Best beauty launches
Best beauty launches

When I first started blogging 3 years ago, I had just finished working on The Apprentice, I was about to start work on The Xtra Factor, and despite the fact that I had zero spare time – as in, we literally worked 6 day weeks and I spent my one day off recovering with chocolate and Harry Potter – I desperately needed a creative outlet to distract me from the stress of work. And I guess in a way, have a place that my voice was heard, rather than just listening to the top execs and making sure that their voice/vision came to life.

I started because I loved to write – the photography obsession came later – and not for one moment did I expect that 3 years later, this little place that was my saviour from going crazy as a “TV person” would actually become my job.

Part of my – pretty bloody amazing – job involves receiving a hell of a lot of PR samples, which I am beyond grateful for. However, because of the sheer amount, there’s just no way that I could possibly feature them all (unless I posted a review of them every single day which would be boring as f**k is definitely not what my blog is about.) So I decided to pick the best pieces from the new launches that I’ve received over the last few months and put together what I guess you could call, your one stop shop for all the best pieces of late.

Clarins Joli rouge lipstick
Clarins Joli rouge lipstick
Clarins Joli rouge lipstick
Clarins Joli rouge lipstick
Clarins Joli rouge lipsticks

OK, I’m starting off with a little bit of a cheat as these lipsticks are a couple of months old now, but I just couldn’t not include them because they really are incredible. The Joli rouge lipsticks are a lot creamier and slightly more sheer than the rouge eclat lipsticks that I reviewed here, this does mean that they’re so much more moisturising though and really do look beautiful on the lips as they are completely non-drying. I was lucky enough to receive 5 colours, all of which are absolutely stunning, and work perfectly as every day colours or a slightly bolder nude for Autumn. Paired with the Clarins Nude beige lip liner which is creamy, non-drying and incredibly long lasting… it really does make for a match made in heaven (.. or, you know, some factory in France!)

Benefit they're real tinted primer
Benefit they're real tinted primer
Benefit They’re Real tinted primer (launches December 2015)

Talking of matches made in heaven, today I bring to you a product which is not only incredible (like, seriously seriously incredible) but pairs perfectly with a well known mascara that I’m pretty sure most of you would’ve tried and if not, heard of. The They’re Real tinted primer is exactly that. A tinted brown primer that you put on before using your mascara, completely amping up the performance of your mascara leaving your lashes more defined, lengthened and separated! Technically, it’s designed to be paired with They’re Real mascara, however I’ve used this with and without it and it works brilliantly on all mascara’s. It also works gorgeously on it’s own for more natural, day time lashes… basically – because I’m aware I’ve been rambling for far too long – it’s now a must have in my make up bag because it does everything!

Bareminerals The Royal Court
Bareminerals The Royal Court
Bareminerals The Royal Court Palette 

Now this, this guys is really special. A Christmas palette release from Bareminerals consisting of a gorgeous bronzer that is extremely reminiscent of Nars Laguna, a stunning highlighter that reminds me a lot of Benefit’s High beam but in powder form and a beautiful blush, perfect for a natural everyday look. Each of these powders are so incredibly finely milled and blend seamlessly into the skin. I would say that this would be perfect for fair to medium skin tones however maybe a little light for those with darker skin tones… but overall, a truly gorgeous product.

Bareminerals brushes
Bareminerals brushes

On the subject of Bareminerals, I was also lucky enough to receive some gorgeous new brushes I have totally fallen in love with. I had no idea that Bareminerals are actually the UK’s number one brush brand, but after trying out the brushes, it doesn’t surprise me at all. The Supreme finisher is my absolute favourite, a huge, extremely soft brush perfect for blending out any harsh lines – you know the ones, when you go a bit OTT with the contour! – and applying a finishing powder to set everything in place. Then we have the brow master which is perfect for taming those brows. The spoolie end is incredible (yes there’s such thing as an incredible spoolie) and the other end works perfectly for powder brow products. It’s easily become one of my must have makeup tools!

Topshop smoke stick
Topshop smoke stick
Topshop Smoke stick in Fool’s gold

When I first looked at the smoke stick, I really didn’t think it would be for me. A dark emerald green colour with gold shimmer running through, Fool’s gold is definitely not an everyday colour for me. However, this really is just so gorgeous. I use it as a liner rather than all over the lid and it works beautifully. Extremely pigmented, glides on seamlessly and lasts for hours, a fab option for when you’re in a rush or have more time to be precise. You go Glen Coco Topshop!

Nars minorque kohl
Nars minorque kohl
Nars Kohl liner in Minorque

Nars… oh Nars. There are not many brands that can get me quite so excited about makeup like Nars does. From the beautiful packaging, the high quality finishes and huge array of colours, it will always be a brand that screams luxe for me. And their new AW15 launches are absolutely no different. Starting with a kohl liner that has completely changed the game; Minorque is a beautifully creamy, highly pigmented, blacker than black kohl liner that is easily blended but also doesn’t budge once it’s set in place. It works fab on the waterline too, lasting a good 6/7 hours (which is a miracle for me) and doesn’t end up too far down my face at the end of the day. Classy times people, classy times.

nars audacious sylvia
nars audacious sylvia
nars audacious sylvia
Nars Audacious Lipstick in Silvia

Next up for the Nars newness is a lipstick from the beautiful Audacious range that really does have the wow factor (… as well as the ability to make me produce the most cringeworthy/vom-inducing phrases in existence). Silvia is a bright, in your face purple that definitely doesn’t take any prisoners. Have I worn it yet? No. Do I think I’ll ever wear? Maybe after a few wines for dutch courage. Do I wish that I had the balls/cool-ness to pull it off? Abso-bloody-lutely!

Nars dual intensity blush
Nars dual intensity blush
Nars Dual Intensity blush in Fervor

Finally from Nars – I promise the Nars Fan girl ends soon – is the dual intensity blush in fervor. Now this, is absolutely drop dead gorgeous and definitely something that I have been – and forever will be – wearing on a regular basis, and I absolutely adore it. A stunning peachy pink blusher with a subtle shimmer running through that really brightens and lifts the face. Alongside a beautiful shimmery purple blush which worn alone is definitely more of a statement, but swirled together with the former shade, makes the most beautiful, glowy, plummy pink cheek.

The body shop fresh nude foundation and lightening drops
The body shop fresh nude foundation and lightening drops
The Body Shop’s Fresh nude foundation and shade adjusting drops 

I’m not totally sure of how new the Fresh nude foundation is (it’s new to me though which totally counts right? Erm, no, not really you twat…) but it does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a light to medium coverage foundation which just looks so fresh and glowy on the skin. The lightening drops however are really quite unique and different to anything that I’ve tried before (I have also heard rumours that they may be the first of it’s kind, especially budget brand-wise anyway). In essence, the lightening drops make a foundation lighter, and the darkening drops darker, so essentially you only ever need the one shade of foundation and can adapt it to your skin tone throughout the year with the drops which I think is such a fantastic – and thrifty – idea. They don’t disrupt the formula of the foundation at all and are ridiculously easy to use/blend in. It definitely wouldn’t surprise me if we started to see many more brands jumping on the bandwagon taking inspiration from The Body Shop on this.

Rituals Elixir d'orient
Rituals Elixir d'orient
Ritual’s Elixir D’orient 

Last but most definitely not least is a perfume that totally defines the phrase “goals”. Rituals are a brand that I’ve loved for a long time but I only really know of their pampering products/candles. I had no idea that they made perfumes and I had no idea that they came in the most beautiful, Instagram-worthy packaging (yes, I just vommed a bit in my mouth too using that phrase). This is a floriental
fragrance – can we just take a moment to appreciate how brilliant that description is? – that is just absolutely beautiful. A mixture of sharp woody aromas, sweet herbs and spicy parisian pepper… this scent really is perfect for those that love floral scents with a touch of spice and freshness. It has that elegance but also a kick of sexiness meaning it works for both day and night!

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So that brings me to the end of my “best of the new launches”/”Omg look at these amazing products I want to slap them all on my face at once” ramble. I really hope this helps if you’re struggling to decide which new products to treat yourself too, or even those that might make a fab Christmas gift (I’ll personally be stock piling on the Rituals Elixir D’orient and Nars Fervor for my lovely lot!)

I would love to know what your favourite new launches are? Also, any Christmas gift ideas are so welcome!
As always, thanks so much for reading. I hope you enjoyed this post!


  1. Oh wow the packaging of those lipsticks are just beautiful

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. Call Me Amy says:

    Uh oh so now I want to go shopping! Those lipsticks look beautiful! Xx
    Call Me Amy

  3. When I saw this on your IG the other day, I smiled with happiness at how amazing this opportunity this is for you! How beautiful are all of these lipsticks?! Honestly, it's so good to see your hard work paying off Ellie xxx

  4. Anonymous says:

    I prefer not seeing beauty reviews everyday, so this selection in one post is pretty great! Think the tinted primer for mascara and Clarins lipsticks are definitely worth a check out!

    Saskia /

  5. Jodie Vernon says:

    The Clarins lipstick range honestly looks so beautiful, it's definitely something I want to try. Your photos are so pretty too!
    Jodie, xo // Jodie Loue

  6. ella grace says:

    The Nars Fervor blush is so gorgeous Elle! I love all your picks and I am inlove the new Clarins Joli Rouge! Xx

    every LiTTLE thing07

  7. Kate says:

    The lightening drops sound like such a good idea – especially for pale gals like me!! This post has made me add a couple more bits to my wishlist 😉

    Kate xo //

  8. Ahh what an amazing mix of products, you've picked out some great ones! The NARS blush is stunning, such a lovely colour and I love the look of the Clarins lipsticks!

    Jasmine |

  9. So many amazing products. I am now thinking of going on a bit of a Nars haul x

  10. Kate says:

    I'll take one of everything, thanks! That Rituals perfume sounds beautiful and I'm intrigued by it as it looks like they've branched out a bit since I last tried anything from them. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  11. So many lovely things! I love all of the packaging and I just want to try them all! 🙂 xx

  12. This is an amazing post, and your photography is gorgeous! There are so many incredible products I'd love to try here, but I've really got my eye on the Bare Minerals palette! x

    Martha Jane |

  13. Laura says:

    Wow, everything sounds amazing! Love the look of the Clarins lipsticks and Bare Minerals palette especially…I think I need to go shopping!
    Laura x FloraLooTwo

  14. Anonymous says:

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  15. Lee says:

    This was such a useful post!! your photos are absolutely stunning! xx

    Lee –

  16. I keep vowing to stop spending and shopping but you know it is enticing and I keep meaning to pick up the clarins lipsticks, they are gorgeous xxx

  17. CB says:

    These Clarins lipsticks look so gorgeous! As much as I always want to wear a bright bold lip, I always feel like a child sneaking into her mum make up draw to dress up – it looks ridiculous, but these seem to be a good balance between gentler shades whilst also being noticeable!

    Also,if you ever ave too many samples, I'd be happy to re-home some for you…

    CB x

  18. Beautylymin says:

    I love Nars Audacious lipsticks! That bareMinerals palette looks beautiful! Loved this post! xx


  19. Ohh the colour of that Nars lippy is just divine! I love it!

    Shot From The Street

  20. I'm intrigued by the Benefit lash primer, I do sometimes use their mascara and would definitely give this a try

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  21. Lucy H says:

    I really want to try the Benefit Lash Primer – sounds incredible!

    Lucy |

  22. Anika H says:

    Loving the photography in this post!

    Anika |

  23. Anonymous says:

    Those clarins lipsticks look stunning! And the body shop foundation sounds really nice too x

  24. Alina Bostan says:

    Wow so many great releases, all the heart emojis :)! I love Benefit They're Real as a mascara so I must give the new primer a try. I also love the sound of the new Body Shop foundation, this kind of dewy/radiant finish is my favourite x

    Beauty with charm

  25. crafty-zone says:

    You got so many great samples, dear, I totally love the Silva shade from Nars, it's perfect for the Fall, I'd like to try this out (the same as this blush, also from Nars, looks very interesting;)).

  26. Lauren S says:

    Seriously need to give BareMinerals brushes a go, heard loads of great reviews! Lovely little round-up Elle, you're doing so well!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  27. LBG says:

    Wow, these are all fantastic! I was drawn to the Clarins, then the Royal Court palette and blush but then I saw the perfume! That sounds truly amazing

  28. Stephanie says:

    gorgeous shade on the nars lipstick!!!!

  29. Lady, I'm dying of jealousy! I'm a secret NARS hoarder and those products look so gorgeous. I'm going to have to give them a try out very soon! Specifically, I need to see what Silvia looks like in person 😉

    Sara //

  30. crafty-zone says:

    Hope you had great day, my dear 🙂

  31. I love that your picking your fav PR samples that really highlights what I need to put on my christmas list! I'm loving the colours of the Clarins lipsticks <3

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  32. Nars Silvia looks stunning! I really like Rituals candles and body products so will have to check out the fragrance 🙂 xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  33. VelvetBlush says:

    The Joli lipsticks sound amazing, the formula sounds perfect for me! I have a Bare Minerals blush brush so far so I can't wait to check out more of their brushes 🙂

    Velvet Blush | Beauty Giveaway

  34. Oh my gosh theres so much beauty in one post!!! x

    Katina |

  35. R Burden says:

    Such a great post, Ellie! Those Clarins lipsticks look so "up my street". Love the nude colours and the fact they are creamy. You mentioned they are a bit sheer, though. Would you say they're similar to the cremesheen formula from MAC? Must check them out. I'm also loving the bareMinerals cheek palette. So gorgeous! And the best part is it looks really natural and glowy on the skin. 🙂 xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  36. Georgia Jade says:

    So much pretty makeup-bits in one post! Literally a feast for my eyes! The Clarins lipsticks are oh so pretty! Thanks for sharing this Elle! Hope you are well!

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic – Personal Style, Beauty and Lifestyle

  37. Everything is sooo amazing. What a wonderful post! I want it all!

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

  38. Beauty Bloss says:

    Wow Elle, so much beauty in one post! I love that Nars Lipstick shade. I shall have a hunt around and see if I can find it x
    The Beauty Bloss

  39. Rubi Ani says:

    That Nars lipstick looks beautiful!
    Rubi | Instagram | The Den |

  40. Unknown says:

    No swatches??? Please girls who want to be a blogger/reviewer…we want to see what your talking about,see the colours the texture etc….so sick of this 😑

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