MakeUp4All AUTUMN 2011 Online Beauty Magazine

Lets Talk About Samples

Today I would like to talk with you about samples…

Do you like them? Do you think it’s a good strategy to give us samples? What kind of samples do you like the best? What size do you think they should be? Have you ever  bought anything if you liked the sample? If you do, what was the last thing you’ve bought?

Some samples I’ve found inside my makeup bag

Here are just some of my thoughts and I’d really love to hear yours!

As for myself I really love samples! In fact I think it’s a great way of trying new products and I think that every brand should put at least one sample with an order; it is also nice when you can choose.

I like the samples of primers , foundations and perfumes the best and I think that you should be able to use it at least 3 times to make sure if you like/dislike the product.

And, yes, I’ve bought  products because of a  good sample several times and the last thing was YSL perfumes.

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I already told you that I love the Lancome gift sets and I often try to get some for myself. Here is the set which a friend of mine bought for me last year in the US. You may think what’s the point of writing about it if it’s not available – it’s because you can see the swatches of 9 Lancome eye shadows and then buy them separately if you like the colours and you can also find out about the quality of the shadows.

I am sorry that this palette is a bit dirty

The shades which I got in my set are:

  • Snap – very beautiful mauve  shade, one of my favourites
  • Waif – matte ivory, close to my skin tone
  • Daylight – matte white
  • Colur du Jour – the prettiest colour ever, this is one of my favourite eye shadows from my whole collection. I’d describe it as pinkish purple with delicate gold shimmer
  • Pose – metallic bronze
  • Filigree – shimmering ivory
  • Statuesque – matte black
  • Guest List – deep warm chocolate
  • Designer – beautiful shimmering khaki

I am not really good at describing colours but I’ve tried my best.

What about the quality of the eye shadows?

I find them all

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Christmas Gift Guide: Lancome Gift Sets

Lancome always has amazing gift sets and gift with purchase every holiday. Last years I got a lot of their holiday sets for e.g the Deluxe Brush Set which is also available this year but in different colour. I already got myself the nail polish from their holiday 2010 collection and plan to get some sets as well.

Here are just some sets that I personally think are great, they are both from the UK and the US websites. But I don’t want to overwhelm you and myself (the more I write about holiday sets, the more I want myself) so I’ve chosen only 4 sets and all of them are makeup, no skincare or fragrance this time.

Aaron de Mey make–up case, £200

Available only at Selfridges, recreate Aaron de Mey’s hot make–up looks at home, with this must–have make–up collection from Lancôme. The professional make–up kit contains everything you need to show your Christmas sparkle. Available for a limited time only.

Now this is something that I don’t even need to comment, right? I. WANT. IT!

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Lancome Hypnose Drama Gift Set, £20 (Boots and  some other shops)

  • Hypnose Drama mascara
  • Bi facil 30ml
  • Mini
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MAC Fix + Review. Great Multi-Purpose Product.

It’s hard to call me a MACoholic but I do love some MAC products and today I want to tell you about one of them.

I got it because the lovely Marlena from Makeup Geek was raving about it all the time and she was telling that this is her most favourite beauty product of all time.

So what is it?

It is an ” aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. Adds radiance, finishes makeup. Spray it on. Skin drinks it up”. You get 100ml for £11/$19.

How does it work?

First of all I have to say that I am glad that I got my first bottle several months ago and I believe I will get one more bottle after I finish this one.

This is how I personally use it:

  • Sometimes I use some  Fix + before
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So here is the new collection by Guerlain which is called Sur Mes Levres with Vodianova, like it or not, as usual on the promo photo. This time she is playing the role of Gene Tierney, Kim Novak and Grace Kelly at the same time.

Collection includes:

Blush G de Guerlain Serie Noir, £41/€55

Rouge G, new formula Serie Noir Jewel Lipstick Compact, £28.50/€39.50

  • 24 Rouge Sensuel,
  • 45 Orange Euphorique,
  • 70 Fuchsia Delice,
  • 71 Rose Desir.

Ecrin 6 Couleurs, £52.50/€72.00

  • Rue de Rivoli

Meteorites, pressed powder, £34/€44:

  • 01 Teint Rose
  • 02 Teint
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