Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Guest post: Makeup for Dolls - What's coming in May

Today I'm very happy to announce that I've been working with Siobhán from Make Up For Dolls  on a blog swap. Make Up For Dolls is a wonderful blog about all things beauty related that I'm following, and today Siobhán has done a piece for me on some new tempting beauty goodies that we can look forward to seeing in May, and I've done a post on April favorites over on Make Up For Dolls that you check out here. It was so much fun to collaborate like this and I really recommend that you visit Siobhán's blog, if you're not already familiar with it and without further ado I hand over to Siobhán:

I have been following Charlotte’s blog for a while now – it’s brilliant. I was delighted when she agreed to be April’s Blog Swap Gal for the last Wednesday of the month!  Charlotte told me that she was planning on doing a retrospective talking about the favorites products of the month. With that in mind, I decided to do the flipside of that, and do a “What’s Coming” bit.
  
MAC Cosmetics now offering Pro products online
Previously, only the bastion of those with Pro cards, and only via the Pro site or Pro stores, MAC have decided to extend their website sales to Pro products. Hurrah, about bloody time! On the other hand, you still can persuade MACCosmetics.co.uk to ship to Ireland *sighs* - however you can order from them over the phone – avoid the stupidly exhorbitant shipping costs by co-ordering (and splitting) with a friend, or using a Norn Iron Parcel Motel address. Simples. 
So if you need to get your mitts on the elusive Face & Body in White, or any of the Acrylic Paints (the best liquid liner you could use, and lasting oh, forever), or any of the Mixing Medium (yes, am aware the plural is “media”), or the Chromagraphic Pencils, or the pro-only shades of Cream Color Base, or… oh I could go on… then git your ass over to the MAC site (or go order via the MAC customer service number on their site). Presumably you can only avail of the Pro prices if you’ve got a Pro card, but if they’re selling via their standard site, it would suggest you can avail of “consumer” prices for Pro products – at least you can get your hands on ‘em (if anyone wants any suggestions, I can think of at least a dozen off the top of my head!)

Charlotte Tilbury Launching in Ireland
More serious yays! MontyC posted about her purchases from Ms Tilbury’s line (look here, if you’re interested). The ever great Brown Thomas on Grafton Street will be hosting the launch, which I’ve been reliably informed, will be in August of this year. Watch this space. I think there will be a line.

Space NK on Grafton Street
I really couldn’t scream loudly enough about this one. Every time I visit London or Belfast, I never fail to spend far too long (and far too much) in Space NK. Known for their Cult Products you just can’t get elsewhere, although there’s a small concession in Harvey Nichols in Dundrum, I can’t wait for the real deal – the whole shebang – the full monty – to open in the city centre. My paycheck is seriously at risk. Roll on those By Terry and Chantecaille product purchases (and look out for some gorgeous (if expensive) foundation reviews from both brands soon). Nothing definite yet in terms of dates, but I believe they’re going into the old Body Shop store on Grafton Street.


Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Summer Collection
 (The one summer launch I always wait for…)

Estée Lauder’s usual Summer collection (it has been called Bronze Goddess for some years now) is showing up for 2014 on-counter any day now. The collection comprises new limited edition cosmetics in soft corals, deep blackberries and the usual metallics. There’s a new Nudes Eyeshadow Palette which will contain eight shades of shadows (in both matts and metallic), a cream blush called Cheek Glow and two new Color LipShine crayon pencils in Mandarin & Luscious Plum, and five Pure Color Nail Lacquers in nude shades (Bare, Buffed, Burnished Nude, Lust and Scorpion). It also sees the re-launch of the Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer as part of the collection. There will be two new summer fragrances; Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche SkinScent and Bronze Goddess Body Splash, and a Bronze Goddess Shimmer Body Oil and Whipped Body Crème complement the fragrances. 

Brown Thomas Online Beauty Purchases
No longer news, but good to know – in case you’ve been living under a rock for some time, Brown Thomas now has an online store presence (look here) from which you can purchase makeup and skincare goodies (along with shoes, watches, handbags, shoulder bags, messenger bags, clutch bags, shopper bags, totes… ok I think you get the idea). And why should we care about this, I hear you ask? Well, some of the BT stores carry brands that other BT stores do, in fact, not. So if you wanted to get your mitts on Shiseido, for example, and you didn’t live near BT Cork, well tough luck in the past. If you’re weren’t around Dublin and you needed some NARS, you’ve been stuck so far. Stila… Check. Tom Ford? Check. Shu Uemura – super check (worth it for the brushes alone!)… Brands and ranges are being added all the time. The only downside is that the interweb shop seems to have different stocks than the bricks-and-mortar stores – so you can find sometimes that they’re out of stock online (but can still have stuff in-store). And vice versa mind, which can be handy to bear in mind too.

Cover FX BB Gel
 
American brand Cover FX (I’ll be featuring a review of their finishing powder shortly on the blog.  Keep your eyes peeled) has announced the launch of their BB GEL, a hybrid matifying, anti-blemish, lightwear treatment foundation. The product, featuring a nice lightweight gel-based formula is designed to treat blemishes, reduce inflammation and improve skin elasticity, hydrate and protect the skin. It’s launching in May from Harvey Nichols, and the range sees ten shades, and a few undertones. This one is definitely one I’d like to try for the summer months – a gel-based buildable coverage BB? Nice! Price-wise I believe it’ll be “around” the €40-ish mark. Emphasis on the ish, mind.

That’s it – enough for now. There’s a bunch of summer launches from Dior, Chanel, Guerlain that I’m looking forward to seeing too – but these are the things of note that I wanted to mention. If you’re not already reading/following, come on over and follow my musings on makeup, skincare, nailstuff, hairstuff, some DIYs, how-to’s, storage chats, obsessions about brushes, occasional random nonsense. And not just mine – the blog features two fellow nutters (Emer aka TheArtyMama and Catherine aka MontyC). Thanks to Charlotte for the swap (her post is on my site – please go take a look see!) and I’ll see you back on the other side tomorrow with a review of probably the nicest foundation I’ve ever, used… if only it weren’t so crazily expensive!

36 comments:

  1. I am very excited about the Estee Lauser summer collection. I want the liquid bronzer.
    http://beautylovesbooks.com

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    1. Me too - I absolutely love the scent of Bronze Goddess :o) Xx

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    2. There's something about coming into summer season... just want every bronzer and highlighter in every format I can get my mitts on!

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  2. EL Nudes palette...tempting...very tempting...!
    xx
    Blue Velvet Addict

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    1. The shades look amazing, and I have a long standing love affair with Estée Lauder so I will definitely check it out :o) Xx

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    2. Just another nudes palette :-) LOL. Like there's any such thing!

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  3. Ooh what a great post! So excited for all the summer make-up! xx
    www.allthingsbeautiful-x.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Siobhán did a great job of summarising what we've got to look forward to :o) Xx

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    2. Thanks Jessie-Ann... please do pop over to charlotte's post and get the conversation going there!

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  4. Im curious about the BB gel.... My sister is going to USA in June i might ask her to bring me one to test :)

    http://strawberryleopard.blogspot.pt/

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    1. Ah, lucky you and I bet you've already got a long shopping list for her :o) Xx

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    2. Try to see if you can get a sample first from Harvey Nichs if you're in Dublin that is!

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  5. How did i not know that there was a Space NK in Belfast? Like seriously!
    Thank god for you and this post Siobhan!

    Rachael x
    All The Little Things x | Rachael McClenaghan

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  6. I cannot wait for the summer products to come out, the Estee Lauder collection looks amazing x

    daisy-drops

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    1. It's one of my go to brands so I'm sooo excited about it too :o) Xx

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    2. I am usually waiting on the EL collection and the Chanel collections for summer... can't wait for this one.

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  7. I can't wait for the Estee Lauder collection!! I'm going to burst with excitement.

    Lace and Lipstick Stains

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  8. Wow amazing guest post!! I'm really excited about the Mac pro products!! I had no idea and I would love to try everything!

    xx Mira

    www.glamdevils.com

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    1. It's always exciting to see what MAC has in store for us :o) Xx

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    2. I must do a post on my MAC Pro product recommendations. There are definitely a few I would say "must have" and a few I would say "must try"!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it Laura, thank you for the lovely comment :o). Xx

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  10. Hi all - lovely to be part of this swap and thanks again to Charlotte - and to you all - for the lovely comments! I have been blogging for a few years but really have only opened my blog posts up to comments I think in the last 6 months. So I encourage you to take your comments over to Charlotte's post on my blog as well and share the love there too! :-)

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  11. that's great!!
    Aurora

    http://aurorasparkscreations.blogspot.it/

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  12. I'm really excited that MAC are now stocking pro products online... no idea where to start first haha xx

    Gemma // missmakeupmagpie.com

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    1. LOL I feel exactly the same - there's just so much to choose from :o) Xx

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