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Thursday 25 June 2015


My last post was about a beautiful look for eyes and nails with  a blue theme.

I'm aware that lots of people suffer from allergies and have problems with many cosmetics.  It's heart-warming to be able to suggest alternative products that they may be able to use to "get the look".

Although I personally do not have any specific allergies, my eyes are sensitive to bright light.  When that causes them to water, I find that eye liners and mascaras often make the condition worse and I end up with eyes that sting and makeup smudging and running.  Nasty!!!  

I don't have this problem with NATorigin Pencil Eye Liner and Lengthening Mascara. Both products are comfortable to wear and stay on well.   

NATorigin Lengthening Mascara and Pencil Eye Liner

NATorigin is a firm based in Banbury, Oxfordshire and offers a range of high-quality hypoallergenic makeup and skincare products made in France. 
For full details of its products, see the website

To do the blues, there's NATorigin Pencil Eye Liner in Blue (702) and

NATorigin Lengthening Mascara in Blue (202)

NATorigin Powder Eye Shadow in Light Blue (84) and Silver (81)could also work well with this look. [Update 3rd July: NATorigin Powder Eye Shadow has won a Silver in the Free From Skincare Awards 2015 at London Olympia]. 

It's easy to order these products from NATorigin's website and I've found its delivery service to be excellent. 

Wednesday 17 June 2015


After both Spring and Summer makeup collections, CHANEL has now brought out BLUE RHYTHM DE CHANEL for late summer.  The timing of this collection, it's mood and colours make it seem to me more like a pre-fall collection.

BLUE RHYTHM DE CHANEL focuses on the eyes and nails.  It's a collection of blues and smokey shades with names like Swing, Midnight, Tisse Jazz and Tisse Smokey, evoking the rhythm, the sound, and the mood of jazz.


I particularly like the lovely eyeshadows......

CHANEL OMBRE ESSENTIELLE Soft Touch Eyeshadow comes in MIDNIGHT (a dark grey with a matte finish) or SWING (a deep blue with a shimmer and a sparkle).  I've already snapped up the latter, pictured below.


CHANEL LES 4 OMBRES Multi Effect Quadra Eyeshadow comes in 2 new palettes:

TISSE SMOKY (silver and smokey grey theme)

TISSE JAZZ (blue theme)

LE VOLUME DE CHANEL MASCARA in Blue Night completes the look beautifully.  There's also CILS SCINTILLANTES Sparkling Mascara Top Coat in JAZZY BLUE (turquoise).

For the nails there are two new LE VERNIS Nail Colours - FORTISSIMO (dark blue) and VIBRATO (royal blue) and they are both beautiful shades.  I went for VIBRATO 

because I loved the flash of bright blue colour on my nails!!!

Thursday 4 June 2015


YVES SAINT LAURENT BLACK OPIUM - an addictive blend of Black Coffee, White Florals and Vanilla

Back in November, I featured YVESSAINTLAURENT BLACK OPIUM, in my post "Dark Glamour".  I wrote "A splash of this scent is the perfect finishing touch".

It seems that I'm not the only one who thinks so.  I am so pleased to hear that "BLACK OPIUM" has won the Woman&Home Best in Beauty Award for best fragrance.

Congratulations to YSL!