My MDM Flow lipstick collection & my very own custom colour!

It has certainly been a while since I last shared with you a blog post, so I wanted to make my come back post a good one! Have you heard of MDM Flow and her beautiful collection of lipsticks? If the answer is no, and you love bright vivid colours then I strongly recommend you test these out when you see them.

I was lucky enough to meet Flo on a recent shopping trip to Bath.  She was sat in the Anthropologie store offering customers a unique custom blend lipstick totally made for their requirements.  What more could a lipstick lover like myself wish for?! I was totally submersed in girly heaven for about half an hour while Flo asked what my usual colour was and mixed up a custom blend just for little old me! I was amazed as she blended my colour adding a little more blue, and a little more red until she had it…. the official Pretty Honest Beauty Blog Lipstick! Once I was happy Flo set it in her machine and then popped the bullet in to a pretty gold case.  My Dad was with me at the time, and even he was amazed by Flo’s talent.  I’m so pleased I stumbled across this once in a lifetime chance to have my own lipstick made.  MDM Flow sell a collection of lipsticks and liquid matte lipsticks that are certainly unique.  I have four in my collection so far, Panther a vivid candy pink, Milkshake which is an optical illusion of appearing milky white in the bullet and transforming in to a bright pink that intensifies as you rub your lips together. I also have one of her liquid matte lipsticks in Empire State which is a traffic stopping bold dark plummy pink shade that does not budge and I mean does not budge!!

Below are the swatches of my shades. If you would like to see the look on my lips then just let me know and I will certainly share this with you all!

Top to Bottom:

Panther, Milkshake, The Pretty Honest Blog Lipstick and finally Empire State.

MDM Flow lipstick swatch

 

Isn’t it great when you find a new brand that excites you for future releases, and even better when the founder is so lovely!

Talk to you all soon x

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The Perfect Way To End The Day! The Experimenter By Lush

After a busy day at work, nothing can help me unwind quite like a nice hot bubble bath with a lovely bath bomb from Lush.  Shopping in Lush always makes me feel like a child in a sweetshop. There really is so much choice that it is impossible to leave empty handed!

The Experimenter by Lush is a real visual and scented experience! A plethora of bright colours, glitter and a rich vanilla scent.

The bath bomb fizzes in the bath water, and momentarily turns your bath water into shades of blue, gold and purple before finishing with a green colour.

You can purchase The Experimenter for £3.95.  It is one of the more expensive bath bombs on offer at Lush, but for a particularly special bath every now and then,  one that I would recommend.

Roll on bath time!….

Talk to you all soon x

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Benefit Gimme Brow Light/Medium Review | February Product Of The Month

Apologies for the ever so slightly late product of the month for February, but I am sure you will totally understand when I say it was because I was waiting to get my eyebrows threaded before sharing it with you!

I have brunette hair, yet for some reason very fair brows.  It was only in recent years that I started to colour my brows with product to try and help define my naturally fair brows against the contrast of my dark hair.  I couldn’t help but wonder why I wasn’t doing it years before! Personally speaking, I am not a fan of the dark, heavy, almost painted on brow that seems to have become popular over recent years , and that was what had initially put me off trying this product.  However, as my brows are particularly sparse and fair, I decided I would try this out and was delighted when I was given this as a gift at Christmas.

Benefit Gimme Brow is available in two colours – Light / Medium and Medium / Dark. My shade is Light / Medium which is perfect for my fair complexion. It is a nice natural brown colour that translates well once applied.

This brow volumizing fibre gel promises to adhere to the skin and the hairs for fuller looking brows.  To use, I gently stroke the brush tip along the brow to define the shape.  I then use a brow comb to brush the fibres through the hair and neaten up the finish.

My reasons for awarding this my product of the month are not only because I think the product is easy to use, but also because of the ability to actually stay where I apply it! I don’t know about you, but I have very oily skin that gets worse as the day progresses (I can only thank working in a warm office environment for this!) and I have found on the odd occasion I have used other products, that the product works its way across the centre of my brows! The Benefit Gimme Brow Gel will not create a full brow look, and will not create  hairs that are not there, however it does thicken up any brow hairs you have that are in need of a little extra volume.  I think this is a really natural way to enhance brows and for that reason, is a winner in my book.

You can purchase Benefit Gimme Brow for £18.50 from Benefit counters or stockists.  You get 3g of product and I have used it more or less every day since Christmas and I have plenty left.

I hope you found this post useful.

Talk to you all soon x

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Saturated Colour LipSStick Naked Pink – Review & Swatches | Lipstick Monday!

It has been an exciting week at Pretty Honest HQ. I was given the opportunity to try out* a lipstick by the lovely people at Saturated Colour.  I chose Naked Pink which is a beautiful barely there pink with cool undertones. It was a cold and dreary Monday today, so I took the opportunity to cheer myself up by wearing my new lipstick and it certainly did the trick!

Naked Pink belongs to the LipSStick collection which consists of 12 highly pigmented vibrant shades that offer beautiful colour and a moisture enriched formula. You can choose from neutral naked’s, vivacious reds and even a bold purple if you are feeling daring! There really is a colour for every taste!

My makeup today was fairly muted with my usual earthy eyeshadows and the Naked Pink LipSStick really brightened up my face. The cool undertones were very flattering and the colour brought out the green in my eyes. I found the lipstick easy to apply straight from the bullet but I did use a lip brush around the cupids bow to give a tidy finish. I found the lipstick lasted a good 3 hours without the need for reapplication. I did get transfer to my coffee cup when drinking,  however the colour is so rich it still left a decent amount on my lips without looking untidy.  The finish has a lovely sheen to it, but is not overtly glossy.

I found this lipstick to have great pigmentation and be very moisturising. This lipstick is priced at £7.00 and is an absolute bargain for the quality, and they are cruelty free which of course if very important.  Saturated Colour have some lovely products on offer, and I currently have my eye on the double ended lip brush that boasts one end being generous enough to fill in the lips without having to constantly top up the brush, and the other end crafted especially for around the cupids bow.  How good does that sound?! My makeup bag is crying out for this brush as I have never seen anything like this before.

I would recommend taking a look at http://www.saturatedcolour.com if you are looking to treat yourself without breaking the bank, but not compromising on quality.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this colour.

Talk to you all soon x

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*This is an honest review, and all thoughts expressed are my own.

Tom Ford Toasted Sugar 02 Nail Polish Review …. And Must See Dupe!

Tom Ford Toasted Sugar Nail Polish Nail Lacquer Review and Dupe Swatch

Nothing screams luxury quite like Tom Ford.  Not only is he the king of lipstick but in my eyes he can wear the crown for nail polish too!  Nude colours have long been my ‘thing’ and when I saw the shade Toasted Sugar last year my heart quite literally skipped a beat.  The perfect natural canvas shade with just the right amount of colour to prevent it being unflattering.

Tom Ford Toasted Sugar Nail Polish Nail Lacquer Review and Dupe Swatch

Before I go into more detail about the formula, I must touch upon how beautiful the packaging is.  Well, it is Tom Ford, we would expect nothing less would we?! The bottle is square with gold detailing and the shape of the bottle makes the polish easy to hold when applying the colour to the nail.

Tom Ford Toasted Sugar Nail Polish Nail Lacquer Review and Dupe Swatch

The brush applicator is nice and long, and the brush itself is long and thin.  The polish is a nice consistency and glides onto the nails effortlessly.

Tom Ford Toasted Sugar Nail Polish Nail Lacquer Review and Dupe Swatch

The manicure pictured above is achieved using two coats of Tom Ford Toasted Sugar finished with a top coat.

I really can’t fault this nail polish, however it is rather pricey at £27.00.  The good news is that I have found a colour that is an excellent dupe and priced at only £4.99. Tanya Burr Peaches & Cream is perfect for those who love this particular shade!

Tom Ford Toasted Sugar Nail Polish Nail Lacquer Review and Dupe Swatch Tanya Burr Peaches & Cream

I have reviewed the Tanya Burr Peaches & Cream polish in more detail here.  But as you can see, the colours are very similar.  Obviously there is no doubt that the Tom Ford colour is much better quality and lasts over a week without chipping.  This for me, is priceless and makes the price tag worth paying. However as you can see, if it is the colour you are after then perhaps the Tanya Burr polish may be worth looking out for!

I really hope you find this useful! Do you agree with me that this polish is a good dupe? I would love to hear from you!

Talk to you all soon x

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet 04 Peach Club Review & Swatch | Lipstick Monday!

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet 04 Peach Club Review & Swatch

Happy Monday everyone! Today  I’m sharing with you all something a little different for Lipstick Monday.  Bourjois has long been one of my favourite ‘drug store’ brands. I am yet to try a product I haven’t loved.  The Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks are no different…. I absolutely love them and can’t recommend enough!

My chosen shade is 04 Peach Club.  The colour is more of a red than a peach.  If you were buying this purely on the name and expecting a peach shade you may be disappointed but it is a lovely colour and certainly one I love.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick 04 Peach Club Review & Swatch

Bourjois Rouge Edition is a bold, matte and long-lasting colour that really does last for ages! Not only does it offer all these fabulous benefits but it is also lightweight, has a velvet texture and does not dry out my lips.  In fact, unlike most matte lipsticks I actually find it very moisturising.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick 04 Peach Club Review & Swatch

The packaging is simple with a transparent tube, making it easy to find the perfect shade to match your outfit.  The sponge tip applicator picks up the product easily and evenly and glides onto my lips effortlessly.  The applicator makes applying bold lipstick a dream.  I would recommend that if you would like more of a tint finish, to apply a dot of the lipstick on the bottom lip and work it in using a finger tip before doing the same to the top. If you are after a more full on look, then apply the colour in thin layers working up to your desired look.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick 04 Peach Club Review & Swatch

Peach Club long outlived any hot drinks and only needed touching up after lunch.  This particular colour would work equally as well in the day as it would in the evening.  It is not too full on, but does give a nice ‘pop’ of colour.  Perfect for dreary miserable weather!

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick 04 Peach Club Review & Swatch

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick is priced at £8.99 and is available at Boots (to name only one retailer)

Have you tried this lipstick? I would love to hear from you!

Talk to you all soon x

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Leighton Denny Supermodel Nail Polish | Review and Swatch

Leighton Denny Supermodel Nail Polish Nail Varnish Review Swatch

I first fell in love with Leighton Denny after watching him on QVC a few years ago. He was so passionate about all things nail related and his products really reflected that.  I have built up a sizeable collection over time but one colour really stands out from the crowd. Supermodel. The name says it all really. The creme de la creme (well that is actually another colour in his collection!) of nail colours. A beautiful mink colour that looks stunning on every skin type. This is Leighton’s best selling nail colour, and I can totally see why.

The formula is so easy to apply, gliding onto my nails effortlessly.  The particular manicure pictured is two coats.

It is a long lasting, high performance nail colour and is still chip free after 6 days of wear.

You can purchase Leighton Denny Supermodel from various online outlets and also for those readers from the UK you may be lucky enough to find your local Marks and Spencer’s stocking it on the beauty shelves. It is priced at £11.00 for 12mls.

Hope you enjoyed my manicure of choice for this week. I would love to hear from you if you are also a fan of Leighton Denny and can recommend any colours for me to try.

Talk to you all soon x

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