Ok, ok, so here at the Global Makeup Awards we are not only a bit mad about makeup items, including cult classics from Urban Decay, but we are also a bit mad over Game of Thrones. Now, with the two going into collaboration, its caused a real stir in the beauty world. Combining two of peoples favourite classics brings back schoolgirl excitement of this new launch. So - what is there to look out for in the GOT partnership with Urban Decay? Will we all be looking like white walkers?
It hasn't launched yet but you can preview the colab on the Urban Decay website and put yourself down to be the first to be notified.
We are super excited by the Game of Thrones Dracarys Lip and cheek Stain priced at £19
This cheeky little product is blood red and just needs two drops to be blended into your cheeks or lips. We love how products like this go a long way and the packaging it to die for.
Next is just hilarious. We love the innovation of this sword shaped eyeshadow brush. And the name is just fantastic. We show you: Jon Snow’s Longclaw Large Eyeshadow Brush
We really love how they had fun desigining this collection, and between Jon Snow's sword and Arya Stark's needle, these two brushes are so funny and part of a real collaboration that is beyond just changing the label. Imagine using this in years to come - it will always bring you a smile.
Lastly - you have an Urban Decay iconic classic with an eyeshadow palette which is of course Game of Thrones themed. Priced at £45 it has some pretty awesome colours.
We love the large circular colours which are based on the most important locations in Game of Thrones such as King's Landing and Winterfell. But you also have in the smaller squares colours which correspond to the name. So for the white walkers you have a shimmering white / silver. We love the deep Lannister Red. And Dothraki is a shimmering gold. On the whole, the palette is metallic - with what seems like three exceptions - House Lannister, Lannister red and Nymeria
When you open the palette too a large 3D pops out of the actual throne. We love this cheeky little palette. It may not be your go to every day, but the fun mix of colours is great for experimenting with some fun looks. But, we say if you are going to choose anything at all, then we say go for Jon Snow's Sword! Haha!
Schwarzkopf Professional bc collagen volume boost review
We've been lucky enough to try out Schwarzkopf Professional BC Collagen Volume Boost for fine hair.
We had our beauty testers try out this range - using both the shampoo and conditioner. Having hair with fantastic volume was very important to them and high priority for both girls with fine hair and thick hair - as it turns out you can never have hair too full of volume!
They said the light weightless formula was the biggest boost for their hair - especially the light whipped conditioner. They said shine was improved too and there was no greasy feel.
So here at the Global Makeup Awards we wanted to know what makes the Volume Boost range work - what is the real science behind bouncy, shiny volume filled hair? It turns out the secret formula is Collagen. Collagen has long been linked to youthfulness and is a protein responsible for elasticity, shape and strength. Collagen helps to bring the natural suppleness back to the hair bringing it bounce and body.
Our favourite product of the range was the Collagen Volume Boost Whipped Conditioner. Unlike most conditioners on the market, it is an extremely light, weigtless conditioner. Due to its formula it improves manageability while adding body and strength. When you pump it out the bottle, it comes out as an airy foam and helps to detangle too. It has the key ingredients of Panthenol which adds essential moisture, and secondly has the Hydrolysed Collagen which helps to restore the hair's elasticity
In fact, Schwarzkopf Professional claims that in just three days you will see a 100% improvement in volume. Perfect for those with fine hair who want a guaranteed boost and lift to limp hair.
Well done Schwarzkopf! We loved this range!
Pro Filt'r Concealer in 50 shades by Rihanna
There's been all sorts of incredible new launches in the beauty world this 2019 already. From Guerlain's stunning new foundation, to Kylie about to drop a new lash line. Also words out that Urban Decay is dropping two huge makeup bombs this month... but you'll hear about them in another post.
Other huge news is that global superstar, and new girl to the makeup block Rihanna is launching a n absolutely mammoth amount of concealers in an astonishing 50 shades! Imagine it! Some companies just do two - light and dark. 50 should cover every skin tone. The new range of concealers called Pro Filt’r Concealer is to match the 50 shades of Pro Filt'r foundations (which themselves will be expanding by another 10 colours later this year).
Packaged in a clear plastic bottle you can see the shades instantly. So simple, yet so handy rather than opening 50 opaque bottles to find your shade. With regards to consistency, they say about the Pro Filt'r concealer that its formula is “creamy, creaseproof, longwear”.
This concealer is supposed to be particularly good for dark circles - and what we love here at the Global Makeup Awards is that you can choose the right shade exactly for the area of your face. You can go for a brightening concealer for under eye, and a more true to skin tone shade for covering blemishes for example.
This concealer is not hugely available as with all the high end makeup brands. Though you can get your hands on it from online, or if you're in the UK from Harvey Nichols or outside for the lucky ones who have access to Sephora you can find it there.
With an RRP of £19 it's under £20 so won't totally break the bank, but is a nice little splurge for a concealer. To buy online in the UK the Harvey Nichol's site is probably a good place to start perusing the shades.
Thank you Rihanna - we finally feel someone is listening to our makeup needs by providing us with makeup that will actually suit each individual persons skin tone!
Mum's have had it tough over the years raising us, getting us to school on time and generally being there for every moment of our lives through thick and thin! And it definitely does take its toll on them over the years! We think an excellent gift for mother's day is to truly pamper her with some gorgeous makeup of beauty gifts. Something to lift her spirit and make her feel a bit like her again.
Here at the Global Makeup Awards we have put some of our best picks for Mother's Day gift ideas. Don't forget it's the 31st March in the UK - so you have plenty of time to peruse for the perfect gift and order it in time to get to her.
We love: Geranium and Walnut hand cream by Jo Malone £23.00 RRP
This little hand cream is a luxury, and though a little pricey for just being a hand cream, is the perfect gift that won't break your pocket and yet will leave your mum feeling absolutely spoiled. This lightweight moisturiser contains Apricot Kernel oil which is quickly absorbed. The smell is simply divine with geranium and walnut. We think Mum's will love this as a Mother's Day gift.
BaByliss Rose blush hair dryer £30
We've found an absolute bargain on the John Lewis webpage. This beautiful BaByliss hairdryer in rose blush is now £15 off making it a real bargain price of £30. It is 2200W so very powerful and with anti frizz technology. Mum will be left feeling spoilt and loved with this stunning hairdryer that will make her feel the princess she is!
If you're looking more to splash out and spoil mum then we have the perfect gift for you!
HERMÈS Twilly d'Hermès Eau de Parfum
£46-£100+ depending on size
This stunning perfume by Hermès will really blindside your mum and truly delight her. The scent is a lovely mix of ginger and tuberose. We also adore the hand-tied silk ribbon which goes on each perfume bottle. A beautiful bottle both for the bathroom shelf and for making your mum feel adored with this Twilly d'Hermès perfume.
Lastly we love: Estée Lauder - Limited Edition Custom Lashes Makeup Gift Set
Lastly, we adore this limited edition makeup gift set by Estée Lauder. The set contain's
Ok ok, none of us can resist a bit of beauty scandal! Especially there team here at the Global Makeup Awards!
If you hadn't heard, Kylie was put in a bit of an awkward situation when her BFF Jordyn is said to have made out with Kylie's sister Khloe. Although Kylie hasn't publicly addressed this news about her best friend, who also lives at her house, there have been some signs that there is tension in the midst.
Jordyn Wood had collaborated in the past with Kylie on a lip kit with a line called 'Jordy'. The makeup mogul is known for making most of her close to a billion dollar fortune from her makeup line Kylie Cosmetics. So it doesn't look like the wisest of moves for Jordyn to not only go against her best friend, but also to jeopardise her relationship with Kylie Cosmetics and her joint line. Indeed, in a seemingly rebellious move, the Jordyn lip kit line price has been slashed by half price. Excellent news for those new to the cosmetics line and who are interested in trying out the line for a discount, or for Kylie fanatics who want to grow their collection at a fraction of the cost. It doesn't seem to be a remainder from the products which were part of January sales, as most of the other products on the website are now back to full price.
The lip kit, Jordy, unfortunately seems to be sold out. It is not known yet if this range will be re-stocked or not. It could also have been a master marketing move to take advantage of the scandal! The makeup in the Jordy line was in raspberry red, including both a liquid lipstick and a matching lip liner. We think they would be great for the category of best lip liner in the Global Makeup Awards, so lets see if they are entered in next years awards!
It's not that often that Urban Decay drops a new palette. Each palette has it's own unique identity, and the 12 colours always sit in perfect harmony together. The mix of matts and glitters, from dark to light and always with a unique personality - smokey, or pinks or nudes.
Urban Decay has announced the new palette which will be launched is called the Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette. It's priced at £38 and will be available from Urban Decay from 17th February 2019. If you're eager to be one of the first to try it then you can sign up to be first on the list - just go through their early bird registration site here.
The reason why this launch is a big deal, is that somewhat controversially, it will be replacing the original Naked Palette. A bold move as this original product really put Urban Decay on the map with its range of palettes. Secondly, the news of this launch is also a big deal, as the 12 shades are all New!. That's right - in a move away from the norm where UD often puts in a few of its best selling single shades, all 12 are new and improved. Even the formatting of the product in the pan is new. As you can see in the picture the 4 outer pans on each side are bigger with the shades they think you'll use the most.
If they are the shades that people will use the most then that is a great move in the world of the palette. No one likes seeing their palette with one sad, empty pan which is where their favourite colour once stood. However, getting it right, especially with all new shades, seems a hard game to gauge. It could backfire that you end up with four large pans of product you don't use, so lets see how this palette stands the test of time. Especially as it replaces the original, much loved naked palette.
The colours are neutral with some beautiful peach hues. There is a heavy emphasis on beiges and browns after those peaches though including quite a few darker and more metallic shades. The palette has definitely been re-loaded, but here at the Global Makeup Awards part of us questions the age old question 'if it ain't broke, why fix it?'. But we will give it a chance with a review from one of beauty testers coming up soon.
Have you tried the new reloaded makeup palette yet?
The way to a girls heart is through.... her makeup bag!
Here at the Global Makeup Awards we have searched high and low to find the top gifts for her this Valentine's which all have a makeup or beauty twist. Beauty gifts will make her feel pampered and loved and can be used time and time again. It is also a time to indulge in some high end pieces that otherwise she might not have considered. Enjoy reading below our top beauty and makeup Valentine's presents:
1.) Naked Heat by Urban Decay is great choice for a romantic makeup gift. Of course there is the hot hot name and the romantic red and brown shades, but most of all it is a really fabulous product. These palettes are great high quality eye shadow products with high pigmentation and a choice of colours which match each other beautifully. On the whole, you can never go wrong with a palette from the Urban Decay Collection though we would suggest this romantic red palette for Valentine's day.
RRP- it is currently discounted down to £33.60 on the Urban Decay website.
We were lucky enough here at the Global Makeup Awards to get our hands on Guerlain's freshly dropped new foundation: L'essentiel. Currently only available at flagship Selfridges stores, it's still a little hard to get hold. But soon it will be launched in all the large department stores.
We had three official beauty testers trying the new L'essentiel foundation with three different skin tones and skin types. All three managed to find a suitable shade which a very good match which, when it comes to foundations is the most important thing to look for: good colour matches. Coming in 30 choice there is ample choice including a large selection of dark tones. Interestingly, 2 of the beauty testers had dry skin and one oily, yet all three found the foundation comfortable and suitable for their skin types. The coverage was medium - full and gave a lovely tone to the skin with a slight golden glow.
The foundation was long-lasting and this is true to the product claim of lasting 16 hours. They also promote this foundation as being made with 97% naturally derived ingredients. Perhaps Guerlain is changing its mindset putting natural beauty at the forefront of its mission statement with products, or maybe it is just listening more to its consumers. Either way, the market place is changing and looking more for 'greener' makeup products in the beauty sector.
Returning to the beauty testers, all three were extremely satisfied by the foundation, not only how it felt on the skin letting it breath, but also with the appearance which was more balanced and uniform after application. A foundation which can also be built up for maximum coverage, the beauty testers found that one smooth application was enough for total coverage.
The product claims to protect against pollutants and antioxidants. An important principle for those living in the city and subject to large amounts of heavy pollutants. Lastly, the packaging is unique and aeshtetic. In a 'unique and disruptive bottle' it definitely catches the eye and has been designed by Mathieu Lehanneur.
Over all, we were very impressed with this newly launched foundation, and recommend it with a strong 5/5. As always, we recommend trialling the product for yourself for a day to make sure oyu are choosing the correct shade for you and to make sure that the product fits your skin type.
Currently, only Guerlain's new foundation L'essentiel is available to by online from Selfridges here or in their flagship shops for a RRP of £44.00
Earlier in January, Kylie Jenner trademarked the word 'Kylash' ahead of a potential new mascara launch. Though there is no word on exactly what type of lash product will be launched or when, it looks like it could be soon. This is following the successful launch of other products in her Kylie Cosmetics line called Kybrow and Kyliner.
After successfully dominating the makeup industry with her eye catching range of lip products: lipsticks, glosses and liners, it makes sense for her to continue with her success. If she can crack the mascara market as well as she has with her lip range then Kylie will be sure to rule supreme within the beauty industry which has already brought her close to earnings of a billion dollars. She will need to convince the bbloggers (beauty bloggers and vloggers) who are hugely influential to her success as they directly reach her dominant market of millenials.
Interestingly, 'Kylash' was trademarked not just specifically for mascara, but for a host of products related to the lashes. The trademark was filed for mascara, eyelash extension fibers, artificial eyelashes, tints and serums. It is our guess here at the Global Makeup Awards that she will attempt to corner the market with a range of high quality false eyelashes. Our sneaky suspicion is because she is no stranger to falsies herself, but also because for years she has worked with her own hair extension and wig range.
We know here at the Global Makeup Awards we would be sure to want to review her new lash product to see how it competes against the market giants, what ever lash product is ends up being, we know we will have a category for her!
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