Monday, 31 March 2014

Lush Golden Egg Bath Bomb review

It's been a while since I enjoyed a Lush bath and I couldn't resist buying the Easter Golden Egg bath bomb when I went to the Meadowhall Bloggers Breakfast. Let's be fair it is covered in glitter so it does stand out a little, especially if like me, you're a sucker for anything sparkly. However, in all honesty I did wait a little to use this because I was unsure of just how glittery I would be when I emerged from the bath, if I resembled a human glitter ball I might look a bit daft if I was going out straight away!
 Golden Egg Bath Bomb £3.50 Lush Cosmetics


My thoughts: Despite its scarily glittery outside, the inside of this bath bomb is actually a lot less daunting, the glitter disperses immediately when you drop it into the bath, revealing an easter chick-yellow egg shape. As with all bath bombs it foams and fizzes; this one leaves a trail of yellow water along with flecks of gold and red glitter. I tend to get into the bath towards the end of the bomb's life and upon closer inspection I could see that the bath water was full of glitter, it looked really pretty actually especially when lifting my hands out of the water; it actually looked quite 'magical'. Surprisingly enough, when I got out of the bath I wasn't a human glitter ball but I did have a nice subtle sparkle. As for the scent, it's very similar to the 'Honey, I washed the kids' range which is like a sweet toffee/honey kind of scent; very enjoyable and not overpowering in the slightest.

Overall I really liked using this, it's perfect for anyone with a penchant for glitter and anyone who wants to add a little bit of fun to their bath time.  As with all Lush products, it doesn't come cheap at £3.50 but everyone deserves a me-time treat now and again and it's a great alternative to chocolate if you're looking to buy someone a little something for Easter.

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Liz Earle Signature Eye Colour Review

Liz Earle make up has been really impressing me lately, especially with the Strengthening Nail Colour and It's been a while since I've discovered some new amazingly good eyeshadows so when I got the opportunity to try some Liz Earle ones, I jumped at the chance! I generally stick with my safe palettes (namely the first Naked palette and MUA Heaven and Earth) but when these Liz Earle Signature Eye Colour shadows came through the post I did get a little bit excited when I saw the shade names. As you'll probably know, my favourite eye looks are variations of nude shadows so when I saw Taupe, Nude, Chestnut and Bronze I knew they were going to be perfect!




These 4 shades are what eye shadow dreams are made of!! The shade names are perfect for each colour which is nice because sometimes the shade names don't really say a lot about what you're going to find in the pan but these describe the colours really well.

My thoughts: The shadows are really soft and they're really easy to load on to the brush, however you do have to be careful when applying because they tend to cause quite a bit of fall out, especially in the corner of your eye if you're not careful with the brush. Once you get used to exercising caution when applying these, they can be used to create some beautiful eye makeup. I tend to wear Nude all over the lid with Taupe in the crease for day time wear and then I darken things up a little for night time, Chestnut is a gorgeous brown with a slight shimmer which is great for creating a brown smokey eye. Bronze is a gold toned brown which is also great for taking an eye look from day to night. I'd really like to add Golden Sand to my little collection because that's another lighter cream coloured shade which would also be good to use as a highlight as well as on your eyes!

Each Liz Earle Signature Colour* is £13.50, which does seem expensive but you are paying for quality makeup and because you can cherry pick your shades you can start a collection which is totally tailored to your needs, unlike palettes which come as standard and there's always at least one or two colours that you never use! 

Do you like the look of these shades? What are your favourite eye colours?
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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Discover a new blogger/youtuber #2

It's that time of the month again, after a couple of weeks deliberating and cogitating I have narrowed it down to a few bloggers/youtubers to feature in my 'Discover a new blogger/youtuber'.
Elissa from Style Affix has been posting some really beauties just lately, her recent post named 'the undecideds' really caught my eye because you'll very rarely see a blogger being openly 'meh' about a product, usually it's either positive or negative but Elissa has dedicated a post to those products that she just can't make her mind up on. I love her matter-of-fact writing style and obviously the fact that she's from Yorkshire!

I've been reading She Might Be Loved for a few months now and I actually met Georgina at the Meadowhall Bloggers Breakfast a couple of days ago. She is such a nice down to earth blogger with a great sense of humour and a talent for makeup application. She does some amazing makeup looks, from every day to out-there Disney character get ups!

I actually found Brit Nails when searching for swatches of some Barry M nail polishes and instantly her clear, well lit nail swatches caught my eye. I love her layout, the way she writes and the way she arranges her photographs; so to the point and exactly what I look for in nail polish reviews! I can't believe Allie has been blogging since 2011 and I've only just discovered her!!

So there we are, this months pick of bloggers/youtubers for your viewing pleasure! Has this helped you discover a new face in the blogging world?

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Revlon Colourburst Balms - Nudes

Back in January I wrote about the Revlon Colourburst Lacquer and Matte balms and I said that I had every intention of buying some more, only this time I decided I wanted to go for some more nude kinds of shades. I knew I liked both of the formulas so I got a lacquer balm in 'Ingenue' and a matte balm in 'Complex'.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm £


Lacquer Balm in 'Ingenue' 
Gorgeous everyday shade, perfect for those moments where you haven't got time to 'keep within the lines' with your lip product.

Matte Balm in 'Complex'
More of an orange toned shade which is a lot harder to get right, would be great if you had perfect lips with no dryness but who has perfect lips?!

My Thoughts: As you can see the matte balm is more orange toned than the lacquer balm, although this doesn't show so much on the lips (for me this highlights the importance of also looking at lip swatches, your lips are a completely different colour to your skin!!). Out of the two I much prefer the lacquer balm in this shade because it's more brown toned, is far easier to apply and just gives an effortless nude sheen to the lips. The matte balm was a little more tricky to apply, upon first application it looked a little like concealer and it seemed to sink in to all the dry parts of my lips, but after exfoliating it looked a little better but still not as nice as the lacquer. 

If you remember, last time I wrote about the Revlon Balms I actually preferred the matte balm but I think that was because of the shade; both the matte and lacquer balm have really nice formulas it's just that I prefer some shades to others. The 'Sultry' matte balm went onto the lips so smoothly and didn't sink into dry parts, I do think it's just the nature of the shade that makes it more difficult to apply because it's not as forgiving.

I daresay I will be extending my collection of Revlon Balms because they're just so easy to wear, so watch this space!

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Monday, 24 March 2014

MUA Bronzed Perfection Review

 Not so long after rediscovering NARS Laguna bronzer, I ran out of it. Sods law really, and I was not prepared to spend almost £30 on a replacement, I was determined to find a nice high street one to tide me over until I feel ready to splurge. Bronzed Perfection by MUA really stood out to me on the shelf, the pan is massive and it looks far more matte than NARS Laguna, for £3 I could afford to give it a try. MUA is a brand which is full of hidden gems, unfortunately I think too many people dismiss them because they are so cheap but honestly I don't think you could get better value for money when it comes to high street make up. The Bourjois chocolate bronzer is generally the one people go for I think but I really wanted to discover something new...
 
 
MUA Bronzed Perfection £3 
As I say, the pan is huge, probably bigger than the palm of my hand so for £3 you get lots of product. The bronzer itself is really soft and loads onto the brush really easily, it's not chalky in the slightest and it's nicely pigmented. I apply it with the Real Techniques blush brush and I can honestly say now that I much prefer wearing bronzer over blusher; I just like the glow it gives me and I don't have to worry about making myself look like a china doll. 
 
 
I've done a bit of a comparison to show the difference between NARS Laguna and MUA Bronzed Perfection and as you can see there's not that much difference, if anything Laguna has slightly more shimmer and is less orange toned than Bronzed Perfection, Bronzed Perfection is more of a very light frost than anything. I have quite a light skin tone and Bronzed Perfection doesn't show up orange on my skin; I would actually say that if you find Laguna a little too dark for you then Bronzed Perfection might be worth a try! I'm really pleased I picked it up and it'll be a daily product for quite some time to come I think!
 
Do you have a favourite high street bronzer?
 
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Sunday, 23 March 2014

John Frieda Frizz Ease Range Review

You'll probably know by now that I'm a big fan of John Frieda products; I've posted in the past about the Full Repair range, Sheer Blonde and the Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Mask sachet. Recently I've been using quite a few more products from the John Frieda Frizz Ease Range, including the shampoo, full size intensive mask, serum and hairspray. 
The idea behind Frizz Ease products is that they hydrate and nourish dry, damaged and frizzy hair to restore it back to its former glory. I use heat stylers every single day so my hair is somewhat over processed and is always in need of some TLC. 


I've found it really difficult to find an actual shampoo which helps fight frizz and keep hair soft, for me the treatment has always been in the form of a conditioner but when I use this shampoo I can feel results as soon as I have rinsed. Usually shampoos leave my hair feeling too clarified to the point where my hair feels really coarse and unmanageable meaning that no matter what, I have to apply conditioner but Frizz Ease shampoo seems to help soften hair even without applying anything afterwards.


You probably all know what a sucker I am for a nice hair treatment masque, I've been using this twice a week and leaving it on for a good few minutes while I do whatever else I need to do in the shower. It's actually thinner in consistency than some of the intensive treatments I've used lately but I find this makes it easier to rinse but doesn't compromise the results. The only thing about this is that because it's in a pot it's quite difficult to use in the shower without filling it up with water, it would be more suited to using in a bath but rinsing your hair can be harder.  



John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum £6.29
This is and will probably always be my number one finishing product, I run this through the ends of my hair when I've finished drying and straightening it to prevent my hair looking dry and frizzy, I also find it helps to stop it kinking at any sign of moisture! You can also buy this in a travel size bottle if you're wanting to try it but you don't want to commit to full size; however I will say that I've used this for years and haven't yet found a serum which comes close.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Shape and Shine Hairspray* £5.89
Admittedly, I'm not a big hair spray user if I'm wearing my hair straight because I hate that crispy feeling that you sometimes get. The last time I used a hairspray like this was when I was dancing and wanted a scraped back wet look, so I was a little hesitant with this at first but it has really surprised me! I've been spraying this closer to the crown of my head to help give me more volume and I really love it, you can get a much more even application than aerosol sprays I find and although it feels quite wet when first applied it dries really quickly and gives you something to work with when trying to inject some life into your hair. 
As a whole I really love the John Frieda Frizz Ease collection, although I think I would prefer to use the Sheer Blonde shampoo with highlight activators along with the Frizz Ease intensive masque. The styling products are something which you should consider trying if you want that smooth, straight look but with volume and shine. 
Which is your favourite John Frieda Range, or do you prefer to mix and match?

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Friday, 21 March 2014

Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour Review

Everyone knows Liz Earle for her skincare ranges but her makeup collection seems to be somewhat forgotten about in amongst all the hype of cult products like cleanse and polish, when in fact there are some really nice Liz Earle makeup products and I've got two shades of Strengthening Nail Polish to share with you today. 

The chip-resistant formula gives a gorgeous glossy finish for up to 12 days whilst strengthening and protecting nails with avocado and starflower oils. There are 12 shades available and the two that I have are Bright and Breezy and Ebb Tide; two colours that for me are at two ends of the spectrum.

 Liz Earle Strengthening Nail Colour in Bright and Breezy* £7.50

This shade reminds me of spring, it's a creamy yet bright and vibrant shade of peach perfect to match any floral brights you might be wearing this spring/summer. 


I think this is a beautiful shade, not only because I'm a neutrals girl through and through but also because I think it's so versatile. Perfect for work and play, this taupe is a real sophisticated shade.

My Thoughts: The formula is gorgeously creamy and really easy to apply, I found that the brush is slightly larger than regular applicators which makes it less effort to get more coverage in less strokes. I found that two coats gave a glossy, opaque finish which didn't necessarily need a top coat if you didn't have the time. I didn't get 12 days wear out of this polish, I got around 7 days; but with a hands on job like mine I find that this is good going! I also think these are really good value for money, for a couple of pounds more than a regular high street nail polish this is a cut above. It doesn't contain toluene which means that it doesn't smell as strong or as foul as regular polish, although it does still have a slight smell. Each and every one of the colours in the shade range look really beautiful, I reckon if you had one of each shade you would have most occasions covered; I've got my eye on Pink Perpetue, Moment in Time, Pure Poetry, Quicksand and Grace... In fact just give me one of each!

Have you tried any Liz Earle nail polishes?

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

MAC Paint Pot in 'Bare Study' Review

It's been a while since I bought anything from MAC, I kind of went through a bit of an obsession phase when I first started blogging back in 2011 but since then the only thing I've repurchased is Studio Fix Fluid. However, when I went to the Meadowhall Bloggers Breakfast I was surrounded by ladies who couldn't resist what the MAC counter had to offer. I was so close to resisting but then I remembered how much I needed a Paint Pot in 'Bare Study'.
MAC Paint Pot in 'Bare Study' £15.00 Debenhams

For me, this is a really simple, easy product to use. I very rarely use cream eye products, I'm not sure why, probably because I own far too much powder eyeshadow. I cannot get a picture to justify how beautiful this colour is, although fairly shimmery it's a really neutral shade; as a base or as an eye colour on its own this is absolutely gorgeous. I have been wearing this on most days, at least during the day if not also at night too because it's so easy to apply and it just gives an even wash of colour all over the lid with a little bit of added sparkle. I think it really helps make my eyes stand out; with dramatic mascara I think this looks really really nice. It applies like a paint (hence its name) but dries within seconds to leave an intense pearlescent finish. It's  also very long wearing; I have a habit of rubbing my eyes which will often smudge whatever I've put on my lids but once this is dried it only ever properly comes off with makeup remover.
As with most MAC products, this doesn't come cheap at £15 but a small pot of this will last me absolutely ages. I also had £5 on my Debenhams Beauty Card so it didn't seem so expensive and it kind of sealed the deal for me as to whether I should buy it or not. 
If you're looking for a nice neutral eye colour this is one you should definitely look at; my swatch does not do it justice no matter what light I photographed it in it just didn't look as nice as real life.
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The #nomakeup Selfie - My thoughts

I'm not sure if you've all seen the little trend going on over on Facebook, but there has been a 'no makeup selfie' trend happening for the past couple of days where lots of ladies have been taking photos of themselves completely bare faced to raise awareness of cancer. I know lots of people have failed to see the point of it, as if the only way we can raise awareness and support cancer sufferers is to donate money to the cause. Lots of us do this and we don't need to raise awareness in this sense I don't think, so I thought I'd explain my take on the whole thing. 
 
I see it as serving quite a few purposes actually, firstly it's trending therefore it is raising awareness of the cause not only to encourage people to donate money but also to encourage women and men to look for the early signs of cancer ie. checking your breasts, checking your testicles, being aware of abnormal bowel movements, having regular smear tests etc. etc. it also is a chance to bring current affairs to the forefront of peoples minds. I took an opportunity to encourage people to sign the 'Sophies's Choice' petition; Sophie was a 19 year old girl who died of cervical cancer... a smear test could have caught the cancer early and ultimately saved her life but because of the current lower age limit she wasn't eligible for a smear test and was denied one time and time again. The petition is to try and get age limit lowered and help save more lives.
 
 I also see it as showing solidarity to all the beautiful women who have to struggle with their body image on a daily basis because of cancer. I know that wearing no makeup is not anywhere near on the same scale as having your hair/eyebrows/lashes fall out or having a double mastectomy but it shows that I am thankful for what I have and that I am trying to understand how these women feel every single day. I also want to take this opportunity to thank the amazing people at Look Good, Feel Better who do a fantastic job in making women feel good about themselves and making themselves feel more confident with what they have!
Raising awareness of cancer isn't all about seeing how much money we can raise, or just about explaining what cancer is. As you can hopefully see, it's much more than that, I hope some of you will join me in posting a natural photo of yourself somewhere on the internet along with some links to some cancer organisations which are close to your heart. 
Leave me links to your posts below, if you choose to join in.

UPDATE: Since posting this there has been another 100,000+ signatures added to the Sophie's Choice petition and there has been a surge in donations to cancer charities. I know this 'trend' offends some people but I really think the positives far outweigh the negatives in this case; those taking #nomakeupselfie's for their own selfish reasons should be ashamed of themselves BUT everyone who has taken a selfie has contributed towards the massive buzz around cancer awareness over the past 24 hours! I wish people would see the bright side of life rather than the bad in everything that happens!

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Monday, 17 March 2014

Primark Disney T-shirts

It's now less than 2 months until I go to Florida, and because I'd seen some bloggers buying Disney T-shirts from Primark, I couldn't resist treating myself to some last time I was in Doncaster. The beauty about buying them here and in Primark is that they're a fraction of the price that I would be paying in Florida. Each under £10, I got myself 3 t-shirts with different Disney character designs...


The Minnie Mouse one is a slim fit t-shirt which I had to get in a bigger size because it is tight but it's meant to hug your figure more than the other two which are more of a loose fit with turned over sleeves. I think they'll be perfect to wear for either travelling or during the day with a pair of shorts, although I haven't quite decided whether it's going to be too hot even for t-shirts. And by that I don't mean I'm considering walking around with nothing on my top half, I'm just unsure as to whether I'll have to wear vests during the day.

They do stock a Bambi one which I loved but they didn't have my size, they also do a Finding Nemo one and several other non-Disney character and band tops and t-shirts. I'm sure lots of you will be partial to a good character t-shirt, if you are then Primark is definitely the place to be at the moment. They also do some cute socks in Disney and some other prints but they were £2.50 per pair, a little steep for Primark, no? Anyway, these t-shirts were all £6 each and a selection should be available in most UK Primark stores.

Have you found any character gems lately?
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Nivea in-shower body moisturiser review

I'm quite lazy when it comes to moisturising; unless one of my body butters in within easy reach when I get out of the bath/shower I generally skip that step (hence why I seem to have a bit of a body butter overload in my cupboard). The new Nivea in-shower body moisturiser is the answer to my prayers because it brings back the convenience in moisturising. The proud owner of an Elle International Beauty Award, this in-shower moisturiser has been thoroughly tested to ensure only the best performing ingredients have gone into it. Its unique water activated formula is designed to be used on wet skin after washing, leaving skin moisturised for up to 24 hours. 
Nivea In Shower Body Moisturiser£3.56 Boots

My thoughts: It dispenses easily and smells like traditional soap, there is nothing fancy about the scent but I don't mind that at all because I can get a fancy smelling shower gel if I really want. To begin with I was unsure about this product, it felt so weird applying a thick moisturiser in the shower... and then showering it off! I was also under the illusion that this was a moisturising body wash not an actual full on moisturiser which you use after washing. However, after using it a couple of times I got used to the concept and actually begun to quite like it, it's become part of my shower routine so I automatically use it while I'm waiting for my hair conditioner to do its stuff. 

The trick is not to overdo it, the first time I used it I squeezed a massive splodge into the palm of my hand and tried rubbing it on my arms; it seemed to be never ending and made me realise that you don't need quite so much. It eliminates the hassle and inconvenience of moisturising after you've showered; no more waiting for your sticky limbs to be dry enough to clothe just shower and go. Just a small note, I think if you have excessively dry skin then this would not be enough for you, I think you would probably need a more intense moisture kick but if, like me, you have normal/dry skin this is perfect.
This is ideal for busy people; if you find that you don't have the time to moisturise after showering then this is a product you should pick up next time you're in Boots. It'd be absolutely perfect for any mummies out there who find it hard to find time to shower let alone moisturise because you can kill two birds with one stone. At the moment this is the only one in the Nivea in-shower moisturiser range but they are set to bring out some more scents.

Is this something you'd like to try?
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Friday, 14 March 2014

Meadowhall Bloggers Breakfast with Lush Cosmetics

I've probably been annoying you all more than enough just lately banging on about how excited I was about going to The Meadowhall Bloggers Breakfast (using the hashtag #mhbloggersbreakfast) but the excitement wasn't without reason. The North of the UK, much like most other parts that aren't London, is quite deprived when it comes to blogger events which is a shame because there are some very influential Northern bloggers who don't get a chance to shine at events unless they can afford to travel down to London so it's VERY exciting when something happens up North!
Luckily, Meadowhall in Sheffield has identified the gap in the market to attract bloggers to one of the biggest shopping centres in the north. I felt very privileged to be invited to their bloggers breakfast and I can honestly say it is my favourite event to date! It involved a very early morning and although getting out of bed at 6.15am isn't my forte, I was more than willing to get myself up for this! 
We started the morning at 8am at Caffe Rizolli, Meadowhall's exclusive prosecco bar, and we were greeted by the owner of Caffe Rizolli, Jeremy, along with two loved ladies from the Meadowhall press office and Beth who is Meadowhall's resident beauty and fashion advisor (she also does videos for MeadowhallTV). After a coffee and a chat with the other blogging ladies we were served our breakfast. We could choose whatever we wanted from the breakfast menu; from delicate little pastries to a full English we were totally spoilt for choice. I settled for an English breakfast but a very popular choice for the other ladies was scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on toast... Which I have to admit I was very tempted by! We were also treated to a glass of prosecco, it might have been 8.30am but in my book it's never too early for fizz.
After our breakfast we headed over to Lush which was just a short walk away from the Caffe to be treated to an out of hours snoop of the shop and a sneaky look at their a Emotional Brilliance makeup range and their selection of face masks. Our group went to the Emotional Brilliance wheel of colour first and we learnt about their philosophy behind the colours and what they can show in terms of how you're feeling and the person you are.





Jemma
Charley, Georgina and Becky

We each took it in turns to stand in front of the wheel, close our eyes and think of being on a beach then open them and choose the 3 colours which appeal to us most, here's what my subconscious chose:

Sophisticated - I really liked this shade regardless of whether the word applied to me or not, Although I guess in some ways at that is now I felt at that moment in time because I'd dressed up in a grey swing dress with tights and boots; this is quite 'dressed up' for me as I'm usually a jeans and tee kind of person when I'm at home.
In Control & Power - these two made me laugh when I saw them; Jason is always going on about how I like to be in charge and I'm a bit 'power mad'. I don't think I am, I like being in a position of authority but I guess that's because that's what I've trained to do. I've also always been quite a bossy confident person, in a group situation I am willing to take control and I like my voice to be heard. So although I was a little bit embarrassed at the outcome to begin with, thinking about it it's actually quite accurate! As for the actual colours, I love electric blue, not necessarily as makeup but I'm always drawn to blue shirts and patterns. 
Cupcake Facemask... NOM
Next was face mask making; we had a look at all the Skincare Lush had to offer and although I've tried a lush face mask before I didn't realise how extensive their Skincare range was so it was a real eye opener for me. Next we all put our blue gloves on and got down to making a face mask with fresh ingredients. Catastrophe Cosmetic was the mask of choice, with fresh blueberries and chamomile it's a great mask for problem skin and for injecting some moisture into thirsty skin. We added crushed fresh blueberries, calamine powder, talc, glycerine, almond oil and chamomile blue oil and mixed them all together to make a thick creamy face mask. We each took a pot and divided the mixture between ourselves to take home. Lush were also kind enough to let us take home a cleanser of our choice as well as a spray toner which I though was insanely generous! 
After the talks, the store opened at 10am and we were free to browse and have a chat and a drink with each other. I went straight over to the Golden Eggs and grabbed one of those, had a chat with Beth and the lovely Meadowhall ladies then took off to do a bit of shopping in the rest of the centre. I met up with Georgina, Charley, Becky and Joanna in a Debenhams and we all did a bit of enabled shopping at MAC and several other shops!  
I had an amazing morning at Meadowhall Bloggers Breakfast and I loved meeting some more bloggers, I've already said it a million times but thanks to Meadowhall for inviting me and thanks to Lush for having us! I'll leave you with a list of bloggers who attended and hopefully you might find a new read or two:
Beth (Modern Girls Guide), Jemma (Bamboozle Beauty), Becky (Little Blog of Beauty), Charley (Rambling of a Beauty Blogger), Georgina (She Might Be Loved), Mary & Rose (Let's Strike a Pose), Clare (Pink Little Bean), Joanna (Simply Redhead) and Phoebe (North of London).
It was a pleasure to meet each and every one of you, I hope to see you again very soon at another Northern event!
Do you live near Sheffield? Let me know if you'd be interested in a Meadowhall meet up!
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

All Used Up #9

I didn't realise that it was less than 2 weeks ago since I did an empties post, but it's time for one again because I can't keep too many empties bottles in the cupboard (Jason moans too much). Unlike last time I have a tiny bit more variety in what I've used up...


Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Water
You might realise that this featured in my last empties post so I can roughly say that a bottle of this lasts me 2/3 weeks. I absolutely love this cleansing water and my skin loves it too, it hasn't caused a sniff of trouble since I started using it back at the end of January and it makes cleansing so much easier. Granted I do like a heavier cream cleanser if I have heavier makeup on but for every day use this is amazing! Escentual have 20% off all Caudalie at the moment so a 200ml bottle of this will cost you £12.00.
TRESemme Platinum Strength Deep Conditioning Treatment
I posted about this not so long ago and said how much I liked it, I've finished it and my opinion stays the same. I really like this and I have seen a noticeable difference in the condition of my hair. The ends of my hair don't look or feel as damaged and it's much easier to style; the instructions say only to use this once or twice a week and I will admit that I have been using this more often (up to 4 times per week) but it hasn't weighed down my hair in the slightest. I would repurchase this in a heartbeat!
NARS Laguna Bronzer
I've just recently rediscovered this and I forgot how much I loved it, I've been using the last bits of it very sparingly over the past couple of weeks and it's made me fall in love with it all over again. The only thing I dislike about NARS products is the packaging, it seems that the matte black case attracts every bit of dirt it possibly can, leaving it looking pretty grotty! Unfortunately I don't know if I can stretch to it's rather large price tag (£26) at the moment but I think I'm going to do a little research to find a dupe and see how that measures up to the real thing... any recommendations for a Laguna dupe?
Redken All Soft Shampoo 
Just after Christmas I treat myself to a Redken gift set because I'm a bit of a sucker for high end haircare; shampoo and conditioner have always been something I've spent a fair bit of money on. This is almost £10 a bottle but the price is definitely justified, I really really like this shampoo. As you probably already know, I have greasy roots but dry ends so although I want soft hair I don't want it to weigh down my roots in the process. Redken All Soft shampoo has never weighed down my hair, it cleanses it beautifully and you don't need a lot for one wash! 
What have you finished off this month?
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Monday, 10 March 2014

Zoeva Buffer brush review

I never thought I'd say this but I have found a better brush for foundation than the Sigma F80 brush. Zoeva are a German brush brand who have been coveted by some of the biggest UK bloggers, I had always fancied trying some of the brushes but the £7.50 delivery charge on the Zoeva website put me off somewhat. However, I realised that Love Makeup sold Zoeva brushes and after a bit of enabling from Thumbelina Lillie, I decided to treat myself to the brush that caught my eye the most. 

The Zoeva Buffer Brush is a vegan, synthetic foundation brush with a flat top, perfect for buffing in any foundation whether it's cream, liquid or powder to give you a flawless finish. 

zoeva buffer brush



Zoeva Buffer Brush 104 £11.50 Love Makeup

My Thoughts: This brush is so dense yet still so soft and flexible, it picks up product really easily but doesn't hold it in the brush like the Sigma F80 tends to; after one use the F80 tends to start feeling overloaded with product because it tends to soak more into the brush than actually ends up on your face. I use this brush by putting 2 pumps of foundation on the back of my hand, dabbing the buffer brush into it and buffing it all over my face. This brush makes foundation application so quick and easy; no streaks, no lines and no uneven application. It also makes the best of the product you have; 2 pumps of No.7 Beautifully Matte foundation is enough to cover my whole face. I've been using this for a good few weeks now, it's been washed and there's no sign of any shedding at all! This really has made me want to try more Zoeva brushes, the rose gold brush collection is on my current wish list. If you're looking for a new foundation brush then I highly recommend this one!

Have you tried any Zoeva brushes?

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Sunday, 9 March 2014

L'oreal Miss Manga Mascara Review

I never ever wear false eyelashes; I can't apply them for toffee so I just don't bother, however this means that  I rely quite heavily on a good mascara. When looking for the perfect mascara I look for one that doesn't clump, doesn't dry out really quick in the bottle and most importantly one that lengthens my lashes. I was so made up when I won the new L'oreal Miss Manga Mascara from Bekylou's giveaway because I'd seen it in shops but never bothered to pick it up... but I've always been a sucker for any mascara promising sky high lashes!
L'oreal Miss Manga Mascara £8.99 Boots


My Thoughts: On first impressions I liked this mascara instantly, it applies effortlessly, it doesn't clump, it's true black and it lengthens and adds volume really nicely. I applied 2/3 coats of this and it showed no signs of clumping. The wand is quite an odd shape, it's fibre but it's cone shaped with different lengths of bristles so you can get to every single lash with ease. The wand is also ultra flexible, which again helps with getting to every lash. I don't find this as good for applying mascara to bottom lashes, I'd always go back to Maybelline Great Lash for that but for top lash mascara I really like it. You can get some serious volume and length to make your eyes really stand out. I'd say this is easily better than YSL shocking mascara, but then we all know that I aren't keen on that one!
 
Have you tried Miss Manga yet?
 
 UPDATE: 01/04/2014 - I've found that sometimes this mascara irritates my eye, so I would exercise caution if you have sensitive eyes.
 
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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Dupe

It's not very often that I find a cheap perfume that I like, I've usually got quite expensive taste with my usual scents being between £40-£50 per bottle. However, just recently I won Bekylou's giveaway which included a bottle of Katy Perry Killer Queen. Before winning the giveaway I'd not really heard much about any of Katy Perry's perfumes and to be honest on the whole I pretty much disregarded most celebrity fragrances as I wrongly assumed that they'd all be as sickly sweet. I opened the box and sprayed it all over my dressing gown; out came a very familiar smell but I couldn't quite put my finger on what it was to begin with.


Katy Perry Killer Queen 50ml £12.99 Boots

With base notes of patchouli and praline with dark plum, wild berry and bergamot this smells just like Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb, only softer and at a fraction of the price! The Killer Queen bottle is a little bit on the 'tacky' side and it looks a bit out of place on my dressing table because it has to be stored laid down but I can definitely overlook this given it's similarity to one of my high priced favourites. The fragrance doesn't hang around for as long as Flowerbomb on skin but for £12.99 for 50ml you can afford to reapply it a couple of times. Also, if you like Flowerbomb but you still find it a little too much for day time wear this would be a great alternative because it's not as strong and overpowering. Don't get me wrong I love Flowerbomb but I'm not so keen on the £60 price tag!

This has changed my opinion of celebrity perfumes completely, this scent is far more grown up than I ever expected it to be and if you like Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb then I can't recommend this one enough. I think it's going to be a firm favourite in my perfume collection from now on! Thanks so much to Beky for introducing me to this!

Do you have a favourite celebrity perfume?

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