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My 2 Cents!

So I know I’ve dissapeared for the last few months and havent had an recent posts lately but I’m back!

I’ve recently made the big move to LDN(London for those not in the know) and and dying to give my 2 cents(or pence for us in the Uk) on current make up trends, catwalk trends….. and fashion bloggers that suddenly decide to give make up tutorials?!

So whats got you all excited like a schoolgirl this season? Whats your must have for your make up bag? Whats your favourite cross over product from summer to autumn…. And whats your take on those pesky fashion bloggers trying to put their figers in other peoples pies!? Ill be blogging about some Autumn Winter Make Up collections launched exclusively at Harrods and filling you in and whats hot and whats not!

First up will of course be a look at the Givenchy Autumn/Winter Couture make up collection(And the new foundation Tient Couture which launched exclusively at Harrods today!) which will be make its way to stores soon!



Givenchy to Defy with Colour & Couture!

‘Le Rouge Givenchy, a magnetic rendez-vous between leather and pure color where fashion and beauty collide… 
For the first time, Givenchy focuses all its skill and expertise in high qu ality leather goods on designing a lipstick like a Couture accessory.

More than a lipstick…Givenchy creates an unprecedented Couture object of desire that envelops the lips with intense colour in one stroke for a sensuously mat finish.’

This is how Givenchy describes their latest creation, Le Rouge. It’s UK & Ireland collection consists of 12 colours, ranging from nude to a deep sensual red.

Le Rouge Swatches solo

In it’s usual way Givenchy has managed to seamlessly weave cosmetics & couture together to make something of a chic accessory. However, this time they have really outdone themselves….. The packaging is like a couture piece straight off Tisci’s catwalk. A salmac (a rare type of fused metal that Ricardo Tisci uses for his buckles, jewelery & handbag claps from) studded inspired piece wrapped in a luxurious soft lamb leather. Now I hear you just glazing over the leather statement, but this is definitely something to be sniffed at….. As in when you get your hands on yours, smell it!

Le Rouge Close Up

Not only does the packaging smell amazing, now smell the lipstick itself, rich in colour, & castor oil free, the lipstick smells of soft blueberry. And to front the campaign? Well the lovely Liv Tyler has been snubbed by Givenchy as the face, with them opting for a more couture choice, muse & friend of Tisci himself Mariacarla Broscono. Maricarla has been featured in many high fashion houses collections & catwalks and is most known for her hair, walk & eyes, and is more recently known for being the face of Givenchys Dahlia Noir fragrance, & also appearing in their SS13 campaign with her 4 month old baby! Oh to be a model!!!

Le Rouge Visual

And thats not all, Givenchy have discontinued their fabulous Vernis Please! nail polish range only to be replaced by a new more couture range… Le Vernis. And their will be a matching Lipstick in the Le Rouge range.

Givenchy-Le-Vernis-bottlesLe Vernis Visual Le Vernis Visual mariacarla

The New collection will go on preview at Debenhams from tomorrow & then have their exclusive launch at Debehams from Monday 21st, only to be rolled out in the rest of their stores from the 4th of February! Although I wouldn’t wait until then, these lippys have been on demand & have already had waiting lists across the UK & Ireland, so get yours soon!

Available at Givenchy Debenhams Henry Street Dublin & Patrick Street Cork.



A Fragranced modelled on a Scentless Flower?

The Dahlia, a beautiful, scentless, timeless flower is now being brought to life by Parfume Givenchy & Ricardo Tisci. The fragrance named ‘Dahlia Noir’ is a result of 4 years of testing, and mixing scents by Parfume Givenchy & Ricardo Tisci himself. The face of the frangrance is none other than Tisci’s best friend & muse Mariacarla Boscono. The 2 have been friends since the age of 15 and even went to college together in St.Martains College London.

The fragrance comes as 2 separate fragrances, an eau de toilette & an eau de parfum, and both couldn’t be more different. The eau de toilette is the lighter of the 2, with a more woody rose scent, while your eau de parfum has a more powdery rose scent. When asked about the fragrance Tisci had this to say;

I’ve been at Givenchy for six years, and for me it was the right time to create a fragrance and strengthen the brand’s identity. Dahlia Noir is a fragrance as singular as beauty. But its elegance, its neoclassical nobility doesn’t cut it off from the rest of the world or women in general. I sought out this ambivalence, a rare secret to be shared by as many women as possible. I wanted women to share in this dream of mine. 

The Dahlia being a scentless flower allowed Tisci & Givenchys Perfumer  François Demachy to create a totally new and unique scent for this ‘gothic, but also very whimsical and romantic’ flower.

This seems to be a big year for Givenchy, with celebs draped in Givenchy Couture on the red carpet and the launch of numerous new products alongside Dahlia Noir, like their Acoustics collection & more importantly their new mascara ‘Noir Couture’ which I’ll be doing reviews of soon. Dahlia Noir will Launch in the UK & Ireland on the 20th of August, but you can get your nose on the fragrance 2 weeks early by getting to your nearest Givenchy counter for a Sample!

Check out the add for dahlia noir below!:)



Eclat Matissime… Perfection at last?

So with Spring approaching it brings with it, the usual new make up collections with brights, pastels & overall funness, but also bring with it an army of new foundations on the market. MATTE foundations are huge this time of year, with many people suffering from oily skin. Tell tale signs? Large pores, excess oil, greasy patches after applying foundation. However, if you steer more in the dry skin area, these are generally foundations to steer clear from. Being quite blunt… I hate mattifying foundation. If you’re oily…… Use a powder. Easier to control the amount, whereas a mattifying foundation soak up any sebum(Skins natural oil) it can find, giving a think, cakey, powdery look to the skin. Suffocating & drying the skin.

Well….. All of that is about to end with the launch of what is claimed to be a mattifying foundation like no other. A mattifying foundation, that leaves the skin glowing with radience…..? This doesnt sound right?

Givenchy Eclat Mitissime (plus powder)
Givenchy Eclat Matissime (plus powder)

Givenchy’s Eclat Matissime – This is a follow-up to Givenchy’s popular compact ‘Matissime’ powder foundation with SPF(Also pictured above). Giving the popularity of Givenchy’s previous foundations, they seemed to take their time creating this one, making sure it ticked all the boxes(Like Photoperfexion & Photoperfexion Light) but also did the job of a true mattifying foundation. It also has an SPF20 and is enriched with active ingredients (Ginger & Cinamon) with skin cleansing effects to reduce pore size & smooth skin texture. This also aids to eliminate impurities that accumulate through excessive make-up applications. It contains ZINC with controls the amount of sebum that the foundation soaks up, only activating when there is excessive sebum on the skin rather that soaking up all of it. It’s not your typical Matte foundation as it is light on the skin, non cakey, buildable and leaves you with a glow. Applies great, looks fab & last throughout the day! I’ve tested & tried it on a multitude of people ranging in combination skin to very oily skin & combination skin with dry patches and I am reluctant to say, its one of my favcourite foundations on the market to date! Nicholas Degennes(Creator) is a genius! It is a lightweight buildable foundation & skincare product in one. You can catch the ever stunning Liv Tyler in their visuals for the campaign.

The foundation is availble for trial & to buy in Debenhams Henry Street(Dublin), Cork, Limerick & Belfast or online

Watch out for reviews on other upcoming mattifying foundations including Lancome & Chanel.




Givenchy Spring/Summer Collection to Hit Debenhams Henry Street Today!

So, Givenchy’s Spring Summer Collection is Launching tomorrow in Debenhams Henry Street, Ireland. Their will be no glitz or glam event, but their will be flash makeover’s all day in store by myself! If you have never tried Givenchy before, or are an avid fan, get down and check it out!

Instant Bucolique
Instant Bucolique

Each of the products are limited edition only, so when they’re gone… They’re gone, and their is a waiting list for the blushers already! An interesting fact is that both the face powder ‘Le Prisme Visage Bucolique’ & the 2 blushers ‘Le Prisme Blush Bucolique’ have the same amount of pigment and product is all compacts, however, no 2 are visually the same?

Instant Bucolique
Instant Bucolique



Ultra Retro Chic for Givenchy’s Summer!

Since I’ve started using Givenchy products I’ve had loads of time to play around with them and even more time to fall in love with them. And whats even better is that every season, like the fashion end, there is a new collection to reflect the style of the catwalks. After seeing their Spring/Summer collection last year, I’ve been DYING to get my hands on this years one to play with it! And after weeks of waiting, its here(well, not on sale for another few days).

Instant Bucolique
Instant Bucolique Visual

The collection takes inspiration from the normal summer pastels & brights, however all this is paired with something slightly different this year….. A RED lip? Yes… I know what you’re thinking, and believe me, I thought the same at first. However, this red is not just red. It is POPPY-red. So it keeps its summeriness with an orange hue through the red, to give it that softer floral look. They also carry through a trend seen on the Autumn/Winter catwalk by creating a matching Nail Polish to the lippy.  This chic, retro inspired collection is called “Instant Bucolique”.

Collection consists of 2 Blushers, an all over face powder, an Eyeshadow quad, a Lippy, Full Colour gloss & a nail varnish.
Collection consists of 2 Blushers, an all over face powder, an Eyeshadow quad, a Lippy, Full Colour gloss & a nail varnish.

One thing that really shines through in this collection, is Givenchy’s keenness to keep, like its fashion, practical, on trend & FUN!

The collection will go on sale at Debenhams Henry Street later this week.

If you suffer from oily skin, keep posted for our preview review of Givenchy’s new ECLAT MATISSIME mattifying foundation. A mattifying foundation like no other!




A Little Bit Of Lovage!

So just want to send a little bit of lovage in the direction of the Lovely ladies @Givenchy Debenhams & Phenomen’Eyes!

Givenchy's Phenomen'Eyes in 'Carbon Black'

I was recently in doing a bit of promoting for the top end brand in Debenhams at their “L’Intense Boudoir”. I was skeptical about the brush at first but fell in love almost immediately! It uses a 360 degree ‘ball’ style want rather then the normal ‘stick’. Great for getting right into the inner & outer corners of the eyes without ending up with a black wand line on your nose! @ €28 it is at the higher end of prices but a MUST have and still better priced & better results than a lot of its more expensive competitors!

Givenchy's Autumn/Winter 2011 Collection

This is definitely a brand to check out! The new Autumn/Winter collection is fab!(Especially the Lipstick & Gloss!), so get your bums down to Debenahms & check it out, or pop in and ask them to try the mascara! Ask them for “carbon black’ and tell em DJ sent ya!:P

Check out Givenchy & Debenhams website for product info or online purchase!