Tooty Scrutiny: Harvey Nichols and YSL

She and Hem| Harvey Nichols and YSL

This might seem slightly obvious, but last year we both had a bit of a moment when we realised that good quality makeup is worth investing in. That doesn’t mean there won’t always be a place for budget products, there will, and in some cases the bargain items more than hold a candle to their supposed superiors.  But it turns out there really are some products that are simply worth splashing the cash on. The problem is, where do you start? There are so many products offering any number of miracle fixes, it can be a daunting task to choose just one item (which is certainly all we can afford at a time!) and we very often find ourselves lost in the pretty world of high-end makeup.

So, step forward the distinctly high-end Harvey Nichols, who very generously offered us the chance to sample some beautiful YSL makeup. This was two great things rolled into one as ever since bring introduced to a Dr Hauschka bronzer by the fab team at their Bristol store, we’ve come to trust Harvey Nics’ beauty credentials. As for YSL, there’s a reason why everyone bangs on about Le Touche Eclat! It’s simply the best concealer EVER and so we were therefore both rather excited to try out some of their other products. After a lot of umming and ahhhing, we settled on the Limited Edition Blush Radiance in Beauty Blossom blusher* and the Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Luminous Orange*.

She and Hem| Harvey Nichols and YSLShe and Hem| Harvey Nichols and YSL

She and Hem| Harvey Nichols and YSL

First off, this blusher simply looks beautiful. It was created to celebrate Chinese New Year, which is why it is a limited edition palette (if you like it, move quickly) and it is adorned with gorgeous jewels, inspired by one of Yves Saint Laurent’s dresses. Nice! It has a good sized mirror inside, which is always a must for blusher and it honestly feels worth every penny of its £32 price tag. And that’s before even applying it! The pallete itself is made up of two different shades of pink and I mean proper, proper pink. It gives such a lovely rosy glow and wears really well!

She and Hem| Harvey Nichols and YSL

She and Hem| Harvey Nichols and YSL

She and Hem| Harvey Nichols and YSL

We’ve found that a lot of lipsticks can be awfully drying on our lips, so we were very pleasantly surprised to discover that the Rouge Pur Couture lives up to it’s promise of keeping lips suitably moisturised, due to it’s emollients. It’s particularly suited to our (pasty!) paler complexions, so perhaps if you have a darker skin tone (lucky you!), you might want to try the fuchsia shade from the same collection. Beware, this lipstick will cause major friend envy as it lives inside the most beautiful golden case. Popping it out of your make up bag for a top up certainly isn’t a chore. We’d both certainly recommend it as it’s suitable for a daily make up look, but also just about jazzy enough to party in!

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Tooty Scrutiny: Beauty Bounty

Hello! It isn’t often that I foray into the world of beauty as, despite caking myself in makeup and cementing my hair in place most days, I just feel a little out of my depth when it comes to talking beautification. But, you know what? I LOVE reading about what other people have been using so, with that in mind, here’s what I’ve been buying, trying and loving of late.

The New 

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Rimmel Scandaleyes | Urban Decay Naked 3 | Bourjois Liner Featre & Bourjois Liner Stylo | Dove Style + Care | Rimmel Fix & Protect | Body Shop Colour Crush Lipstick in Berry Me

I think part of the reason I am writing this post is (a poor attempt) to justify my recent splurge on beauty products. I had been reading so many rave reviews about the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette that when I saw Debenhams had it for 20% off I had a moment of weakness. Oops! I’ve only had it since Saturday but I already love it so much. The gorgeous neutral tones are perfect for me and I can see that I will be using it on a daily basis. I also made the mistake of popping into Boots during 3 for 2 season. I’ve been after a new eyeliner and couldn’t decide between the two Bourjois ones (felt tip! exciting!) so decided to buy them both (obviously) along with the much-lauded Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara. The Dove Heat Protection Spray, Rimmel Fix & Protect primer and Body Shop lipstick are all new versions of old favourites.

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She and Home: Benefit Cosmetics

Benefit7Benefit at House of Fraser Bristol kindly invited some local bloggers for an evening of makeup, wine, cakes and sweets in order to introduce us to the rocking world of Rockatuer, Benefit’s latest blusher. As Benefit fans, it was hard to resist an evening of indulging in all of their pretty offerings!

We both LOVE makeup but are by no means experts so it was really useful to watch the Benebabes, the lovely Lucy and Kate, demonstrate how things should be applied. We both find buying makeup quite an overwhelming experience. There’s just so much choice and I (Jo) am usually far too self conscious to ask for help from one of the assistants. I have tended to go for Benefit purely because I like the packaging and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone here! Thankfully for me, Benefit packs just as much substance as it does style!

Benefit8Lucy showed us how easily the Rockateur blush, which is £23.50, can be layered up to take it from daytime wear to an evening look. We were both really impressed with the beautiful rose-gold colour and how nicely it lifts the face. Benefit describe this blush as being  for “girls who don’t blush easily” which perfectly fits the cheeky tone of the brand and is also true of the product! Lucy then used the Watt’s Up highlighter, £24.50, (which I loved so much I ended up buying – naughty!) to bring out Kate’s cheekbones and used the Smokin’ Eyes Kit, £28.50, to create a beautiful smokey eye. The look was completed with a quick swish of the They’re Real mascara, £19.50. Smashing.

Benefit4Benefit3After the demonstration, we were all given the opportunity to have ours brows mapped.  This involved measuring to find the exact points at which our eyebrows should be! After marking out the perfect points, Lucy used Benefit’s Brow Zings (£23.50) to create the new brow. The transformation was surprisingly drastic and we both loved our newly improved look! For me, it turns out that my eyebrow shape is as it should be but that I should add a bit of length! I’ve already got quite a lot of brow so I was slightly unnerved about adding more but it turns out it’s a much better look!

Benefit6benefit2Jo: I bought this beautiful Cath Kidston dress a couple of months ago from the St Peter’s Hospice charity shop in Clifton Village, Bristol. I did an audible gasp when I saw it on the rack! It’s exactly my style with its beautiful sleeves, autumnal colours, floral print and unusual neckline. Phwoar! With all that going for it and the fact it was my size, it was clearly meant to be! The slight dip in temperature meant I could finally wear it last week and, I’m pleased to report, it was certainly worth the wait! I teamed it with black patterned tights from Topshop and my F&F red polka-dot shoes (reviewed here). Continue reading She and Home: Benefit Cosmetics