I am freak

Is the tagline for Illamasqua's first Unisex Fragrance 'Freak' making its debut on 20th October.

With their make-up geared towards bringing out ones 'alter ego', the fragrance is all geared to achieve something similar.

First of all, isn't the bottle droolworthy? What an ingenious way to appeal to both the genders. I hardly come across many Unisex fragrances hence am quite curious as to how this one will turn out. Love the snail on the bottle and the mysterious black design! As for the name, I wish Illamasqua hadn't played safe and would have opted for something more rebellious.

Containing a mixture of bizarre and unheard of ingredients, the fragrance tries to capture the essence of night by bringing to us a mixture of wild exotic flowers. This is going to be a sensual, daring mix of something musky and floral which I am quite tempted to try out for my self.

A 75ml EDP is available to pre-order for £59 from their website from 3rd October for you die-hard fans out there.

Will the 'freak' in you be willing to part with that amount of money on a fragrance? Or would you rather indulge in Tom Ford or YSL for that price?



Shiseido Luminizing Satin Face Color

Was used for the Marc Jacobs show in New York Fashion Week for fresh, youthful look.

I haven't seen many Shiseido counters in London hence never gave into purchasing them. Secondly, I always get the brand confused with Shu Uemura due the funny pronunciation they share.

The Luminizing Satin Face Color is a satin-finish blush for a radiant complexion.

The simple yet chic packaging is ingenious. It's the sleekest blush container amongst the ones I have forcefully fitted into my shallow MUJI storage. Plus, it comes with decent sized mirror and a usable brush which does not scratch the face and is actually quite soft. 

It's the product quality that matters at the end of the day and although atrociously chunky packaging might look pretty initially, its surely not practical or travel-friendly. More brands need to consider sleeker packaging. 

The shade I have is called Petal. It might look boring in the pan but is the most gorgeous light-yet-bright, retro looking pinky-peach. If MAC's Well dressed had a peachy sibling, it would be this!

I usually am not a fan of Peachy blushers as I feel they clash with my yellow undertone and wash me out. However, this particular shade has just the right amount of pink injected in it to balance it out. Plus the subtle shimmers albeit not obvious, impart a slightly reflective finish on application which prevents the shade from appearing dull and flat. 

It is pigmented but I like to layer it on to make sure it lasts longer. You can of course use it higher on the cheekbones for a more sculpted look but I personally like to use this shade on the apples of the cheeks as that soft pop of peach gives a doll-like look.

Available for around £30 at House of Fraser, John Lewis, Feel Unique and Shiseido counters, this one surely deserves a try!

Do you have any Shiseido must-haves that I need to try out?


Forest Green...

The Body Shop have introduced 3 new shimmer cubes to their already existing shimmer cube collection. I have tried out a few of their shimmer cubes previously and despised the overtly shimmery, almost frosty consistency without a lot of colour payoff.

The new one that I have however in number 22 is reformulated in my opinion and exceeds my expectations when it comes to quality and pigmentation. The combination of colours here are in synergy and work so well at complimenting each other when paired up together. 

I was really glad to see that there was more pigmentation and less glitter and frost when it came to this particular shimmer cube. I can very much compare their quality to Urban Decay eye shadows which is always a compliment I believe.

Also, I am not a fan of green/grey colours as they do not come in my comfort zone and tend to emphasize any dark under eye circles I may have. However, the greens and grey in here are really flattering and subtle and not loud in any way whatsoever.

I created a look using all the shades from the palette to give you an idea as to how beautiful the shades look in action. I used the deepest colour all over the lids and used the lighter ones in the crease for a change.

I decided to keep the brows slightly unruly as it complemented the shades much better than tamed eye brows.

I believe this palette, along with two other additions is available to purchase from Body Shop for £16. I highly recommend it and love the fact that Body Shop is slowly but surely refurbishing its range from boring to uber chic and is one to look out for in the future. 


Liz Earle Giveaway Winners

Thank you for the humongous response girls!

It was great to see so many people would like to try out one of my favourite brand Liz Earle for themselves. I also liked the fact that two of the winners are from outside the UK so that way you get a chance to try out a brand that's not very easily accessible in your country.

Email me your full name and address girls and if I don't hear from you, I'll email you as soon as I can.

WINNERS of Liz Earle Skin Tint

Shade 3: Collifornia (from USA)

Shade 2: welldressedbeauty (from England)  and

Shade 1: heavenrain (from Poland)

Wipe off that frown from your face if you did not win this time as there are more giveaways on the way!


Exclusive offer at NUUSUITE.com

The lovely people at NUUSUITE are offering you guys two superb offers on MUD cosmetics, exclusive to Get Gawjus! readers.

I have tried out a MUD Cream Foundation Compact before. It's absolutely full coverage and very similar to MAC Studio Tech Foundation, dare I say better hence definitely try it out whilst the offer lasts.

A lot of Make-up Artists and Celebrities are known to use MUD and its a professional high-impact make-up brand.

Click HERE to be directed to the NUUSUITE website for further information regarding the offer.


Boudoir Prive

Is just another service like its counterpart Glossybox and aims to provide customers interested in trying out new cosmetic products with 5 samples every month for £10.

In my box however, I received 6 samples. None of them are full sized products in my opinion but they are decent sized samples, just what you'd receive in departmental stores when you make a purchase of a certain amount.

A clever mix of cosmetics, skin care, body care and haircare is included to try out, making sure there's something for everyone. I am really excited about the Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment, Zoya Nail Polish and Cargo Boogie Nights Eye Liner.

The Zoya Polish is from its recent Autumn Collection and is gorgeous deep purple with gold reflects. I have been lusting over a similar colour from ages and was over the moon to find this in the box. It looks stunning and is nothing like what I already own.

Cargo Boogies Nights Liner is a stunning black with silver shimmer, just about perfect for a winged out liner, simple smoky eye or the coming party season. It comes in a variety of shades and I am looking forward to trying out more sometime soon.

In my opinion, this is different from Glossybox in the sense that the brands incorporated by Bourdoir Prive in its box are more sophisticated and actually high-end as compared to Glossybox which also included Bastiste once!

That's the whole point really, that if you're someone who likes to get their hands on a variety of products to play with but does not have the time to go hunting for samples, this would be a perfect tailor made solution for you.

I don't feel it would be financially burdensome for anyone who's working and not on a strict budget. It's all a matter of choice at the end of the day and how much you're willing to spare to experiment with new brands.

Personally speaking, I love the concept being a beauty blogger, as the excitement of trying out new brands and products is unparalleled.



Weekly Favourites - Bourjois, MAC, NYC...

Apologies for the lack of post ladies. I have been working 12 hours a day since the past two weeks and it has left me with no creative or physical energy to blog whatsoever.

I will try to do as many posts as I can on the weekend though as I simply despise ignoring the blog. I thought what better than a Weekly Favourites posts eh?

I have been enjoying using these products lately and if you haven't given them a try, then definitely do!

In no particular order, NYC Expert Last Nail Polish in Faithful Fuchsia. 

I love the bright dolly pink colour. It flatters my skin tone really well in my opinion. However the colour is not its USP. It lasts on the nails for a 5 days if not 7 like it claims to. I also found that it did not chip or smudge and dried almost instantly. 

For me, its more about a quick and convenient fuss-free mani rather then the colour and this is definitely a perfect candidate. 

Oh where were you Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation from all this time?

I am regretful of the fact that I did not discover this gem of a product any earlier. Surely I had heard fabulous reviews from fellow bloggers but hey just imagine if I'd go purchasing everything that was raved about. So I gave it a miss but my fellow make-up geeks, this isn't average, its something special.

After Revlon Colourstay, this is the only foundation I can trust on lasting an entire day without getting overtly oily or worrying about it fading, smudging or smearing all over the face.

It gives a slightly dewy semi-matte satin like finish, adapts slightly to one's skin tone, gives medium coverage which is buildable, is a dream to blend and has a fruity smell to it. Shade 53 with yellow-beige undertones is perfect for NC25-NC35 according to me. Two thumbs up!

Paula's Choice Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator has helped me tremendously in keeping my skin clear and hydrated throughout the day for the past two weeks in my hectic schedule. It's perfect for my combination-dry-sensitive skin and deals with breakouts pretty effectively.

It leaves me with a lovely radiant complexion and seems just perfect for the winter when I need that extra bit of hydration. It also has anti-ageing properties and contains ingredients to target discolouration, which is apparently quite evident in Asian skin tones.

I hugely appreciate the pump dispenser that it comes along as it makes use quite convenient and hygienic. Surely deserves a try!
Now that we are on Skin Care, I have to mention Skin Wisdom's Instant Benefits Eye Roll On. This has been  a best friend to my puffy eyes and dark circles lately and I just cannot do without it now.

The roll-ball is so cooling when applied under the eyes in the morning. I like to massage it for about 30 seconds in windshield wiper motions to get rid of any toxins gathered in that area. I like the fact that it comes in a squeezable tube so you can get more use out of it.

It aids 'microcirculation and drainage' and contains light reflecting particles to give an illusion of a brighter under eye area. The serum itself is pretty hydrating and needs to be patted in to be fully absorbed. You can find Skin Wisdom at your local Tesco.

MAC Paintpot in Groundwork is literally the only thing I have been wearing on my eye lids when I am in a hurry to leave. Although not a drastically stunning colour, it is a cool taupe on my skin tone and quickly evens any discolouration on the lids and leaves a nice polished look.

Surprisingly its just the right consistency, not too dry or creamy and does not budge or crease. I really want to get a few more colours due to how convenient and fool proof these are.

Phew. Apologies for one heck of a long post. I shall break it down next time.

It's your turn now. Share your recent favourites with us?