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Happy New Year!

Just a quick post!

In 3hrs & 3 mins it’ll be New Year here in the UK and I’ll probably be tucked up in bed after consuming some rather lovely pink bubbly!!!!!

To everyone out there in blogger land Happy New Year and I hope 2013 is a fantastic year for you all with lots of love, sparkles, glitz and glamour!

I’ll see you all in the new year

Natty xx ❤ xx

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Blushing over Femme Fatale Cosmetics Blusher

I have finally managed to organise pictures to do this post! I’ve decided to do this over a couple as I went a little OTT with the samples, he he he. This first is going to cover the blushers as I ordered the samples of all the colours. As you can see there is a broad range that should suit all skin tones and tastes and they’re all OK for your eyes and lips as well, matching has never been so easy!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics is based in Brisbane, Australia and is an indi company making gorgeous hand blended mineral based cosmetics. they are still relatively young having started in September 2011. Their range is quirky and innovative and do not follow the norms. They love to play with colours and their eyeshadows, in particular, are a reflection of this (a review to come!). This review covers all 6 of the duochrome blushers on offer, unfortunately the pictures don’t do enough justice to the colours and the subtle undertones that they have. The descriptions and recommended skin tones are from the website and I have linked to each colour for more details on ingredients etc.

From Left to Right:

Aspect Vegan & Eye/Lip Safe
Description – Burnt orange duochrome blush with a hint of auburn.
Rec – Tanned or warm olive skin tones.
This really does have a gorgeous warm terracotta burnt orange colour. It reminds me of warm barmy spanish nights. It’s a very strong colour on the skin and if you have a lot of confidence and want to make your cheekbones really stand out it would also look amazing on fair skin!

Exotic Non Vegan & Eye/Lip Safe
Description – Bright cerise pink duochrome blush with a subtle blue shimmer and sparkles.
Rec – Fair skin tones
I lurrrvve this pink and am thinking of getting it for myself! It gives a real rosy cheek effect when worn lightly or can really emphasise an eighties look or killer cheek bones! There is a lovely blue shimmer running through this that I really like and this is definitely one I will probably look to order, it’s got real impact!! I was always scared of bright colours like this until a make up artist tried one on me and showed me they don’t have to look OTT, sometimes bright doesn’t mean silly. FFC does advise that this can emphasise skin imperfections because of the blue and recommends trying the tester first if you’re worried.

Fire Bloom Non Vegan & Eye/Lip Safe
Description – Mid tone rose-pink with coral undertones and a flattering copper gold shimmer
Rec – fair skin tones
This is another one I really like but unfortunately wouldn’t suit me because of the coral undertones. The copper gold really makes it sparkle and catches the light. Such a pretty feminine colour and would be ideal for everyday wear.

Tranquil Non Vegan & Eyes/Lip Safe
Description – Soft beige based coral blush with a hint of rose and subtle copper duochrome shine.
Rec – Fair skin tones

Another lovely shimmery colour, FFC really know how to make magical shimmery colours! This is a lovely blend of colours and I feel that it would work on darker skin tones too as a highlighter for killer cheek bones and to bring some sparkle and loveliness to the skin!! More an everyday colour for fair tones, though would make an excellent base for eye colour.

Rebel Vegan & Lip/Eye Safe
Description – Muted thulian pink duochrome blush with violet sparkles
Rec – Olive, fair and medium skin tones

When the light catches this you can really see the violet sparkles, so pretty. It has a real disco feel this blush and would look amazing on the dance floor!! This would also look stunning on lips for a real glam look.

Fierce Non Vegan and Eye/Lip Safe
Description – Deep maroon tinted duochrome blush, with subtle plume undertones, golden duochrome and sparkles
Rec – Darker skin tones

This is a lovely deep colour with a good pigment so you don’t need a lot to get a good effect. This would also make an excellent eye liner/shadow for an alternative smokey eye look! It’s sparkles will give your face a really healthy glow as well as being glam. Love it!!

I absolutely love these blushers and really wish the camera could pick out all the subtle undertones that they have. I know that the air miles are not great but the big manufacturers can’t guarantee that their products are made in the UK. Supporting indi companies like this is important as they are far clearer, open and honest about their methods, ingredients and ethos. They are also more often than not quirkier, more inventive and funky! Viva La Indi!!!!!!!

To power walk and write or to not power walk and write…

So, I’m power walking to the station as I write this in the vain hope that I actually get there in time. Ooooooo a real multi tasking challenge! As is the norm in my house my little darlings were very uncooperative this morning and made me late. Really must get up earlier 🙂

Anyway, as I was walking down the hill I realised I should do an update of what is coming!! I can confirm that I now have the beautiful samples from Femme Fatale cosmetics and I will be doing a couple of reviews. I’ve decided to split it up as I ordered samples of all 6 blushers and loads of shadow. My only dilemma now is which ones I love so much that I want to get the full size. They are absolutely gorgeous and came super quick!!

If you’re trying to keep the carbon footprint down these are probably not for you as the company is in Australia but as it’s an indie and I want to promote and give it support. As far as cruelty free goes these are the ones to look for as their products tend to be cruelty free, vegetarian/vegan, they’re customer service is superior and they’re easy to get hold of for questions! Also they’re not likely to be owned by a dodgy company who do test, yes Body Shop & Burt’s Bees I mean you!!!

Urgh I missed the first train by a minute! Oh well more time for this. Also in the pipeline is the review of Tesco. They are not a company I would recommend as their policies are a little suspect and organisations like Animal Aid are campaigning about their practices abroad but they are cruelty free even if they’re not endorsed by the Leaping Bunny logo. I won’t do many Tesco reviews but as people will shop there in the UK I thought it only fair to be inclusive! I think I will also do a post on supermarkets and cruelty free products as my cousin said she struggled to find anything in Morrisons the other day!

I have also ordered some Bad Bitch Cosmetics that I can’t wait to try, they’re based in the USA so another carbon biggy but, they look FAB on their Etsy site and unfortunately I’m finding it hard to find indie companies in the UK that do cruelty free cosmetics! If anyone knows of any please, please let me know as I would love to try their stuff!

Got to go now as the ticket inspectors await and there’s always a squash to get through! Please let me know what you think, ideas, views and I’ll try to improve, expand and get more info! Xx