby Cheeks. That’s not their official name, but seriously Clinique’s Chubby Stick Moisturising Cheek Colour Balm’s are everything you want in a cream-based blush product; creamy, blendable and with just the right balance of colour. Robust Rhubarb is my favourite. It’s a nice mix of pink/peach/coral (dur) that perks me up without making things look too doll -like.

  • http://moaslittlecoffeebreak.wordpress.com Moa

    I really need that nailpolish!! So pretty!! :)
    littlecoffeebreak.com

  • http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk Lauren S

    That blue is just so pretty !! Lily had great taste in eyeshadows definitely shades I’d wear ;)
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://sophiebysophia.blogspot.com Sophia Charles

    Lily’s video was so amazing! I’m going to watch Karima’s video now, love your recommendations, Anna! and that YSL nail polish is gorgeous!

    Sophia
    http://sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

  • Wendy Poulter

    Omg, you watch Karima? She is one of my favourite people on the internet. I too now have a Hakuhodo brush list :p That woman could sell me anything!

  • http://nueyork.blogspot.com nueyork

    I was obsessed with the editing of Lily’s video too, it was so fun to watch and she has such pretty shades! I love the look of the YSL nail polish, I have found myself gravitating to so many baby-blues lately – They look so pretty on the nails.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

  • Roshni Mistry

    About to go watch Lily’s video now! :)

    http://roshnimistry.wordpress.com

  • http://glossglitzandglamour.blogspot.com Chloe

    That nail polish colour is stunning! Will go and watch Karima’s brush video now, will probably end up with even more brushes on my wishlist!

    http://glossglitzandglamour.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.thevelvetblack.co.uk/ Alice Young

    Definitely going to try out the Clinique chubby stick cheek colour, they sound lush!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  • http://ellabooxo.blogspot.co.uk Ella

    Everyone’s been calling them Chubby Cheeks, I can’t believe clinique didn’t notice that opportunity haha!

    ellabooxo • beauty & lifestyle

  • http://godsaveourdressing.blogspot.fr Victoria Macgregor

    tne nail polish color is divine ! :)
    Love from France, Victoria
    http://godsaveourdressing.blogspot.fr

  • http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/ Kate Wilson

    I love that YSL nail varnish! x

    http://my–socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

  • http://www.alittlelucy.com Lucy Alex

    The clinique chubby cheeks look amazing and look like they’d be so fun to use haha. I NEED to see lily’s video too! x

    http://www.alittlelucy.com

  • emily couture

    love the YSL nail polish colour :)

    emily xx

    http://emilycouture95.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Hollyzee

    I loved Lily’s MAC video too, she has a way of reeling you in and the next thing I know I’m queuing up at the MAC counter with an armful of eyeshadows and a very unhappy bank account!
    http://www.hollyeverafter.com

  • http://www.cassandramyee.com/ CassandraMyee

    Lily’s MAC video was so great, totally made me want to make another palette! Love that YSL nail colour as well!

    CassandraMyee | NZ Beauty Blog

  • alicekatex

    Lily’s video makes me want a massive MAC palette so bad!

    alicekatex ♥

  • http://makeupmusicbooks.blogspot.com Rachel Polansky

    when i first saw the clinique chubby sticks for cheeks i was hesitant but i also recently picked up robust rhubarb and have been loving it!

    makeupmusicbooks.blogspot.com

  • http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/ Grace

    That nail polish is so pretty! And wow the packaging is stunning, of course. I’m going to go check out Lily’s video now, thanks for sharing it :)

    everydayingrace.blogspot.ca

  • http://www.themistymom.com/ Shari

    Ahhh, Karima my girl crush!! :) She makes me want to splurge on those brushes too!

  • Chantal

    I agree Lily’s video made me want all of her Mac eye shadows. I love the semi sounding rhyme of the title for this post ‘Limbs’ and ‘Things’ haha x

    savvysuperstylish.blogspot.co.uk

  • little flower

    That ysl looks divine, is it part of the summer collection?

  • Stephanie

    I need to get my hands on the ‘chubby cheeks’ although I do have my own already :p

    Stephanie

    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/

    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3436251

    xxxx

  • http://mizzrubiiee.blogspot.com Rubiiee

    Great recommendations. I’d like to give the tan combo a try, I definitely need to step up the tan game before my trip next week!
    Carolyn | BLOG

  • Sunaina Kapoor

    Love this! I’ve heard so much about Clinique’s Chubby Stick… I have to give it a go x
    http://www.lalalasunaina.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://emmasbeginning.blogspot.ca Emma W

    I like your new name for the Clinique Chubby Cheeks haha :)
    emmasbeginning.blogspot.com

  • http://jessicalaar.blogspot.co.uk Jess French

    Great recommendations, definitely going to be giving some of these a go. I love that you called them chubby cheeks, thats great.

    Jess x

    http://www.jessicalaar.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://sophiesmakeupblog.blogspot.co.uk/ Sophie

    Lovely post! I love the look of the YSL Nail polish! x

    SophiesMakeupBlog

  • http://lilacandgray.blogspot.com/ Ellen Findley

    Karima has quickly become one of my new favorites in the beauty blogosphere. Thanks to her, I’ve had the Hakuhodo J5523s and several Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadows on my lust list for a while!

  • Geena

    I need that nail varnish! Maybe if my A-Level results go my way I’ll treat myself!
    http://www.ablogbygeena.blogspot.com

  • Hanna Rose

    Lovely recommendations, I’ll be checking some of these out :)

    The Clinique chubby cheeks look great and I’m wondering if the No7 pop and glow cream blush sticks may be a possible dupe for those of us on a smaller budget? :) xx

    The Miss Beauty Saver Blog

  • Beautyandtheb

    The YSL nail polish is absolutely beautiful!

    beautyandtheb1.blogspot.co.uk

    B xx

  • http://voguebeach.blogspot.co.uk Grace Cottrell

    I would love to try the clinique chubby sticks, Haven’t really experimented with Clinique products much and now I will definitely check them out!

    – Grace

    http://voguebeach.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Daniella

    awesome!

    xx

    daniella

    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

  • http://www.thefigsheart.com/ Lauren Burkitt

    Loving that nail colour, so beautiful! I’m also a big Karima fan, she’s totally the brush queen.

  • http://www.totalmodisch.blogspot.co.uk/ Ruby@TotalModisch

    Love the nail polish! Lily’s video was great, too x

    http://www.totalmodisch.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://mybloggreeneyedgirl.blogspot.be/ GreenEyedGirl

    That nail polish is one I need! :) And yes Lily’s MAC video is really lovely :)

    Celine // http://mybloggreeneyedgirl.blogspot.be/

    xx

  • Ntisverve

    Hello Anna, Karima is so fun to watch and she always does a great job in all the different videos she films :) Agreed, the brush videos were particularly enabling! I found my feet taking me to Suqqu at Selfridges a couple of days afterwards – bank balance weeps!

  • septhyne

    that ysl polish is actually my first high-end polish I ever own and yes it is worth every penny. It’s beautiful

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