Saturday, 19 August 2017

Mary Kay NEW Gel Semi-Shine Lipstick



Mary Kay NEW Gel Semi-Shine Lipstick
Mary Kay NEW Gel Semi-Shine Lipstick


Hi Beautiful

You have heard me talk about Mary Kay previously and can read about it here, this time round this post comes with some fabulous new launches I have 2 lipsticks to show you,  Gel Semi-Shine  and the shades are literally both ends of the spectrum, a Deep Red and a Nude.


Mary Kay NEW Gel Semi-Shine Lipstick


First off I want to mention the packaging, I love it !  possibly because it reminds me of Giorgio Armani packaging, but more because not only is it elegant in it's black gloss tube and at the same time totally handy, the casing top has a round window for you to see your shade ( clever ) 

Onto the shades 


Mary Kay NEW Gel Semi-Shine Lipstick


Naturally Buff, is the perfect nude in that it will suit everyone, the  gel semi-shine consistency literally glides on feeling super lightweight and comfortable, while not a gloss it gives your lips a healthy sheen making them appear ultra moisturised.
Mary Kay NEW Gel Semi-Shine Lipstick



Scarlett Red , for all you red loving diva's out there this red I would say is more of a dark cranberry, again the consistency is fabulous, it has a great pigment and does last with no bleeding, I tried it without a lip liner and had no problems at all with feathering.

These lipsticks have what the company call optical illuminators, I could tell there was something going on as it's not a pearl or a shimmer but there is definitely something giving a soft blur look to the lips.

Available in 12 Shades the NEW Gel Semi-Shine Lipsticks can be seen HERE 


Lyn 💋

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Friday, 18 August 2017

XIP Professional Golden Touch Sculpting Palette

XIP Professional Golden Touch Sculpting Palette
XIP Professional Golden Touch Sculpting Palette


Hi Loves
Nothing makes me happier than trying something totally new, I had heard of the brand XIP on the grapevine, well Instagram to be precise, I honestly think nowadays you find the best products via social media and word of mouth, I'm not sure any of us believe the hype behind a super expensive glossy any more ? This Dutch brand is the creation of makeup artists and industry experts, there are a few things I love but none more so than the fact that the packaging is recyclable, super glam in white and gold, the brand is best described as small but perfectly formed :)

XIP Professional Golden Touch Sculpting Palette
XIP Professional Golden Touch Sculpting Palette


I do have a few bits to bring you from this brand, but rather than overwhelm and to be honest I think they each deserve a post in their own right, I am breaking it down into individual reviews starting with.

XIP Golden Touch Sculpting Palette Cream 

Let's start by me saying I am not an instagram superstar at contouring and shading, however I do a little bit just to throw in some shadows and hide some chubby bits !  did I really just admit that ? This cream palette is heaven to use 6 shades from the palest cream to deep chocolate, allowing you to mix and match to your hearts content, the pigmentation is amazing so you don't actually need a lot of product, which is nice as it means you can be subtle for day and dramatic for night should you wish. I also favour cream products as I often find that powder contour literally highlights any imperfections on the skin. ie: wrinkles ! 

XIP Professional Golden Touch Sculpting Palette
XIP Professional Golden Touch Sculpting Palette
XIP Professional Golden Touch Sculpting Palette



To compliment the ease of use there is the most beautiful Sculpting Cream Brush, with its pearled wooden handle graduated gold and silver shaft the synthetic cruelty free bristles are as soft as velvet on the skin, blending the product seamlessly. If you are not into contouring this would make a fabulous foundation stippler.

XIP for Xtremely Important People.

Check them out here 


Lyn 💋

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Alpha-H Essential Cleansing Balm


Alpha-H Essential Cleansing Balm
Alpha-H Essential Cleansing Balm


Hi Beautiful

A short while back I had the pleasure to discover some gorgeous newness from one of my favourite brands Alpha-H, one of these 2017 items is The Essential Cleansing Balm 50ml, this balm will be available from around the end of August, so hopefully you won't have to miss out and can be one of the first to discover it.

The Essential Collection is a paired back collection of products aimed at re stabilising the skins lipid barrier and creating a cushioning thermal gap to lessen the impact of of changes in atmospheric conditions ; to preserve the integrity of the skins structural matrix;  I could go on BUT here's the thing, our skin is under constant attack from pollutants, yes we all know about pollution in the air, and UV rays but nowadays we subject our skin to blue light emissions, constant variations in temperature and more muck in the air than you would believe !  According to the Air Quality Index in Jan 2017, London's pollution and smog levels overtook that of Beijing !  


Alpha-H Essential Cleansing Balm
Alpha-H Essential Cleansing Balm


85% of the visible signs of ageing can be directly attributed to to causes that are preventable,  did you know that sitting in front of a computer for 4 days is the damages the skin to the same level as 20 minutes of in the sun with no protection ?  60% of the worlds population spend more than 6 hours a day in front of a screen.  in a nutshell we are digitally ageing !!

Gone are the days when you popped out for fresh air.

Anyway, I am digressing, I could in fact go on for hours on this topic as I find it so fascinating the way the world is changing our skin.

Essential Cleansing Balm 50ml
This rich emollient balm comes as always with Apha-H an airtight pot which allows you to dispense just the right amount of product while keeping contaminants out of your jar, apply directly to your skin and massage in, add a few drops of water to emulsify the balm into a white liquid and rinse off with a wash cloth/ flannel  and warm water, it will literally dissolve the heaviest make up and whisk it away in seconds, the balm has a fabulous dual use in that it can be left on the skin overnight as an overnight repair, you may want to use an old pillowcase for this as it is no lightweight cream and may well end up on your pillow, who care if you wake up with good skin ?

Containing rich essential fatty acid, a wealth of essential oils including Sea Buckthorn, Rose Hip and Geranium this Rose infused balm is pure luxury to use.


Find Alpha-H at Cult Beauty   Marks & Spencer and of course QVC


Lyn 💋

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

MUA 6 Shade Palette Rusted Wonders


Hi Loves

This isn't a full on post, I just needed to share with you my bargain buy of the week !  I was having a little play with testers in my local tiny Superdrug, and my fingers just happened upon a tiny palette of six shades from MUA . Make Up Academy, I have to be honest and say MUA never hits my radar for some reason and I think I have only ever purchased one item from them in the past, which funnily enough I loved ( Highlighter ) but I think the competition is so stiff with the budget brands it's easy to miss out.

This little pearl Palette is stunning, it was the pigment and quality that shocked me to the core all for the grand sum of £3.50 !!

I am not the best at swatching, but I hope to give you a quick glance at just how good this is.



The shades are just perfect for the upcoming Seasons.




Top Row, above the shades have no names.


Second Row above.

Bottom Row above.


There are more of these little palettes available, I will certainly be checking them out, the quality could easily be compared to some high end brands that I have tried in the past !
check out Rusted Wonders Here 


Lyn 💋


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Bliss Mask A-Peel Ruberizing Mask


Bliss Mask A-Peel Ruberizing Mask
Bliss Mask A-Peel Ruberizing Mask



Hiya Darlins

You may have well seen my scary face featuring this mask on Instagram 
( thelavenderbarnltd)  it came in the Natural Edition collection that I have just featured here on the blog, of all the gorgeous products in this collection the Bliss Mask was the one I was desperate to try.

This was my first time ever using a rubberized mask, and I have to be honest it was the best fun !  apart from that you want to know if it works.

Bliss are traditionally a Spa that now produce Spa grade products for you to use at home, this mask claims to purge pores ( I loved the sound of that )  absorb impurities and calm skin.  I have no problems with my pores and my skin didn't need calming, but hey ho I wanted to use it anyway.


Bliss Mask A-Peel Ruberizing Mask

Bliss Mask A-Peel Ruberizing Mask


In the box are 3 little pots each filled with the mask in powder form ready for you to mix yourself with cold water, the pots have a fill line so no mistakes can happen, literally mix for 30-40 seconds using the spatula and apply, the application was like icing a face cake,  I loved it, I started of quite sparingly but soon figured there is a ton of product on the pot so there was no danger of running out.  The mask felt cool at all times, it was incredibly comfortable and you could feel it drawing but not in a dry tight way like a traditional clay mask, after 15 minutes you literally peel it off, mine didn't come away in one piece it came away literally in 3, honestly amazing, I was left with a couple on tiny spots of residue which wiped away with a wash cloth.


Bliss Mask A-Peel Ruberizing Mask

Bliss Mask A-Peel Ruberizing Mask


Here's how clever this mask is..........once you remove it you can actually see on the back of the mask every line, wrinkle and pore on your face, you are left with soft refreshed skin ready for moisturiser, as I said earlier I don't have trouble with pores or spots, but I did have a tiny tiny lump that was under the skin on my cheekbone, it went away with exfoliation and came back the next day, this mask removed it completely from under the skin ! 

Check out the Bliss mask and other goodies Here 

Lyn 💋

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